Frederick H. Atkinson

10 Nov 1851 - 19 Sep 1901


Frederick H. Atkinson

10 Nov 1851 - 19 Sep 1901
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Biography of James Atkinson 1811-1898 James Atkinson was the youngest and also the l5th child of William Plummer Atkinson and Rebecca Clipson. He was born 3 Jan. 1811 in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England, three years after their 14th child, Edward. He was baptized in the St. Mary s Church of Engla
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Frederick H. Atkinson


Dayton Cemetery

Highway 36
Dayton, Franklin, Idaho
United States


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Biography of James Atkinson

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Biography of James Atkinson 1811-1898 James Atkinson was the youngest and also the l5th child of William Plummer Atkinson and Rebecca Clipson. He was born 3 Jan. 1811 in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England, three years after their 14th child, Edward. He was baptized in the St. Mary s Church of England, Whittlesey, in Feb. 1811. His grandfather was Reverend Richard Atkinson (Reverend of the St. Mary’s Church of England in Whittlesey). His grandmother was Rebecca Plurnmer. His maternal grandparents were John Clipson andAnn Rüssell. The Following is The Récord of My Fathers Family. As recorded by James Atkinson (in his own handwritting): William Plummer Atkinson, born 8 oct. 1764 (Father of James Atkinson) Rebecca Clipson (Mother of James Atkinson) born 6 Jan.1767 Married at Doddington, in the Isle of Ely 25 Oct. 1785. 1.Ann Atkinson 2 Aug 1786 Jan 1881 85 years 2.Rebecca Atkinson 16 Feb 1788 10 Aug 1788 7 months 3.Richard Atkinson 9 Apr 1789 15 June 1865 76 years 4.Rebecca Atkinson 14 Mar 1791 12 Nov 1828 37 years 5.Elizabeth Atkinson 7 Jan 1792 31 Aug 1792 8 months 6.John Atkinson 6 July 1793 1832 39 years 7.Henry Atkinson 20 May 1795 31 Aug 1795 3 ½ months 8.Elizabeth Atkinson 18 Sept 1796 25 Sept 1798 2 years 9.Mary Atkinson 17 Apr 1798 Oct 1798 6 months 10.Henry Clipson Atkinson 24 Aug 1799 15 Jun 1867 68 years 11.Elizabeth Atkinson 27 May 1801 30 Apr 1861 60 years 12.Charles Atkinson 29 Dec 1802 28 Feb 1845 43 years 13.Mary Atkinson 10 Apr 1805 3 Feb 1805 10 months 14.Edward Atkinson 21 Jun 1807 12 Feb 1808 9 months 15.James Atkinson 3 Jan 1811 1 Sept 1898 87 years Not much is known of his very early life, although he was born in a large family, seven of his brothers and sisters died in infancy. The two children, Mary and Edward, who were born just before him, died young so the next older brother, Charles, was eight years older than James. Therefore, as a child James had no one close to his age to play with .His oldest sister, Ann, was married three years before James was born, and his oldest brother, Richard, was married two years after his birth. When James was 20 years old his mother died and at this time all the older children were married excapt Charles, so it is assumed that James, Charles and their father resided together. Their father had many holdings of land and property and it was scattered in several towns, so where they lived is not known. His father, William Plummer, lived at Doddington, Cambridgeshire, England from 1799 to 1808, because many of his children were christened in the Doddington parish, but James was born at Whittlesey on 3 Jan. 1811. James had considerable schooling, with their means and with the indication of the education he had, it is very likely that he attended college. He was away from home for several years, and a considerable allowance was sent to him. He was a beautiful penman, he wrote neat and pleasant letters even when he became old. Much thanks and credit is given to James for the way he kept and preserved the records of the Atkinson family, he was very diligent and accurate in writing down all the events in the family such as marriages, births and deaths and travels. He usually recorded these events on several papers, so if one was lost another would be preserved. He was wise and kept the letters his sister, Ann Atkinson Hill, and others sent him from England, it has helped in many ways to prove the correct relationship of the family members in England. In the early part of 1840, James made a list of several addresses of places he had lived in London and at the bottom he made a note and said he was leaving London in May 1840. This is where he probably attended college. On 15 June i840 he made a note describing the height and weight of his father and himself. Following is a copy of the note-—----”James Atkinson’s father, Mr. William Plummer Atkinson--his weight is 18 Stone 14 pounds to the Stone or 252 pounds. His height—-6 feet. Mr. James Atkinson 12 Stones 14 pounds to the stone or 168 pounds. His Height 5 feet 11 inches.” At the time of his father’s death, 8 Apr 1845 at Coats, Cambridgeshire. England, James was In Wooðstone, near Peterborough. After his fathers death and the Will he left was proved, the property he owned was to be sold and James was to receive two thirds of the money from the sale and rent of the property and Charles, his brother, was to receive one third. However, Charles died just a little over a month before his father, and it is not known how his third was divided. Richard, the oldest brother to James, who resided in March, Cambridgeshire, England was appointed admin- istrator of the estate. All transactions were done fair and legal, carried out through the proper channels of the law. Richard gave a receipt for all rents and sales of property. When James received his inheritance, he received it by allowances, he requested what he wanted from the attorney, and then when he received it in the mail, he had to sign a receipt and send it by return mail, acknowledging that he had received it. From the inheritance his father Willed to him, James received a considerable amount of money. English money value at that time was much more than it is now. One pound of English money then was worth $5.00 in our American money. In 1845 James received 50 pounds, 1846–105,1847-335,1848-289, 1849-230, 1850-345, 1851-55, 1852-36, 1853-36, 1854-42, 1855-48, 1856-25, 1857-26, 1858-29, 1859-29, 1860-30, 1861-29,1862-30, 1863-60 pounds. The total he received was 1849 pounds or *9,245 this was a sizable amount in those days. On 2 Sept. 1846, James and Louisa Crunkhorn of Stanground, Huntingdon, England were married at St. Mary’s Church, Newington, London, England. James was 35 years old and Louisa was 24 years old. Louisa’s father was John Crunkhorn and her mother was Mary Mitchell. Mary Ann Crunkhorn, Louisa’s sister, went to London with her to be married and acted as one of the witnesses to the marriage. James and Louisa moved several times during the 17 years they lived in England. They were the parents of five lovely, healthy children. Following is a list cf their children’s names and births as James recorded them in his own handwriting: Father--James Atkinson, born 3 Jan. l811 Mother-— Louisa Crunkhorn, born 9 June 1821 . Married at St. Mary’s Church, Newington, London, England 2 Sept. 1846 Children: 1. James William P]ummer Atkinson, born 26 July, 1848, 25 minutes before 2:00am Wednesday morning at Standground, Hunts, England. Baptized in the parish. 2. Frederick Henry Atkinson, born Nov 10, 1851 at half past 12’clock Monday afternoon at Standground. Baptized in the parish of Peterborough. 3. Rosa Louisa Atkinson, born 23 June 1854, O’clock in the morning, Friday at Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire. England.. 4. Jessie Ann Atkinson born 13 July i86 at 10 minutes before 2:00 O’clock afternoon of Sunday at No. 14 Sussex Place, Levermere Road, Dalston, London, England. 5. Fanny Eliza Atkinson born 2 Aug 1862, 25 minutes past 3:00 O’clock afternoon on Saturday at Standground, Died 27 July, 1863 at Florence City, Nebraska, America. There is no record of what James did for a living until 1858. He sent to the parish of Whittlesey for a certificate of his birth, and he had a number of people give him references, so that he could work on the police force in London. He got 6 references from friends and acquaintances out side of the city of London and 6 from London city. Following is the copy of one reference he received: 1858 Gentlemen, Mr. James Atkinson is of respectable family and connections in this place, and may safely be recommended to the notice of those concerned in the appointment of the Police Force. Yours Respectfully, J. L. Franks- M. A. Resident Curate St. Mary’s Whittlesey All references spoke highly of James and specifically mentioned his good character. It is not known if he ever served on the Police Force in London, no mention was made of it in the records, but he did live in .London many more years that he lived at any other place. Louisa became interested in the teachings of the Mormon Elders and was baptized a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints by W. G. Cole, 1 Aug 1858. At this time she belonged to the Barking Branch, London Conference. It was not until nearly two years later that James joined, the Mormon church. James and their two sons, James William Plummer Atkinson and Frederick Henry were baptized on the 17th of June 1860 by the same man that baptized Louisa, W. G. Cole. At this time they belonged to the Barking Branch, London Conference. Following is the way the information of their baptism was given in the Poplar Branch Record: Poplar Branch- Record of Members- 1850-1864 Page 16.Call No. 13E Part 54 No. 117 James Atkinson- age 49 . Residence- Poplar- born 3 Jan. 1811 at Cambridgeshire, England. Bartized 17 June 1860 at Victoria Park by W. G. Cole. Confirmed by W. G. Cole. Emigrated 9 May 1863. No. 118- James W. Atkinson-age 12.. Residence, Poplar. Born 26 July 1848 at Huntingdonshjre, England Baptized 17 June 1860 at Victoria Park by W. G. Cole Confirmed by T. Wiles. Emigrated 9 May 1863 No. 119- Frederick Henry Atkinson-age 9 Born 10 Nov 1851 ,at Huntingdonshire England Baptized 17 June l86O at Victoria Park by W.G. Cole. Confirmed by W. H. Smt!, Emigrated 9 May 1863. After they joined the church they began dreaming of the day they could come to America and join the other saints. By writing many letters and doing considerable planning the time finally arrived that all necessary preparations were made to leave their dear, old England, and loving friends and relatives, to embark on a new adventure in the land of America. James was advanced the final money from his father’s Will to obtain enough to pay his traveling, expenses for himself and family. His sister, Ann, visited him several times in London before he left and his brother, Richard, traveled from March, Cambridgeshire to London to see them off on their journey. The family traveled by rail from London to Liverpool and the railway fare was 3 pounds and 12 shillings. On 23 Mar 1863, Saturday, they set sail from Liverpool to New York on the ship ‘Antarctic” under Captain Stuffer. The Passage for the family was 38 pounds and 4 shillings or about $195.00. They received the following provisions at sea weekly: Bread 3 ½ pounds Oatmeal 1 ½ lb. Flour 1 pound Pork 1 lb. Rice 1 ½ lb. Peas 1 ½ pounds Beef 1 ½ pounds Salt 2 oz. Mustard ½ oz. Potatoes 2 pounds Pepper ½ oz. Sugar 1 pound. Vinegar 1 gill Tea 2 oz. Water (daily) 3 quarts The ship arrived at New York 9 July 1863, they were 47 days on the water. From New York, they left by railway and arrived at St. Joseph, Missouri. on 16 July 1863. They left St. Joseph on the 17th of July and went on board the “Steam Packet” on the Missouri river. They rode in the steam boat 4 days and arrived at Florence, Nebraska on 21st of July. The river was low and they ran into sand. bars and had difficulty getting up the river James had to pay 6 pounds for overweight baggage on board the Steam Boat, he brought many lovely keepsakes of his own and his parents, when he came to America. Just a few days after they arrived at Florence, a great sorrow came into their lives. While they were traveling on the river, Fanny Eliza, their baby girl, took sick with summer complaint. They did all that could be done for her but on 27 July 1363, their little darling died at the age of eleven months, and three weeks old. No doubt the long journey had been hard for a child so young. She was buried in the Old Mormon Grave Yard at Florence. Although the family mourned the loss of their baby, they continued preparations to get to Utah, lest the winter months should come before they arrived at their destination. They bought two yoke of oxen and a wagon which cost them 66 pounds or about $33O.OO, a tent for 2 pounds and 10 shillings or about $13.OO, a cooking stove for 3 pounds and 10 shillings or about $18.OO. They also bought tinware, boxes and guns for the boys, and clothes for the journey. They had to reserve Security Money to pay tolls at bridges and ferries while crossing the rivers. They remained in Florence six weeks preparing to make their journey.. To prepare for the journey across the plains, they bought the following list of Items and slso mentioned the cost of each in American Money. 1 axe l.75 Mustard .40 2 Yolk of Oxen 175.00 1 saw 1.25 Tent 25.00 2 yolk and chain 7.50 1 spade 1.25 Tent poles 2.00 ½ Sacks of Flour 6.25 1 kettle 3.40 1 hatchet .85 100 pounds bacon 7.00 1 coffee mil! l.20 1 rope .25 6 pounds of rice .75 1 hoe .50 1 can of grease 1.50 6 pounds of tea 7.50 2 bxs matches .10 1 duck cover 17.00 50 pounds sugar 7.50 10 bars soap l.60 3 3/4 washer wagon 114.00 25 pounds apples 2.30 2 candles .66 M Rogers & Co Stove 34.00 2 pounds coffee 8.00 2 lbs. soda .25 Binder Skin 1.50 2 pounds pepper .80 2 boxes of pills .50 Allspice .40 2 Cream of Tartar .85 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total $433.26 This amount of money represented part of the cost of preparing to cross the plains in 1863. The distance from Florence to Utah was estimated to be about 1100 miles, and the time to travel this distance was 60 to 80 days. It took thoughtful preparation and planning to get what was necessary for the journey without over loading their wagons and making the burden too great for their oxen. They were a family of six now. The father, James, was 53 years old, the mother 41 years. The oldest son, James William was 15, Frederick Henry was 12 years old, Rosa Louisa, the oldest daughter was 9 years and Jessie Ann was 7 years old. Living this type of life was a very new experience for them, they had been raised in large cities, mostly in London. Their only experience with life of this kind was their rare visits to their grandmother Crunkhorn’s and their Aunt Mary Ann Bannister’s home. They lived on a farm, where they were in the pig raising business in Stanground, Huntingdon, England. Preparations were finally completed and they joined the Horton D Haight company, a division of the Amassa M. Lyman Company, to cross the plains. They left Florence, Nebraska 9 Aug. 1863 to start their journey west. Their wagon train consisted of 52, several of which were loaded with church freight, two with gun powder., James William, the oldest son, drove the team of oxen most of the way to Utah, being young, brave and daring and filled with the vigor of youth, he enjoyed it. In the history James William wrote of his life, he describes their journey across the plains as a pleasant one from start to finish. They saw many Indians, but they caused them no trouble, at all times they were friendly. They arrived at Salt Lake City 4 Oct. 1863. Shortly after they arrived at Salt Lake City, they traded their oxen and wagon to a man named Brother Boley, for a two story adobe house and lot. The lot was where the old Court House in Salt Lake City now stands, about the middle of the city. They lived there for two winters, the first winter after they arrived, that summer and then the next winter and spring. During the summer they were in Salt Lake, they worked on the canal which was planned for navigation for the purpose of bringing granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon to build the Salt Lake temple. Their wages were $2.00 per day and board. The pay was to consist of one third store pay,one third to the tithing office and one third to be paid with wild horses from the church. Provisions and clothing were very high during th wintar of 1864, flour was $25.00 a hundred, boots $9.00 to $12.00 a pair, It was a difficult time for most of the people, but still the saints kept on working and building. During the time they lived in Salt Lake, the tabernacle was being errected. In the spring of 1865, the son, James William, went l00 miles north of Salt Lake and stopped in the town of Smithfield, Utah. He was hired by Bishop Samuel Roskelly to work for $60 a month to do various kinds of employment such as hauling rock, and working in hay. The first summer James William worked, he drove a team to Montana for Mr. Roskelly, loaded with flour. The flour sold at Silver Bow, Montana for $40.00 per hundred. Lt Silver Bow they were loaded up with supplies for a mining camp in an isolated area. The miners were happy to see them and they paid them $10 per day to stay and drag in timber for them to use in tha mine, but it was difficult to take care of their horses so they couldn’t stay long. By November of the same year, James William had purchaced two yoke of cattle and had moved his fathers family to Smithfield. They rented a house on the north side of the creek and lived thare for 10 months, the rent costing $2.00 per month. James William, the son was given to city lots in the north east part of Smithfield, which he fenced and improved, so the family moved to the new lots and lived during the Fall and winter of 1866-67. They needed a team and wagon and cows to make a living in Smithfield, so James and his son, James William, went to Salt Lake and sold their home in Salt Lake for $1000 dollars, $500 more than they had paid for it in 1863. While they were living in Salt lake, James got his feelings hurt over something that happened and from then on he was never very strong in the church. However, there is no record of him ever leaving the church, he probably just withdrew himself and became indifferent. Louisa continued to keep her faith and testimony, she went to the Endowment House while they were in Salt Lake and got her endowments 1 Oct. 1864. While they lived in Smithfield, James herded cows north of the town. He drove the cows out in the morning, herded them during the day and returned with them at night. Most of the time he walked with a cane, he seldom rode a horse. In the summer of 1867 the family moved to Franklin. James William, the son, owned the lots in Franklin where most of the stores now stand (1966), the lots where the drug store, grocery store and post. office are now built. However, he did not remain in Franklin very long. In James William’s autobiography he says” I lived in Franklin only through that summer, then I moved to Weston (the part that is now known as Dayton) that fall. There was just one row of houses. We lived in a dug-out cellar that winter. The next summer I got a lot and built a log house and lived there until the fall of 1869.I was the 10th settler in Weston (Dayton) “. It is not definitly known who he meant lived with him , but it must have been his father, James and his brother Fredrick because both of them later homesteaded in Dayton. At this time James and his wife Louisa had divorced and she was living in Franklin with their daughter’s, Rosa and Jessie. The exact cause of the divorce is not known but is assumed that part of the trouble was caused in Salt Lake when James didn’t go to the Endowment House with Louisa to be sealed. She knew she must be sealed to her husband to gain the highest blessings of the gospel, and she wanted her dear children sealed to them. James got his Bill of Divorce from the Probate County of Cache at Sm1thfield Utah the 12th of April 1867. The following fall after they had moved to Franklin, Louisa married a polygamist, Gabriel Mayberry on 12th of Oct 1867 and was sealed to him. This marriage did not last long, for some reason it was not suitable to Louisa so she had this sealing canceled on 6 April 1872. Louisa seemed to be a very religious person and had joined the church and emigrated so she could receive the blessings of the gospel and have their family sealed to her and James. But this joy never came to her in life. James and Louisa loved each other very dearly and it was sad that they both had to live lonely life separated from each other in their later years. James never ceased to love Louisa, (1 have several letters James wrote to his children to show this). He asked them to take care of her and to go see her when she was ill. James and Louisa were very fond of their children and they wrote to them often, expressing their love and affection. In September 1870, James was in North Ogden working. While there, he wrote the following letter to his son, James William: North Ogden, Dear James WIlliam, 4 Sept. 1870 Sunday I received your last note on the 18th and was glad to hear that your self and wife was quite well and comfortable, and I hope please God that you will still remain so through life. Brother Stevens will make you a good pair of strong winter boots, ready for you when you come over. I was glad to find that my poor old Jessie and Rosa was coming over with yourself. The peaches will not be very long before they are ripe. I will write to you in good time when the peaches are ready I was glad to hear about your wheat, rye, and potatoes, oats and barley. I hope we shall have luck with them. I was sorry to find out that you was not going to put the new house up at Weston, the old one is not fit to live in for the winter, in the first place it wants half a new roof putting on the back and also dobbing outside and inside and a new strong door to make it anything like comfortable for the winter. It would not take more than 3 or 4 days to do all that, and you might go over to Weston and help Fredy to do it. My old horse has been lame this last two weeks and I have been oblige to walk every day. I hope he has got over his lameness tomarrow. I am going to have to save up and get one. I wish you could get me a good big slut to help Mager another summer, Mager is to small a dog. I am oblige to have one to help him. I know a man which is a boss on the U.P. Railroad. I think perhaps he can get me a situation on the line as a Road Walker, that is to walk on the line 6 miles out and the same back to see if everything is all right. $75 dollars per month in cash. You must not name it to anyone, if I get it before my herd is giving up. Fredy must come over for a little time. It would do us good if it was only for 2 or 3 months. I am quite well and I hope it will find yourself and wife the same and Rosa and Jessie. With my kind love to you both and believe me, Dear James Wm. Your Affectionate Father James Atkinson James Williàm, the son, had married about two months before James wrote the above letter to him. He married Rebecca Põrritt 27 June 1870 in Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah Territory. They were married by Samuel Smith, probate Judge. At this tirne James William was 22 years old,his wife was a few years older than he was. This was the first marriage in James and Louisa’s family. It was a happy marriage, however they were not blessed with any children. In 1869, the year prior to his marriage, James William had moved to Gentile Valley and took up a place there under the Squatter’s Rights Claim. He was the 3rd settler in Gentile Valley in 1869. He and his wife stayed there until 1874, then they returned to Dayton. He and his brother, Fred, bid on the U.S. Mail Carriers job from Franklin to Soda Springs and got it for two, four year terms, then for the next 8 years they carried mail to Soda Springs once a week, in the summer with teams and wagon, hauling freight also, and in the winter by snow shoe through the mountians. While in Dayton, James William also homesteaded a piece of land Frederick Henry, James and Louisa’s second son, married Matilda Adelaide Sperry 1 Jan. 1874 and from that time on he lived in Dayton. He homesteaded a farm there and raised a large family of 11 healthy, happy children. Being one of the first settlers, along with his father and brother, he saw the growth of Dayton from the time it was called Chadville in 1879, then Five Mile (because it was five miles from Weston and five miles frçm Clifton), then later when it was known as Dayton. He and his family played a very important part in the building up of this town. James and daughter, Rosa Louisa, a lovely young lady, married, first, William Woodward, a poligimist from Franklin. They were married 5 Jan. 1871 at Great Salt Lake City. This marriage was very soon cancelled. Rosa then went to Soda Springs. While she was doing house work there, she met and married Joshua James Call, 23 Dec. 1872, at Soda Springs, Idaho, and they continued to reside there after their marriage.They also had a large family of ten beautiful children. Rosa was a doctor,midwife and nurse around Soda Springs for years. She nursed the sick through diptheria, small-pox or whatever. She was the first of the children to pass away after Fanny Eliza died in Florence, Nebraska. Rosa died 12 May 1912. Jessie Ann, youngest daughter of James and Louisa, was married on Monday, 13 1877 to John Mathew Patton at Gentile Valley, Oneida Co.,Idaho Territory, North America by Mr. Morrison, Justice of the Peace. John Mathew Patton was from Jefferson Co., Indiana. Jessie Ann worked in Soda Springs, before she was married, in a restraunt. After they were married they lived in Soda Springs for a while, then they moved to Bancroft, Idaho, not far from Soda Springs. Her husband worked on the coal shute for the railroad company. They later moved to Pocatello, Idaho, then to Bakers, Oregan and then to Minidoka, Idaho. This couple also had a nice family of 8 children in all, 7 boys and 1 girl. . A great sorrow came to the Atkinson family 3 Oct. 1878. James William’s wife, Rebecca Porritt, passed away after a lingering illness, and she was buried in the Franklin cemetery. After this marriage, James William married two other lovely women, a widow, Mary Handy Vail with 5 children (4 living) and Emeline Vail. He married Mary Handy Vail 17 Feb. 1879 in Franklin, Idaho and Emeline Vail in Mar. 1881 In Salt Lake City, Utah. Mary was mother of six more children by this marriage and Emeline was the mother of 11 healthy children. This made a family of 17 children for James William and his wives. He settled in Coveville, Utah and raised his family there. Later, in 1895,he homesteaded a ranch in Treasureton,Idaho. In 1916 he made his last move, this was to Franklin, Idaho where he lived the remainder of his life. He passed away 29 Feb. 1936 at age of 87 years and 8 months. James Atkinson got his Naturalization Papers to become a Citizen of the United States of America the 13 June 1887 in the county of Oneida. His son, Frederick Henry, was one of the witnesses that had to sign for him. Evidently Frederick had been declared a citizen prior to this time or he could not have been a witness. It is not known when Louisa got her Naturalization papers. Louisa had an old home on a lot in Franklin across the road from the southeast corner of the present ball park. Most of the time she lived there but she also lived in a place not far from her son, Frederick, near Dayton about 1883 and 1884. On 17 May 1884 she wrote the following in a letter postmarked “Clifton” “ My garden looks very nice, gooseberries, raspberries, and strawberries all in blossom, flower seeds all up nice, plenty of radishes and lettuce to pull up in another week from now, black seed onions all up and button onions 4 inches high, my early potatoes are up nice”. Louisa also raised a few chickens by hatching them so she sometimes had a few eggs to sell or trade at the market. She did all she could to help keep herself. Sometimes she rented her house In Franklin for a while, but it was for only a meager rent. She often had a difficult time getting the necessities of life Louisa was a small women, very neat and clean in appearance and in her house keeping. In a letter James William wrote to his father, James,1 July 1870 to describe Rebecca Porritt, his first wife, he made the following comment about his mother, Louisa. “She (meaning Rebecca) is a very virtuous women and a very good housekeeper, just as good as mamma herself and you know how that is, she is very clean and tidy and always wants to keep so, and so you will see for yourself when you come over, so you may rest contented about that, because I am always on my guard about such things as that, she just suits me to a T” . Most of her later years, Louisa spent in Franklin in her home there She visited her children, especially James William’s family because he was nearer. She could walk across the meadows from Franklin to Coveville,where they lived, it was only a few miles. One winter when she got older she lived with James William and his wife, Emeline, in Coveville, Utah. Louisa took sick on the 29th of August with a paralytic Stroke and died on 3 Sept. 1895. She was buried 5 Sept. 1895 in the Franklin cemetery. She died at the age of 75. It was a hard life. for her, I imagine many times she wished she could go back to dear old England and see her mother and family. Her family and friends grieved her passing and they still revere her memory, she was a lovely lady who was brave enough and determined enough to be a pioneer and face the hardships it required. Through the latter years of his life, James also lived with some of his children, he would stay with them for a time and then visit another family. For a while he went back to Dayton and lived in a little new log house, this was about the year 1883. James homesteaded a place in Dayton by his son Frederick, with the intention of selling it to Fred when he had established his claim to it. This way Fred would have a larger farm when he needed it later on. James and his Sons contributed a great deal to the building up of Dayton. Most of his time though, James spent with his daughter Rosa and her family in Soda Springs, Idaho. Rosa and her family lived in Soda Springs almost from the beginning of its settlement and by visiting often with Rosa and Jessie, James witnessed the growth and development of this barren, sage brush country into a thriving prosperous town. There were many Indians around Soda Springs in those days and it was with fear that the people traveled about sometimes. While Jessie was living at Bancroft, she sometimes rode in the caboose of the train on her way to see her father and sister Rosa in Soda Springs, for fear of the Indians. There were plenty of deer in Soda Springs in those years and they were able to enjoy an abundance of fresh meat. Rosa’s husband kept them supplied. James dearly loved his grand children and particularly those children of Rosa’s because he was with them so much. He called one of them his “Little Dancer” and it delighted his heart to see her dance around when she was so young. It was while he was with his deughter, Rosa, at Soda Springs that he passed away the 1 Sept. 1898. He was 87 years and 9 months old at the time of his death. They brought his body from Soda Springs in a wagon and buried him in the Dayton cemetery. Before his death, James Atkinson wrote his own epitaph as follows: To the Memory of James Atkinson of Whittlsea, Cambridgeshire, England Born January 3rd 1811 Died, the Month and the date of the year Youngest son of the late Wrn. P. Atkinson Esq. And grandson of the late . Rev. Richard Atkinson (Rector) of St. Mary’s Church Whittlesea, England and to Bear River Ranch Nov. 26th 1871 Idaho . His passing was a great sorrow to his family, they all loved him. They had been pioneers together, learned to pass through trials, hardships and pleasures. The closeness in their travels to Zion kept their feelings and concern for each other strong. May it be the same with his posterity, a special, united feeling of love and unity, that is the way he would like it to be. He loved all his family so dearly. This biography was written by Emmeline C. MaKay, Weston, Idaho (great grand daughter of James and. Louisa Atkinson) It is a true history, compiled by using the Family Records made by James Atkinson, (most of them original copies), letters and keepsakes of the Atkinson family he preserved, the histories of his children, government documents, church records, ,parish of Whittlesea records and the memory of Henry Clipson Atkinson of Franklin, Idaho, born 12 Apr. 1882 (grandson of James Atkinson), and memory of Almeda A. Chatterton of, Franklin, Idaho, born 26 Apr. 1889 (grand daughter of James Atkinson) Written--July 1966 Because of the great love James and Louisa had for their grand children, and especially for the way James recorded the birth of his grandchildren when they were born, I feel it would be pleasing to him if a list of his grandchildren’s names was added to his history. #1 CHILDREN OF JAMES WILLIAM PLUMMER ATKINSON AND MARY HANDY (VAIL) James William Atkinson 3 dec 1879 Dayton Idaho 22 April 1963 John Frederick Atkinson 10 Jul 1882 Coveville Utah 10 Oct 1966 Fannie Eliza Atkinson 20 Mar 1884 Coveville Utah 23 Jam 1979 Alice Louisa Atkinson 22 Apr 1887 Coveville Utah 19 May 1956 Lilly Jane Atkinson 7 Apr 1889 Coveville Utah 14 Aug 1971 Le8ter LeRoy Atkinson 14 Aug 1891 Coveville Utah 7 Jan 1976 CHILDREN OF JAMES WILLAM PLUMMER ATKINSON AND EMELINE VAILl Henry Clipson Atkinson 12 Apr 1882 Coveville Utah 21 Aug 1971 Jessie Ann Atkinson 15 Sept 1884 Coveville Utah 15 Sept 1887 George Richard Atkinson 12 Sept 1886 Coveville Utah 22 oct 1980 Almeda Bell Atkinson 26 Apr 1889 Coveville Utah 5 Sept 1975 Myrtle May Atkinson 10 Apr 1891 Coveville Utah 9 Apr 1892 Alvin Louis Atkinson 17 Feb 1893 Coveville Utah 23 Sep 1972 Violet Mary Atkinson 10 Dec 1895 Coveville Utah 30 Oct 1986 Frederick Charles Atkinson 16 Aug 1898 Coveville Utah 30 Apr 1970 Daisy Rebecca Atkinson 13 Dec 1900 Coveville Utah 7 Jan 1901 Nellie Fay Atkinson 21 Jun 1902 Coveville Utah 14 Mar 1904 Golden William Atkinson 28 Jan 1905 Coveville Utah 22 Feb 1983 #2 CHILDREN OF FREDERICK HENRY AND MATILDA ADELAIDE SPERRY Frederick Henry Atkinson 28 Nov 1874 Cliffton Idaho 9 July 1948 William Charles Atkinson 1 Sept 1876 Cliffton Idaho 19 Nov 1888 James Alvin Atkinson 11 Apr 1878 Franklin Idaho 13 Mar 1923 John Richard Atkinson 31 Dec 1880 Franklin Idaho 9 May 1881 Samuel Hyrum Atkinson 13 Feb 1882 Dayton Idaho 3 Nov 1966 Dora Matilda Atkinson 12 Feb 1884 Dayton Idaho` 23 Feb 1901 Nora Ann Atkinson 4 Dec 1885 Dayton Idaho 23 Oct 1975 Frank Walter Atkinson 4 May 1890 Dayton Idaho 26 Aug 1952 Earl Joseph Atkinson 29 May 1894 Dayton Idaho 30 Sept 1989 May Elzina Atkinson 18 Jun 18896 Dayton Idaho 17 Oct 1993 Pearl Eva Atkinson 5 Feb 1899 Dayton Idaho 21 Jan 1987 #3CHILDREN OF ROSA LOUISA ATKINSON AND JOSHUA JAMES CALL Louisa Arm Call 4 Aug 1874 Soda Springs Idaho 3 April 1973 Alice Elmyra Call 29 Jan 1876 “ 2 Aug 1049 Rosa Jane Call 29 Jun 1877 “ 5 Nov 1969 James Henry Cell 19 Oct 1878 Gentile Valley Idaho 16 Mar 1964 Jessie Bell Call 24 Aug 1881 Soda Springs, Idaho. 15 Jun 1979 Daisy Elizabeth Call 14 June 1883 “ 19 Mar 1930 Charles Francis CalI 19 Oct 1885 “ 20 Oct 1957 Lily Mary Call 18 Feb 1887 “ 27 April 1984 Violet Fanny Call 29 June 1890 “ 25 Mar 1919 Frederick John Call 9 Nov 1892 “ 31 Oct 1918 #4CHILDREN OF JESSIE ANN ATKINSON AND JOHN MATHEW PATTON Thomas Jefferson Patton 13 July 1856- 5 Nov 1951 Soda Springs, Ida. John Matthew Patton (.Jr.) 30 May 1881- 22 Jan 1882 “ Fred Henry Patton 17 Nov 1882 -19 Nov 1913 “ William Harrison Patton 22 Feb 1885- 30 June 1964 “ Walter Francis Patton 10 Sept 1887- 1 Jan 1955 “ George W. Patton 25 Aug 1889- 4 Sept 1890 “ Frank Bancrof t Patton 26 Dec 1892- 10 Jan 1963 Bancroft t, Idaho Rosa Belle Patton 29 Apr 1896- 28 Mar 1978 Bancroft t, Idaho\ Total -- 46 grand children ( some death dates have been added at the time of this re-type) Note: Louisa Crunkhorn, wife of James Atkinson, was born 9 June1820 in Standground,Huntingdon, England. Her father was John Crookhorn and her mother was Mary- Mitchell Crookhorn. When she was just one month old, she was christned in the Church of England, 9 July 1820. There seems to be a change of spelling in the surname between the generation of Louisa ‘s father and Louisa • The surname seems to be spelled Crookhorn in the parish registers, but Louisa always spelled it Crunkhorn. Which one is correct, I do not know, but often there is a difference in the spelling of a name by different record keeper they each put their own interpretation on the spelling and therefore they spelled the way they thought it should be spelled.She only had one sister, MaryAnn Crunkhorn . She was Christened 30 Dec 18l2 in Stanground, Hunts. England. Most of the history of Louisa is included in the history of James Atkinson, a sort of history for both of them, so an individual history- of Louisa will not be included in this book as it is already to large. But a separate history of her is given in the Crunkhorn Book of Genealogy I am beginning to compile. I hope I get it completed. ) By....Emeline C. McKay Logan Temple Record....The Sealing of James and Louisa’s children to then. Book C. P. 224 Atkinson- James William Proxy James Tucker Atkinson- Louisa Crunkhorn Proxy Matilda A. S. Atkinson 18446 Frederick Henry Atkinson Born 10 Nov 1851, Stanground Huntington England Died 19 Sept 1901 Proxy Richard Crowther 18447 Rosa Lousia Atkinson Born 23 Jan 1854 Whittlesea, Huntington, England Proxy Harriet L.V. Henderson 18448 Jessie Ann Atkinson Born 13 July 1856Dalston, London, England Proxy-Mary E. S. Harmon 18449 Fanny Eliza Atkinson Born July 1863 Proxy Susan A.C. Sewell

Frederick Henry Atkinson 1851-

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# 2.Frederick Henry Atkinson. (this brief history is taken from the book of early pioneers entitled “PIONEERS AND PROMINENT Men OF UTAH”) “Frederick Henry Atkinson was the son of James Atkinson and Louisa Crunkhorn. Born Nov. 10, 1851. He came to Utah 1863. Married Matilda Adelaide Sperry Jan. 1, 18714, Clifton, Idaho (daughter of John C. Sperry and Matilda Van Luyen of Clifton, Idaho. She was born Feb. 18, 1856. Their children: Frederick Henry b. Nov. 28, 18714, m. Amy Gertrude Hendricks Wiliam Charles b. Sept. 1, 1876, d. Nov. 19, 1888; James Alvin b. April 11, 1878, m. Nellie Phillips; John Richard b.Dec. 31, 1880, d. May 9, 1881; Samuel Hyrum b. Feb. 13, 1882 in. Mattie Phillips; Dora Matilda b. Feb. 12, 188L, d. Feb.23 , 1901 Nora Ann b. Dec.4, 1885 Frank Walter b. May 14, 1890 Earl Joseph b. May 29, 1894 May Aizina b. June 18,1896 Pearl Eva b. Feb 5, 1899. Family home Dayton, Idaho.Died Sept. 21, 1901 Frederick Henry Atkinson and his family were early pioneers of Dayton, and did much to build up that thriving Mormon Community. He and all his family were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.

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Frederick H. Atkinson was born on 10 Nov 1851
Frederick H. Atkinson was 9 years old when American Civil War: Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. The American Civil War was a war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865. As a result of the long-standing controversy over slavery, war broke out in April 1861, when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina, shortly after U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated. The nationalists of the Union proclaimed loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States, who advocated for states' rights to expand slavery.
Frederick H. Atkinson was 28 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. 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.
Frederick H. Atkinson was 32 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
Frederick H. Atkinson was 44 years old when George VI of the United Kingdom (d. 1952) George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death in 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.
Frederick H. Atkinson died on 19 Sep 1901 at the age of 49
Grave record for Frederick H. Atkinson (10 Nov 1851 - 19 Sep 1901), BillionGraves Record 5220311 Dayton, Franklin, Idaho, United States