John R. Stubbs (1860 – )


“John R. Stubbs, a farmer and horticulturist residing at Pleasant View, was born at Provo, Utah, July 2, 1860, his parents being Richard and Elender (Ware) Stubbs. The farmer was a native of Norwich, Cheshire, England, where he spent his youthful days. He worked as a dairyman in that country before coming to America but at length determined to establish his home in the new world. His father and two of his sisters, aged twenty-one and nineteen years, and a younger brother died within a short time prior to the emigration of Richard Stubbs to the United States. His mother, his brothers William and John and his sister Ann came with him to America in 1851. The family spent the succeeding winter on the Mississippi river and Richard Stubbs engaged in hauling corn across the river when it was frozen over. In the spring of 1852 he formed the acquaintance of Elender Ware and they were married at Bushers Branch, in Lee county, Iowa, on the 21st of June, 1853. The Stubbs and the Ware families came together to Utah, in the party being Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stubbs, two brothers and a sister and the parents of Mrs. Stubbs. They had an ox team and a team of cows, but while fording the Missouri river the ox team was carried down the stream four miles before it was rescued. After they had been out on the plains for three weeks the sister of Mrs. Stubbs disappeared and no trace of her was ever found although every effort was made to locate her but all to no avail and it is supposed that the Indians carried her away. Richard Stubbs kept both families together and they built a small adobe house at Provo. The next year Mr. Ware, the maternal grandfather of John R. Stubbs, passed away at Provo and his was the third interment in the Capitol Hill cemetery. Richard Stubbs removed from Provo to Lake View, settling upon a farm, where he lived for a few years, after which he returned to Provo, there continuing to make his home until death called him on the 25th of July, 1902. Throughout his entire life he carried on general agricultural pursuits and thus provided for the support of his family. He was active in the work of the church, was high priest and ward and Sunday school teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stubbs had a family of ten children that reached adult age, namely: Amanda M., Sarah E., Rebecca A., Heher W., Eliza R., John R., Mary D., Eunice S., Hannah D. and Joseph A.

John R. Stubbs pursued his early education in the district schools and afterward spent two terms as a student in the Brigham Young University at Provo. He remained with his father until he attained his majority, was then married and afterward lived at Provo for three years, at the end of which time he removed to his present place of residence at Pleasant View. He first purchased twenty acres of land and built thereon an adobe house. He began in earnest to clear and develop his land and the years have witnessed a marked transformation in its appearance, for he has brought the farm under a high state of cultivation. As time has passed he has added to his land and at one time was the owner of about five hundred acres but has divided with his sons and daughters until he retains possession of only about fifty-five acres at the present writing. His home is a good brick residence and nearby he has several acres planted to orchards and shade trees. There is a substantial barn and other necessary outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock upon his place and all the improvements have been put there by him.

Mr. Stubbs was united in marriage to Susannah Temperance Goodman, a daughter of John R. and Sarah (Lee) Goodman,. For many years her father sailed on a whaling vessel prior to coming to America. He was but a mere lad when he went to sea and for two decades he engaged in the whaling business. Following his arrival in Utah he made his way to Provo, where he took up work at the tailoring trade but gave most of his attention to farming. He was active in the work of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and did missionary work in England before coming to America. To Mr. and Mrs. Stubbs were born eight children: John William; Jesse G.; Zella T., who married William A. Penrod; Maud E., now the wife of Charles Ashton; Wilford R.; David A.; Albert O.; and Leora, all of whom are married except Leora, who keeps house for her father. The wife and mother passed away April 3, 1919, her death being occasioned by the influenza, and ten days later the wife of the eldest son of the family was also called to her final rest. There are now twenty-three grandchildren in the Stubbs family.

Mr. Stubbs has been a most earnest and loyal member of the church and for twenty-seven months was on a mission to England, serving from 1889 until 1891. For seven years he was bishop’s counselor of Pleasant View ward, has been Sunday school superintendent for five years and ward teacher for several years. He is also a high priest in the church and is recognized as one of the most efficient workers in the church at Pleasant View. In politics he is a democrat but has never been an office seeker. His wife was president of the association class for seventeen years and counselor to the president of the Relief Society for a number of years. They have reared a family of whom they have every reason to be proud. Their sons and daughters have married and have homes of their own, living near the father, who is one of the most highly respected citizens of Utah county. When on the mission to England he visited his father’s old home in that country and met many representatives of the Stubbs family who are still living there. His active and useful life has brought him substantial reward in this world’s goods and gained for him the warm esteem of all with whom he has been associated.”

Source:  Utah Since Statehood, Historical and Biographical, Vol. 3, The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago/Salt Lake, 1919, pages 724 -727

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