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Hannah Hood Hill RomneyHannah Hood Hill Romney 1842-1929
Hannah Hood Hill Romney

Born: July 9, 1842 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 1, 1929 at Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

Hannah Hood Hill was born on 9 July 1842 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Archibald Newell Hill and Isabella Hood Hill. A few months later, Parley P. Pratt preached the gospel to their family. They joined the Church and arrived in Nauvoo in November of that year. Hannah's mother died in Winter Quarters in 1847, and her father left his three small children with relatives while he went to the valley to prepare a new home for his family. In 1849, Hannah arrived in the valley with her aunt. In 1862, Hannah married Miles Park Romney on 10 May 1862 at the Salt Lake City Endowment House.

Hannah attended the first Sunday School organized in Salt Lake City. Brother Ballantyne was the superintendent and she was also in the first 24th of July Pioneer Day parade held in Salt Lake City.

Her husband left for England one month after their marriage. She supported herself and their first little girl for the next three and a half years.

In 1867 the family moved to St. George, Utah. Hannah was president of the Relief Society in St. George, Utah. She was a counselor to Minerva Snow in the Stake Relief Society in St. George. Hannah willingly entered into polygamy when Miles Park Romney married four other wives.

In 1885, President John Taylor advised Brother Romney to go to Mexico, to help establish settlements there. He was to first take with him only one of his families, the one with the fewest children. Hannah stayed in St. Johns, Arizona. In 1886, Brother Romney sent his eighteen-year-old son, Will, back from Mexico to bring Hannah to the colonies.She traveled alone with her children in a wagon from St. Johns, Arizona to the colonies of Mexico through Indian territory.

The following excerpts are from her autobiography.]

I sold what household furniture I had for very little, got another team and wagon and in March, 1886 I started for Mexico. It had been snowing in the mountains for about three weeks before I left St. Johns. I expected company to go with me from there to Mexico, but when I went to see Brother Skousen he was not ready to go so I had to start out alone. When I got as far as Nutrioso Brother and Sister Pace lived there. They were dear friends of mine and insisted on my staying over for several days. Brother Pace said, "Sister Romney, aren't you crazy, starting out on this journey with your small children? Did you know that Geronimo, the renegade Apache chief, is on the warpath?" I told him I guessed I wasn't afraid of crazy people so I would have to start on this journey and trust in our Heavenly Father to see us to the end.

Will took a job herding stock for some of the ranches so he did not go with me. Brother and Sister Pace were very kind to us. She had me bake bread, make cookies and gave me butter and meat, etc., to use on the journey.

The first night after we left Nutrioso we camped in a beautiful grove. It snowed all night and in the morning the boys built a fire and we dried our bedding. We had some terrible roads to travel over, snow and mud often up to the hubs of our wagon. One day a blizzard started and it got so cold I wrapped the smaller children in their bedding and made them as comfortable as I could. Then I got out to walk to keep warm. We saw a ranch house in the distance so we made for that point. The boys went in and built a fire while I took the children in and got supper. I made the boys' beds in the house and then took the larger children and slept in the wagon. I got up several times during the night to see that the children were all right. When I got up in the morning there were icicles on the water barrels a foot long.

After breakfast we hitched up our team. We did not know a mile of the road. That night we got to Apache Hill, about sundown. One of the boys went ahead and returned saying it would be almost impossible to get down the mountain that night, so I carried all the bedding I could and loaded the children with enough provisions to last us. Miles [age 17, and my great-grandfather] thought he could get down with one team so the boys cut down a tree and chained it to the back of the wagon to keep it from tipping over. I took a lantern and went ahead to light the road. When we got to a level spot on the mountain it was about 10 o'clock and I thought we had better camp. I got the children supper and put them to bed.

I sat there considering our condition -- way off in the mountains camping right on an Indian trail. I assure you I did not do much sleeping, but the Lord protected us and in the morning the boys went on the top of the mountain to get the other wagon we had left there. When I saw them coming I held my breath but they got down all right without breaking even a singletree. That day we traveled on and struck the Frisco River. It ran through the canyon for miles and miles. We crossed that river forty-one times.

[Hannah Romney and her family continued their journey. They met others along the way who warned them that it was too dangerous to travel alone. But Hannah continued to put her trust in Heavenly Father.]

Just before we got to the border of Mexico we passed through Deming, New Mexico. One of the children was barefooted. As I only had $5.00 in cash I bought him a pair of shoes and a pound of sugar. When we got within a few miles of Ascension [a Mexican town near Colonia Diaz] several Mexicans rode up to our camp. Neither I nor the boys could talk Spanish but they made us understand that they were officers and had come to escort us into Ascension. We drove up to the Custom House.

[The Mexican officials said that Hannah had to pay $25.00 duty for her cook stove. She explained that she had nothing and offered to leave the stove. The officials did not want the stove, but made her promise to pay the duty within thirty days. Hannah traveled on to Colonia Juarez and finally was reunited with her husband, Miles Park Romney.]

My husband was delighted to see us all safe in Mexico. When I told him that they had charged me $25.00 duty on the stove, and had given me thirty days to pay it, he said that was more money than he had had since he came to Mexico. That was a worry to me thinking that I had brought more worry and trouble to him. In a few days a Mr. Galvin came to the camp inquiring for a carpenter. He was going to fix up a ranch a few miles down country and wanted some building done. My husband took the contract and got the money to pay the duty.

Brother Romney had built me a stockhouse with a dirt roof. When it rained we had mud and water coming down. He put some posts in the ground, wove willows in one side, put a carpet on the other side with willows on top, and made me a kitchen for our stove. I had brought some flour sacks with me. I sewed them together and lined part of our room where my bed was so that the dirt wall didn't look so bad. We had two boxes put together for a table and some round logs sawed for chairs and a dirt floor. That was a very crude home, different from what I had been used to, but I was thankful for it as my dear children and I would be with their father and we could live in peace, with no marshals to molest us or separate us again; but I did not like Mexico even though I tried to be satisfied and make the best of my surroundings.

(From Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 5, p.273-77)

When, in Mexico she served as the Primary President, teaching the children to sing and pray. She taught the girls to sew and crochet and the boys to be responsible citizens.

Hannah grew a fine garden and for eight years ran a farm in Casa Grandes with her sons. They raised hundreds of bushels of wheat and corn. She had chickens and turkeys and sold butter, eggs, and molasses.

Hannah states in her autobiography, "Most of the way across the Plains I traveled bare-footed and bare-headed." From childhood to the end of her life, she suffered every hardship known to pioneer women.

They were the parents of eleven children: (See below)

Hannah Hood Hill Romney and Miles Park Romney Family c. 1880
Back row: George Samuel Romney (1874-1935), Ernest Van Romney (1877-1951), Miles Archibald Romney (1869-1939), Gaskell Romney (1871-1955), Isabelle Hill Romney (1863-1919). Seated: Eugene Romney 1883-1946, Hannah Hood Hill Romney (1842-1929), Leo Romney (1887-1939), Miles Park Romney (1843-1904), Mary Ann Romney (1868-1951). Photo c. 1880

Written by Thomas Cottam Romney, Ph.D.:
"It is of interest to relate that few women of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can boast of such an extended journey, or series of journeys as can be recorded of Hannah.
She was born in Tosoronto Township, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada. The trip from Canada to Nauvoo was by team all the way and this was true of the journey from Nauvoo to the Great Basin.

Later in life, when the Miles Park Romney family were called to help establish settlements in St. George and later in Apache County, Arizona, the distance was covered by team and wagon.

When the family, years later, migrated to Old Mexico to make their homes, Hannah and her children made the perilous journey in covered wagons the entire distance from St. Johns, Arizona to Colonia Juarez, Mexico. This fact alone marked Hannah as one of the most courageous women of her generation and testifies more eloquently than words of her unwaverng faith in the Gospel."


Children of Miles Park Romney and Hannah Hood Hill

1
Isabel Hill Romney
Isabell Hill Romney

b. 3 Mar 1863 in Salt Lake City, UT

md. William Erastus Platt in 1883; 11 children

Died: 29 January 1919 at Safford, Graham, Arizona

2
Elizabeth Romney

Born: 10 Dec 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Died: 16 September 1867 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

3
Mary Ann "Minnie" Romney Farr
Mary Ann "Minnie" Romney Farr

Born: 31 Jan 1868 in St. George, Washington, Utah

md: Willard Farr 29 April 1886 at Logan, Cache, Utah; 9 children

Died: 21 November 1951at St. Johns, Apache, Arizona

4
Miles Archibald Romney 1869-1939
Miles Archibald Romney

Born: 9 Nov 1869 at St. George, Washington County, Utah

md. Frances Turley 15 September 1889 at Chihuahua, Mexico; 8 children (2) Lily Burrell 23 Oct 1898; (3) Elizabeth Burrell 13 Sep 1902; (4) Emily Burrell 2 Nov 1909.

Died: 28 Nov 1939 at Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico

5
Gaskell Romney 1871-1955
Gaskell Romney

Born: 22 Sep 1871 at St. George, Washington, Utah

md: Anna Amelia Pratt 20 Feb 1895 at Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico; 7 children; (2) Amy Wilcken Pratt on 25 March 1927

Died: 7 March 1955 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

6
Stillborn Romney

Born: 17 Nov 1873 St. George, Washington, Utah

Died: 17 Nov 1893 at St. George, Washington, Utah

7
George Samuel Romney 1874-
George Samuel Romney

Born: 12 Nov 1874 at St. George, Washington, Utah

md: Teressa Artemisa Redd on 5 Dec 1984 in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico : 10 children

Parents of Marion G. Romney

Died: 19 Dec 1935 at Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois; Buried in Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah

8
Ernest Van Romney 1877-1935
Ernest Van Romney

Born: 11 Oct 1877 at St. George, Washington, Utah

md: Dora Belle Jackson on 14 Oct 1903 in Salt Lake City, Utah; 5 children

Died: 27 Sept 1951 at Duncan, Greenlee, Arizona; Buried in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona

9
Maggie Romney Naegle

Born: 25 April 1880 at St. George, Washington, Utah

md: George Conrad Naegle on 23 July 1899 at Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico: 2 children

Died: 26 Oct 1902 at Colonia Oaxaca, Sonora, Mexico; buried in Colonia Oaxaca.

10
Eugene Romney 1883-1946
Eugene Romney

Born: 16 Sep 1883 at St. Johns, Apache, Arizona

md: Ethel Ventenia Call (dau of Anson B. Call)
on 5 Oct 1905; 8 children

Died: 14 November 1946 at Safford, Graham, Arizona; buried at Duncan, Greenlee, Arizona

11
Leo Romney 1887
Leo Romney

Born: 11 Apr 1887

md: Agnes Ann Layton (grand--daughter of Christopher Layton) on 1 Apr 1911 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona: no children

Died: 2 Nov 1939 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California



Sources:

PAF - Archer files = Orson Pratt Brown + Martha Diana Romney < Miles Park Romney + (1) Hannah Hood Hill (Martha Diana Romney's mother is (2) Caroline Lambourne).

Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Vol. III, International Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Publishers Press, 1998, Page 2650.

"Life Story of Miles Park Romney" by Thomas C. Romney, 1848 Zion's Printing and Publishing.

http://www.crockettclan.org/wws/hannah.html

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ORSON PRATT BROWN'S 5 WIVES

- Martha "Mattie" Diana Romney Brown 1870-1943

- Jane "Jennie" Bodily Galbraith Brown 1879-1944

- Elizabeth Graham MacDonald Webb Brown 1874-1904

- Eliza Skousen Brown Abbott Burk 1882-1958

- Angela Maria Gavaldón Brown 1919-1967


ORSON PRATT BROWN'S 35 CHILDREN

- (Martha) Carrie Brown (child) 1888-1890

- (Martha) Orson Pratt Brown, Jr. (child) 1890-1892

- (Martha) Ray Romney Brown 1892-1945

- (Martha) Clyde Romney Brown 1893-1948

- (Martha) Miles Romney Brown 1897-1974

- (Martha) Dewey B. Brown 1898-1954

- (Martha) Vera Brown Foster Liddell Ray 1901-1975

- (Martha) Anthony Morelos Brown 1904-1970

- (Martha) Phoebe Brown Chido Gardiner 1906-1973

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- (Jane) Ronald Galbraith Brown 1898-1969

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- (Jane) Martha Elizabeth Brown Leach Moore 1901-1972

- (Jane) Pratt Orson Galbraith Brown 1905-1960

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- (Jane) Thomas Patrick Porfirio Diaz Brown 1907-1978

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- (Angela) Aaron Aron Saul Brown 1925

- (Angela) Mary Angela Brown Hayden Green 1927

- (Angela) Heber Jedediah Brown (infant) 1936-1936

- (Angela) Martha Gabaldón Brown Gardner 1940


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- Stephen Abbott Brown 1851-1853

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- Cynthia Abigail Fife Layton 1867-1943

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ORSON'S 28 SIBLINGS from JAMES BROWN

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(Martha Stephens) James Moorhead Brown 1834-1924

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(Martha Stephens) William Brown 1836-1904

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(Martha Stephens) Benjamin Franklin Brown 1838-1863

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(Martha Stephens) Moroni Brown 1838-1916

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- (Mary McRee) Mary Brown Edwards Leonard 1852-1930

- (Mary McRee) Joseph Smith Brown 1856-1903

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- (Phebe Abbott) Phoebe Adelaide Brown 1855-1930

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- (Lavinia Mitchell) Augustus Hezekiah Brown c. 1859

ORSON'S 17 SIBLINGS from STEPFATHER FIFE

- (Diane Davis) Sarah Jane Fife White 1855-1932

- (Diane Davis) William Wilson Fife 1857-1897

- (Diane Davis) Diana Fife Farr 1859-1904

- (Diane Davis) John Daniel Fife 1863-1944

- (Diane Davis) Walter Thompson Fife 1866-1827

- (Diane Davis) Agnes Ann "Aggie" Fife 1869-1891

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- (Cynthia Abbott) James Abbott Fife (infant) 1877-1878


ORSON PRATT BROWN'S IN-LAWS

- (Diana) Caroline Lambourne 18461979

- (Diana)  Miles Park Romney 1843-1904

- (Jane) Emma Sarah Bodily 1858-1935

- (Jane) William Wilkie Galbraith 1838-1898

- (Elizabeth) Alexander F. Macdonald 1825-1903

- (Elizabeth) Elizabeth Atkinson 1841-1922

- (Eliza) Anne Kirstine Hansen 1845-1916

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