AKA's: Carter, Sophronia Ellen Lenora Hart Turnbow
Birth Date: Feb 23, 1841
Death Date: Feb 5, 1925
Birth Place: , Perry, Alabama
Death Place: St. George, Washington, Utah, U.S.A.
Burial Date: Feb 8, 1925
Cause of Death:
Father: Turnbow, Samuel
Mother: Hart, Sylvira Caroline
Spouse: Carter, William
Marriage Date: Feb 8, 1857
Sophronia Ellen Lenora Hart Turnbow Carter by Karma Wasden.
Sophronia Ellen Lenora Hart Turnbow was born February ?3, 1841 in Perry County, Alabama, the sixth child of Samuel Turnbow and Sylvire Caroline Hart. Her family joined the Church of Latter-day Saints in 1840 and gathered with the saints in Illinois that same year. The family
crossed the plains with the A.O. Smoot wagon company and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in October 1847. She was baptized in the Jordan River at age 8.
In April of 1853 when "Fronie" was twelve years old, her mother died. As the oldest living daughter, much of the household duties for her father's home and family fell to Fronie and was not relieved until two years later when her father remarried. Fronie's opportunities for educaton were limited, but she took advantage of the schooling available and had a good common education. She was also a member of the Brother Richard Ballentine's Sunday School, the first organized in the church.
In Salt Lake City on 8 February 1857 shortly before her sixteenth birthday, she married William Carter, becoming his third wife. They were sealed in the Endowment House 21 April 1857. William's second wife, Harriet Temperance Utley, a neighbor from Alabama, had lived in Salt Lake City with the Turnbow family after the death of her own parents, and Fronie and Harriet were good friends.
In the October Church conference, William Carter and his family were called to settle in Southern Utah. While his first two wives stayed in Salt Lake City caring for his holdings there, William, Fronie and their two-year-old daughter Adaline made their way to what would be called St. George, arriving on 4 December 1861. Fronie drove a wagon all the way, caring for her own team and preparing meals for the family. She brought with her a prized hen which she had to protect from the coyotes by keeping the hen in her tent.
William and Fronie built one of the first adobe houses in the valley. She mixed all the mud which William made into adobes. Then Fronie ricked, (ricked means to gather and stack the bricks appropriately so they will dry), the adobes into piles for drying. When the actual building began, she carried the adobes to William, as well as preparing all the mortar which she carried in a brass kettle.
While William returned to Salt Lake to get the rest of his family, Fronie plastered her home with her hands, made the doors and window casings from cottonwood, hung the back door with leather from an old boot top, and hung the front door with a pair of iron hinges the blacksmith made for her. She also built a chicken coop from the left over adobes.
Fronie planted her first cotton in January of 1862, 14 rows of seed from which she eventually picked 400 pounds of cotton. This she cleaned, carded, and wove into cloth. Later, when silk worm cocoons were brought to St. George, Fronie had a successful silk business. She cared for the worms, gathered the silk, spun it, and wove it into cloth from which she sewed her own dresses. Her daughter Adaline remembers having a fancy 24th of July hat that her mother helped her weave from straw.
Fronie bore nine children to William Carter, who died 22 June 1896 in St. George: Adaline Turnbow Carter, 27 April 1859: Wilford Turnbow Carter, 1 June 1862: Franklin Turnbow Carter, 4 August 1864: Milton Turnbow Carter, 7 February 1867: Samuel Amos Turnbow Carter, 13 Sept 1869: Silvira Caroline Turnbow Carter, 27 March 1872: Sophronia Ellen Turnbow Carter, 13 October 1874: Mary Ann Turnbow Carter, 1 July 1876: Austin Turnbow Carter, 20 Sept 1879.
Fronie was active in church and communities affairs and church. She was a member and a teacher in the Relief Society from its beginning in St. George, a counselor in the Primary for ten years, and a teacher in Sunday School for three years. After the temple was built, she joined other Relief Society sisters in cleaning the temple every Monday.
Fronie spent many hours caring for the sick. She had the desire to aid those who were ill, as long as the Lord kept her well. On one occasion when she had taken some "dainties" to a sick woman living in the Tonaquint fields, and finding the Santa Clara River flooding, Fronie took the woman in her arms and carried her through the waist high water to safety.
Sophronia Ellen Lenora Turnbow Cater was a strong, independent woman. In her later years, she helped provide for herself by supplying yeast to others in the community.
She died 5 February 1925 at the age of 84 in St. George, Utah, where she was buried three days later.
Author - Karma Wasden 331 S. 500 E. St. George, utah 84770. Written about 1995.
Portrait: View Photo
Obituary: Not Available
Plot #: 2
Plat #: B
Marker Information: Present
Condition: Good - readable
Inscription: MOTHER SOPHRONIA T. CARTER FEB 25, 1841 - FEB 6, 1925
Motifs: Flower on each side of inscription
Pioneer plaque on bottom left side