Fife


Elijah and Mary Francis (Fife) Bingham


Mary Frances Fife, daughter of Joseph and Martha Ann (Bingham) Fife, born 30 April 1872 in Riverdale, Weber, Utah; buried in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, 14 February 1940. She married on 19 October 1891 in Ogden, Weber, Utah, Elijah Norman Bingham, son of Brigham Heber and Angeline Theresia (Aldous) Bingham, born in Ogden, 25 January 1870; died in Ogden, 15 Mar 1946; buried in Blackfoot.


Joseph Fife, son of Adam and Ellen (Sharp) Fife, born 9 September 1842 in Clackmannan, Clackmannan, Scotland; died 4 November 1921 in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah; buried 6 November 1921 in Ogden, Weber, Utah. He married on 16 February 1865, Martha Ann Bingham, daughter of Sanford and Martha Ann (Lewis) Bingham, born 29 January 1850 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; died 13 September 1914 in Riverdale, Weber, Utah; buried in Ogden, 16 September 1914.

Children of Joseph FIFE and Martha Ann BINGHAM:

Martha Ellen Fife, born in Riverdale, 24 July 1866; died in Rexburg, Madison, Idaho, 14 February 1953; buried in Rexburg, 17 February 1953.

Joseph Adam Fife, born in Riverdale, 15 June 1868; died in Preston, Franklin, Idaho, 5 April 1955.

Sanford Fife, born in Riverdale, 17 February 1870; died 2 June 1954.

Mary Frances Fife, married Elijah Norman Bingham.

John Bingham Fife, born in Riverdale, 29 August 1874; died in Ogden, 17 July 1954; buried in Ogden, 21 July 1954.

Benjamin Franklin Fife, born in Riverdale, 26 January 1878 (or 1879); died in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, 4 August 1956; buried in Rexburg, 7 August 1956.

Cordelia Fife, born in Riverdale, 18 March 1881; died in Ogden, 19 February 1957; buried in Ogden.

William Lewis Fife, born in Riverdale, 18 June 1883; died in Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, 27 August 1966; buried in Orange, Orange, California, 31 August 1966.

Margaret Fife, born in Riverdale, 9 July 1885; died in Roy, Weber, Utah, 24 Feb 1974; buried in Ogden, 27 February 1974.

Lucinda Elizabeth Fife, born in Riverdale, 23 July 1887; died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, 9 November 1963; burie d in Ogden, 13 November 1963.

Annie Drucilla Fife, born in Riverdale, 2 September 1890.

Katherine Fife, born in Riverdale, 24 November 1893; died 9 August 1979.


Adam Fife, born in Sauchie, Clackmannan, Scotland, 4 July 1806, son of John and Margaret (Hunter) Fife; died in Riverdale, Weber, Utah, December 1861 (January 1864); buried in Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah. He married Ellen (Helen) Sharp, born in Clackmannan, Clackmannan, Scotland, 10 November 1808; died in Riverdale, 24 April 1866; buried in Salt Lake, daughter of John and Mary (Hunter) Sharp.

Adam arrived in Utah with his family in September 1851, in the David Wilkie company. He moved to Weber County in 1856; quarried stone in Red Butte canyon for the wall around the temple grounds in Salt Lake, and became well known as a freighter. For additional details of Adam's life, see the autobiography of his son, Adam Sharp Fife, below.

Children of Adam FIFE and Ellen (Helen) SHARP:

Mary Fife, born in Sauchie, 8 June 1827; died in Riverdale, 11 November 1908; buried in Ogden. Married Alex Patterson, son of Robert Patterson and Mary Drysdale.

Margaret Fife, born in Clackmannan, 25 July 1829; died in Greenville, Beaver, Utah, 3 January 1915; buried in Greenville, Beaver, Utah. Married John Easton and David ---.

John Fife, born in Clackmannan, 10 May 1831; died 22 February 1912. Married Sarah Ann Lewis (1854), Phebe Ann Spraker (1857), and Ann Louise Johnson.

James Fife, born in Clackmannan, 5 May 1833; died 13 August 1871. Married Jenetta Twedle.

Andrew Fife, born in Clackmannan, 3 July 1835.

Robert Fife, born in Clackmannan, 4 May 1837.

Adam Sharp Fife, born in Clackmannan, 24 July 1838; died in Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, 17 November 1922; buried in Brigham City. Adam wrote the following account of his life [D.U.P., Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 13]:

I was born the 24th of July 1838 in the town of Clackmannan, Scotland, to Ellen (Helen) Sharp and Adam Fife, their seventh child. My oldest sister Mary and her husband Alex Patterson were the first to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sailing for America in 1847. Two years later my parents with the remainder of their family boarded a sailing boat for America. One of my sisters died with cholera and was buried at sea. We landed in New Orleans and traveled up to St. Louis where we were met by Mary and Alex. We lived in St. Louis two years, making preparations to continue on to Great Salt Lake. During this time, Janet, the 13th child of my parents, was born. In 1851 the family started with the David Wilkie Company for the Valley. Jane was born in Salt Lake City and Sarah Lewis, the 15th, was born in Cedar City, where my parents had been called to help settle in 1853. I was fifteen years of age and my job was to drive the cows. The wagons were ahead, I lagging behind. I looked down a ravine and was startled to see a big Indian looking at me. I took hold of a cow's tail and away we went to catch the wagons. When we returned to Salt Lake City, my brother and I went to work with the Sharps, quarrying rocks from Red Butte Canyon. We used a large sled pulled by oxen to drag the large rocks down the canyons. I worked there almost continuously until 1868 although I did some freighting and was sent on several trips to meet the Saints. I helped to lay the east cornerstone of the temple; the smaller rocks were used to build the rock wall around the square. This wall was completed Tuesday, July 15, 1854. I met and fell in love with a pretty little girl from England, Comfort Jolly. We were married the 27th of June 1863. Our first baby, Comfort Jolly, was born May 22nd, 1864, and died the day of her birth. We went to the Endowment House February 16th, 1865. Our second baby was born January 26th, 1868. We named her Mary Ellen. We moved to Hooper, Weber County, where two sons were born, Adam Jolly, May 8th, 1872, and William Jolly, October 22nd, 1874. While living there I farmed. Our last four children were born in Clarkston, Cache, Utah, Cecilia Margaret, John Jolly, Joseph Franklin and James Leroy. Comfort's mother, Comfort Halibone Jolly, lived with us. She was quite feeble and we felt we could not take her out to the dry farm; I spent as much time as I could out there but it wasn't enough. Lew Spencer jumped my claim. I began to quarry rock to build the Clarkston meeting house, finishing in 1877. I always tried to go to meeting when I was home. The meeting house faced east and I usually sat on the south side just under the middle window, with my arm up resting my head on my hand. One Sunday, when meeting was out, Bob Nish who had talked, asked me how I liked his talk. I answered, "Lars, man, the talk was all right but you talked too long." "All right," he said, "next time you just hold up one finger." I had been baptized and confirmed by John Sharp July 9th, 1846. I was re-baptized July 9, 1878, by O. A. Jensen and confirmed by John Jardine at Clarkston. I worked grading for the railroad, one contract after another, in northern Utah, through Montana, Glenn's Ferry, Storrs Ferry, up and down the Snake River. One time, the train going through Swan Lake with my equipment and horse, tipped over; my men really had to work fast to break open the boxcar doors to get the horses out before they were seriously injured. Due to my early exposures and successive bouts with the weather, I developed rheumatism; for a number of years I managed to get around with a cane, but finally the pain became so severe I was forced to complete invalidism.
Adam's wife, Comfort, described him thusly: "Adam Fife was tall, dark complexioned, with big brown eyes, a straight bridged nose and large ears which fastened to the jaw without a lobe. He was very distinguished looking with a straight carriage and walk. He was a lovable, kind man, but retiring. He loved children, holding them, singing to them and telling them stories. He was firm and very quick in giving directions."
Adam married Comfort Jolly in Salt Lake City, 27 June 1863. She was born 6 January 1846, daughter of William and Comfort Jolly of Herechester, Northamptonshire, England (pioneers of 30 September 1854, Darwin Richardson company). Their children were: (1) Mary Ellen born 24 January 1869, married William Jardine; (2) Adam J., born 8 May 1872, married Agnes Shumway; (3) William J., born 22 October 1876, married May Jardine; (4) Cecelia, born 11 July 1879, married John Vaughn; (5) John J., born 17 February 1882, married Elizabeth Terry; (6) Joseph J., born 28 November 1884, married Margaret Anderson; (7) LeRoy, born 2 June 1887.
Cecilia Fife, born in Clackmannan, 6 October 1840.

Joseph Fife, married Martha Ann Bingham.

Helen (Ellen) Fife, born in Clackmannan, 12 September 1844; died at sea 24 Sep 1849.

Agnes Ann Fife, born in Clackmannan, 14 May 1846. She married, as his second wife, Sanford Bingham, son of Erastus and Lucinda (Gates) Bingham, by whom she had : (1) Martha Agnes, born 25 August 1864, married Wilson G. Wright, 16 March 1888; (2) Adam Aranthon, born 14 November 1865, married Annie Stratton 14 November 1889; (3) Walter, born 29 April 1867, married Jessie McDonald, 20 October 1886; (4) Ellen, born 30 March 1869, married Joseph K. Wright, 8 December 1886; (5) Mary, born 5 January 1871, married James H. Cook, 1 June 1898; (6) Enoch, born 12 December 1872, married Alice Tracy, 21 July 1893; (7) Margaret, born 22 October 1874; (8) Sanford James, born 2 March 1877, married Sophia Stratton, 26 June 1901; (9) Andrew, born 19 January 1879, married Adele Child, 7 December 1898; (10) Tracy, born 2 August 1882, died 26 December 1893; (11) Oscar, born 18 August 1884, drowned 26 December 1893; (12) Norman, born 18 September 1886, married Ellen Garner, 20 January 1909; (13) Maria, born 31 May 1895. See Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah and Sketch of the Life of Erastus Bingham and Family.

Catherine Fife, born in Clackmannan, 13 August 1848; died in Ogden, 28 December 1929; buried in Ogden, 30 December 1929. Married Francis Love Russell (1866)

Janet Fife, born in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1 Mar 1851; died 13 Mar 1940 in Hooper, Weber, Utah; buried in Hooper, 17 Mar 1940. Married, 6 September 1868, William Warren Child, son of Myron Barber and Emeline (Elmer) Child, born in Lee County, Iowa, 27 February 1848. Children: (1) William W., born 30 August 1869, died 10 December 1878; (2) Myron B., born 1 September 1870, died 7 December 1890; (3) Ellen, born 1 April 1873, married John D. Hooper, 21 December 1899; (4) John, born 21 November 1875, died 4 October 1876; (5) Mark A., born 7 February 1877, married Emma Simpson, 28 April 1897; (6) Louisa E., born 5 June 1879, married Charles Towles, 29 January 1900; (7) James O., born 19 November 1881, married Blanche Manning, 19 December 1900; (8) Vennetta, born 1 April 1884, married John A. Martin, 30 August 1906; (9) M. Evelean, born 2 July 1886, married William Holmes, 27 November 1906; (10) Jennie M., born 18 November 1888; (11) Synthia, born 22 October 1890, married Heber Benz, 26 October 1910; (12) Erbin L., born 18 April 1884. William Child was ordained Bishop of Hooper in 1888 and served as Weber County Commissioner, 1889-90. See Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah.

Jane Fife, born in Salt Lake, 7 May 1853; died 26 January 1921. Married Charles Densen (Densee, Densel).

Sarah Lewis Fife, born in Cedar City, Iron, Utah, 26 December 1855; died 26 April 1922. Married William McCracken.


John Fife, born in Alloa, Clackmannon, Scotland, 13 April 1782, son of James and Catherine (Snadon) Fife; died in Alloa, about 1842. He married in Alloa, on 11 September 1803, Margaret Hunter , born in Clackmannan, Clackmannan, Scotland, 26 January 1783, daughter of Adam and Agnes (Sharp) Hunter.

Children of John FIFE and Margaret HUNTER:

James Fife, christened in Sauchie, Clackmannan, Scotland, 26 October 1804, died 1825.

Adam Fife married Ellen (Helen) Sharp.

John Fife, born in Sauchie, 14 July 1809; died 1824.

Agnes Fife, born in Sauchie, 1 August 1811; died abt. 1861.

Margaret Fife, born in Newtonshaw, Clackmannan, Scotland, 13 October 1814; died in Saint Louis, Missouri, 5 August 1848; buried in Grovy, Saint Louis, Missouri, 8 August 1848. Margaret married Andrew Patterson 18 November 1837, and to them were born four children: Margaret, Robert, and twins, Mary Ross and Agnes Ann. At some time they heard the message of the restored gospel and were baptized. As many did, they then made plans to come to America. They left from Liverpool, sailed to New Orleans and then took a smaller boat up the river to St. Louis, where they remained to earn money to continue the journey to Utah. Late in 1848 a cholera epidemic began which took a heavy toll of the people in and around St. Louis and in the camps of pioneers preparing to travel on westward. Every morning the dead wagon made its round accompanied by the awful cry bring out your dead. Accompanying these wagons were immunes who would enter, take the corpses, sometimes without any preparation, to the vehicles, and then on to a burial ground where, due to the heavy death toll, the corpses were buried in trenches. Margaret was one of those who caught the cholera, died suddenly and was buried in a common grave. Andrew was left to care for their four young children as they continued on to Utah. -- Helen Farnsworth Ovard in Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 16. See also Kathleen S. Farnsworth in Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 5.

Andrew Fife, born in Sauchie, 17 December 1816; died abt. 1866. Married Janet Patterson.

Catherine Fife, born in Alloa, 19 January 1819; died in Hooper, Weber, Utah, abt. 1861. Married John Smith.

Janet Fife, born in Deven Iron Works, Clackmannan, Scotland, 17 Feb 1822; died in Clinton, Davis, Utah, 12 April 1899; buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah, 15 April 1899. Married James Mitchell (b. 24 June 1817 in Scotland).


James Fife, born in Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland, 8 January 1749, son of John and Isabel (Fife) Fife; died 1823. He married in Alloa, on 16 August 1769, Catherine Snadon , christened in Alloa, 22 May 1748, daughter of Walter and Helen (White) Snadon.

Children of James FIFE and Catherine SNADON:

Catherine Fife, born in Alloa, 12 December 1772.

Isobel Fife, born in Alloa, 27 October 1774.

Walter Fife, born in Alloa, 20 April 1777.

Helen Fife, born in Alloa, 13 April 1782.

John Fife, born in Alloa, 13 April 1782, married Margaret Hunter.