Thursday, August 11, 2011

Eliza Catherine Pinnock Hunter

Eliza Catherine Pinnock Hunter was born in Coventry, Warwick Co., England on March 4, 1846. 

Eliza's baptismal record from Warwickshire, England shows that she was baptised on May 4, 1846, two months after she was born.

The 1851 England census shows Eliza as a 5 year old girl.

When she was 10 years old her family converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  At the time, there was so much mob violence against the Mormons, that it was necessary to do all baptizing at night.  So on a cold night in December the Pinnock family were baptized in the Thames River after breaking the ice to have the ordinance performed. 

Eliza left England for America in 1862, one year before the rest of her family.  She turned 16 on the ship.  The passenger list from the Tabacott shows Eliza as a 16 year old "Spinster".

As I was looking through the passenger list for Eliza, I found what is an amazing coincidence.  My 2nd Great Grandfather on the Goodman side, William Nicholas Goodman and his brother Nathaniel were on the same ship with Eliza.  William was 20 years old and his brother Nathaniel was 19 years old and both of their parents had died several years earlier.  You have to believe that they were acquainted with Eliza.  They had no idea that 90 years later, their great grandchildren Karl Goodman and Wilma Mendenhall would get married.

After arriving in St. Louis, Eliza was placed into a company led by John D. T. McAllister with five other young girls, and they walked practically the entire way across the plains arriving in Salt Lake City in September of 1862.
Eliza stayed in Salt Lake City until her parents arrived from England the following year.  They were called to go to Iron County and settled in Cedar City where Eliza met and married Joseph Snadon Hunter.

Joseph and Eliza had 10 children.  As a mother, Eliza was exceptional.  She truly sensed her responsibility in rearing and caring for her children, and she tried to rear them in righteousness.

The 1900 census of the United States shows 54 year old Eliza living in Cedar City with her husband.  It shows that they had a 24 year old daughter, a 12 year old daughter and what appears to be a 12 year old niece from Tonga living in their home.

Eliza Catherine Pinnock Hunter died on November 26, 1913 and is buried in the Cedar City Cemetery. The coordinates to her headstone are N 37° 41.418 W 113° 03.773. The green arrow in the map shows the location of her grave. She is my 2nd Great Grandmother from the Mendenhall side of the family.

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