Mary Reed Twigg


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William Twiggs (1804 – 1854) &
Emigration of Mary Reed (1814 – 1855)
Gabbott Ancestors

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Mary Reed Twigg

  1. 1. William Twiggs (1804 – 1854) & Emigration of Mary Reed (1814 – 1855) William Twiggs Born: 22 January 1804 at Roch, Pembrokeshire, Wales Died: 15 January 1854 at Roch, Pembrokeshire, Wales MARRIED: 29 September 1840 at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales Mary Reed Born: 7 May 1814 Little Newcastle, Pembrokeshire, Wales Died: 1855 Mormon Grove, Atchison, Kansas CHILDREN: Emily Twiggss Born: 6 July 1841 at Milford, Pembrokeshire, South Wales Died: 1855 at Mormon Grove, Atchison, Kansas Thomas Twiggs Born: 14 February 1843 at Milford, Pembrokeshire, South Wales Died: 13 November 1928 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah John Twiggs Born: 24 May 1845 at Milford, Pembrokeshire, South Wales Died: 1855 at Mormon Grove, Atchison, Kansas Martha Twiggss Born: 9 May 1847 Milford, Pembrokeshire, South Wales Died: 15 June 1847 at Skye Mill, Pembrokeshire, South Wales George Twiggss Born: 8 August 1848 Died: 1855 at Mormon Grove, Atchison, Kansa Emma Twiggs Born: 9 March 1850 at Sykemill, Pembrokeshire, South Wales Died: 22 October 1878 at Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,Utah Ellen Twiggss Born: 7 January 1853 at Sykemill, Pembrokeshire, South Wales Died: 1855 at Mormon Grove, Atchison, Kansa
  2. 2. William Twigg was born January 22, 1804 Roch Parish, Pembroke, Wales. He was the son of Thomas and Martha (Wade) Twigg, and grandson of David and Martha (John) Twigg. William married in this parish on September 29, 1840 to MARY REED, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Lloyd) Reed, baptized May 7, 1814 in Little Newcastle, Pembroke, Wales. A sad day in their household occurred on June 15, 1847, when their daughter, Martha, died at the age of six days. A day of happiness was with them when they were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and baptized by Elder William Vaughn in the winter of 1849; in fact it was so cold that they had to break the ice atop the water before the baptism could be performed. William played an active role in the early LDS Church, as evidenced by the journal of traveling elder Daniel Williams, which states under the date of October 1, 1851, concerning a general council meeting at Havordfordwest, Pembroke, Wales: After addressing the council at some length showing the importance of regularly attending the council meetings, Elder William Bowen, William Twigg, and Thomas Rees appeared by order of last council to show the cause of their absence from that council. They showed reasons which satisfied the council and were free to officiate in their offices. Another mention in the journal may be referring to William since he was residing in Rickeston Mill. Under the date of February 5, 1852, Williams recorded: Started for Marloes by Rickeston Mill; Elder Twigg came to me to Marloes that night; we both preached to a small congregation in the home of Elder Hughes, and returned that night to Rickeston Mill. William let his house be used as a meeting place for church meetings as evidenced by the journal of David Williams, which states under the date of July 24, 1852: Rickeston Mill Council Meeting held at the house of Wm Twigg Rickeston Mill. Elder David Williams, traveling Elder, came in to council and Pres. William Thomas asked him to give some instructions. Elder D. Williams then stood up and said, The time is but short, the time is not far hence, that the judgments of God will be poured out without mixture; then it is our duty to be up and doing and preach the gospel that our fellow man may be truly warned of the approaching calamity. And in so doing, we shall have the spirit of God to showeth us that we may have faith to travel to Zion. For the time will come that the Saints will have to travel to Zion amidst plagues and pestilence; and inasmuch as we will obey counsel and keep the commandments of God, we are the people that will be enabled to go through all to the land of Zion. William worked in the flourmills and due to his continual inhaling of the fine flour dust he died from congestion of the lungs on January 15, 1854 in Rickeston Mill, Pembroke. Mary, with her six children, and her sister and brother-in-law John and Martha (Reed) Twigg, decided to sail to America with the desire of going to Salt Lake City, Utah. They went to Liverpool, England and set sail on November 24, 1854 on the Clara Wheeler. These two families were among the 422 passengers heading for their eventual Utah destination.
  3. 3. Liverpool to New Orleans on the Clara Wheeler (27 Nov 1854 - 12 Jan 1855) PASSENGER LIST (William Twiggss died 15 Jan 1854 in England) - John Twiggss is William Twiggss younger brother AND brother-in-law. Family members on this voyage: Twiggs, John (Age: 35) (William Twiggs Brother, Children’s Uncle) Twiggs, Martha (Age: 34) (John Twiggss wife, Children’s Aunt) Twiggs, Mary (Age: 41) (Willaim Twiggss Wife & Childrens Mother) Twiggs, Emily (Age: 13) (Willaim Twiggss daughter) x Twiggs, Thomas (Age: 11) (William Twiggss Son) Twiggs, John (Age: 9) (William Twiggss Son) x Twiggs, George (Age: 6) (William Twiggss Son) x Twiggs, Emma (Age: 4) (Willaim Twiggss daughter) Twiggs, Ellen (Age: 2) (Willaim Twiggss daughter) x Liverpool to New Orleans on the Clara Wheeler (27 Nov 1854 - 12 Jan 1855) Ship Name Clara Wheeler Departure 24 Nov, Returned 30 Nov & Departed 7 Dec 1854 from Liverpool Arrival 12 Jan 1855 at New Orleans Arrival 22 Jan 1855 St Louis aboard steamboat Ocena Source BMR, Book #1040, pp. 172-89 (FHL #025,690); Customs #261 (FHL #200,181) A Compilation of General Voyage Notes "Monday. 27 Nov. 1854 -- The ship Clara Wheeler sailed from Liverpool, England, with 422 Saints, under the direction of Henry E. Phelps. The company arrived at New Orleans Jan. 11, 1855, and at St Louis Jan. 22nd 1855. " "SEVENTY-EIGHTH COMPANY -- Clara Wheeler, 422 souls. The ship Clara Wheeler, with four hundred and twenty-two Saints on board cleared the port at Liverpool November 24 1854, bound for New Orleans. Elder Henry E. Phelps was appointed president of the company, with Elders John Parson and James Crossly as counselors. After a rough experience in the Irish Channel, being unable to proceed against the incessant head winds and rough weather, the Clara Wheeler was obliged to return to port on the thirtieth of November. During this extraordinary experience the Saints suffered considerable with seasickness. After receiving further supplies of water and provisions, the ship again put to sea on the seventh of December 1854 with a favorable wind, and on the tenth she cleared the Irish Channel after which she had a very quick trip to New Orleans, where she arrived on the eleventh of January, 1855.
  4. 4. Soon after leaving Liverpool the measles broke out in the company, resulting in the death of twenty children and two grown persons. One child also died after the arrival at New Orleans which made twenty three deaths in all. On the twelfth of January, James McGaw, the church emigration agent at New Orleans, contracted with the captain of the steamboat Ocena, to take the passengers to St. Louis at the rate of three dollars and a half for each adult, and half of that for children between three and twelve years old; and twenty-four hours after their arrival in New Orleans, the emigrants were on their way up the river. Nearly one half of the company had not the means wherewith to pay their passage to St. Louis; but the more well-to-do Saints who had more money that they needed themselves, were influenced to lend to those who had none, and thus all who desired to continue the journey were enabled to do so. At St. Louis where the company arrived in safety, the emigrants were met by Apostle Erastus Snow and others, who gave the new arrivals a hearty welcome, and conducted them to comfortable quarters, which had been secured for their accommodation. This company, although leaving England in the latter part of 1854, really belonged to the emigration of 1855, in connection with which the Saints who crossed the Atlantic in the Clara Wheeler continued the journey to the Valley. (Millennial Star, Vol. XVI: pp.778, 815; Vol XVII: pp.10, 142, 184)." Twiggs’ moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Mormon Grove near Atchison, Kansas After a period of time the Twiggs family moved on to Mormon Grove, Atchison, Kansas. About 47 Miles NW of Kansas City, Kansas This was a very difficult time for the family. Mary Reed Twiggs and four children are reported to have died at Mormon Grove during 1855 (Cholera epidemic). Thus leaving only two children, Emma and Thomas plus Uncle and Aunt John & Martha Twiggs to make the journey on to SLC, Utah. The remaining family members are reported to have traveled on to SLC, Utah with an unidentified Company during 1856. Mormon Grove, a site four miles west of Atchison, Kansas. In 1855, about 2,000 saints from the United States, England and Denmark gathered in Mormon Grove. Though one or two permanent structures were erected at Mormon Grove, most residents lived in tents, wagon boxes or make-shift dwellings. Unfortunately, cholera epidemic struck and took a heavy toll at the way station and some of the companies that left from Mormon Grove. A makeshift cemetery outside the tent city was created for the victims.
  5. 5. Cholera is an infection in the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The main symptoms are profuse, watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated. The severity of the diarrhea and vomiting can lead to rapid dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, and death in some cases. The trail from Mormon Grove, Kansas was North East until joining the Mormon Trail in Central Nebraska,15797,4017-1-356,00.html Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Unidentified Companies (1856) Twiggss, John (37) Twiggss, Martha Reed (36) Twiggss, Thomas (13) Twiggss, Emma (6)
  6. 6. Emma Twiggs (1850 – 1878) married John Gabbott (1842 – 1926) on 2 May 1868 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah Emma Twiggs (1856 – 1878) Biography Mary Reed (1814 – 1854) A Biography Thomas Twiggs (1843 – 1928) Biography John Twiggs (1819 – 1888) Biography - William Twiggs’ Brother – Emma Twiggs Uncle The Welsh Mormon Immigrant project is sponsored by the Center for Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thomas Twiggs – Brother of Emma Twiggs The three sons are (left to right): Robert "Bert" James Twiggs Leo Stevenson Twiggs John Thomas Twiggs