Mary Ann Ray was born to Giles Bartholemew Smith and Mary Ann Mears Ray on April 4, 1846 in Whitstable, Kent, England.
She was the fifth child of nine. Her father was a mariner and oyster dredger and provided well for his family. Her mother taught her how to be a lady in manner and speech. Mary Ann, with her mother and 4 sisters, would wash their clothes by rubbing them together, instead of using a washboard, and did their cooking in a public oven.
Mary Ann joined the Church in 1860, a few years after her mother. Her brother, William, was baptized in 1865. A year later, Mary Ann left for America with her brother and his wife. (Mary Ann's father died in 1864 and her mother decided to stay in England and eventually remarried.)
They set sail from England on 6 May 1866 on the ship Caroline and were at sea for 6 weeks. They landed in Castle Gardens, New York. After a few days they left for New Haven, Connecticut by steamboat. They traveled by train on there way to the Missouri River. While on the train, eleven train cars fell on their sides in an accident. They train car that Mary Ann was traveling in as well as the one directly in front of them did not turn over and no one was seriously injured. They sailed up the Missouri River to Wyoming, where they were met by by ox teams from Utah sent to the Missouri River to help the Saints who were traveling to Utah. Richard Rowley was called to serve in one of these groups.
The couple became aquainted during the journey back to Utah. They were married October 1, 1866 in the home of George A. Smith in Salt Lake City, UT and made their way together to Southern Utah.
Mary Ann was a proper, English woman and kept a tightly home. A portrait of Queen Victoria was a focal point in her home and she would point at it and say, “That’s my Queen.”
In her later years, Mary Ann developed problems with her feet. This made walking difficult. She died March 22, 1927 in Parowan, Utah.
Check out Find A Grave to see Mary Ann's headstone.
See Richard's post for additional photos and information.