Showing posts with label Fearless Females. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fearless Females. Show all posts

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fearless Females ~ Church Service

Loren C. and Blanche Dunn
Once again Lisa Alzo has brought back Fearless Females, the blogging prompt to celebrate National Women's History Month.

Today's prompt: 
March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My maternal grandmother, Blanche T. Barker Piggott Dunn held many titles within the LDS organization. While still in high school she was the organist for Sunday School and MIA in St. Charles, Idaho, and just before she was married to my grandfather in 1933 she was Assistant Ward Organist. She also sang in the choir and was a Sunday School teacher to ten and twelve year olds for about ten years.

When grandma and grandpa were married they moved down the road to Bloomington. After she lost her husband to cancer, Blanche cleaned the church house for a while and continued working with the MIA and Sunday School. For as long as I can remember she was the organist for the Bloomington ward. When ever we were visiting on Sundays we went to her church and she would be playing the organ.

Bloomington LDS Chapel - 1962
Photographer: Philip J. Hart - Location: Bloomington, Idaho - Date: 1962
Blanche later met Loren C. Dunn and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1971. Together they served as officiators in the Logan, Utah Temple for 10 years.

In 1977 they served a mission in Little Rock, Arkansas. The following is a copy of a letter calling Blanche to that mission.

If memory serves me right, she lived in St. George, Utah for a while and worked at the temple there. I called mom to try and confirm this, but all I got was a voice mail.

Leslie Ann

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fearless Females 27 ~ Immigration

Jane Maria Pickett
Matilda Kelsey Price
I actually have two 2nd great-grandmothers that immigrated on the same ship. The following short article describes the voyage.

"NINETIETH COMPANY. -- Emerald Isle, 350 souls. The ship, Emerald Isle, Captain G. P. Cornish, cleared from the port of Liverpool on the twenty-eighth, and sailed on the thirtieth of November, 1855, with three hundred and fifty Saints on board, under the presidency of Philemon C. Merrill, assisted by Elders Joseph France and T. B. H. Stenhouse. Only a little sickness prevailed on board, except the ordinary seasickness. On the twenty-sixth of December a heavy sea caused by high winds stove in a part of the bulwark, rent a sail or two, and caused considerable confusion. The same evening two children died. Three couples were married on board. On the twenty-ninth of December the Emerald Isle arrived at New York, and the emigrants were landed in Castle Garden, where some of them remained a few days, until they found houses to live in, and the brethren obtained employment. Some of the emigrants continued the journey to St. Louis and other parts of the West, and in due course of time most of them reached the valleys of the mountains."
  --Millennial Star, Vol. XVII, page 792; Vol. XVIII, page 78.

Jane Maria Pickett was a child of 7 when she came to America with her father, stepmother, brother, and two sisters. She was my maternal grandmother's grandmother.

Matilda Kelsey was the young bride of Robert Price. They had only been married a little over a month when they embarked on their voyage. Matilda was my paternal grandmother's grandmother.

They were even on the same page of the passenger list.

Ship Name
Emerald Isle
30 Nov 1855 from Liverpool
29 Dec 1855 at New York
BMR, Book #1045, pp. 1-17 (FHL #025,691); Customs (FHL #175,515)
I wonder how much interaction they had with each other. It boggles my mind to think that a 7 year old and a 22 year old on this long ship voyage would some day  share the same great-great grandchildren.

Leslie Ann

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fearless Females 12 ~ Working Girl

Fearless Females is a series of blogging prompts launched by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist.

March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.

Blanche T Barker Piggott in her office at the
Bear Lake County Courthouse
After grandpa died grandma Blanche had to start working to provide for the family.

She cleaned the church for a while and for extra income she would do some typing from home.

I'm not sure what year she started at the courthouse, but she would later become the Bear Lake County Deputy Assessor.

I actually have one sheet of the stationary from the Bear Lake County Assessor's office with her name on it.

Today I found her name mentioned in the Commissioners Proceedings section of the News-Examiner for the years 1957, 1958, and 1959.

When I was little I used to love visiting grandma at work. I mean, who doesn't love the smell of an old courthouse. There was a judge who always gave us wintergreen lifesavers when we were there.  To this day that is my favorite flavor of mint.

Leslie Ann

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fearless Females 5 ~ Dating Madsen

Fearless Females is a series of blogging prompts launched by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist.

March 5 — How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

William "Madsen" & Blanche Theora Barker Piggott

Grandma Blanche never talked much about growing up, or the time she shared with grandpa; not to me anyway. But thankfully she wrote it all down!

After graduating from Fielding High School in Paris, Idaho Blanche was very close friends with Vera Nelson. Vera lived in Bloomington and Blanche in St. Charles. Vera's boyfriend was Paul Haddock and Blanche was dating his friend Owen Thornock. They were both going to BYU and majored in education.

It was while she was dating Owen that she met Matt. He was dating Elmoyne Ward at the time.

From here I would like to share a few excerpts from her autobiography, in "her own words".

One Christmas holiday when Paul and Owen were home we had a party at Otis and Maude Bateman's home. Matt was there with Elmoyne and I don't know what happened but after that night I knew it was Matt that I wanted.  After Owen went back to school Matt and I started going together. He wasn't one to let his feelings show too much (not to me anyway), so it was quite a while before we decided to get married. He always said I asked him to marry me, then he'd laugh. I probably did, in a way. I think he was afraid of marriage because he didn't know if we could make it financially. We had some rough times, but we were making it until he got sick.

....Owen was short in stature and my Dad used to say "I hope you marry someone that can jump across an irrigation ditch without falling in". He liked Owen, but he liked Madsen better.

I liked Matt and even thought his big red 'Ball Brand' overshoes were cute. He was a special person. Everyone liked him. He was honest, had high ideals and morals, and was very ambitious and hard working. He always had time to help someone else if they needed him and would leave his work to go help others. After we decided to get married he went to Logan to make arrangements with Mary Jane Faylor to buy the home that we were going to live in.

Matt was working for Herb Bateman at the time and asked for time off to go to Logan. He told Herb why he wanted to go. After he left for Logan, walking and hitchhiking, Herb decided he wanted the home for his daughter, Mona Rasmussen, so he got in his car and drove to Logan through Immigration Canyon, another route to Logan. As luck would have it, Matt was going to Logan through the Logan Canyon and was able to get a ride through the canyon. He arrived at Faylors and made arrangements to buy the home for one hundred dollars down and one hundred dollars per year for 14 years.

Just as he was coming out of the house Herb Bateman drove up to the gate. He was furious with Matt and told him if he got married he would fire him. He kept his word and when we came back from our wedding in the Salt Lake Temple Madsen didn't have a job.
On September 21, 1933, he and Truman Payne and some other Bloomington boys left for Idaho Falls, Idaho, to harvest sugar beets. On September 30, 1933 I received a letter from Matt.  These are some excerpts from his letter to me. "Your letter and parcel sure looked good to an old, married man when he came in from work. The boys want to thank you, too!" (i must have sent some food). "How are you feeling? Is your back any better? You never said a word about your health. You want to know all I've done since I left. Well, I'll do better than you did and tell all I've done. We never left Bloomington until 3:30 p.m. and only had one flat tire from there to Montpelier. We made it to Lava by dark, where we got a cottage for the  night. They managed to get me up in time to start about 8:00 a.m. The house we are living in is a two room "shack" with two windows out and so full of lies we are able to have fly stew three times a day".

...."We figure we have made $9.50 each this week."

... "While waiting for Truman to come with the car, Homer Thomas and Neville Thornock came to see us. They say a lot of Bear Lake boys are up here. They also said they saw you to Max Haddock's Missionary Farewell party, (They gave the missionaries a party and dance at that period of time.) and that you were having a swell time. I am sure glad to hear it, but of course it was against your wishes that I should. You n ever mention things like that".

"We will be done with this job about the 10th or 15th of October and will be home if we cannot find another job".

..."If you see Mother and Dad, find out how the cattle and chickens are getting along. See if that steer and heifer have come out of the hills. Tell Dad that I forgot to make arrangements about hay and that if he runs out ask him if he will buy some and I will send him the money. But, if he can make it last 'till I get home I want them up to our place when I get back and don't want to move the hay twice".

"Has Clarence (Poulson) moved in the place yet? Listen, Blanche, don't stay at the place nights alone, please! Blanche, if I could figure out a way of keeping you with me here I would sure have you up here. I guess I am homesick for the first time, for I sure have a longing to go back. Next time I go on a goose chase like this, you go too. Have to close, with love, Matt. P.S. Blanche, I cannot begin to express my feelings to you, but I sure miss you, and oh! so bad".

They were married in the Salt Lake Temple by President George F. Richards of the Council of the Twelve Apostles on August 16, 1933. They had five children, Rodney Barker, twins Merrill William and Carolyn, Joyce, and Jean. I always wondered why grandma only gave the boys a middle name.

They would only have twelve years together. In November of 1944 grandpa began to have health problems. He was weak and tired easily. He was in and out of hospitals, but no one knew what was wrong with him. July 1, 1945 the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake ran more tests and decided he had pernicious anemia which is comparable now to leukemia.  He died in the hospital 14 days later.

Leslie Ann

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fearless Females - Day 15

In honor of Women's History Month, Lisa Alzo, The Accidental Genealogist, has brought back by demand: Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts.

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

Rebecca Hannah Bake Madsen
A friend to everyone she meets.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fearless Females - Continued From Day One

..Continued from Day One - Favorite Female Ancestor ...
Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

I meant to do this yesterday, but things just didn't go the way I planned.

Mary Edwards White Cannon married for the third and final time, Charles Barber Taylor December 27, 1847 in St. Louis, Missouri. He then took the role of father to 2 year old Elizabeth. In 1849 they had son Charles Edwards Taylor. The family of four traveled west with the Pioneers in 1850.

It was in April of 1865 on board the ship Belle Wood on his return from a 3 year mission in England that Charles met Martha Burrows. From various accounts of this passage, these two apparently shared a whirl wind romance. Now this didn't sit too well with me when I learned of it. His wife and children have been patiently awaiting his arrival back home to Utah and what does he do? He brings another woman home and marries her in polygamy! Charles and Martha were married 1866 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I have seen other accounts of this romance somewhere, but I can't seem to find them now.

Charles filed for divorce April 30, 1885 complaining that "Mary acquired the habit of drinking intoxicating liquors about the year 1860."  He stated that "the habit grew upon her so that for his own welfare and happiness he separated himself from her in the year 1866 and has not lived with her in the marrital relations since." Gee, 1866 -- that's when he took his second wife. Go figure.

There's something about this whole divorce that seems strange.  Why wait 25 years to get a divorce?  Why bother getting divorced at all, just stay at your other wife's house. I find it hard to believe that Mary was an "habitual drunkard".

Here is my theory: Charles Taylor had money and other assets. It is my opinion after reading several articles about second wife Martha B. Taylor and law suits regarding his estate, that he filed the divorce so Martha would be recognized as the legal wife. I believe he did so with pressure from her.  Mary never contested the divorce.

Mary was a strong, loving, and happy woman.  I can sense this just by looking at her photo.  She was also very talented.  Below is a sample of her beautiful needle work.

One of the goals I have is learning more about her ancestry, which is kind of hard since her father never spoke to her again after she joined the Mormon Church and left England.

Her tombstone reads: A Devoted Mother, A Friend to the Poor, May she rest in peace.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fearless Females - Day 2 - Blanche Theora Barker

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

This is my grandmother, Blanche Theora Barker. I posted it because I think it is a beautiful picture of her and she reminds me of a flapper girl from the movies. I am not sure when it was taken,but I am going to guess sometime in the late twenties.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fearless Females - Day One - Favorite Female Ancestor

In honor of Women's History Month, Lisa Alzo, The Accidental Genealogist, has brought back by demand: Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts.

The female ancestor I feel drawn to the most is my third great-grandmother Mary Edwards.

You may recognize her as the face of the "Ancestor Approved Award". Mary was born September 30 (my birthday), 1810 in North Wales to Thomas and Elizabeth Davies Edwards. 

She married Joseph White. The two of them joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then set sail for America in 1843. Joseph died before they reached Nauvoo. We do not know whether he died at sea, or after arriving in America. Mary stayed with John and Leonora Taylor when she arrived in Nauvoo.

Mary married my 3rd great-grandfather, George Cannon Feb 24, 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Six month later, George headed for St. Louis, Missouri to find work. Unfortunately he died just after he reached St. Louis, leaving Mary a widow yet again. Six months later her fatherless child was born, my 2nd great-grandmother Elizabeth Edwards Cannon.

In ransacked Nauvoo, there was an incident that immortalized mother and daughter in Mormon lore. When the people were driven out, Mary Cannon, leaving baby Elizabeth on the west side of the Mississippi, decided to cross back, hoping to be able to get a cow which had been left behind. After completing her errand she headed back to find a mob that took possession of the river crossing cutting off her return.

It is not difficult to imagine the anxiety and angush of the parent, her babe on one side of a broad stream, she on the other and a merciless enemy between. 

Noticing her distress, one of the mob approached the almost frantic mother and asked what was her trouble. She told him the cause of her worry, and also gave him her name. Yelding to an impulse of humanity, he placed her on a part of the ferry boat concealed among the guns and ammuition; and when the one in charge inquired what was on board, the answer was: "Nothing but Cannons." Thus the mother was taken across to her helpless baby.

Here is the rest of the story => Fearless Females ~ Continued From Day One. 

Here are some other posts about her:

Treasure Chest Thursday -- The Salt Lake City 14th Ward Album Quilt, 1857


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