Tidwell Time Line
Our heritage is rich and worthy of study, yet it is sometimes difficult to keep
the various families sorted out. This time line will help. One should also
spend time studying the pedigree charts to understand family relationships.
1792 — Absalom Tidwell born in Tennessee
(father of Peter Tidwell)
1795 — Jane Telford born in Ireland (Evaleo Brighton’s
1802 — John Telford born in Ireland (Evaleo Brighton’s great
1818 — Robert Nelson born in Ireland, father of Jane Nelson.
Jane married Royal Tidwell, son of Peter Tidwell.
Elizabeth Joseph born in Ireland, mother of Jane Nelson
1825 — John Telford and Jane Telford (cousins), both Irish,
were married in Scotland.
1828 — Catherine (Catie) Bow born in Scotland (Evaleo Brighton’s
1829 — William (Willie) Stuart Brighton born in Scotland
(Evaleo Brighton’s grandfather)
1830 — John McCarthy Jr. born in Ireland (Grandfather of
1831 — Peter Tidwell born in Randolph County, Illinois
(father of Royal Tidwell)
1834 — Sophronia Alvira Hatch born in Vermont
(mother of Royal Tidwell)
1835 — Eliza Victoria Telford born in Canada
(Grandmother of Evaleo Brighton)
1842 — Robert Nelson and Elizabeth Joseph married in Ireland
Sophronia Hatch’s parents joined the Church and moved
1844 — William Stuart Brighton (Grandfather of Evaleo
Brighton Tidwell) joined the church in Scotland.
1845 — Robert Nelson joined the church in Ireland
Absalom Tidwell died in Nauvoo, Illinois.
1846 — Sophronia Hatch and parents start west.
1850 — Robert Nelson and Elizabeth Joseph sailed on the
ship North Atlantic from Scotland to America.
William Stuart Brighton and Catherine Bow married
1851 — John and Jane Telford and family crossed the plains.
1852 — Robert Nelson and family crossed the plains.
Sophronia Hatch married Peter Tidwell at Pleasant
Grove, Iowa, March 28.
1853 — Peter Tidwell and pregnant Sophronia Hatch
started for Utah in May.
Royal Edwin Tidwell born in Ogden in August, first
child of Peter Tidwell and Sophronia Hatch.
sailed to American on the ship Clara Wheeler.
1855 — John McCarthy set sail on the ship, Julie Ann, from
Australia on September 7.
The Julie Ann struck a coral reef on October 4.
1856 — John McCarthy arrived in San Francisco on April 14.
1857 — The William Stuart Brighton family crossed the plains
with the Israel Evans Handcart Company.
John McCarthy Jr. married Eliza Victoria Telford
1860 — The Robert Nelson family moved to Smithfield and
occupied a cabin in the fort.
1862 — Jane Margaret Nelson born at the Smithfield Fort
1864 — Daniel (Dan) Hanmer Wells Brighton born in Salt Lake City
(father of Evaleo Brighton)
Peter Tidwell and Sophronia Hatch moved to Smithfield.
Evaleo Siccolo McCarthy born in Richmond, Utah.
1879 — Royal and Jane’s first child, Elizabeth, was born.
1886 — Evaleo Siccolo McCarthy and Daniel Brighton
married in Salt Lake City.
1889 — Frank Tidwell born.
1891 — Evaleo Brighton born. She was half Irish
(mother’s side), half Scottish (father’s side).
Evaleo Siccolo McCarthy Brighton died 13 days
after giving birth to Evaleo Brighton.
1896 — John Telford died.
Jane Telford died.
1897 — Frank Tidwell was baptized.
1898 — John McCarthy Jr. died in Smithfield.
1902 — Robert Nelson died in Smithfield, Utah
(father of Jane Tidwell).
Elizabeth Joseph died in Smithfield, Utah
(wife of Robert Nelson).
1909 — Frank Tidwell ordained an elder
Peter Tidwell died in Smithfield
1910 — Frank Tidwell and Evaleo Brighton married in Logan.
1911 — Alton Tidwell born
Frank Tidwell purchased a farm at Blue Creek.
1913 — Ruby Tidwell born
Frank Tidwell sold the farm at Blue Creek.
1915 — Eliza Victoria Telford McCarthy died.
(Evaleo Brighton’s grandmother)
Dorothy Elizabeth South born in Argyle,
Rich County, Utah
1918 — Thelma Tidwell born.
Frank Tidwell traded his home for a dry farm
in Arimo, Idaho and moved there in the summer
of that year.
1919 — Sophronia Hatch Tidwell died in Preston, Idaho.
1922 — Frank Tidwell called as stake missionary while in Arimo.
1923 — Frank Tidwell released as stake missionary
1924 — Frank sold the farm in Arimo and moved back
to Smithfield to 91 East 3rd North into a home that
I believe Royal Tidwell built and lived in.
Frank and Roy Tidwell rented their father’s
farm (Royal Tidwell).
1925 — Frank Tidwell called to the Eastern States Mission
1927 — Frank Tidwell released from his mission.
Frank Tidwell called to teach Sunday school.
1929 — Barbara Tidwell Brown born.
Frank Tidwell started selling insurance for Met Life.
1931 — Eunice Tidwell Merrill born.
1932 — Around this date, Royal Tidwell contracted cancer
1934 — Royal Tidwell died at age 80.
1935 — Thelma Tidwell and Joe Jacobson married.
Frank Tidwell discontinued selling insurance for MET Life.
Alton Tidwell married Iris Nielson.
1937 — Ruby Tidwell and Wayne Johnson married.
1938 — Frank Tidwell called to be the high priest group leader.
Alton Tidwell divorced Iris Nielson.
1939 — Shirlene Tidwell born at American Fork, Utah.
1940 — Allen Tidwell born at American Fork, Utah .
1941 — Alton Tidwell divorced Dorothy South.
1942 — Frank Alton Tidwell married Dorothy Newton
1943 — Frank Tidwell called to be a member of the
Dan Brighton died.
1946 — Frank Tidwell called as bishop for the Smithfield 4th Ward.
Frank Tidwell sold his farm to Dale Nilson.
Around this time the Frank Tidwell family moved
to the home at 203 North Main.
Jane Tidwell lived across the street to the south.
Jane’s home is now gone.
1948 — Frank Tidwell started selling insurance for the
American National Insurance Company as well as being
a salesman for the J. R. Watkins Company.
Cancellation of sealing for Dorothy South and Alton Tidwell.
1950 — Barbara Tidwell and Gordell Brown married.
1952 — Frank Tidwell was released as bishop.
1956 — Jane Margaret Nelson Tidwell died
1961 — Shirlene Tidwell Hackworth died (car wreck)
1964 — Robert Allen Tidwell Hackworth married Loni Gee
in Salt Lake City
1975 — Frank Tidwell died
1979 — Ruby Tidwell Johnson died
1984 — Evaleo Brighton Tidwell died