Friday, May 22, 2015

Eliza COLE HAWKES Histories

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)

Francis and Eliza COLE HAWKES family

Family Group

Grandmother Mary Ann MILES HAWKES

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