The William O. and Mary C. Crowther Family: Their Lives, Ancestors, and Descendants

As we grow older, the thoughts and hearts of members of The William O. and Mary C. Crowther Family turn to our ancestors. They were people of great courage! They had the courage to leave their homes and families and to travel to an unknown land where they prepared the way for us to have a better life today. Some of them died as they journeyed across the American heartland. The ones who were left kept on going, strengthened by their faith that God was guiding them and showing them the way. They built their own roads and hewed out new homes with their own hands and with the materials that were available at the time. The intriguing stories of their lives are a rich part of our heritage. We, their descendants, take pride in preserving their history and in our eternal relationship to them as members of the Crowther family. This book was prepared, primarily, by the sons and daughters of W. O. and Mary, though numerous other family members participated in its preparation. This family-produced book is a significant source for those who wish to know the history of their Crowther ancestors and to trace their living descendants today.

Duane Crowther arranged for the printing and binding of the book, doing so through his publishing company: Horizon Publishers & Distributors, Inc., and he remains involved in the book’s distribution. Two generations have been born since the family book was prepared, so there are many who can learn much concerning their forefathers and their heritage by turning the pages of this in-depth, carefully prepared family history.

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by The William Orson Crowther Family Organization

Represented today by Duane  S. Crowther, a grandson

As we grow older, the thoughts and hearts of members of The William O. and Mary C. Crowther Family turn to our ancestors. They were people of great courage. They had the valor to leave their homes and families and to travel to an unknown land where they prepared the way for their descendants to have a better life today. Some of them died as they journeyed across the American heartland. The ones who were left kept on going, strengthened by their faith that God was guiding them and showing them the way. They built their own roads and hewed out new homes with their own hands and with the materials that were available at the time. They wrote their own songs, learned to play instruments, and made their own music as they went along. They laid their loved ones away when the time came. The stories of their lives are an essential part of our heritage. We, their descendants, take pride in preserving their history and in our eternal relationship to them as members of the Crowther family.
This book was prepared, primarily, by the sons and daughters of W. O. and Mary, though many other family members participated in its preparation. Duane Crowther arranged for the printing and binding of the book, doing so through his publishing company: Horizon Publishers & Distributors, Inc. Two generations have been born since the family book was prepared, so there are many who can learn of their forefathers and their heritage by turning the pages of this in-depth, carefully prepared family history.

Part 1 – The Parents of William Orson and Mary Caroline Mortensen Crowther, 15
1. The Life and Travels of Thomas Crowther, 17
2. The Life of Jane Jewkes Crowther, 27
3. History of Anders Jorgen Mortensen, 31
4. History of Christine Andersen Mortensen, 45

Part 2 – History of William Orson and Mary C. Crowther, 51
5. William Orson and Mary C. Crowther, 53
6. Celebration of William Orson Crowther’s 100th Birthday, 61
7. Why I Am a Mormon, 67

Part 3 – Life Stories of the Children of W. O. and Mary C. Crowther, and Their Spouses, 85
8. Alma and Cella, 87
9. Estella and Bart, 97
10. Mabel and Heber, 107
11. Walter and Estella, 113
12. Clara and Orlin, 121
13. Jessie Anders Crowther, 129
14. Jane and Vernal, 131
15. Horace and Almorine, 139
16. Laura and Roland, 149
17. Don and Irene, 155

Part 4 – The Grandchildren of W. O. and Mary C. Crowther, 169
18. Grandchildren of W. O. and Mary C. Crowther, 171
Children of Alma and Cella Crowther, 171:  [1A – 1I]
    Children of Bart and Estella Dalton, 183:  [2A – 2D]
Children of Mabel and Heber DePriest, 188:  [3A – 3E]
Children of Walter and Estella Crowther, 191  [4A – 4F]
Children of Orin and Clara Beck, 199  [5A – 5H]
Jesse Anders Crowther, 205  [6]
Children of Vernal and Jane Crowther, 206  [7A – E]
Children of Horace and Almorine Crowther, 211  [8A – 8D]
Children of Roland and Laura Sowards, 215  [9A – 9F]
Children of Don and Irene Crowther, 219  [10A – 10C]

Part 5 – Families of the Grandchildren of William O. and Mary C. Crowther, 225
19. Families of the Grandchildren of William O. and Mary C. Crowther, 225 -253

Part 6 – Genealogical Information of the Progenitors of William Orson and Mary C. Crowther, 255

20. English Ancestry, 255-284

21. Danish Ancestry, 285-299

Index, 301