John Child (1797 -1869) &
Eliza Newport (1798 - 1843)
Shoreditch is a district in the East End of London, within the London Borough of Hackney, in England.
It is a built-up part of the inner city immediately to the north of the City of London, located 2.5 miles (4.0
km) east-northeast of Charing Cross.
John Child (1797 -1869)
Birth 7 Sep1797, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England
Death 19 Feb 1869, Clover, Tooele Co., Utah
Marriage: about 1826 London, Middlesex,
Eliza Newport (1798 -1843)
Birth 21 Jul 1798, London, London, England
Death 15 Aug 1843, Belleville, Illinois
Jemima Elizabeth Child KWVQ-413
Birth 31 March 1827 London, Mddlsx, England
Death 14 July 1914 Clover, Utah
John Joseph Child jr. KWJ5-FS4
Birth 9 Oct. 1831 Philadelphia,, Penn.
Burial Feb 1923 Lehi, Utah
Mary Ann Child KVL9-3K5
Birth about 1834 . Philadelphia,, Penn.
Death about 1834, Philadelphia
James Newport Child M4T4-ZRT
Birth 1833-36 Philadelphia, Pa.
Death 1837 Illinois
George Washington Child KLYZ-XTW
Birth 2 JAN 1838 St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Death 26 Mar 1862
Emma Eliza Child KVP1-8B1
Birth 13 Aug 1841 Belleville, S-Clr, IL
Death 14 Dec 1912 Huntington, Emery, UT
About 1827 John Child immigrated to America, and about eighteen months later he sent for his wife and
small daughter. They lived in Philadelphia, and in other towns and cities of the eastern part of the
country. John Child was a shoemaker, farmer and butcher.
Jemima Elizabeth Child 1900 U.S. Census show immigration 1829
During the 19th century, London was transformed into the world's largest city and capital of the British
Empire. Its population expanded from 1 million in 1800 to 6.7 million a century later. During this period,
London became a global political, financial, and trading capital. In this position, it was largely unrivalled
until the latter part of the century, when Paris and New York began to threaten its dominance.
While the city grew wealthy as Britain's holdings expanded, 19th century London was also a city of
poverty, where millions lived in overcrowded and unsanitary slums. Life for the poor was immortalized
by Charles Dickens in such novels as Oliver Twist.
In 1829 the then Home Secretary (and future prime minister) Robert Peel established the Metropolitan
Police as a police force covering the entire urban area. The force gained the nickname of "bobbies" or
"peelers" named after Robert Peel.
Charles Dickens London
Imagine yourself in the London of
the early 19th century. The homes
of the upper and middle class exist
in close proximity to areas of
unbelievable poverty and filth.
Rich and poor alike are thrown
together in the crowded city
streets. Street sweepers attempt to
keep the streets clean of manure,
the result of thousands of horse-
drawn vehicles. The city's
thousands of chimney pots are
belching coal smoke, resulting in
soot which seems to settle
everywhere. In many parts of the
city raw sewage flows in gutters
that empty into the Thames. Street vendors hawking their wares add to the cacophony of street noises.
Pick-pockets, prostitutes, drunks, beggars, and vagabonds of every description add to the colorful
Personal cleanliness is not a big priority, nor is clean laundry. In close, crowded rooms the smell of
unwashed bodies is stifling. It is unbearably hot by the fire, numbingly cold away from it.
At night the major streets are lit with feeble gas lamps. Side and secondary streets may not be lit at all
and link bearers are hired to guide the traveler to his destination. Inside, a candle or oil lamp struggles
against the darkness and blacken the ceilings.
In Little Dorrit Charles Dickens describes a London rain storm:
In the country, the rain would have developed a thousand fresh scents, and every drop would have had its
bright association with some beautiful form of growth or life. In the city, it developed only foul stale smells,
and was a sickly, lukewarm, dirt- stained, wretched addition to the gutters.
Sanitation and Disease
Until the second half of the 19th century London residents were still drinking water from the very same
portions of the Thames that the open sewers were discharging into. Several outbreaks of Cholera in the
mid 19th century, along with The Great Stink of 1858, when the stench of the Thames caused Parliament
to recess, brought a cry for action. Until 1854 it was widely thought that disease was spread through foul
air or miasma. It seemed obvious to the Victorians, even the learned ones, that if it stinks, it must be
Shoreditch is a district in the East End of
London, within the London Borough of
Hackney, in England. It is a built-up part
of the inner city immediately to the north
of the City of London, located 2.5 miles
(4.0 km) east-northeast of Charing Cross
The medieval parish of Shoreditch (St
Leonard's), was once part of the county of
Middlesex but became part of the new
County of London in 1889. The parish
remained the local administrative unit
until the creation of the Metropolitan
Borough of Shoreditch in 1899.
Though now part of Inner London,
Shoreditch was previously an extramural
suburb of the City of London, centred
around Shoreditch Church at the
crossroads where Shoreditch High Street and Kingsland Road are intersected by Old Street and Hackney
Shoreditch church (dedicated to St Leonard) is of ancient origin and features in the famous line 'when I
grow rich say the bells of Shoreditch', from the nursery rhyme “Oranges and Lemons”.
1755 Show's Map of Shoreditch
The suburb of Shoreditch was
attractive as a location for these early
theatres because it was outside the
jurisdiction of the somewhat
puritanical City fathers. Even so,
they drew the wrath of
contemporary moralists as did the
"... base tenements and houses of
unlawful and disorderly resort' and
the 'great number of dissolute, loose,
and insolent people harboured in
such and the like noisome and
disorderly houses, as namely poor
cottages, and habitations of beggars
and people without trade, stables,
inns, alehouses, taverns, garden-
houses converted to dwellings,
ordinaries, dicing houses, bowling alleys, and brothel houses."
By the 19th century Shoreditch was also the locus of the furniture industry, now commemorated in the
Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road. However the area declined along with both textile and furniture
industries and by the end of the 19th Century Shoreditch was a byword for crime, prostitution and
Emigtation to U.S.A.
FROM “THE HISTORY OF RUSH VALLEY by LUCEY RUSSEL BURROWS
About 1827, John Child immigrated to America, and about eighteen months later he sent for his wife
and small daughter. They lived in Philadelphia, and in other towns and cities of the eastern part of the
country. John Child was a shoemaker, farmer and butcher.
In 1800, not L.A., not New York, but Philadelphia was our largest city, a distinction it held until 1830.
The top five were Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Boston, and Charleston, S.C.
But we defy anyone to name the sixth largest American town in 1800. It was Northern Liberties, now part
And seventh was Southwark, now also part of the present Philadelphia.
They lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from arrival (1827-1830) until about 1937. John was a Calvinist.
The family moved several times and finally settled near Belleville, Ill. The family had a real struggle
getting adjusted to this new land of America. They were very poor people.
In August of 1843, his wife died, leaving four small children. They were: Jemima Elizabeth, John Joseph,
George Washington, Emma Eliza. Two children John Jr., and James Newport had died in infancy.
Jemima Stookey wrote regarding the death of her mother: "I, Jemima, was taken down with a severe
fever and while I was sick my mother was taken with the same sickness. We hired a quack doctor but the
tenth day of her sickness on Sunday morning, 15 Aug 1843 she died. No one in the house but me, lying by
her side and my brother, John Joseph, also sick, lying in a bed on the floor. My little sister Emma, two
years old, was sick too, but not as bad as we were. I did not know my mother was dying. I was talking to
her and she to me. At last she began talking incoherently, just like people do when you to talk them to
sleep, so I stopped talking. I don't think she ever struggled or moved. I thought she had gone to sleep.
After a while two neighbors came in and as soon as they approached the bed they looked horrified and
told me they would lift me out on the floor, as my mother was dead. As there was no one to take care of
baby Emma, father took her to a neighbor... Mother Eliza was buried the next day in a field."
He married a second time to a Mrs. Smith, but the marriage lasted only a short time and ended in
St Louis, Missouri 1850s
St. Louis/Belleville was a major
landing location for LDS members
arriving from Europe at New
Orleans, LA and taking riverboat
northward toward wagon train
staging areas in Iowa & Nebraska.
Many members stayed in St. Louis
to earn money for provisions before
continuing their journey toward Salt
Lake City. It is PROBABLE the
Child family became members of the
LDS faith as a result of contact with
these LDS member and
“The History of Rush Valley” Jemima “made the acquaintance of a young Mormon couple by the name
of Gregory, and through them she heard the Gospel and determined to become a member of the L.D.S.
Daughter: Jemima Elizabeth Baptism Feburary 1851
Daughter Emma Eliza Child 1 May 1852
Son: John Joseph Child Jr. Baptism 25 April 1853
Other Child family members probably joined the LDS Church around 1851 – 1853
Jemima was instrumental in getting John Child to join the LDS Church
1850 John Child "United States Census"
name: John Child event place: St. Clair county, part of, St. Clair, Illinois, United States
gender: Male age: 53 birthplace: England estimated birth year: 1797
Household Gender Age Birthplace
John Child M 53 England
Jeremiah Child F 23 England
Emma Child F 10 Illinois
John J Child M 19 Philadelphia
George N Child M 12 Missouri
It may be a coincidental BUT ancestors Thomas Tanner & Mary Cruse with six children (including Son Joseph
Tanner) were among LDS members who left England arrived at New Orleans April 1851. They then arrived at
St. Louis 8 May 1851. The Tanner family stayed at St. Louis, to find work and replenish resources, until 1853.
During that time wife Mary died, 11 Oct 1851., and Thomas Tanner remarried to Ann Newman 10 Oct. 1853..
The Tanner family continued their journey during the spring of 1853 with the Claudius V. Spencer Company
and arrived at Salt Lake City, Utah during Sept 1853
The coincident being, Thomas Tanner’s son, Joseph,, married Enos Stookey’s daughter, Isabel, on 16 Sept
1872 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.
During 1853 John Child Sr. and three (3) children (John Joseph Age 22, George Washington Age 15 and
Emma Eliza Age 12) joined the immigration to Salt Lake City, Utah with the Moses Clawson Co.
After arriving at Salt Lake City, Utah they settled at English Fort (Now Taylorsville). After daughter
Jemima & husband Enos Stookey arrived they all moved to Clover, Rush Valley, Utah. SEE BELOW
His daughter Jemima Elizabeth Child Stookey and her husband Enos Stookey married 24 March 1852 at
St. Clair Co., Illinois and immigrated to Salt Lake City during 1855 with the John Hindley Company.
After arrival they joined the Child family at English Fort (Now Taylorsville) then both family moved to
Clover, Rush Valley, Utah. SEE BELOW
Moses Clawson Company
Departure 16 May1853 Keokuk, Iowa
Departed 11th June 1853 Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs, Iowa)
Arrival 15-20 September 1853 Salt Lake City, Utah
Number In Company 301
295 individuals and 56 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at
Keokuk, Iowa. The company was organized at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs, Iowa).
Recorded individuals with Moses Clawson Company
Name Age Birth Date
Child, John 56 7 Sep. 1797
Child, John Joseph 21 9 Oct. 1831
Child, George Washington 15 2 Jan. 1838
Child, Emma Eliza 11 13 Aug. 1841
Clawson, Moses, to Brigham Young, 7 Aug. 1853, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878,
Fort Laramie August 7th, 1853
To: President B. Young
I now have the pleasure of
forwarding you herein enclosed a
statement of the persons and
teams composing the St. Louis
company, over which I was
appointed Captain at Keocuck
[Keokuk], by brothers Eldridge
and Haight. The Co. left Keocuck
for Kanesville in small Cos. as
they got ready, and I started in
company with 20 wagons on the
16th May, and arrived at
Kanesville on the 11th June.
Notwithstanding that nearly all
the teamsters were quite ignorant in the management of cattle, bad roads, and a runaway of 6 teams and
wagons, in which many persons escaped with their lives miraculously, we got to Kanesville without
accident, the cattle in first rate travelling order and the company enjoying the best of health.
In consequence of the high state of the Missouri river flooding
the country around, we did not get across the river before the
afternoon of the 29th June, and after organising, started the
following morning on our journey.
On the 30th July 20 teams and wagons, and on the 3d August 17
teams and wagons ran off at a furious rate, many of the Co.
escaping with their lives most miraculously, and to the utmost
astonishment of all the Co.
Although a number of oxen were run over they escaped. with but
a few scratches, and only 7 wagons were injured; which were
immediately repaired and the Co. permitted to go ahead with
little loss of time.
The health of the Co. has exceeded my most sanguine
expectations. At "Loup Fort" the destroyer made an attack upon
the Co. but was repelled with the loss of two children by the scarlet fever. There was no sickness in camp
before nor since.
The condition of the cattle is better than I could have expected--all things considered. As for the spirit of
the Co. I suppose that it is near a fair average of what may be expected on the Plains in a Co. composed
of persons from Michigan, Ill, Ohio, St. Louis and other parts of Mo.
On the 22d July we camped with Capt. Merril's Co. en route to Europe, 306 1/4 miles from Winter
Quarters. They were all well and in good spirits. We held two meetings at which they were present and
addressed the Co. The remarks they made cheered, refreshed, and encouraged our Co. very much.
Our Co. have held together with the
exception of 3 teams who joined a Co.
of six wagons who came up to us
yesterday, and have camped on the
north side of the river. We have
heard of the Cos. behind us, and last
accounts there was considerable
sickness in Spencer's Co.
Fort Laramie, 1850’s
As we have had no blacksmithing done since we left Kanesville, and as we have a number of chains to
repair, we intend remaining here for two days and make all things right for another start. We arrived
here today. Company well, teams in good condition.
I expect that if all things go as well with us as they have done we shall arrive at Great Salt Lake in about
We thank the Lord always for the blessings He has so abundantly bestowed upon us during our journey
I am Dear Brother Yours in the Covenant
Moses Clawson - per David O. Calder Clerk
History of Joseph Cooper - Moses Clawson Company
In the spring of 1853 we started across the plains by ox team. [ … ]. It was quite an exciting time, getting
ready for this long journey first we had to divide our company into four groups, ten wagons in each
company. This being done so we could find better camp grounds and feed for our animals and to guard
against Indians. Our Captain was Bishop Tingey.
I remember we were traveling along the La Platt River there was a herd of sixty buffalo swam across the
river and stampeded our cattle. There were about three wagons tipped over and three wheels smashed to
the ground and a woman got her leg broke in the wreck. This delayed us two or three days. We had a
hard time to gather our cattle and also to repair our wagons.
I remember while we were camped two Indians killed a buffalo about a mile and a half from our camp.
Bishop. Tingey took me out with him to see the buffalo, the Indians wanted to trade the buffalo for me
and I struck out for camp being almost scared to death. [ … ]
AN INTERESTING ACCOUNT.
Armitstead, James, Journals [ca. 1860-1903], fd. 2, 77-87 (letter #1) and 87-92 (letter #2).
After arrival at Salt Lake City, Utah September 1853; the Child’s family settled temporarily at English
Fort (Now Taylorsville) a town about 10 miles South of Salt Lake City, Utah.
3 September 1855 daughter Jemima and her husband Enos Stookey
arrived in Salt Lake City. Son, John Joseph, meet them and escorted
them to English Fort (Now Taylorsville).
After visiting with local families and inquiring about where to live, they
decided to investigate Clover in Rush Valley.
Relocation to Clover, Utah
On the west end of the lake, these families (Hickman & Johnson) were established in the fall of 1855,
when Enos Stookey and his brother-in-law, John J. Child, rode into the valley, having heard good reports
of the grass there. It may have been John Bennion who told them of it, for he and his brother Samuel
Bennion were counselors to the bishop at English Fort (later called Taylorsville), where the Child &
Stookey families settled temporarily on their arrival in Utah (1853 & 1855). Enos Stookey and John J.
Child found the cabins of Johnson and Hickman. "Luke Johnson received them very hospitably",
according to Jemima Stookey, Enos's wife: "was anxious for them to come there to live, as it was hardly
considered safe for so few to be there alone. Enos and John liked the look of the valley and concluded to
John Child with three children (John Joseph, George Washington & Emma Eliza) along with Enos
Stookey, wife Jemima and two draughts (Corrine & Isabel) moved to Clover, Utah during 1855 - 56.
John Child lived with his son John Joseph Child.
John Child was an Elder in the church, and a Black Hawk Indian War veteran.
John Child died February 19, 1866 while living with his son John Joseph.
He is buried in the old Stookey Field with his son George and 9 other people.
FIND A GRAVE
Birth 7 Sep1797, Shoreditch, Middlesex, England
Death 19 Feb 1869, Clover, Tooele Co., Utah
Burial: Saint John Cemetery, Rush Valley, Tooele County, Utah, USA
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 so many 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.
West side of Clover, Utah
Another cemetery was established on the Child farm, in the middle of the field which now
belongs to Nancy Long. A monument now marks the location of this cemetery. Inscribed:
"Sacred to the memory of John Child, George W. Child, Sarah C. Garner, and eight others who
lie buried here."The "eight others" are mostly all children who died under the age of one year.