The Allred Children
by Beverly Allred Royer
Lineage: Beverly, Wendell U., Theras Orson, Orson Pratt, William Moore, Isaac, William, Thomas
“Mom, who are the Allred children in your family pictures?” My mother, born Virginia Booth, did not become an Allred until she married my father. She had no blood Allred relatives. Consequently, it was confusing to me that there were children surnamed
Allred in my mother’s childhood photos. I have since learned the story of “The Allred Children.” The following account is based primarily on the recollections of my aunt, Phyllis Phillips.
In 1931, A. L. and Edith Booth were busy raising their four children, Thornton, Virginia, Margery and Phyllis (ages 13 to 6), at 131 West 500 North in Provo, Utah. Also living at home and helping raise the children was Editha Booth, A. L.’s 28-year old daughter by his first wife. There were many relatives of the Booths who lived nearby One neighborhood family who wasn’t related resided at 167 West 500 North. This was Elmo Allred (1904-1971) (Elmo, Isaac Alma, William Alma, Isaac, James, William, Thomas), his wife Grace and their three children, Shirley, Venita and LeGrande (ages 4 to 2).
Near the time of her 23rd birthday on 28 February 1931 (1) Grace Allred became ill with an ear infection. Several days later, a physician determined she had developed encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and sepsis. The doctor operated on March 9 but Grace died the following day in Provo’s Aird Hospital. (2)