Meet Thomas and Mary Jane Butterfield of Farmington, Maine.
[Photo at right shows the stone and brass monument, erected in their hometown, Herriman.]
In the 1830’s, they met Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet, and followed him first to Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri, before finally heading to Utah by oxen and wagon.
In 1849, they settled just west of the Jordan River and found clear drinking water in the canyon that now bears their name, Butterfield Canyon. (Mormons actually had a better relationship with Native Americans than other whites and the two groups sometimes worked together to keep out other parties, like government forces.)
Thomas Butterfield was a busy guy. He raised cows, sheep, oxen, horses, and bees, and fathered 12 children.
“Thomas Butterfield was a very industrious man. As the years went by, he added to the variety and amount of crops planted until the family produced most everything they needed or cared for. His herds grew large and prosperous. He was known for his generosity, always giving to those in need or less fortunate.”
The pretty Butterfield canyon lies a few miles from where, after much searching of the 21st century variety, we found a place to suit our needs and wants after completing our own journey west over the Rockies.
Photo at right, Thomas and Mary Jane Butterfield.