|Elinor's possible birthplace, Stowe, Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England - just a stone's throw from Wales.|
William was christened in Hay on December 20, 1812, and died in 1823 at age 10. He was buried at St. Mary’s, Hay.
Samuel was christened in Cusop, Herefordshire, next to Hay across the English border on 28 January 1814. His father John’s profession is indicated as butcher living at Cusop Green. Samuel married Anne Pritchard of Abergavenny. They had four children. Samuel died in approximately 1860. Two of his sons went to America in the 1860s.
Daughter Eleanor was christened in Cusop on July 5, 1816. John’s profession is listed as labourer. Daughter Eleanor married William Watkins. They had two children christened in Hay and lived in Glasbury.
Thomas was born about 1819. He married Amelia Frances Watkins in the Parish Church of Llanfoist, Monmouthshire in 1845 listing his father, John, as a butcher. Thomas and Amelia had three children. Thomas died 5 April 1850 in Llanfoist.
Catherine was christened in Hay on January 31, 1822. Her father’s profession is indicated as butcher. Catherine married John Delahay and was with her parents in Llanfoist, Monmouthshire in 1851 listed as a widow.
Son John was christened 25 February 1825 in Hay, his father listed as a butcher. He moved with his family to Llanfoist, Monmouthshire in the 1830s. He married Maranah Watkins of Penrhos, Monmouthshire in 1846 and moved with the family to Durham, England in the 1860s. He was a puddler in the iron mills. John and Maranah had 11 children. In the 1870s, John left England for Pennsylvania in the United States. He married Margaret Duncan in about 1877 and had two sons. He died in 1897 and is buried in O’Hara Township, Alleghany Co., Pennsylvania. Maranah joined the LDS Church in Durham, England with two of her and John’s sons.
Jane was born 14 July and christened 22 July 1827 in Hay. Her father, John, was listed as a butcher. She married John Lewis and they had three children. Jane was baptized into the LDS Church in Llanfoist before 1849 when she and John were both received into the Tredegar LDS Branch as members. They traveled to the US on the S. Curling in 1856 and were with Jane’s mother Eleanor in the Ellsworth Handcart Co. arriving in the Salt Lake Valley September 1856. They lived temporarily in Springville, Utah where John expressed interest in mining. By September 1860, Jane married Abednego Johns/Jones in Jacks Valley, Nevada. They had two sons together. John and Jane may have separated upon arriving in Nevada with John going to the Sierras to mine. Jane died in March, 1890 and is buried in an unknown grave in Jacks Valley, Douglas Co., Nevada.
William was christened 1 October 1830 in Hay with his father listed as a butcher. He married Elizabeth Blackburn from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire in 1848. They had seven children all born in Llanfoist, the last in 1873. William died between 1873 and 1881.
Mary Ann was born in Llanfoist, Monmouthshire in 1837. She may have died before 1851 as she does not appear with the family on that census nor did she go to America with Elinor in 1856. By Elinor’s higher age estimates, it would be unlikely that this is her child. She may have been a grandchild or a niece. However, a 1789 birth for Elinor would not be impossible for her to be a mother at age 48.
|Broad Street in Hay, where the Poultry Market was held. The clock tower was built after John and Elinor's time.|
|The Enoch Train|
[F]ive hundred and thirty-four Saints on board, under the presidency of Elders James Ferguson, Edmund Ellsworth and Daniel D. McArthur. Of the emigrating Saints nineteen were from the Swiss Mission, four from the Cape of Good Hope, two from Denmark and two from the East India Mission. The company also included the first emigrants for Utah by the P. [Perpetual] E. [Emigration] Fund in 1856 -- who were to cross the plains with handcarts. There were four hundred and thirty-one of these emigrants, and one hundred and three called 'ordinary' passengers.
"One old Sister carried a teapot & calendar [colander] on her apron strings all the way to Salt Lake. Another Sister carried a hat box full of things but she died on the way."
|Devils Gate on the high plains of Wyoming.|
September 18th, while we were descending the hill to Green River, we very suddenly met Elder Edmond Ellsworth with the advance company of English Saints, over 309, with their hand-carts, trudging cheerfully up the hill; as we neared each other, the heavens and the hills resounded with the loud Hosannahs of the Saints, while the waving of hats, bonnets and handkerchiefs was a lively scene that a daguerrian artist might covet. On our asking why we had not heard from them until we saw them, we were answered, "We have out travelled every other company, not one has passed us, not a horse company, or even a solitary horseman, so we have to carry our own report; and we should have been here sooner, if our ox teams which carry the heavy dunnage, could have travelled any faster." They were very cheerful and happy.
Having learned that Capt. Edmund Ellsworth's company camped at the Willow Springs on the evening of the 25th inst. [Sept.], on the 26th Presidents Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball, Lieut. Genl. D. H. Wells, and many other citizens, in carriages, and several gentlemen and ladies on horseback, with a part of Capt. H. B. Clawson's company of lancers and the brass bands under Capt. William Pitt, left the Governor's Office at 9 a.m., with the view of meeting and escorting them into the city.
Within about a mile and a half of the foot of the Little Mountain, Prest. Young ordered the party to halt until the hand carts should arrive, and with Prest. Kimball drove on to meet them. Ere long the anxiously expected train came in sight, led by Capt. Ellsworth on foot, and with two aged veterans pulling the front cart, followed by a long line of carts attended by the old, middle aged and young of both sexes.
When opposite the escorting party, a halt was called and their Captain introduced the new comers to Prests. Young and Kimball, which was followed by the joyous greeting of relatives and friends, and an unexpected treat of melons. While thus regaling, Capt. Daniel D. McArthur came up with his hand-cart company, they having traveled from the east base of the Big Mountain.
Fom the halt to the Public Square on 2nd West Temple street, the following order was observed, under the supervision of Capt. Clawson: Lancers; Ladies on horseback: Prest. Young's, Prest. Kimball's and Lieut. Genl. Well's carriages; the Bands; Capt. Ellsworth's and McArthur's companies; Citizens in carriages and on horseback. The line of march was scarcely taken up, before it began to be met by men, women and children on foot, on horses, and in wagons, thronging out to see and welcome the first hand-cart companies and the numbers rapidly increased until the living tide lined and thronged South Temple street.
|Ellsworth Co. Escort into Salt Lake Valley, 26 September 1856. By Clark Kelley Price. LDS Media Library.|
after about an Hours rest we rolled on again[.] late in the afternoon we came out of the mouth Emagraton [Emigration Canyon] on to the Bench in full view of the City[.] my Heart sank within me and I cryd out[,] O Lord where shall I find me a Home[,] for I felt that I was a stranger in a strange land.
I think it is now proven to a certainty that men, women and children can cross the plains, from the settlements on the Missouri river to this place, on foot and draw hand-carts, loaded with a good portion of the articles needed to sustain them on the way. . . .
Concerning the prosperity of the first hand-cart expedition, I would like to have it understood what kind of people have been called for this season to embark in this great undertaking. A single explanation will show the difference between the people that this season came forth, and those that may emigrate another season in the same way.
Br. Franklin [Richards] was instructed to call upon the old soldiers, the halt, maimed, weak, and infirm, and not upon those who were particularly young and strong, but upon the old soldiers. [Voice. "those of 19 years standing in the church."]
This counsel called forth all the old men and women, the cripples and infirm, those that had borne the burden of sustaining the church from the first, in the old country.
With this kind of a company we came from England to Iowa city, probably a distance from this place of 1300 miles, or upwards. There was our first place of out-fit for the plains; and there I again received my appointment to lead the first company of hand-carts across the plains.
Fr as much as thou art one of a family and hast listened to the voice of the spirit and of the gospel, thou shalt do much for thy progenitors, be an honor to thy kindred because thou shalt bring many of them upon mount zion for thou shalt come up there.
|1851 Map of Springville, Utah by Luke Gallup|
Note Chas. Hulet Northwest Corner of Block 3, bottom, and A. Johnson (Bishop) Northwest Corner of Block 13.
Immigrated to US in 1854 [should be 1856] went to California 1856 [more likely 1857, ‘58 or even ‘59]. Lived in Jacks Valley since 1860.
There is a very tenuous hint of that in the memory of H. Van Sickles, an old settler of Carson Valley, who gave a statement to the Bancroft researchers on the settlement of the West:
|Jacks Valley or Winters Family Cemetery, Jacks Valley, Douglas County, Nevada.|
Courtesy of Jim Herman at Find-a-Grave.
Journal of Capt. Albert Tracy, Utah Historical Quarterly (Volume 13, 1945) entry for 14 October 1858 http://utahhistory.sdlhost.com/#/item/000000011020268/view/82Journal (accessed 5 September 2015).