MARY JANE ROBEY EPPERSON
BIRTHDATF,: 28 Apr 1836 Hanison, Clay, West Virginia
DEATH: 13 May 1915 Midway, Wasatch, Utah
PARENTS: Jeremiah Robey Ruth Tucker Robey
PIONEER: 17 Sep 1852 David Wood Wagon Train
SPOUSE: Sidney Hiram Eppprson
MARRIED: 7 Nov 1853 Provo, Utah Co., Utah
Sidney Theophilis, 23 Jan 1854
Charles Alonzo, 15 Mar 1856
Mary Louvema (Forrest), 28 Jul 1858
Albert, 10 Sep 1860
Elias Tipton, 16 Sep 1862
Viola Delphina (Alexander), 26 Sep 1864
Robert Ross, 20 Jan 1867
William Henry, 17 Dee 1868
Simon S., 12 Jan 1871
Daniel D., 17 Feb 1873
Ruth Lunica (Mathews), 20 May 1875
Frank S., 26 Jun 1877
Elmer Drew, 23 Dec 1879
Captain David Wood's Company of approximately 260 Saints departed from Kanesville, Iowa on 20 Jun 1852. Captain Wood's daughter, Elizabeth (Agnes), age sixteen, and her friend Mary Jane Robey, the same age, along with her parents, were part of this company. Their journey's daily routine included rising each morning at five for prayer and attending to their chores of cooking, feeding teams, and preparing every needful thing before the sound of the bugle at seven when the train would begin the day's journey. They were constantly on the alert to protect themselves from attacks of the Indians, especially the Pawnee tribes of the Platte, for at times they were fired upon and attempts were made to steal their stock. They were blessed along their journey with safety and fair health.
Sidney H. Epperson, nineteen years of age, was among those in the David Wood Company. Sidney played the violin, but preferred dancing with such charming young ladies as Mary Jane and Agnes. Mary Jane would later become Sidney's wife. Her father, Jeremiah Robey, was baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith. He also had the distinction of hanging the last door on the Nauvoo Temple.
Mary Jane, Agnes, and Sidney and other young people brought much comfort and joy to the families of their company. They were helpful to the aged, the sick, the younger children and helped with the washing and other chores and repairs for the wagon train. They made the journey easier for everyone as they walked across Nebraska, Wyoming and the rugged mountains of Utah.
Most of the party moved on south from Salt Lake to Provo. The Woods, Robeys, and Eppersons built their log cabins on the block that is now (1986) Fifth West and First North. They plowed the black mountain soil and planted grain and gardens.
On 7 Nov 1853, Mary was married to Sidney Epperson. He called her his "girl of the plains." They built a log house and began to raise their own family. Just fifteen months later, Elizabeth Agnes married Benjamin (Mark) Smith linking all of their families to these four young people.
1861 was a turning point away fom strife as life became more enjoyable and prosperous. Sidney and Mary Jane, Benjamin Mark and Agnes Smith moved their fami lies up Provo Canyon to the "Upper Provo Valley." They carved a road through the canyon, opening the way to what they called "heaven" in this beautiful Wasatch Valley beside Mount Timpanogos. Sidney later became the presiding elder, bringing two of the settlements together and naming this beautiful land Midway, Utah.
They helped to lay a firm foundation in the West and left a glorious foundation.