Mary Ellison Sutton was born at Welsh Whittle, Chorley, Lancashire, England on August 13, 1799 a daughter of Adam Ellison and Ellen Glover. She married John Sutton and to them were born eight children, seven of whom lived to adulthood and came to America for the Church. She was baptized a member of the L.D.S. Church on January 12, 1851 by John Ashcroft at Parr, Lancashire, England. Her brother, James Ellison, joined the church the same time as her husband, John Sutton, on March 8th of the same year. At that time her husband was the owner of a store.
In 1853 on February 13th, the family sailed for America to join the Saints. They sailed on the ship "Elvira Owens," and came across the plains with the company of Captain Joseph W. Young, traveling as an independent detachment using their own means. John and Mary with all seven of their children having with them three wagons, one carriage, two horses, nineteen oxen and three cows. They camped September 22, 1853, at the Big Sandy in Wyoming. After arriving in Salt Lake Valley they lived for a while in the 13th Ward. Later they moved to Nephi, Juab County, and there Mary Ellison Sutton died November 24, 1869.
Written by Frank A. Johnson, a great grandson.
[Chorley, where Mary was born, is the location of the Preston England Temple. The pictures were taken by me or my husband in and near Chorley and Preston, England.]