GENERVA ("Jennie") GLENN was born 25 July 1887
in Wallsburg, Wasatch County, Utah, and she grew up in Wallsburg.
Relatives on both sides of her family had been early settlers there.
She married Clealon Bray on 24 Dec 1904 at Heber,
Wasatch, Utah. Clealon was a son of John Alexander
Bray (1846-1908) and Irene Roland Berry (1855-1931). He was born
5 Nov 1883 at Houlka, Chickasaw, Mississippi. His family had joined the
LDS Church in 1888 in Mississippi, and came to Utah by train when Clealon
was only 4 years old. The Bray family had been driven out by mob
persecution, which was very severe against "Mormons" in the southern states
during that era. The Bray family lived in Provo, and apparently Clealon and
Jennie met when he made deliveries to her father's store in Wallsburg.
Clealon was 21 and Jennie only 16 when they married. To this couple
was born three children:
WANDA INEZ BRAY, b. 29 Jan 1905
in Wallsburg, Wasatch County
(later married Leonard Call Mann)
LISTON CLEALON BRAY, b. 10 Mar 1906
in Provo, Utah County
(later married Bertha Butterfield)
ROBERT LAMAR BRAY, b. 23 Aug 1908
in Bingham, Salt Lake County, Utah
(later married Grace Allene Lumpkin)
Clealon and Jennie were divorced soon after LaMar was born. She moved
to Bingham Canyon where her parents had lived since 1907. They owned a
cafe and grocery store in Bingham. Jennie worked for her father and
later at her sister's boarding house, while she and her three children
lived with her parents, Robert Wilson Glenn II and Vilate Mecham Glenn.
Bingham Canyon, a typical western mining town, was quite a rough place.
It had many saloons, and fights broke out frequently. The town was also
plagued by natural disasters, such as floods, fires, and snowslides.
The houses were mostly made of wood and were packed tightly together in
the narrow canyon; so when fires broke out they often raged from one
end of the town to the other. This happened repeatedly (in 1881, 1895,
1905,1924 and 1932). It is said that "every home had a still, and during
the town's fires the smoke smelled so fragrantly that firemen as
well as bystanders, men, women, cats, dogs, chickens, and birds staggered
around dizzily, because of the overpowering alcoholic fumes."
(This may be only another tall tale, however).
Jennie had a hard life trying to raise her children as a single mother.
She worked and tried to support her children, but she remarried
and divorced four more times; she seems to have made very poor choices
in husbands. Most of them were abusive to her or the children, who
were sent to stay with different relatives at times. My grandpa stayed
with cousins in Wallsburg and for a while out at Gold Hill in the west
desert, which is now a ghost town. After her divorce from Clealon Bray,
Jennie Glenn was married and divorced in succession to Earl Tucker,
Bert Baylor, Terry A. Mann, and lastly to Allen Dale Jackson, in 1928.
She had no children by any of these other marriages.
Even though she was also divorced from Mr. Jackson, she kept the last
name Jackson for the remainder of her life.
Jennie and her children often lived with her parents Robert Wilson
Glenn II (1856-1936) and Adelia Vilate Mecham (1856-1941) in Bingham,
and after her last divorce she again moved back to her parents' home
after they had moved to the valley. She died from cancer on
23 May 1937, at 49 years of age. She is buried in the Elysian Burial
Gardens in Murray, under the name Jennie Jackson. Her sons
Liston and LaMar Bray and their wives are also buried there. Her
parents Robert Wilson Glenn II and Vilate Mecham, and her brothers Bill
(Robert Wilson Glenn III) and Hugh Glenn; also her sister Mary Glenn
(Stoker), and her grandson Lawrence Webb Bray, are all buried near each
other in the Elysian Burial Gardens.
by Karen Bray Keeley
by Sandra Shuler Bray