Friday, February 23, 2018

George Wherrett Tomlinson b1884 and George Tomlinson b 1822.....

         TO MY FAMILY (and INTERESTED FRIENDS); My brother’s Gary and Ted; to their children  and grandchildren;  My  cousin Ardyth and her family; it is important for you to know the story of our name change from Wherrett to Tomlinson.      
     For almost twenty years I have research this line so I know it well.    I have to remember that in telling/writing this story that the one reading is very new to the facts  and it is hard to keep it all straight.       
      For me to write about the Wherrett/Tomlinson story I need your feedback of how I’m doing in helping you know your biological ancestors.  Please contact me with any questions, suggestions of where I need improvement in writing about our paternal/paternal line.  I do want to publish this information into a book  so help me do a good job.   
     Love you all.  
"Our family is like the branches of a tree. We may grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one."

            Already there seem to be some confusion in who is who  in the very first post.  
       I hope by the  'pedigree' below it will  make more sense before I go onto the next posts.  This confusion  has to do with  four men with the same names; George Wherrett Tomlinson and George Tomlinson.  
George W. Tomlinson is my grandfather who was named after his step-grandfather George Tomlinson.  Did my  grandfather George W. know his biological name was Wherrett and his step-grandfather who he knew well was indeed a step-grandfather? I think so but, it was not talked about.   It was the family secret.  The other two to keep straight is Edward Aaron Wherrett the first husband of Matilda and their first born son Edward Aaron Wherrett Jr. aka Edward Aaron Tomlinson.
There are  twists and turn in the story of Matilda and her first husband Edward Aaron the father of her two boys, Edward Aaron Jr. and James Wherrett.   

My dad Vern, with his dad George, next the name of his dad Edward.
 His mother (Matilda) and her two husbands, literally. When Matilda married
 George Tomlinson she was still  married to her first husband who stayed behind in England.
 Was this why her first
marriage was kept secret?
Probably so! 

The picture  above is the only picture I have of Dad  with his father George.  Dad was thirteen years old. It was taken on the 4th of July 1927 in Ogden, Utah.    

More to come soon.  
Hope to hear from  you.


Matilda Jane Amelia GAY 1824-1901

  Remember   me in the family Tree    My name, My days, My strife;Then I'll ride upon the wings  of timeAnd live an endless life.   Goetsch 
      Matilda Jane Amelia Gay Wherrett Tomlinson; it's time to put  Matilda  in the right place with the right  name.   Below is Matilda's Certificate of Marriage to Edward Aaron Wherrett.    They were married on a 
Monday   16 February 1846;  one hundred seventy two years ago   today.    They were married in the Registrar's Office   of Bath, Somerset, England.   Edward was twenty one years old, Matilda was nineteen,  three months shy of her twentieth  birthday.  

      Edward and Matilda's marriage certificate is posted below.    It is signed in their own handwriting.  This is all I have of Edward and Matilda  that's original; (at this  point)  their   very own signature and I am grateful.  To have a photo surface of Edward and/or Matilda, that might be a miracle. 
 I believe in miracles.
Certificate of  1846 Marriage solemnized at the Register Office in the District of Bath in the County of Somerset.   

        My father Vern Wherrett Tomlinson told me  his middle name was his father's  (George Wherrett Tomlinson) grandmother Matilda's maiden name.  Matilda was  dad's great-great grandmother.     Dad's know, right?    I wouldn't let go of what I was told by my father and being a newbie in  family search it took me two years to unscramble what I thought was a fact to finally realize dad was wrong or he was not told the truth of where the name Wherrett  came from. Once I  learned that  most family  stories are not always  the truth; family stories need to be researched to verify the real story.  Finally, I was able to  make sense of the 'old group sheet  that I found in a  drawer after  Dad died.    George Tomlinson born in  1822 in England was not Matilda's first husband  as  dad thought.  
        My research started in  1997 and it has been an interesting journey since uncovering the fact that our family surname of Tomlinson is not our biological name.  Tomlinson is dad's step-great-grandfather's surname; George Tomlinson . Our real (biological) name is Wherrett; Matilidas   first husband's surname.  
      Fact; we do have the surname  Tomlinson  in our line.  It's on dad's maternal line going back to his great-great grandmother Maria Tomlinson Cashmore.   Below are pictures of all his "grandmothers" on his mother's   side.  

              Parents of Matilda are William Gay who was born in 1802  in Bath, Somerset, England.  He married   Eliza Negal Harrison   on 23 November 1823 in Bath.  Eliza birth year is 1795 or 97 in Bath.  William and Eliza had five girls and Matilda was their second daughter born  on  
29 May 1826.   
     This is only the  introduction to the story of Matilda Gay and Edward  Wherrett.   

Friday, January 5, 2018

"No matter your background, Veronica"

In this article, Veronica mentions RootsTech2017 and a keynote speaker Lavar Burton. Many classes and most keynote speakers (not all) are available for the public to view.  A wonderful way to learn what happens at Roots Tech and resources to learn how to do Family Search.   Just in case you didn't see the link to RootsTech2017 or the limk to one of the keynote speakers Lavar Burton here they are again.    Rootstech 2017   and
 LeVar Burton shares powerful thoughts on equality, race, history, and self-perception during his 2017 RootsTech keynote address.

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hepworth House Porch Restored

Thomas and Mary Hepworth built this house in the 1870's.  It is being restored today. 
November 2017
Over six years of hard work and beautiful craftsmanship the restoration of the porch
by the owner of the Hepworth house is finished.  Makes me very grateful for the love,
the patience by Alan Barnett in restoring great great grandfather
Thomas Hepworth and Mary Fletcher's home.

My Thanksgiving thoughts today comes from a post on my facebook page very recently of the restoration of THE PORCH
of my Great Great GrandParents.   Really, when I saw the post  I became very teary eyed and posted my comments as such, and stating that it is such an honor to my gg grandparents that their house is coming alive again.
Alan Barnett purchased this home in Salt Lake City a number of years ago.  Bit by bit he is restoring it.
His answer to my post was this "Renée, I couldn't have done this without the photo you provided showing Mary Hepworth and some of the family standing in front of the house It was absolutely invaluable in recreating the details on the porch."
(Referring to the top picture of this post)

My Thoughts:  Everyone!  SHARE what you have.  It  may be pictures, stories,  or documents; share them by uploading them on Familysearch or Ancestry Tree, family reunions.   It will bless someone's life that you never thought it would.

I am grateful to  everyone that shows me support in doing FamilySearch of my family lines.
I give Gratitude to all my family that has gone before me and to family and friends that are with me today.

"Live in Thanksgiving Daily"             Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin


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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I love Halloween.
Not so much the modern Halloween of today.
Many good memories of my own childhood and when our twins were home.
Cari and Lori also loved Halloween and made the season so fun. 
Even with just Earl and Me at home I still decorate for Halloween. Just for my enjoyment. 
I am looking for a old discarded doll house to remodel into a haunted house for next year. 
Happy Halloween 

Still trying to get back to blogging.  
It will happen just not sure when. 
My best to everyone who stops by.  


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Babies Dressed in White continued: If I only realized Fifty three years ago......

This Beautiful White Dress has a matching slip and inside of the back is a tag that says ZCMI. 
 (Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institution [for more information click here]) History of ZCMI
 It was purchased in 1913 for the Priesthood ordinance of giving my father a name and a blessing:
 Vern Wherrett Tomlinson.
(In modern revelation, parents who are members of the Church [Church of Jesus Christ of - Latter Day Saints]are commanded to bring their children “before the church,” where the elders “are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name” (D&C 20:70). This is why parents bring babies to a sacrament meeting, where an elder—usually the father—gives them a name and a blessing.)
Vern's three living children Gary, Renée and Ted, seven Granddaughters and three Grandsons were given a name and a blessing wearing this dress.
After the thirteenth Great Grandchild it had become so frail it was time to retire the legendary Blessing Dress. My mother felt it was best that the oldest Tomlinson son should inherit Dad's dress. 
 Today it's  displayed in the home of  my oldest brother Gary Vern.

If only I had the nostalgia; the appreciation; fifty three years ago AS I DO today, I would have taken a more professional picture of my children and grandchildren wearing this dress. (Nicole is pictured above in 'The Dress.')  And I would have encouraged my two brothers to also encourage their children to take a more professional picture of their babies wearing Dad's dress. 
In my mother and fathers' picture albums I found all of the pictures of babies that wore the blessing gown for this special ordinance.  Some were OK but most are not OK.   The picture was either out of focus or it didn't show the whole dress.  Since I found the poem written by David O. Mckay it has really been on my mind of how important it is to preserve and cherish precious meaningful materialistic things for our posterity.
The above (out of focus) picture is me; the only picture taken of me in infancy. Mother was showing how much hair I was born with by using the mirror.  I did not notice until scanning this picture for this post that I indeed am wearing Dad's dress.  You can tell by looking closely at the sleeve and around the neck.   Makes me happy; that this pic verifies Mothers statement that I was given a name and blessing wearing Dad's dress.  
 Below is a picture of my Grandson Christopher.  I had to talk Christopher's father into wearing the dress for his blessing.  This was in the spring of 1994.  I promised his father Chris, that as soon as the blessing was over that his mother and I would take him out to the church building hallway and change him into his boy baby outfit.  This memory sure makes me smile and as
you see it made Christopher happy too.

Christopher Michael 

Once more I am enclosing the Poem by David O. McKay

The summer is getting HOT and LIFE is very busy.  I am now the caretaker for my husband Earl and am taking the summer off.  I may do one more post then not again until September.  

Have a great summer and thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Baby Dressed In White

Vern W. Tomlinson picture taken ca December 1913 or January 1914.
His own baby ring hangs by a ribbon on the right. Below are his parents.
Poem by President David O. Mckay "A Baby Dressed In White"
     As I have mentioned before I belong to an International Association with the Acronym - DUP aka as Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Below is the link to the ISDUP (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers.) web site.
ISDUP official web site. 
Here you will find lots of information about the Society.
Also, here is a site on YouTube that further explains about the museum that you can tour at no cost.  Take a look you will be surprised what you will find in this wonderful Museum.
   Best Pioneer Museum - Utah

      I want to make this short and to the point of why the picture above.  Each month we have a lesson on different subjects of Utah Pioneers and  April's lesson was one of my favorites this year because It inspired me to put this 'Shadow Box' together.  The lesson was titled "Pioneer Clothing" prepared by Lynnette Pieper Hanson a member of the ISDUP Board.  So, So interesting.  The part about babies clothing and how both girls and boys wore long dresses brought me to attention.  And especially the inclusion of a poem composed by President David O. McKay titled "A Baby Dressed In White ."
David O. McKay was the ninth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1951 until his death in 1970.
          The picture is of my father when he was six months old. What a chunk he was; after all he weight 12 lb. at birth. Also, you can see his baby ring hanging from a ribbon on the right side of Dad's  head. Below his picture are pictures of his parents; George Wherrett Tomlinson and Ethel Hepworth who were married on 3 October 1912 then eleven months later; 2 August 1913 they became a family of three.
     David O. McKay has many wonderful quotes to his name of fame.  You can search on the internet using Google Images or Pinterest and find many quotes but, this gem you will not find.  All the more reason to be a member of DUP to come across this poem that could not be found easily anywhere else.

To be continued.