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This black kettle would have many a story to tell if it could, because it swung beneath the wagon of the Ensigns’ as they made their way across the plains from Nauvoo to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.
It belonged to Horace Datus and Mary Bronson Ensign. They acquired it as they made preparations to join the Saints of 1844. The kettle was used extensively in the making of soups, stews, buffalo roasts, baking biscuits and sour dough bread. No doubt this kettle played a big part on their journey as they circled their wagons for the night and prepared their food over the camp fires.
This kettle, among other relics, was kept in the family by their son, Luman Ashley Ensign. It’s next home was in Luman’s daughter’s, Mary Emma Ensign. She married Joseph Mahonri Cahoon. The kettle then found a home in Miriam Cahoon’s home, their daughter. From there it was given to their son and daughter, Gordon and Ilene Pyper, children of Marian Cahoon Pyper. Later Ilene gave complete rights to her brother, Gordon. After a time it became excess and he sold it to a friend, Robert Sheldon for $20.00. Robert Sheldon was the ward custodian in Parley’s 3rd Ward, Parley’s Stake. I was living in that same ward, and knowing I was an Ensign, and knowing it was an heirloom, wanted to know if I would like to buy it. Mother and especially Dad, were very excited about acquiring it. They suggested I pay $20.00 or more if it became necessary. The deal of $20.00 was made, and now this Ensign pioneer cast iron kettle is back in the Ensign family where it belongs. I received it 134 years after it entered the Valley.
Patricia Ensign Richards.
Eliza Cole Hawkes Letter from Nellie Hawkes Curtis Submitted by Mary Dennis Poulter
Eliza Cole born at (All Saints) Poplar Middlesex (London), England on 30 April 1840. Came to America with her one child (C. C. Cressall) and sister Elizabeth Cole (Allen) on the “John J. Boyd.” John H Thomas, master of the ship. James S. Brown had charge of the saints who numbered 701. They left Liverpool April 23, 1862 and arrived in New York June 1, 1862. They went from New York to Florence by train arriving in Florence June 12. There were many saints there forming companies and some awaiting the church wagon trains from Utah.
James S. Brown organized an independent company of wagons. The Homer Duncan church train arrived from Utah and mother came with that company leaving Florence July 22, 1862. Captain Homer Duncan had charge of the company and John R. Murdock company followed them with 65 wagons leaving Florence July 24 then the Jas. S. Brown independent company left Florence July 28. The Homer Duncan Company arrived in Salt Lake City Sept. 24, 1862. The second company with John R. Murdock captain arrived Sept. 27 and the Jas. S. Brown company Oct. 2. The Homer Duncan Church train made the round trip in 130 days. Mother had mountain fever on the way and was forced to carry her baby even tho very sick until she was unable to do wo when they let it be put in a wagon. She walked the whole distance. On arriving in Salt Lake she went out as a house servant and worked until she met Father. She was married and came to Logan in 1862 and there raised her family at 356 W. Center. Died March 1, 1905 the mother of 10 children. She and her sister were the first of the family to come to America so they were the pioneers of the family.
Grandpa Cole and family came later and lived in the cellar father had.
(This is a letter Aunt Nellie Hawkes Curtis wrote to my sister Georgene D. Doutre) dated Arimo, Idaho Nov. 28, 1931)
Taken from the "Life History of Charles Clinton Allen.
[Son of Frederick Charles Allen. Frederick was the son of John Allen and Elizabeth Cole. Elizabeth Cole Allen was the oldest daughter of William George Cole and Sarah Larnder.]
My paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Cole Allen—born April 19, 1938—in Poplar Parrish, Middlesex, England. Her father and mother—George William Cole and Sarah Lander Cole, joined the Latter-day Saint Church and decided to come to Salt Lake City and so booked passage for the family in 1863, on the Amazon. When they boarded the ship, they found that not all of them could go aboard as there wasn’t room. So, Elizabeth and her sister Eliza were forced to take passage on another ship. It sailed, as did the Amazon, but the Amazon sprang a seam and had to return to port. It was a year before it was mended and they could sail. Charles Dickens had written some unsatisfactory comments about the Mormons and so he decided to visit the Amazon and have a look for himself at the Mormons. He changed his mind and wrote some very flattering things about the members on the ship. He recorded it and published it in “Mr. Uncommercial.” Eliza had married a Mr. Cressoll and had a four or five-month old baby. Her husband would have nothing to do with the church and so she left him and came with my grandmother. They arrived in New Orleans and found the Amazon had been delayed so they went up the Mississippi and came to Utah. They had to walk almost 800 miles and carry the baby with them. John Allen had been assigned to make trips and help the trains to Utah. He met Elizabeth Cole and they were married and settled in Goshen, Utah. Eliza succeeded in finding work in Salt Lake to support her and her child. A little later, she met a widower—aMr. Hawkes—from Logan and married him. They settled in Logan. The rest of the family came the next year and also settled in Logan. Thanks to family members sharing at familysearch.org we now have photos and history which had been unknown.
ELIZA COLE Excerpts from A Sketch of the Life of Sarah Lardner Cole By Glanda C. Landon Submitted by Mary Dennis Poulter
These excerpts are taken from the time the Cole Family was preparing to leave England to follow the Saints to Utah.
. . . Beautiful young Eliza had fallen in love with a handsome young man named Paul Cressall. Like many young Englishmen, he was a sailor for the Royal Navy . . . (sentence missing) was “queen of the Seas.” Their first child Ellenor was born December 13 1858 but had died early in 1859. This was a sorrow also for Sarah (Eliza’s mother) and her husband to lose their first little grandchild. Having lost three of their own little ones in infancy, they grieved for and with Eliza in her loss. Two years later Eliza’s second child, little Clarence Cressall, arrived on December 13, 1861, and no doubt he was a great joy to all the family. Unfortunately, Eliza’s husband Paul was never interested in Mormonism, the religion that meant so much to her and her family. As the Coles prepared to leave England, they faced the prospect of never seeing Eliza and her baby again.
The Cole Family booked passage on the Amazon, expecting to sail for America early in 1862. As the sailing date drew near, the other members begged Eliza to come with them. Sarah’s heart must have ached with her daughter’s over this decision, for it would be difficult for Eliza whichever choice she made. At the last moment Eliza was persuaded to go too. (Many years later Eliza told her daughter-in-law that she “. . .left her love in England to join the Saints in Zion and to be with her parents and brothers and sister.” (Mitton, Jessie Cressal, Life of Clarance C. C. Cressal, unpub. Manuscript and letters to Glenda Landon dated Dec. 2, 1977 and Aug. 20, 1979.)
At that late date the Amazon was booked full and could take no more passengers, so Elizabeth offered to go on another ship with Eliza and her baby. The two girls, Elizabeth, then 24; Eliza, 22;and baby Clarence, just 4 months old, embarked from London on the John J. Boyd sailing vessel on April 23, 1862, expecting the remainder of their family to leave about the same time and meet them in New York. However, the Amazon was delayed for repairs, and it was actually more than a year before it set sail for America. The girls’ journey took more than five months of travel; they had to walk the last 1000 miles and carry the baby. By the time they arrived in Utah, Sept. 24, 1862, baby Clarence was nine months old. . .
. . . As the young women crossed the plains in the previous summer Elizabeth had become acquainted with one of the teamsters, John Allen, a young Englishman who was helping that company of converts make the trip to Utah. A romance developed between them during the journey, and a few days after the wagon train reached Utah, John and Elizabeth were married in Goshen, September 28, 1862. They settled in a log home there in Goshen, a small colony about 60 miles south and west of Salt Lake City.
Eliza had remained in Salt Lake City for about 2 months and found some work in homes to provide for herself and baby. While there she met a young Englishman, Francis Hawkes, who was also born in London and who had come to Utah nine years earlier. He had married and settled in Logan, Cache Valley, about 90 miles north of Salt Lake. His wife and baby had both died at childbirth, so he was lonely, too. He and Eliza were married November 23, 1862. They then went to live in the new settlement of Logan where he had a small home. He was a good, kind man and a loving father to her son, little Clarence who was nicknamed Cal.
4th Great Grandfather William Reese DAVIES (1805-1865) had a wonderful voice. It was reported to sound like a flute and he was asked to sing for the Queen [Victoria] of England on three different occasions. (See Short history by Cora A. Fonda and Rebecca Williams Stapley [granddaughters of Elizabeth Davies].)
The family participated in singing at the Welsh National Eisteddfods.
3rd Great Grandfather James George DAVIS (1832-1909) son of William Reese DAVIESwas the winner of the highest National Eisteddfod award as a tenor soloist. (The National Eisteddfod of Wales is the largest festival of competive music and poetry in Europe. See: History of Elisha Hurd Groves, William Rees Davies and Related Families by Packer, pg. 131.)
When James Davis hauled logs or road to the ranch he would sing at the top of his voice all the way! He was Welsh and just loved to sing. (See: Together Again by Sophia [Parker] Stapley, pg. 78, 83.)
"Grandpa Davies was a Welshman, very sociable, and lover of music and had a very good voice and was always invited to sing whenever an occasion presented itself. The Welsh used to get together, often holding regular singing festivals (Wakes). There were many good singers among them. Grandpa was always the leader. When Grandpa was leading the singing, he would always take off his hat and fold it three-cornered like and whip it back and forth across his leg keeping time to the music, so the singers could stay together and follow the beat of the music." (Together Again by Sophia Stapley, pg. 80.) James Davis "organized a quartet, in which he had the lead. The other three singers were Martha Williams, John D. Williams, and Henry Davis. They were very popular and almost every social occasion called for the 'Welsh Quartet' to entertain the crowd. It pleased the singers to be active, as there was nothing they enjoyed better than using their voices to make harmonious music together. Later when John D. was called back to Wales on a mission, by co-incidence he met up with an elderly lady there who was a former friend of Grandpa's. She asked John D. about 'the little white curly haired boy who was such a good child singer'. John told her that he was still living, but that he was an old man with grey curly hair now, and still a good singer. (memories of Esther Parker Robb, Together Again by Sophia [Parker] Stapley, pg. 83-84.)
Great Grandmother Laura Elizabeth PARKER (1889-1970) sang at LDS Church meetings in Kanarraville, Utah. “We were favored with a song by Rocina Williams, Laura Parker and Sarah Roundy. After which the young men retired to their room…” (Kanaraville, YMMIA Minutes 1901-1913 / pp. 9-10 (5 Feb 1902).
Laura had quit Branch Normal School in Cedar City after completing two of the three years. Laura was an exceptional home maker. So her father promised her the family piano as pay if she would stay home in Kanarraville and care for the family home and her invalid mother. She quit school but later had to pay her father of the piano which she had in her home until the late 1950's.
Great Grandfather (fifth from left back row) George Ensign SMITH (1898-1967) sang tenor with the Salt Lake City, Swanee Singers (1930's and 40's). The male chorus sang light classical love songs such as "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," and "The Desert Song."
Also in the 1920's Ensign SMITH was a regular soloist on the Standard Oil Company Radio Show in Sacramento California.
Grandmother (front row left end) Camilla SMITH (1926-1999) in the Girls' Chorus of Highland Stake 1944, she had a beautiful alto voice and she played piano. When the girls were young she would play and we would all sing from "Fireside Book of Folk Songs" 1947. One of her daughters saved the book and uses it for singalongs at Family Dinner. Grandchildren have found the folk songs book to use in their own families.
Grandmother (back row 4th from left) Wanda Myrl ROBERSON (1921-2012) played the trombone in the English Indian School Band about 1938. She was the Ward Chorister for many years in several different states. Wanda played the piano.