Laura Cowley

19 December 1893–16 August 1992 (Age 98)
Axtell, Sanpete, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of Laura

When Laura Cowley was born on 19 December 1893, in Axtell, Sanpete, Utah, United States, her father, Franklin Washington Cowley, was 22 and her mother, Sarah Vilate Whitney, was 18. She married Andrew Lauritz Smith on 30 July 1917, in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Davis, Utah, United States in 1935 and Roy Election Precinct, Weber, Utah, United States in 1940. She died on 16 August 1992, in Roy, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Roy City Stoker Memorial Cemetery, Roy, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Andrew Lauritz Smith
Laura Cowley
Marriage: 30 July 1917
Doris Smith
Douglas Andrew Smith
Jack Washington Smith
Leo Whitney Smith

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
Age 3
A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
Age 7
Jesse Stoker and Lettie Matilda Hammon Stoker, settled Roy. Hard working, resourceful farmers are a few ways to describe them...They raised 11 children and built their first home in 1900. The Stoker farmland stretched from 4800 over to 5600 and down to the railroad tracks. At the time,...Jesse, felt there was plenty of land to go around so he and his brother, Lorenzo, gave a portion to Roy City to use for a cemetery. In the north east corner, there is a monument telling the story of Lorenzo and Jesse and the land they gave.
1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment
Age 26
The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Name Meaning

(1997: 2209;2007: 4462; 2010: 5868)English: habitational name from any of various places called Cowley. One in Gloucestershire is named with Old English ‘cow’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’; two in Derbyshire have Old English col ‘(char)coal’ as the first element; and one near London is from Old English cofa ‘shelter, bay’ (see Cove ) or the personal name Cofa. The largest group, however, with examples in Buckinghamshire, Devon, Oxfordshire, and Staffordshire, were apparently named as ‘the wood or clearing of Cufa’; however, in view of the number of places called with this element, it is possible that it conceals a topographic term as well as a personal name.Irish: shortened form of Macaulay (see McCauley ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Franklin Washington Cowley History- written by his wife Laura Waters Cowley 1936-37

FRANKLIN WASHINGTON COWLEY This history is found in a book of remembrance of Grant Albert LeFevre, collected by Carrol Vilate Cowley LeFevre. It is a handwritten history and I (Stacie LeFevre Glad) w …

Sources (20)

  • Laura Cowley Smith in household of Andrew Lauritz Smith, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
  • Laura Cowley in entry for Gordon Hewitt and Doris Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
  • Laura Cowley Smith in household of Andrew Laurtz Smith, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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