Mary Ann Chapman's Story    Part 1   2

My father, youngest son of Welcome Chapman & Susan Amelia Risley. I was born April 22, 1872 at Silver Creek Parleys Park, Summit Co. Utah. Father, Mother & Uncle Hyrum & Aunt Rhoda all lived in the same house when I was born. When we moved away Uncles family lived there still, we moved back again after I was about 5 years old.

    My Fathers name, Welcome Chapman born 2 Oct 1849, mothers name, Mary Adeline Potter, born in San Bernadino Calif Sept 7, 1855. My Father & Mother were married April 11, 1870 by Daniel H. Wells, Salt Lake City Utah, in the old Endowment House. After I was born Father moved away from Silver Creek but moved back after he married my stepmother. My Father & his Bro. Hyrum were married about the same time & lived on a farm on Silver Creek near Park City, at Parleys Park. He & his brother Hyrum were in partners, they had some cattle & farmed. It was a beautiful little valley with high hills on the south & east, a meadow on the creek bottom west, where I spent many summer days playing along the clear waters in its willows & green meadows. My father had walled up the spring we got our water from with rocks, it was between our log house & my uncle's. I loved to roam around the valley on hillside & meadow & creek bottom looking for flowers & pebbles, birds & the beauties of nature. When my Grandmother Susan Amelia Risley Chapman came to visit her sons, she loved to take long walks. I loved to go with her. This was when I was about 5 & 6.