Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - PIggott Sisters Then and Now

Piggott sisters on grandma's porch 196?

Piggott sisters on grandma's porch 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

AMANUENSIS MONDAY - 1945 Letter to Blanche Piggott from Adelia Scofield

Among the scans that I received from Daniell was this letter written to my grandma Piggott just after the death of my grandpa.  It is from her sister Adelia Scofield after returning home from being at her side.

Our darling Blanche & family
    We arrived O.K, and Cornell
& Florine were waiting in Idaho Falls
for us. It is a good thing that I came
back or I probably would have lost
my job, for I have been off so much.
I thot of you all day and hoped you
would be able to stand it alone, and
how I wish that I could have stayed
by your side for at least a month for
you need someone, we are praying
for you constantly that you will
have strength to bear this. How did
the baby sleep last night, I hope
she didn't keep you awake all
  Verda told me that she would
stay with you as much as she
could & with Von too, you will
not be left alone
  I talked with Mrs. Willifred who
lost her husband and was left with 4
children. She said that you will have
to go to the office of public welfare
in Montpelier or Paris, I don't know
where it is if Madsen paid
Social Security tax, which he did
you will be eligible for 9.50
per child, and then the State
will give you so much. Now they
allowed her $25 a month as a payment
on her home until that is paid
for. They evidently make out a
budget for you & if you have

a garden they deduct $35 a year
from what you get. She said
the County commissioners pass
their approval on what will
be given to you, so if you apply
while this is fresh on their
memory you will probably get
more than if you wait. Tell them
about your farm & that it will
probably take what it brings in
to pay for it. If you mention your
Life Insurance tell them it will
take all of it to make you free
from debt. So Blanch get your
self a new washer, bed & chest of
drawers & a bath room, when you
can for now will be your only chance
and you can pay the funeral

expense & the Govm't off, and
get the things you need. Your
living will come alright.
  I wont have time for more now
tell the folks I'll write to them
later, I am doing this in the store.
  Now these are wild ideas of
mine. Maybe they aren't any good. But
the idea is that the more they discover
you have the more they will deduct
from your monthly allowance and you
need a few things in your home, and
maybe you can get them with your Insurance.
           Our love to you all and God
bless & comfort you all.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday's Obituary - Adelia B.Scofield

Adelia was my great-aunt.


Source: Salt Lake Tribune, October 2, 1987, page 24G.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Funeral Card Friday - Piggott Siblings

While I was visiting my sister in Vegas last May we learned of the passing of great-aunt Rebecca and great-uncle David. They died within a day of each other. They were the last surviving children of William C. and Hazel Piggott.  It was as if grandma Hazel was calling them home.

Aunt Rebecca and uncle David were also a couple of  my genealogy peeps.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Annie Adelia Henderson

Another headstone from my snowy cemetery escapade in Bear Lake County, Idaho last May.

Little Annie Adelia was only 11 years old when she died.  I haven't been able to find out what she died from. She was my great-grandaunt. I assume that my great-aunt Adelia was named after her.

Annie was buried in the Laketown Cemetery in Rich County, Utah.  The headstone reads:

Dau of
FEB. 25, 1890
SEPT. 12, 1901

Thursday, September 16, 2010

History 101 - Jane Pickett Barker

This month's history is a transcribed biographical sketch of my gr-great-grandmother.

Jane Pickett Barker

(compiled by her daughter Pearl Barker Merkley)

     I, Jane Pickett, daughter of George Pickett and Maria Jarvis Pickett was born November 2, 1848 at Berkshire, Commons, England.
     My mother, Maria Jarvis Pickett, was born in Hagbourn, Berkshire, England in the year 1823.  She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1847 and died three years later in 1850, in Hagbourn, Berk, England.  She left father with three little children to care for, all under the age of 6 years.  A brother, James, born in 1844, a sister Mary, born in 1846 and I, Jane, was born November 2, 1848.  So, you see, we were very young to be deprived of a mother's care.
     My father was baptized and became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1846 at Berkshire, Commons, England.
     In the early spring of 1856 my father married Priscilla Clark, who lived at Willshore, England.  She was born in 1839, baptized in 1862 and died in 1864.  My father, George Pickett, with his older brothers William and Mathew, and their families all set sail for America in 1856.  They remained together and arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in the fall of the same year.
     On November 28 the first child by this new union was born and named Louise.
     They all remained in St. Louis during the winter of 1856.  Father became very ill with small pox during the winter and died the 2nd of April, 1857.  He was buried there in St. Louis, Missouri.  Uncle William and Aunt Mary Pickett, having no children of their own, assumed the responsibility of caring for our family from then on.  Our family remained in St. Louis for 2 years or more before coming to Utah.  They arrived in Utah in 1861 and settled in Tooele County, Utah.  That same year my sister, Mary, passed away and the following year, 1862, my brother James died, leaving me the only child of my mother's family.  Of course, Louise, my half sister and her mother Priscilla and I lived pretty much together.  I was 14 years old at the this time.
     Uncle Mathew's family consisted of John Pickett 16, Moroni 14, Elizabeth 12, later known by Aunt Lizzie Tolman, Rhoda Pickett marshall 10, a son Hyrum who died while still a young man.  They now left St. Louis to be with the rest of the family who were now in Utah.  They arrived in the year 1862 and settled near Uncle William's family in Tooele, Utah.
     Now in 1862, Louise's mother Priscilla Clark Pickett, married again and went to Carson City, Nevada where they lived for several years.  By this union was born another daughter who is still living at this time (1951) at Rupert, Idaho.  She is past 80 years of age.  In speaking with her now, she calls this, the George Pickett Family, the shipwrecked family and asks "why dig up all these questions now, it is really too sad to talk about."  Priscilla was murdered in foul play of some kind while living in Nevada.  Louise was only 12 years old at the time.  Whenever she came to visit in Utah she always stayed with Uncle William's family in Tooele, where I lived.  We sisters or half sisters were only together for a short (time) in our lives.
     When 18 years old, I, like all the other young people of our community, liked to attend the dancing parties, which was about all the entertainment we young folks had.  At one of these dances I met a young man to whom I was attracted.  I danced with him several times and he accompanied me home.  Seemingly, the attraction was mutual.  After a courship of several years we were married, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This attractive young man was John T. Barker, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Barker, who emigrated from England in 1869.  John, leaving England with a group of other saints who settled in Utah in the year 1862, later sent back to England for the rest of his family, which arrived in the U.S. by the Steamship Colorado.
     After being married in the Salt Lake Endowment House in 1870 we were chosen by the Authorities of the Church to go with a group of other Saints to help colonize the Bear Lake County.  We settled in a place called St. Charles, Idaho name(d) after the Apostle Charles C. Rich.  We made our home there and reared our family of eleven children.  At this same time, Apostle Charles C. Rich came from Salt Lake City with another company of Saints and settled in Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho.
     June 10, 1871, our first daughter was born, whom we named Jane Maria.  We were just beginning to clear off the sagebrush and preparing the land for the crops when our first child was born. This was hard, progress was slow.     My husband took up a quarter section of land, but in the course of events and hardships he needed money for his family and he sold some of it. He owned a section called Jerico, which was a part of the quarter section, also a part of it was sold, now known as the Ernest Allred property.  He sold about 40 acres of land for $80, and another part of about 150 acres he traded for a wagon. Besides the farm he bought and sold fish and other commodities; would freight in a wagon to Evanston, Wyoming. 

A photo copy of this legal sized type written history has been sitting in my Book of Remembrance for about 25 years.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Thomas E. Taylor

Thomas Edwards Taylor was born 15 September 1850 in Salt Lake, Utah to Charles Barber and Mary Edwards Taylor. He died 28 January 1922 in Bloomington, Idaho and is buried in the Bloomington Cemetery.

He has one full brother, Charles Edwards Taylor and they are the half brothers of my gr-great-grandmother Elizabeth Cannonn Piggott.

A few weeks ago my uncle sent me this Piggott Family photo that includes the Taylor brothers, but unfortunately I don't know which one is which.

Taylor Brother 1

Taylor Brother 2
Neither one of the Taylor boys got married. Would love to know about them.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - 1926 Letter From Clara Walker Stephens

This is my first Amanuensis Monday post. Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch

According to Merriam-Webster Amanuensis means one employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript. So today I am going to 'copy' a letter that was among grandma Hazel's stuff. It was written to her and grandpa Will from Hazel's cousin Clara Welker Stephens.

          Montpelier, Idaho.
                  Feb. 16, 1926

Mr. & Mrs. Wm Piggott - 
   Dear Cousins,
     Thursday the 25th of
this month we'll be the 50th
anaversary of Father and Mother's
wedding day.  We are going to
have a little celebration, and
would like you both to come
down.  We are going to have
all meet in the church at 6. oclock
so if you can not come till
the after noon train on Thurs.
try and come, you know mother
always thinks of you as one
of her girls.
                 Love   Clara
Note: copied as written, misspellings and all.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday's Obituary - Esther H. Barker

This is another obituary that cousin Daniell scanned for me. I am not sure which paper it came from, but it looks like it could have been the News Examiner from Montpelier, Idaho.

 Esther was my great-grandmother.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday's Obituary - Charles William Piggott

This is another obituary that cousin Daniell scanned and sent to me.  I believe it came from the Idaho State Journal.

 Charles was my mother's cousin. Surnames mentioned are PIGGOTT THORNOCK WRIGHT STOCK BECK PORTER.


Friday, September 3, 2010

Sepia Saturday - Four Generations of Barker Girls

This is one of my favorite photos that used to sit within four black corners inside mom's big two inch thick leather bound family album.

Four generations of Barker girls sitting there on grandma's davenport. That's what grandma Piggott called the couch (took me a while to figure out what the heck she was calling a davenport, the porch or the couch).

From left to right: Esther Eleanor Henderson Barker (great-grandma), aunt Carolyn holding cousin Penny, Blanche Theora Barker Piggott (grandma), and mom holding little ole' me.

See the open door behind the davenport?  That was grandma's bedroom. She was a widow for a long time and when I was the only grandkid spending the night at her house in Bloomington, Idaho that is where I slept, right next to grandma. 

Her and I were buds. She made a killer banana split. I remember sitting in front of that heat vent that you see behind the sofa a time or two with a green plastic oblong shaped bowl from Dairy Queen that held this awesome banana split homemade with love.

Then she had to go and get married and I was booted from that bedroom. Took me awhile to get over that one.



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