Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton)

17 Jul 1856 - 18 Feb 1922


Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton)

17 Jul 1856 - 18 Feb 1922
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Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton)


Elwood Cemetery

West 10000 North
Elwood, Box Elder, Utah
United States

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Born in England


April 4, 2013


April 4, 2013

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Stephen Shingleton Life History

Contributor: koand Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Stephen Shingleton was born March 10, 1826, at Mulsford, Bershire, England. The greater part of his childhood, he lived with his grandparents. When about 15 years old, some young lady was so much in love with him, she would walk 20 miles to see him. When 19 years old, he married Elizabeth Roth, who bore him with four children, Harry, Richard, Ester, and Stephen. She was a very delicate woman, finally becoming an invalid some time in her 60s. She heard of the Latter-Day Saints Gospel preached, she joined the church, later Stephen joined and was baptized by Brother Keep. Stephen was a very large man being 6 ft. 3 in. in his stocking feet and weighting 250 pds., while Bro. Keep was not more than 5 ft. and very small. It was a funny sight to see such a small man baptizing such a large man. In later years, people had quite a laugh about it. Mr. Keep lived to be 94 years old and had little white curls around his head. He was so deaf, he could not hear the Tabernacle Organ when standing at the side of it. He used to visit Stephen at home in later years. After Stephen joined the church he was a local preacher and would stand on the corner and sing and preach. He had a very strong voice and would attract people's attention by his singing. He was an employee of the Great Western Railway in England for 20 years, and was quite well-to-do before coming to Utah, May 23, 1866. Stephen, when 40 years old, with his wife and four children, also a niece, crossed the Atlantic Ocean, on board the ship American Congress which left England May 23, 1866 with 350 Saints aboard. The Saints were under the direction of John Nicholson. The vessel was a sailing vessel and took six weeks to cross the ocean, and it was a terrible trip, too much for the delicate wife. The ship arrived at New York City July fourth and the emigrants reached Wyoming Nebraska, the outfitting place for crossing the plains July fourteenth. Just as Stephen and family arrived at New York, his wife Elizabeth died, and he had to go on, to cross the plains with his motherless children. He had to leave the casket on the station platform not being able to see her buried, which was a terrible trial all his life. On July 19, under the Captaincy of John D. Holladay, Stephen and family left Wyoming, Neb., with the ox team emigrating Saints and arrived in Salt Lake City, September 25, 1866, just being 4 months on the trip. Shortly after arriving in Salt Lake City, Stephen met Maria Embling, a young woman whom he had met a few times in England, at the railroad station. They had known each other very well in England. They were married in the Endowment House, and Phil Margetts, the veteran actor, gave a little reception for them at his home. They rented one of his rooms for a little while, and had a table, and a few boxes for furniture. They were always great friends of Phil Margetts and family. Stephen and Maria purchased quite a large piece of land on the corner of sixth West and Second North Street. They built a small four room house for which Maria took in washing to pay for their home. They had a four hole stove for which they paid $90, four chairs, kitchen chairs which were $5 a piece, matches 50 cents a box. Times were very hard, sometimes they had scarcely enough to eat and after being so well to do in England, Stephen and sons would go out with blankets on their backs and find work. One time Maria had nothing in the house to feed the hungry men. So she chopped up some candles and made a suet pudding. Candles those days were made out of mutton suet. When the men saw the pudding they could not guess where she had gotten suet, but finally guessed. One time Stephen, Maria, and daughter Ester went to Promontory Point where tracks for railroad were being laid. He saw Chinamen. They were 20 miles from any one but Chinamen, and Stephen carried a scare to his grave where one had struck him. Stephen was also a railroad man in Ogden where they lived for a while. They then came to Salt Lake, where he was section boss in laying the Denver Rio Grande railroad tracks. They then opened a store on Second South, between State and Second East, where the Old Hippodrome theatre was.They did pretty good, so moved their goods to the living room of their home, and had their store there, on the corner of Second North and Sixth West, where the store is still standing today, after 54 years. About 1890, they built a large store on the same corner. In 1894 or '95, through giving so much credit they had to assign, but soon opened up larger and better than ever. The worry had been too much for Stephen, and he passed to his reward on September 2, 1896. He was 70 years old and still faithful and true to the Gospel after many hardships and trials. A son, Isaac, and a daughter, Louisa, had been born to Stephen and Maria. In the early days of pioneering, Fast Day was held on the first Thursday in the month. People left their work and fasted, to go to meeting. Stephen most always bore his testimony and made the building ring with his strong voice. He lived to sit in the door, and sing the songs of Zion. He never went to school a day in his life yet could read anything.

Life timeline of Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton)

Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was born on 17 Jul 1856
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was 13 years old when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, breaking away from the American Equal Rights Association which they had also previously founded. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was 21 years old when Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was 32 years old when The Great Blizzard of 1888 struck the northeastern United States, producing snowdrifts in excess of 50 ft (15 m) and confining some people to their houses for up to a week. The Great Blizzard of 1888 or Great Blizzard of '88 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. The storm, referred to as the Great White Hurricane, paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Snowfalls of 10 to 58 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, and sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet (15 m). Railroads were shut down, and people were confined to their houses for up to a week. Railway and telegraph lines were disabled, and this provided the impetus to move these pieces of infrastructure underground. Emergency services were also affected.
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was 37 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was 47 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) was 61 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) died on 18 Feb 1922 at the age of 65
Grave record for Esther Elizabeth Checketts (Shingleton) (17 Jul 1856 - 18 Feb 1922), BillionGraves Record 3469406 Elwood, Box Elder, Utah, United States