James Farrimond

1 Jan 1845 - 26 Apr 1909

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James Farrimond

1 Jan 1845 - 26 Apr 1909
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James Farrimond was born New Year's Day, 1845, in Lancashire, in northwestern England. He was christened several weeks later. At age 5 or 6, James began to work in coal mines. He developed a deep groove or scar in his forehead from pushing full minecarts. When he was about 21, he married Margaret Ba

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James Farrimond


Wilford Cemetery

225 N Rd
St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho
United States


June 7, 2012


May 13, 2012

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James Farrimond, a condensed biography

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

James Farrimond was born New Year's Day, 1845, in Lancashire, in northwestern England. He was christened several weeks later. At age 5 or 6, James began to work in coal mines. He developed a deep groove or scar in his forehead from pushing full minecarts. When he was about 21, he married Margaret Barton. They lived in a Lancashire coal-mine and cotton-mill town called Ince, near Wigan. They had seven children, three of whom died very young. Some of Margaret's family had joined the Mormon church and gone to Utah. In 1870, James was baptized. Over the next 12 years, James and Margaret saved money. They sold their belongings and received a little monetary assistance. They joined with relatives, and were among 392 saints and some returning missionaries who sailed on the steamship Nevada on May 17, 1882. They disembarked ten days later in New York, and traveled by rail to Kaysville, Utah, arriving June 4, 1882. James almost immediately applied for citizenship. James was “so proud and happy to be a citizen of the United States of America,” and enjoyed his new-found freedoms to vote, own property, plant trees, and garden. James spent summers driving trains, and winters in Wyoming coalmines. Margaret was crippled by arthritis. Their children attended a Presbyterian school. They lived in Kaysville for about thirteen years until Margaret died. The family moved to Twin Groves, in the Snake River Valley, where to homestead, and James worked as church custodian. James lived to be 64 years old. He died in 1909. James and Margaret have matching headstones. His headstone is in Wilford Cemetery, and hers is in Kaysville.

John William Farrimond: a mini-biography

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

John William Farrimond was born 11 August 1881, in Ince, England, the son of James Farrimond, a coal miner. His family were Latter-day Saints. When he was less than a year old, they emigrated to Utah by ship and by rail. John attained a 5th grade education at a Presbyterian mission school. His mother died when he was about 14, and the family moved to Idaho. He would make homes in Kaysville, Twin Groves, St. Anthony, and Ogden, Utah. At 27 years old, he was married for a short time, and they had a child, but divorced. A few years later, at 31 years old, he was called to serve in the Central States Mission. While serving in Texas, he met Millie Baker. After his mission, he returned to Texas, and they were married in her parents' home. They were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on their way to settle in Idaho, which would be their home. John and Millie raised eight children. His jobs included farmer, shoe repairman, showhouse manager, teamster, office worker, and pipe fitter. He also held jobs in a brick yard, a ship yard, Deseret Industries, a railroad construction crew, and as a camp mover for a livestock company. He was talented in arithmetic, singing, and penmanship. His church callings included stake missionary, ward clerk, Sunday School Superintendent, Mutual Superintendent, ward teacher, and home teacher. He drove a Model T, taught his kids to dance, and could quote many scriptures. He could sometimes be found reading Zane Grey, or eating peppermints and drink 7up while he watched boxing or Lawrence Welk. John lived to be 91 years old, and is buried in the Wilford Cemetery in Idaho.

Margaret Barton Farrimond: a condensed biography

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Feb 7, 1845, Margaret was born to John and Catherine Barton. During Margaret's childhood, members of her family were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When Margaret was seven, her mother passed away. It was several years before her father remarried. At 21, Margaret married James Farrimond, a coal miner. Three of their seven children would die very young. A few years after their marriage, James was baptized. Margaret's father and some relatives had gone to Utah. James and Margaret saved money and sold their belongings. In 1882, they joined with relatives, and were among 392 saints and some returning missionaries who sailed on the steamship Nevada. They left England May 17, 1882. Because of oppressions and privations they had suffered as commoners in England, the emigrants, as they were leaving their native land, banded together, singing, “O Babylon, O Babylon, we bid thee farewell.” The Bartons disembarked ten days later in New York, and traveled by rail, arriving in Utah on June 4, 1882. They stayed with Margaret's father in Kaysville for a year, then obtained a two-room log house. The children attended school. James was often away driving trains, or working in coalmines in WY, but spent time at home gardening and establishing trees. Margaret was crippled by rheumatic fever, or arthritis. It was painful and debilitating to her right side. Wheelchair-bound, she knitted wool stockings and mittens to keep her loved ones warm. And she still cooked: roast chicken or pork with all the trimmings, and English plum pudding, or many quarts of mincemeat for pies. They lived in Kaysville for about 13 years until Margaret died. She is buried in Kaysville, UT. James lived 14 years longer, and is buried in Wilford, ID. (Main info sources: familysearch.org and personal history of James Farrimond)

James Farrimond (A Biography) Written by Reba F. Bauer---A granddaughter

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

James Farrimond was born January 1, 1845, at Shevington, near Standish, Lancashire, England. We have very little information on James as a child. He supposedly lived a part of his life with his grandparents. We also know that at the age of five, he was taken into the coal mines by his stepfather, to work, to help earn a living for the family. It was his job to hold the huge wooden doors open for the coal cars to go through, and later, to push the coal cars along the track. On both of these jobs, the doors, and the coal cars, both, were so heavy, he would lay his head against them, and push with his forehead as well as with his hands. His forehead would be cut, and bleeding so much of the time, and as a result, he carried deep scars in his forehead, throughout his life. On the 28th of May, 1866, James married Margaret Barton, daughter of John and Catherine Cureton Barton. Seven children were born to this couple. Three died soon after birth and four grew to maturity, Jane, Alice, Leah, and John William (Jack). Catherine, Ann, and John Barton are buried in the Ince Cemetery, at Ince, Near Wigan, Lancashire, England. James was baptized into the church on the 3rd of June 1870. He and his wife, were greatly influenced by two young LDS missionaries, John Donaldson, and Isaac Wardle, and they began saving their money to come to America the words of their son, John William (Jack), who said of them, "I do not know how my mother and father ever saved enough money to come to America. They were of the working class people, poor but honest." Somehow, they managed to save almost all of the money. John William (Jack) said, 'They sold their furniture and few belongings, and with a small sum of money borrowed by Margaret's father, John Barton, from a man living in Ogden, Utah, they were able to purchase passage. Passage records show that they borrowed a small sum from the Church Immigration Fund. They sailed on the ship Nevada On May 14, 1882, they set sail from Liverpool, England, on the USS Nevada. Here again my Father, John William (Jack), said he remembers his parents telling how all the Saints gathered together and sang 'O Babylon, We Bid Thee Farewell' as they watched the last tiny bit of England fade from view. In my own mind, I can see this family, bidding farewell and goodbye to family, friends, and their dear homeland which they would never see again. There must surely have been mixed emotions, especially by the parents. They must have felt very sad, to be leaving behind, everything and everyone familiar to them. Surely there was a feeling of fear for the unknown ahead of them; at the same time, a feeling of excitement and adventure in a new world. Margaret must have held nine month old John in her arms, and James probably carried 4 year old Leah; and all holding hands and probably huddling together, so as not to become separated, they walked up the gang plank, and boarded the ship. It took them 5 weeks on the boat to come to America. On landing in America, they spent a short time on the Eastern Coast, (Pennsylvania) where James worked in the coal mines to replenish their funds. As soon as enough money was earned to purchase Railway fare for the family, they boarded the train, and came west, to Utah. In Utah they lived for a time with James's Father-in-law, John Barton, who had come to Utah several years earlier. This proved to be and unsatisfactory situation and as soon as they were able, James purchased a small house in Kaysville, Utah, for his family. This house was one room, but must have been almost heaven to this family. Later, as James was able, he purchased another one and three fourths acres of ground, which had a two room house for them to live in. It was a little less than a mile from the Utah Central, later Union Pacific and Oregon Short Line and about one and a half miles from Denver and Rio Grande...... Here they planted all kinds of fruit trees and berry bushes, and also raised a large garden. John William (or as he was known to most people Jack) said they had plenty to eat in the summer from their garden and some to store for winter, and still had fruit and vegetables to give away. James and Margaret Farrimond were poor, they were thrifty people, they had the necessities, which they earned themselves with alot of hard work. They were able to acquire the few things they owned in a short time. While living in Utah, James provided for his family by working on the Bamburger (Train) in Salt Lake during the summer months, and when the winter months came, he left his family for long periods of time, and worked in the coal mines of Wyoming. Margaret worried, a great deal for his safety during the time he was away working in the mines.. She had a younger brother, John Barton, who was killed in a mining accident, working in a mine in Wyoming. James wife, Margaret, suffered poor health for several years, and in the year of 1895 ( 10 A.M., Sunday, April 28th), she passed away in Kaysville. She is buried in the Kaysville Cemetery, Kaysville, Utah. In 1903 The government opened up new lands to be homesteaded and purchased. James and his children, John and Leah, and Leah's husband Joe Slack and small son Vernon, came to Idaho, settling in Twin Groves. They purchased a 160 acre farm together, and James, with the help of his son Jack, farmed half, and Leah and her husband farmed the other half. James was the janitor of the Twin Groves Ward LDS Church House, until his death. James also spent a lot of his spare time in fishing the rivers and streams, to help provide enough food for their use. Here in Idaho they too were poor, and needed the fish to eat. It wasn't like the days are now, when fishing is more for the sport, than for the food. Here in America, the Farrimond's were poor, but here again in the words of their son, John William, (Jack), 'Even so, they were better off than had they been in England, Here in America, they could own property, cows, horses, etc,; things they could never own in the country of Kings, Dukes, Lords and Barons.' Jack also said he remembered the 'happiness in their home,” when they received their citizenship papers, giving them the privilege of going to the polls to vote for the men of their choice. James passed away, 26 April, 1909, 2:10 A.M. Sunday, at Twin Groves, Idaho, of Pneumonia. He was sixty four years of age. Undoubtedly, the long years spent in the coal mines had weakened his lungs to the point that he was unable to recover. He is buried in the Wilford Cemetery, near St. Anthony, Idaho. James was a kind man and very patient. He loved his family. John and Leah, his two children living in this area, throughout their lives, were very much respected, for their many good qualities. Both were hard working, honest with their fellowmen, and both had a strong desire to be of assistance wherever they might be able to do a kind deed, or lend a helping hand. These qualities, and the other fine characteristics which they had, were certainly given to them from both of their parents. We can surely pay high honor and respect to both of them. We have much to be thankful for, from our grandparents. For their sacrifice in coming to America, and for coming into the Church. For the good honest name they left us. We can surely look to them with much respect and pride, and may they feel the same pride in their many descendants, as they pause from time to time, and glance back through the veil, at us. Much of the information written in the preceding pages, was supplied to me by a granddaughter of James and Margaret, Ramona Cazier. We owe her a lot of thanks, for her help, that we might all become just a little acquainted with our ancestors, who have gone on, many years, before we came to this Earth. ( I. Lalamae, always knew John William as Uncle Jack. I have in quotes, I have put the name I knew him by in the above history written by Reba Farrimond Bauer) James went to work in a coal mine in England when he was 5 years old. I read the book "Undaunted" which described a little boy who worked in a coal mine when he was 6 years old. When reading it, I thought of my great grandfather James Farrimond and what he went through as a little boy. James worked in the coal mines in England for 32 years, also spent some winters working in coal mines in Wyoming to support his family.

MARGARET BARTON WIFE OF JAMES FARRIMOND by Reba Farrimond Bauer, a granddaughter

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Margaret Barton was born the 5 of February, 1845, at Orrell, Lancashire, England. She was the fifth child of John and Catherine Cureton Barton. We do not have information on her as a child, except that she grew up in England. Her mother died, when Margaret was seven years old, and the care of the family was then left to the oldest daughter, Alice, who was fifteen. As the daughters grew old enough to marry, the care of the family was left to the next one in line. We assume that Margaret took her turn in being in charge of the home and the family. Certainly, she did her share of the household tasks. Margaret’s father, John Barton, remarried when Margaret was fourteen years of age. Her step-mother, Elizabeth Wally, then took charge of the home and children. John Barton and his wife Catherine, joined the LDS Church in 1849, when Margaret was four years of age, Elizabeth Walley was also a member of the church at the time of her marriage to John Barton. Margaret must have had training in the laws of the LDS Church during her childhood. Probably baptism too. Margaret married James Farrimond on the 29 of May 1866, in Lancashire County, England. They made their home at Ince, Near Wigan, Lancashire, England. Margaret was the mother of seven children, five daughters and two sons. Four lived to grow to maturity, and three passed away in infancy. They are buried in the Ince Cemetery, in England. James and Margaret were taught the Gospel by two LDS missionaries, John Donaldson, and Isaac Warddell. They accepted the teachings and principles of the Gospel, and were baptized. On May 14, 1882, they and their four small children, Jane 11, Alice 7 Leah 4, and John, still and infant of 9 months, sailed from Liverpool, England, on the USS Nevada and traveled to America, to join with the Saints in Utah, and also hoping for a better life, than the one they were leaving behind. Margaret was probably anxiously looking forward to coming to America, and to Utah, as her Father, and Step-Mother, and her two younger brothers, and her step brothers and sisters, had come to Utah, in 1863, nineteen years previously. On arriving in Utah, they made their home with Margaret’s father, now a widower for the second time. This turned out to be and unhappy situation for Margaret. Her father now in his 80’s was cross and cranky with her small children. This was truly a disappointment to her, and she longed to return to England, and her loved ones there, especially her Mother-in-law, Ann Farrimond, who had shown them so much love and kindness. As soon as they were able, they purchased a small house in Kaysville, on one and one half acres of ground. This first home was one room but it must have seemed like a mansion to Margaret, as it was a home of their own, for she and her husband and their children. Later on, with more money saved, they purchased another one and three fourths acres of ground, and this time a larger house. This home had two rooms. They also bought a cow, so they would have milk for their family, and also raised a garden, with all different types of vegetables. They dried the different types of fruits and preserved their vegetables for winters use. At a young age, while living in England, Margaret’s hands became crippled with arthritis. As the years passed, she became more crippled, and finally spent the last years of her life in a wheel chair. The work of the house, and also the work in the garden, fell to her children. However, Margaret’s time was not spent sitting idly in her wheel chair, as she did hand work and though her hands were crippled, she was able to knit and crochet. I remember my Dad telling us, of the delicious plum puddings she used to make, and how he would like to taste some of them again. He also said on several occasions, ‘She was sure a good cook”. Very often in those pioneer days in Utah, they had unwelcome visitors come to their doors. Kaysville was no exception, and the visitors, Indians, visited the home of James and Margaret quite frequently. Margaret was so terrified by them, that when they came asking for food, which was the purpose of their visits, she would gather up everything on the table and give it all to them, so they would hurry and leave. Each winter, when James went to work in the coal mines, Margaret would worry about him, all the time he was gone, for fear something would happen to him. Her younger brother, John Barton, was killed in a mining accident in Wyoming. Margaret did 28 April, 1895, at Kaysville, Utah at the age of fifty. She was buried, 30 day of April, 1895, there in the Kaysville Utah, Cemetery.

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James Farrimond was born on 1 Jan 1845
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James Farrimond was 16 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.
James Farrimond was 35 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.
James Farrimond was 38 years old when Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.
James Farrimond was 50 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
James Farrimond died on 26 Apr 1909 at the age of 64
Grave record for James Farrimond (1 Jan 1845 - 26 Apr 1909), BillionGraves Record 1367937 St. Anthony, Fremont, Idaho, United States