|John Henry Bott
|February 2 1858
|Interwiki: Death date and age 1914050318580202++
|Brigham City Cemetery
After joining the Mormon Church, John Henry Bott, his parents and his siblings left England for America. While his parents remained in New York City to earn enough money for the journey to Utah, John went ahead because he had consumption and knew the dry mountain climate would be better for his health.
John arrived in Salt Lake City in 1874 and worked as an errand boy for religious leader Brigham Young. He ultimately settled in Brigham City where he earned a living as a carpenter and a farmer.
When church leaders asked for volunteers to build a temple, John went to Salt Lake to assist. He learned to cut stone during this time. John returned to Brigham City when the project was completed and opened a monument shop built of willows and straw. He named the shop John H. Bott & Co. His artistry can be seen in cemeteries and buildings throughout the intermountain west.
John was a polygamist and had three wives and 33 children. Because polygamy was against the law, John spent eight years eluding marshals. Some of his hideouts were cemeteries, hay lofts, willow patches and mountain cliffs. John was eventually caught and spent six months in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary. He passed the time making rattles, fans and trinkets for his children.