Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Memory Refresher of the Two Hepworth Families.

On Left: John and Frances Amelia Fletcher Hepworth lived two and three tenths miles from my second great grandparents Thomas and Mary Fletcher Hepworth in Salt Lake City. John and Thomas are brothers and Amelia and Mary are sisters; all were born in England and migrated together to ZION entering the 
Salt Lake Territory in September of 1852.
http://honorancestors.blogspot.com/2012/03/hepworth-brothers-marries-fletcher.html
  
    It's been three months since I last posted on this Genealogy Blog.  Not a good thing and I want to get back to sharing what I have. 
   I have blogged a lot about Thomas and Mary's family and have barely scratched the surface of the information I have on the children.  I have decided to blog a bit about the the other Hepworth family of Second Great Uncle John and Great Aunt Frances Amelia.  So following this post will be information I have on the Hepworth double cousins.

  To refresh your memory; In 1852 Thomas and Mary with Sarah Julia age one and John and Frances Amelia started their journey together from England to Zion.  John and Frances had a son Samuel who at the age of seven months died of  pneumonia and is buried in England.  After 'crossing the pond' and one day before starting on the trek across the plains Frances gave birth to another son John Fletcher - 4 June 1852 Council Point Iowa.   One month later while on the trail, sister Mary gave birth to a son Samuel - 3 July 1852.  Hepworth's Families Cross the Plains  This link tells all about Crossing the plains and how they got the nickname  "Snapping Turtles."

     The pictures above are after settling in Salt Lake City abt 1867-1871 John and Frances built a large home at 571 South Main where today stands the Grand America Hotel.  John had a butcher shop a few blocks from his home.  John and Mary owned property on Main Street as well as several buildings.  John and Frances had twelve children; eight lived to full maturity; seven girls and one boy.  

     Second Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother Thomas and Mary built their house around 1871 across town, two and three tenths miles away on 725 West 1st North (today it is 2nd North).  Thomas and Mary owned a whole block of property  where a big barn with many horses were housed.  Thomas and Mary had thirteen children with eleven living to maturity.  Eight girls and three boys.  

   I have gone from knowing nothing about John and Frances Amelia to information that fills a two inch binder with articles from the local newspapers of their day.  I have made a contact with a descendant of John and Frances.  We are fourth double cousins and she has supplied me with wonderful pictures and a journal written by a granddaughter of John and Frances.  This is the link to her story.
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        What I don't have is any reference of the relationship between the two families.  Did they attend school together or were in the same class? I'm sure they were.
Did the girls have a crush on the same boy?  Did the girls give wedding showers or baby showers for each other?  Did they support one another during sad times or happy times?  At this writing I don't have any stories that refers to Hepworth cousins.                 
 
  Next post will be about Mary Ann or Mollie and her untimely death .   
 

Renée

     
     

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