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Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona

Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona

Dates: 2016

This account of the lives of Arthur and Selena Marrott by Russel Backus draws on a family biography by their daughter, Harriet, while focusing on information from two pocket ledgers that were kept by Arthur. Among other things, Arthur's ledgers identify people in the community with whom the Marrotts cooperated as their farms were being developed on desert land in the area that is now Lindon and Orem, Utah. The paper tells about these settlers and illustrates the extent to which they relied on one another in an economy that was based on the trade of labor and goods rather than cash. Arthur's involvement in the development of irrigation canals and the sugar industry is addressed. Background information about the St. Johns, Arizona, settlement is provided along with an account of the Marrotts' three years of service there. Selena's trials and achievements as a widow raising twelve children are discussed, as well as her devotion to ward Relief Society service and temple work. Attachments to the paper include copies of Harriet's family biography (two versions) and Arthur Marrott’s two pocket ledgers.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Backus, Russel Benson
  • Call Number: MSS 8914
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8914; Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8914, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the author in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Russel Benson Backus; September 2016.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Orem (Utah)--History; Saint Johns (Ariz.)--History; Pleasant Grove (Utah)--History; Backus, Russel Benson; Marrott, Arthur Fowlke, 1858-1901; Marrott, Selena Martha Stradling, 1859-1945
Genre / Form
Family histories
Processing Information
Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS8914
Finding Aid Title
Marrott (Arthur Fowlke) (1858-1901) and Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) – Pioneers of Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona
Finding Aid Author
Ryan K. Lee
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-16 16:07:57 -0700.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Russel Benson Backus is the grandson of Samuel Cordner (1876-1960), a businessman and farmer in Utah County at the beginning of the 20th century.

Russel Benson Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus. He attended Utah State University in Logan, UT. Backus is involved in preserving the memory of his grandfather, Samuel Cordner, through donating his papers to the BYU HBLL Special Collections department.

Backus was raised in Utah and spent some time in Idaho but currently resides in Virginia.

Biographical / Historical

Selena Martha Stradling Marrott (1859-1945) was a pioneer woman in Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona.

Selena Martha Stradling was born on November 24, 1859, in Provo, Utah, to William Stradling and Sophia Ann Bush. She lived in Battle Creek (Pleasant Grove) much of her life with her grandparents, James and Sophia Bush. On November 22, 1880, she married Arthur Fowlke Marrott, a local farmer and carpenter, in the Salt Lake City Endowment House, and they had twelve children. Together they helped settle the area of what is now Orem, Utah, while still living in Battle Creek during the winters.

In the spring of 1882, the Marrotts rented their home out and departed to assist with the colonization of the St. Johns, Arizona, area, following Selena's parents, who were called to area one year prior. The Marrotts would return to their home in Utah in April 1885.

After returning to Utah, Arthur continued to work as a carpenter and helped build irrigation canals that served the area, while continuing to establish his farm, where he grew several crops, including fruit and sugar beets and raised sheep and other livestock. Then, on February 9, 1901, Arthur died suddenly at the age of 43, leaving Selena with raising their young family and overseeing the family farm. She also eventually took in her ailing parents and four neices and nephews.

Along with her duties as a mother and farm owner, Selena enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, and quilting, and served in her local Relief Society Presidency. She would often take the train to Salt Lake City to do service in the temple.

Selena Martha Stradling Marrott died in her daughter Harriet's home in Orem, Utah, on January 22, 1945.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Fowlke Marrott (1858-1901) was a carpenter, farmer, and pioneer in Orem, Utah, and St. Johns, Arizona.

Arthur Fowlke was born January 28, 1858, in Nottingham, England, to Louisa Fowlke. He and his family emigrated to Utah in 1861. Soon after they settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah, his mother married William Marrott. This gave Arthur the Marrott name and, eventutally, seven half-brothers and six half-sisters with whom he was raised.

On November 22, 1880, Arthur married Selena Martha Stradling in the Salt Lake City Endowment House, and together they had twelve children, including two sets of twins. They established a farm on the north side of what would become the city of Orem, but lived in Pleasant Grove (aka Battle Creek). While the farm was being developed, Arthur worked for others in the community doing farm and carpenter work.

In the spring of 1882, the Marrotts rented their home out and departed to assist with the colonization of the St. Johns, Arizona, area, following Selena's parents, who were called to area one year prior. They would return to their home in Utah in April 1885.

After returning to Utah, Arthur continued to work as a carpenter and helped build irrigation canals that served the area, while continuing to establish his farm, where he grew several crops, including fruit and sugar beets and raised sheep and other livestock.

Arthur Fowlke Marrott died suddenly on February 9, 1901, at the age of 43.



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Ryan Lee
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