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Frances Jane Gordon (1848 – 1915)



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  • PIONEER HISTORY OF Frances Jane Gordon (1848 – 1915) Files of: Erma P. Gordon Anderson (additions by Joe Anderson) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Frances Jane Gordon Born: 12 Dec 1848, Castle-Eden, Durham, England Baptized: 21 Apr 1853 Died: 12 Jul 1915, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Castle Eden is a village in County Durham, in England. It is situated a short distance to the south of Peterlee, Wingate, the A19 and Castle Eden Dene. Was a coal mining town at the time they lived in Castle Eden. Castle Eden Dene is a dene in County Durham, south of Peterlee and north of Castle Eden. It is a National Nature Reserve which cuts through the magnesian limestone of east Durham from Wingate down to the coast between Horden and Blackhall. It is rich in flora and fauna including the rare Durham Argus butterfly and stands of ancient Yew trees. Castle Eden Dene is the largest area of semi- natural woodland in north-east England, renowned for yew trees. The tangled landscape is a survivor of the wildwood that once covered most of Britain. "England and Wales Census, 1851," Frances Gordon, England name: Frances Gordon, age: 2, gender: Female, birthplace: Castle Eden, Durham relationship to head of household: Daughter, record type: Household
  • Father, John Henry Gordon, worked as a pitman “coalminer” in Castle Eden. Castle Eden, England 1886 Church of England Parishes, Castle Eden St. James, Location: Durham County John Henry his family and his parents joined the LDS Church in England Father, John Henry, his wife Hannah and 4 children {Frances Jane (b: 1848), Foster (b:1850) Robert (b: 1853) and John Henry (b:1855}) left England between 1855 and 1860 and crossed the Atlantic in a sailing ship. It took them six weeks to cross. They settled on a farm in Ohio, near where Columbus is now. They lived there awhile then joined Captain Murdock's ox train at Florence, Nebraska and traveled to Utah which arrived in SLC, Utah 10 Sept. 1861. INSERT: Father, John Henry Gordon, was a coal miner in England. It is interesting to note that coal mining was a major industry in Ohio during the 1850’s 1860 and on to the present day. John Henry Gordon, may have found employment in the Ohio coal mines. 1890 US Census Over the kitchen table, it may be hard to remember dates from 30 year before. According to 1890 Census, Foster Gordon: Lists Immigration year: 1859 Robert Gordon: Lists Immigration year: 1863 Their brothers were born in SLC, Utah: Samuel (born 1861) and George (born 1863)
  • IMMIGRATION- RECORDS ARE CONTRIDICTORY OR NOT AVAILABLE Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John R. Murdock Company (1861),16272,4019-1-215,00.html John Henry Gordon and his family are not listed, in the above record, as traveling with this Company. There is not an official roster. The site above (the historical record) list about 156 individuals. The Company had about 50 wagons and about 18 people were assigned to each wagon which equals 900 people. So, it is not unusual that many families are not listed in the available records. John R. Murdock Company (1861) Depart: SLC, Utah, 1 May 1861 Departure: Florence, Neb, 4 July 1861 Arrival Salt Lake Valley: Abt 10 September 1861 Company Information: This company consisted mostly of Scandinavian Saints from the ship "Monarch of the Sea" when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska (now Omaha). NOTE: Ancestor Harriet Louisa Peacock’s sister, Emily Ellen Peacock & husband Thomas Smith, are listed in the record as traveling with the 1861 Murdock Team. Trail Excerpt: Murdock, John Riggs In the year 1861 I [John R. Murdock] was called," he says, "to take charge of a Church train consisting of fifty wagons and as many drivers. There were four yoke of oxen to each wagon. It was our mission to go down to the Missouri river and bring emigrants to Utah. After making our preparations, we started (From SLC, Utah) about the first of May, 1861. Grass was short; consequently we had to use great care in providing suitable food for our teams, and to drive prudently until the grass improved. Before leaving Salt Lake City we loaded up with flour and other provisions to meet the needs of the emigrants with whom we were to return. These supplies we deposited at certain points along the road, so that we could use them on our return. "It generally took about nine weeks to cross the plains. "Our first trip down," he says, "was without any particular incident. We remained at the river a short time and then loaded the luggage of the emigrants into our wagons. There were from sixteen to twenty persons, men, women, and children, assigned to each wagon. Those who were old enough to walk were expected to do so the greater part of the way. They would ride, occasionally, when the roads were good. I always appointed two men whose duty it was to look after the passengers. It was certainly novel to see a train starting out with everything that could be put into wagons and everything that could be tied to the outside, such as buckets, cans and all kinds of cooking utensils. It reminded one of an old turkey with a brook of young ones keeping her company. Generally there were about seven hundred passengers in one train. The organization was systematic and complete. It consisted of a captain, an assistant, a chaplain, a quarter-master, hospital steward, a camp
  • guard, and a night guard for the stock. The chaplain took charge of the religious services, and we had prayer night and morning. We also had a choir with its leader. The people were called together by means of a bugle." The experiences of the emigrants were educational as well as fraternal. These attachments resulted in life-long friendships. Continued: Frances Gordon The family first settled in the [Salt Lake City] 10th Ward. Frances Jane’s Grandparents, Foster & Sarah Frances Gordon, came to Utah during 1863. Then they all moved to Hoytsville. Her father and grandfather were stone masons by trade and built a flour mill in Coalville. The family then located at Clover, Rush Valley, Tooele Co., Utah Her Grandparents moved to Skull Valley, Utah as caretakers at aranch. However, on 22 Oct 1865, they were both murdered at their home on the Park Ranch. Frances Jane’s father hauled freight and after settling his family and establishing himself in Salt Lake he secured a good team and wagon and started back across the plains by way of the Oregon Trail. He was last heard from [in 1868] at Blackfoot, Idaho. It is thought he was killed by Indians or other foul means. Frances Jane Gordon Married: Richard Green, about 1863. The Green family lived very close by the Gordon Family in Clover, Utah. They had no children. Richard Green died 1870 of drowning in Bear River in Idaho. He is buried at St. John, Tooele, Utah. Frances Jane Gordon married William Mills, 1870-71. They had 5 children. Foster Born: 23 Feb 1872 at Clover Creek, Tooele, Utah William A. Jr. Born: 17 Sep 1873 at Clover Creek, Tooele, Utah John Born: 11 Aug 1875 at Clover Creek, Tooele, Utah Louis Mathias Jr. Born: 7 Sep 1877 at Clover Creek, Tooele, Utah Frances (Frank) James Born: 1 Feb 1890 at Stockton, Tooele, Utah 1880 William Mills, "United States Census" Name:William Mills Event Place:Clover, Tooele, Utah, United tates Gender:MaleAge:32Marital Status:MarriedOccupation:Laborer Race (Original):W Ethnicity:American Relationship to Head of Household: Self Birthplace:Utah, United StatesBirth Date:1848 Spouse's Name:Fannie Mills Spouse's Birthplace:Utah, United States Father's Birthplace:England:Mother's Birthplace:England Household Gender Age Birthplace Self William Mills M 32 Utah, United States Wife Fannie Mills F 30 Utah, United States ? (Frances) Son Foster Mills M 8 Utah, United States Son Wm A. Mills M 6 Utah, United States Son John Mills M 4 Utah, United States Son Mathew Mills M 2 Utah, United States ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • 1900 William Milles, "United States Census” Name: William Milles, Event Place: ED 148 Stockton Precinct, Tooele, Utah, United States Birth Date: Jul 1840 Birthplace: New York Relationship to Head of Household: Head Father's Birthplace: Ireland, Mother's Birthplace: Ireland Race: White, Gender: Male, Marital Status: Married, Years Married: 32, Marriage Year (Estimated): 1868 Household Gender Age Birthplace Head William Milles M 60 New York Wife Francis J. Milles F 54 Pennsylvania ? Son William Milles M 28 Utah Son Francis J. Milles M 10 Utah --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1910 William Mills, "United States Census, 1910" Name:William Mills Event Place:Stockton, Tooele, Utah, United StatesDistrict:178Gender:Male Age:68 Marital Status:Married Race:White Relationship to Head of Household: Head Birth Year (Estimated):1842 Birthplace:New York Father's Birthplace:IrelandMother's Birthplace:Ireland Household Gender Age Birthplace Head William Mills M 68 New York Wife Frances J Mills F 64 Scotland ? Son William F Mills M 37 Utah Son Francis Mills M 20 Utah --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Burial Information: MILLS, WILLIAM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1915 Frances Jane Mills, "Utah, Deaths and Burials" Name: Frances Jane Mills Gender: Female Burial Place: Tooele, Utah Death Date: 12 Jul 1915 Death Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Age: 67 Birth Date: 19 Dec 1847 Birthplace: Scotland Race: White Marital Status: Widowed Father's Name: John Gordon Father's Birthplace: Scotland Mother's Name: Unknown Mother's Birthplace: Scotland William Mills Born* 1841, Utah; Died 18 Feb 1915 and is buried at Tooele Cemetery, Tooele, Utah * Per 1880 Census Frances Jane Died: 12 July 1915, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah and was buried at Tooele Cemetery, Tooele, Utah Birth: 7/18/1841 Death: 2/18/1915 Burial: 2/21/1915 Place of Birth: NEW YORK Place of Death: Grave Location: Tooele City Cemetery , 8-035-10 Source: Comments: Relatives: O'CONNOR, MARY (Mother) MILLS, JOHN (Father) GORDON, FRANCES JANE (Spouse)
  • Your tombstone stands neglected and alone. The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone. It reaches out to all who care. It is too late to mourn. You did not know that I exist. You died and I was born. Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own. Dear Ancestor, the place you filled one hundred years ago. Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so. I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you. Find A Grave Frances Jane Gordon Mills Birth: Dec. 19, 1847, Death: Jul. 12, 1915 Burial: Tooele City Cemetery , Tooele, Tooele Co., Utah, USA Plot: 8-35-2 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Richard C Green Memorial# 28905636 Burial: Saint John Cemetery , Rush Valley, Tooele County, Utah, USA --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- William Mills Birth: Jul. 18, 1841 - Death: Feb. 18, 1915 Burial: Tooele City Cemetery , Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA Plot: 8-35-1 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SON Foster Mills Burial: Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA Plot: 5-23-1 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SON William Mills Burial: Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • SON: John Mills John Mills, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937" Event Type: Marriage Event Date: 19 Nov 1900 Event Place: Salt Lake, Utah, United States Age: 25 Birth Year (Estimated): 1875 Spouse's Name: Stella R. Mcbride Spouse's Age: 24 Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1876 Find A Grave SON: John Mills Birth 11 August 1875, Clover Creek, Tooele, Utah, United States Death 13 September 1952, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California, United States Burial: Paso Robles District Cemetery, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA Plot: 127 36 ------------------------------------------------- SON Lewis Matthew Mills Burial: Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA Plot: 8-35-8 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ SON Francis James Mills Burial: Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, USA Plot: 8-35-3