Family History Moments: A Forgotten Book
article, Deseret News newspaper, March 10, 2016
Church website, March 16, 2016
(Text and photo of article shown below)
For more than a century a
book that contained over 800 years of history about a large family in
Yorkshire, England, remained forgotten and unavailable to most family
members and relatives. However, that recently changed.
In 1910, Colonel Philip Saltmarshe printed
for private circulation only limited copies of a book entitled the
History of the Township and Family of Saltmarshe in the East Riding
of Yorkshire, which described and listed many descendants of the
Saltmarshe family from medieval times down to the 20th century. Unfortunately,
this book had become largely forgotten and today the whereabouts of only
a few copies are known and most of these are not easily accessible.
In May 2015, relatives in England informed
the Brough Family Organization of Utah that a Margaret Borough (or Brough)
had married a John Saltmarshe in 1483 in Yorkshire and that their marriage
and descendants had been recognized by a vertically divided shield
which portrayed both the Saltmarshe and Brough arms in a beautiful stained
glass window pane within the Saltmarshe Chapel of the Minster Church of
St. Peter and St. Paul in Howden, Yorkshire.
These relatives then contacted officials
at Minster Church who graciously provided them with pictures of the window
pane along with copies of selected pages from the Saltmarshe book still
in their possession. These pages contained a large pedigree chart that
showed the Saltmarshe and Brough ancestors and descendants from 1160 down
Over the following months family researchers
in Utah and England were able to use the pedigree chart in the Saltmarshe
book to help them document and piece together other genealogical and historical
information and sources about the ancestors and descendants of the Saltmarshe
and Brough families of Yorkshire. Today this large Yorkshire family has
been entered into FamilySearch Tree and many living relatives have now
been able to connect their own lineages to these individuals and their
Since the Saltmarshe publication has come
to light a number of family members have stated that they felt divinely
directed or inspired while researching the people
listed on the pedigree chart.
R. Clayton Brough, West Jordan Utah
BFO International Headquarters
800 North, Bountiful, Utah, 84010, USA.