Saturday, December 21, 2013

Emily Swaby Baggs

Emily was born 21 December 1881 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Her parents were Andrew Baggs and his wife, Mary Hannah Swaby. Her older brother died in 1882, so she became the oldest in a family of what would be eight children. When Emily was about three years old, her family was called to colonize St. Johns, Arizona. They began their life in St. Johns living in a wagon box, then built an adobe brick home. Her father worked as a cobbler. In 1890, when their time in St. Johns was finished, they moved to Ogden, Utah.

Emily attended school for a year, completing the third grade. After that, she was tutored at home by her grandmother, Asenath Greensides Swaby, who taught her good basic skills. As a girl she helped with the housework, cooking, caring for brothers and sisters, and knitted socks for the family.



In 1894 Emily's father bought a farm near Layton, Davis, Utah. As a teenager, she returned to Ogden to live with her grandparents during the winter months. There she babysat and worked in a canning factory. While away, she wrote to her friend, Lizzie White, who let her brother, George Francis White, read the letters. They met and eventually married on 1 May 1901 at Ogden, Weber, Utah. Emily saved her money to buy a beautiful wedding dress of white corded silk with a nine-gored skirt. She was a beautiful bride, all 5 feet and 3 inches of her!

Emily and George had a large family. Our ancestor, Kenneth Leo, was the fourth son. How she must have rejoiced when her fifth child was a girl who they named Emily. Things evened out, and when the count was in, there were five girls and six boys in the family. There is a nice photo of the family in the May posting for her son, Ken.

In the winter of 1962 George and Emily flew to California to visit with their children who lived in various cities throughout the state. After they returned home, Emily died a few days later on 17 March 1962, at the age of 80. Emily was noted for always saying kind things about other people and never being critical. There is a nice picture of George and Emily in their later years in the October posting for George Francis White. The easiest way to see them is to highlight the "White" surname in the Histories list at the left.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18th

December 18th belongs to Ann Wheale and Elizabeth Pasco, both born in England.

Ann was the daughter of John Weale and Mary Rundell. She was born at Trowbridge, featured in a recent post about her grandmother, Honour Start Rundall. On 7 August 1786, she got married at Hilmarton. You will remember this little map, showing many places occupied by family, including "Calne the market town" which is where they probably shopped.



Ann married a man named John. He may have been John Noyce, or John White, or John Hillier. White was his mother's maiden name, and Hillier was the man she married about six months after John was born. And I don't have a clue where he got Noyce, but I think there's a story here. It's really a mystery to me! He was from Bremhill. They had eight children, all born near Hillmarton. Our ancestor was their daughter, Lucy. Ann died on 4 July 1836, having survived her husband by twenty years.


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Elizabeth Pasco was born at an earlier time, in 1709. She came from Sithney, Cornwall, England. Sithney is just two miles from Helston, where they probably shopped. It is surrounded by green fields and looks beautiful to me. The River Kennall runs through the parish. If you eliminate the tags (I couldn't before importing the map; anyone know how?), you can get a good look at the countryside.



In 2001, Helston celebrated the 800th anniversary of the granting of its Charter, making it the second oldest town in Cornwall. King John granted the charter in 1201, making it a free borough town having certain privileges such as the right to its own court. In the Domesday Book it is referred to as Henliston. Its name is derived from hen lis, which means “old court” in Cornish, denoting it as a Saxon manor. Helston has always been associated with mining, and was a coinage town during the reign of Edward I. The town stands on the east bank of the River Cober which was once tidal, before it was cut off from the sea by Loe Bar in the 13th century. Helston has a special festival in May called Furry Day or Flora Day. Cornwall online says, "Nestled in a wooded valley to the north of the Lizard Peninsula, Helston is perhaps the least changed of all Cornwall's main towns. To stroll its streets and cobbled alleyways is to get a real sense of its history." A place like Helston makes it easy to imagine living in an earlier time.

Elizabeth's parents are not known to us. She married Joseph Rogers on 2 June 1739 and had three children, our ancestor being Alice.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Thomas Greensides, Kilnsea, and the Humber

This photo of Kilnsea was chosen for Google Earth. On 11 December 1793, Thomas Greensides, the son of John Greensides and Hannah Cooper was christened at Kilnsea, Yorkshire, England (B), about 24 miles SE of Hull. He was a twin, and so he was either the fourth or fifth child in a large family of nine children. Looking at the map, it's easy to think they lived at the end of the world. It was probably a fun place to grow up, living at the coast and playing on the beach.

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Kilnsea is about two miles S of the village of Easington, on the north bank of the Humber estuary. The entire area is called the Holderness area; once marshland, it is now one of Europe's fastest eroding coastlines. There is an old church at Easington and the hamlet of Kilnsea is a part of that parish. A medieval stone called the Kilnsea Cross is interesting. You can also see some beautiful photos of Kilnsea by Mark Denton.

Thomas was married three times. He married Ann Gilliat on 25 June 1815, at Barrow-Upon-Humber, Lincoln, England. His second wife was Elizabeth Horton, who he married on 24 August 1818, at Kingston-on-Hull, Yorkshire, England. They had two children together. Elizabeth died in 1823. Finally, he married Jane Grey, on 13 May 1827, at Barton-Upon-Humber, Lincoln, England. He and Jane had seven children, several of them not surviving infancy. Our ancestor is their third daughter, Asenath.

Barrow and Barton are located about three miles apart; Winterton is about ten miles west; and Hull is across the River Humber, about ten miles away. While it may sound as though Thomas moved around a lot, he didn't really go very far.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Elizabeth Cressar of Throckmorton

Elizabeth Cressar was christened 7 December 1721 at Throckmorton, Worcestershire, England, which is five miles NW of Evesham of the previous post. She married John Webb on 23 April 1738 at Wyre Piddle, about 2.5 miles SW of Throckmorton, where Piddle Brook meets the River Avon.

Throckmorton is noted for the family of the same name. They have a nice website, "Throckmorton Village, 4000 Years of History" , including some good photos of the old church.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mary Cox Dowswell


Mary Cox was christened 2 December 1753 at Bengeworth, Worcester, England. She was the daughter of Edward Cox and Margaret Webb. She had an older sister named Ann, who was a twin. Thomas, the other twin, did not survive.

Mary married Joseph Dowswell, who was also from Bengeworth. They had five children who were all christened at Bengeworth. The youngest was Thomas, our ancestor. His older siblings were Hannah, Sarah, James and Ann.

Bengeworth is a locality adjoining Evesham in Worcestershire, a rural county in England. The Vale of Evesham is the name used for the flat and fertile area of southern Worcestershire, England, along the valley of the River Avon, centred on the town of Evesham. The area is known for its fruit and vegetable gardens.

An interesting piece of history relating to Bengeworth and Evesham is that Evesham "proper" was within the loop of the river Avon, with Bengeworth to the east on the other side of the river. Bengeworth at one stage had a castle vying for control with the abbey across on the other side. Unfortunately for Bengeworth, the knights went on a drunken spree and damaged a grave or two in the abbey graveyard, giving the monks an excuse to attack and level the castle. To prevent its rebuilding the site was sanctified as a graveyard. This historic imbalance is still visible in the distribution of shops and roads in Bengeworth and Evesham. The abbey led to the growth of the market town that become Evesham. See previous posts for Worcestershire for more information.