Mary Allsop Scottern Frost

Article in the Oakley Herold, Friday, April 7, 1933:

Mary Allsop Scottern, who lived in England, received the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and migrated from England to Utah in October, 1857. Being staunch in this belief and only a girl of sixteen, she left her home of luxury, disowned by her people, to follow the thing she believed to be right. She had saved enough of her own money to pay her way to ride in a wagon in the Israel Evans Company. On starting the journey she noticed a woman with a hand cart who was anxious to go, but who seemed too sick to make the trip. Mary gladly gave the little woman her place in the wagon and pulled the hand cart the full distance across the plains.

While she was on the trip, an incident happened which established definitely for her the truth of the gospel. She had dropped behind the company a short distance and noticed some wild berries by the road. She called to the others to go on, that she would only be a few minutes. She became so absorbed in hunting these berries that she did not notice the company had dropped out of sight on the other side of the hill and that the sun was nearly down. When she returned to her cart, she was startled by two Indian braves who were coming after her. It seemed the fright lasted only a second. She jumped into her cart and standing erect, talked to these Indians and told them in their own tongue that men from the company were coming for her and that there would be a fight. Men on horses were coming over the ridge. They had missed her in camp and were coming to find her. The Indians were overcome with fright upon hearing a white woman talk to them in Indian and they fled with fear of the Great Spirit. Mary Scottern was never able to understand an Indian or speak one word of the language from that time on until her death, but she felt that the experience had given her a burning testimony of the truth.

Shortly after her arrival in Utah, she married Edward Frost, a cabinet maker by trade. They made their home in Fillmore, Utah and on August 8, 1860, a baby girl was born, Maud A. Frost. Later her brother, Edward S. Frost was born, who now resides in Grouse Creek, Utah. There being only two children, the great bond of love established between the two was never broken.

While Maud was still a small child, the family moved to Black Rock where her father ran the old grist mill, and later they moved to Grantsville where he applied his trade of making furniture. He was a man of faith, having completed two missions in foreign lands before his death. When Maud was only six years of age her father died, and her mother taught school for a living for many years and in order that there would be no jealousy, she was to do twice the amount of work of the others.

In the year 1880 this small family moved to Grouse Creek, Utah, to establish a home. Here Maud met David P. Thomas and she was married to him on December 20, 1881 at Corrine, Utah.

This newspaper article goes on to tell about Maud Mary so I am going to leave out the rest and complete her history as far as I have record.

Mary Allsop and her son put down roots in Grouse Creek. He either bought or homesteaded the Frost Meadows – now know as the Tanner Meadows. About a year before Mary A. died, Edward Scottern married Clara Elizabeth Shaw. Mary A. continued to make her home with them.

Mary Allsop Frost died of black jaundice on May 1, 1886, at Grouse Creek, Utah and was buried there.

Submitted by Sharon Kae Kimber