I am helping someone with thier genealogy. They want to break the brick wall on Francis X Lougy's (1835-1913) parents. I might be dealing with more than 1 Phineas Wright b.abt 1816 NY (Stepfather of Francis).
The article below is the earliest account I have found on Francis. But on the 1850 census I have them in Sanpete Co., 1856 state census has Phineas back in Tooele County, then the 1860 census Phineas & his wife are down in Washington County. Then I lose Phineas & Mary Ann.
Basically I would like to find out when Francis's father died (Peter Lougy), when Phineas Reddington Wright married Francis's mother (Mary Ann Brooks), and when & where Phineas & Mary Ann died.
Thanks for any help
Tooele Transcript 6/15/1923 Page 8
A HISTORY OF TOOELE
BY LUCY STEPHENS,
It has well been said that the Mormon settlement of the arid west is the most distinctly American of any that has been made in the history of, the western part of the United States. The people, especially those who set, tied the Great Basin, were rich in courage and intelligence, and full of the spirit of Empire builders. The Moromon society was a frontier society, and developed high ideals in economic, social, and religious life.
There were three reasons why the Mormons came to Utah-(1) the desire to express their religious idealism in intellectual and moral institutions (2) to take up land and build homes (3) to create civic lenters with clean government and democratic institutions in general. These things they have realized in the establishment of the state of Utah.
The basis of the great growth of the state and the settlement of the many towns are duo to the idea that every bit of growth, physically speaking, upon agriculture, the great system of irrigation was developed by these thrifty people. (2) Co-operative-the heads of each house coming to-gether lo create good for the community and spiritual like-mindedness of all the people. They developed the most purely civic democracy in the United States. In each town there was a town meeting, where matters of vital importance, such as Indians, and economical and civic conditions were discussed
After the settlement of Salt Lake City by the Pioneers July 24, 1847, the valleys adjoining were explored, and parties of picked men sent to establish towns in various desirable localities all over the state. One of the many interisting towns established ni the earliest history of the state was Tooele.
In the Summer of 1849, Judson Tolman, Cyrus Call, and Samuel Meacham entered 'Peoria valley, and proceeded to where Tooele City was first located at the mouth of Settlement Canyon. They returned to Salt Lake City for the October Conference and reported a largo number of "tulas" growing at the north end of the valley. President Young suggested the name "Tula", but his secretary, in writing the name spelled it incorrectly, giving the present spelling "Tooele" which name has remained ever since
Tooele is hulled in picturesque at the foot of the Oquirrh Mountains, overlooking the: Great Salt Lake. To the west about fifteen miles are the Stanbury Mounatins, named after one of the early explorers of Utah. The average rainfall is about twenty three or twenty four inches. The soil is a rich, sandy and gravelly loam. The climate is one of the best in the state, the rigors of winter being tempered, and the burning heat of summer seldom reaching 100, being modified by its close proximity to the lake. The air is light, dry and extremly healthful and Invigorating.
Immediately after the October Conference in 1847, Judson Tolman, Cyrus Call, and Sam Meacham, returned bringing with them F. X. Lougy and Phineas Wright. John Rowberry and Robert Skelton came in December.
In 1849, the General Assembly of Deseret created the County of Tooele. In 1850 other families came, among whom were the Atkins, Cleggs Warburtons, Kelseys, and others who have since been consicious in the growth and development of the city and county. The settlement was then established at the mouth of what is now known as Settlement Canyon Creek, a little south of where Tooele City now stands. The houses extended along either side of the creek to near the western limits of the present site, and was called Stringtown. A good portion of the land was marshy and filled with weeds and grass, but they drained the' land plowed and sowed it, and it is today raising fine orchards and gardens.
To those Pioneers seeking after homes Tooele was indeed an ideal Place, combining beauty of scenery with its excellent natural resources. Its fertile land and ideal climate were especially faorable to the development of agricultural pursuits. Abundance of grabs afforded excellent pasturage for live stock. Pure, fresh water was supplied for domestic and irrigation Purposes, from the melting snows of the white-capped peaks of the Oquirrhs. Wild game i abundance stimulated hunting and fur-trading, and in the adjacent mountains useful timber for fuel and lumber was to be found,