Mary Ann Park Brockbank was born 17 July 1843 in Watford, Lambton, Ontario, Canada, to John and Louise (Smith) Park. In 1846 her family left Canada to settle in Nauvoo, Illinois, with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her family was then called to travel with the first set of Saints who left Nauvoo to settle in the West. They crossed the plains and arrived at the Utah Territory in 1847. Once they had completed this difficult journey west, they had more hardships in getting the new settlement established, but they remained faithful. Mary wed Isaac Brockbank on 7 January 1865 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She and Isaac had eleven children live to adulthood, six boys and five girls; one daughter died in infancy. Mary and Isaac lived the rest of their lives in the Salt Lake City area, mainly in Big Cottonwood and Holladay, Utah. Mary died 18 August 1941 in Murray, Utah, at age 98, being the last survivor from the first group of Saints that entered Utah in 1847.
This is a typewritten copy of Mary's biography of her parents entitled, Biographical Sketch of John and Louise Smith Park, however the bulk of this seven page account is autobiographical. She focuses on her growing up years, especially her involvement in the Church. She gives a brief background history of her parents and their conversion and then goes on to describe her family's trek west. They were in John Taylor's company as they crossed the plains in wagons, leaving from Nauvoo in 1847. Once they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, they encountered problems with Indians and crickets. The seagull account is recorded as well. These hardships caused her family to move and settle in Provo where Mary attended school in the Provo Fort. She mentions blessings her family enjoyed there.First Pioneer Group (1847), Pioneers