History of Eliza Roxie Metcalf
1. John Edward, 6 November 1869, Fayette, Sanpete, Utah
At the age of 2 years and 5 months, Eliza Roxie set sail from Liverpool,
with her parents Mary Waslin and John Edward Metcalf and her five older
siblings, on board the Ellen Marie, under the presidency of Elder James
W. Cummings. The family arrived in New Orleans 7 March 1853. They then
took passage on a steamboat to St. Louis and from there to Keokuk, Iowa,
where they outfitted themselves for the trip West.
They entered the Valley on 17 September 1853 and lived in Salt Lake City until 1856, when they moved to Springville, and from there to St. George (1862). In 1863 Brigham Young called Eliza's father and his family to Warm Creek (now Fayette) to build a grist mill and run it year round. Eliza lived with her family in a dugout until a better home could be built, as most of the settlers did.
During Eliza's growing up years she learned the many skills that were necessary to keep a pioneer family functioning, such as washing the raw wool, carding it, dying it with homemade dyes, spinning it into yarn, and then weaving it into cloth. She also learned to sew, knit, make candles, dry fruit to be stored for winter, and many other things. She helped her mother with the cooking, her mother being one of the first women to use glass jars for the canning of fruit, and Eliza was taught this process also.
Even though life was hard, there were good times too. Eliza loved to participate in such events as sewing and quilting bees, dances, and dramatics. When she was younger, she loved taffy pulling bees, which were a favorite of the children.
When Eliza was eighteen, she married John Bartholomew, son of Joseph and Polly Benson Bartholomew, in the Manti Temple in 1868. Eleven children (5 sons and 6 daughters) were to bless this marriage. They were faithful and stalwart members of the Church throughout their lives.
John was called to be bishop of the Fayette Ward by Brigham Young in 1877 and served in that capacity until his death in 1914, 37 years later. Eiza served along with him, assuming various responsibilites to free his time for his Church duties. When someone passed away in Fayette, John, a skillful carpenter, not only conducted the funeral but made the casket, and Eliza fashioned the lining.
Eliza lived a full and productive life, greatly loved and respected by
her family and friends.