"Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero."
Sep 26, 2011
Meet John Frew
written by Brother #1 for a school project:
My great-great-great-great-grandfather, John Frew, was born June 17, 1826 in Avershire, Scotland. He was born with a talent for singing. in fact, as an adult he was asked to sing for the queen of Scotland.
As a young man, he met and married Jean Clotworthy on
May 1, 1846. Shortly after that they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
When he was 30, on March 23, 1856, they set sail from Liverpool on the ship called the Enoch Train with his wife and 5 children. Two of their children died on the way, but they arrived in Boston, MA on May 1, 1856, their wedding anniversary. From Boston they took a train to Iowa City. There they gathered wagons and handcarts to go on the 2000 mile journey to Utah. This Mormon trail occurred because Mormons were being persecuted, their houses were being burned, their cattle killed, and the Mormons went West for religious freedom, settling in what is now Utah.
John's oldest 2 children walked every step of the way barefoot, sometimes bleeding so badly they left a trail of blood. Along the way, his wife gave birth to one son, her bed being the wagon.
Once they arrived in Utah, John got a job as a stationary engineer. They helped settle Franklin, Idaho a few years later where John bought and ran a sawmill.
One night as Jean Frew was pulling fresh bread out of her oven, an Indian broke into the house. She fought and fought and finally the Indian dropped the tomahawk and left.
In 1869, John and his family moved to Hopper, Utah. Sadly, his wife Jean died on march 30, 1872. John remarried and had 3 more children for a total of 11. He died on February 22, 1904. He was 78.