Matilda Mercn Pinney

29 Jul 1824 - 10 Feb 1890

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RICHARD CHARLES PINNEY and SUSANNA DUGARD SMITH By Roseann Goulding Peterson, granddaughter Edited by Marlane Millward Johnson Richard Charles Pinney was born on November 22, 1844 or 1845 in London, Middlesex, England. His parents were Robert Pinney and Matilda Murch. He had two sisters—Matilda an

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about 3 miles south of Cannonville on Kodacrome Way (a few hundred yards to the west)
Cannonville, Garfield, Utah
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April 30, 2019
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PINNEY, Richard Charles & SMITH, Susannah Dugard

Contributor: Ron Haymore Created: 3 years ago Updated: 1 month ago

RICHARD CHARLES PINNEY and SUSANNA DUGARD SMITH By Roseann Goulding Peterson, granddaughter Edited by Marlane Millward Johnson Richard Charles Pinney was born on November 22, 1844 or 1845 in London, Middlesex, England. His parents were Robert Pinney and Matilda Murch. He had two sisters—Matilda and Eliza. Susanna Dugard Smith was born on January 10, 1846, in Worchester, England. Her parents were Thomas Price Smith and Mary Dugard. (Mary Dugard Smith is said to be a relative of the Prophet Joseph Smith.) Susanna had only one sister. Sadly, she and her sister were orphaned at a very early age. Susanna was raised by a wealthy family in the East, and was a very accomplished lady. She was a musician and an artist. She was a French painter. She was vivacious and beautiful, but also very frail physically, never weighing over 100 pounds. Although she was not really demanding, people usually gave her what she wanted. There is no history of Susanna’s journey to Utah. Richard’s parents first heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Mormon missionaries in England. They were shortly thereafter converted and baptized. Richard was about 9 years old at this time. Soon after this (when he was 10), Richard’s family sold their home and precious belongings, and prepared to sail to America with a group of Latter-day Saints. Just before the boat was to leave, Richard’s father, Robert, decided that they shouldn’t go. He retrieved all their belongings and put them back on shore, unknown to the other members of the family. On learning of this, Robert’s wife, Matilda, was so upset and sad that Robert relented and had their belongings put back on the boat. A few minutes later, the five members of the Robert Pinney family left England forever. Matilda spoke of the voyage as being long, crowded, and tiresome; at the same time, she also said it was a happy one because they thought the Lord wanted them to come to Zion. They were willing to sacrifice in order to do that. They arrived in America after a 6-week voyage, and were assigned to the Handcart Company of 1855. This was neither the most common nor the easiest way to cross the plains. (A handcart was a simple 2-wheeled cart that was made to be pushed or pulled by people instead of pulled by mules or oxen. It could carry only a fraction of what a normal covered wagon could heft. The Mormon pioneers used these because most of them were poor immigrants from Europe with little money for oxen or wood.) The Pinneys built 2 carts, and disposed of everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. The family now felt, as other families did, that they were ready. They had faith that with the Lord’s help, they would be provided for and reach their destination in safety. As they walked through the wilderness, they soon realized that the farther they went, the greater the dangers they faced. They battled adverse weather conditions, wild animals, savage Indians, breakage and wearing of equipment, weariness, starvation, sickness, and death. One of these dangers had a direct and tragic impact on the family of Robert Pinney. An epidemic of cholera broke out in the camp, and three members of the Pinney family came down with it. Robert Pinney, Richard’s father, who had been a pillar of strength after his last-minute decision on the docks to come to America after all, died with this sickness. The next morning Eliza, Richard’s younger sister, was dead. Matilda, his older sister, survived but she would never fully recover her health. (She never developed further mentally, and her mind remained as a child’s. Many years later, she would live with Richard’s future daughter—Lydia and her family, and help Lydia with the housekeeping. She would live until she reached the age of 70 years old.) While the handcart company resumed their journey, Richard, his mother, and sister, Matilda, managed to dig a gravesite. They lined it with rocks and mud, and then wrapped the two bodies in their bed blankets for burial. After a simple service, they made young Matilda as comfortable as possible in the handcart. They hurried on and caught up with the handcarts that had gone ahead. The remaining Pinney family members found it very difficult to pull the cart now that Robert, the strongest in their group, was no longer with them. Fortunately, one kind friend and then another assisted them through their hardships, and they felt happy and thankful when they finally reached the Salt Lake Valley. Their trials were not over, but shelter and food were partially taken care of by Heber C. Kimball. Richard’s mother, Matilda, had the opportunity to help repay this kindness by assisting Heber’s fine wife when she needed some help. Richard Charles was the man of the house now, and in his father’s absence, the responsibility of providing for his mother and sister fell upon him to a large extent. Though a mere lad of 10 years, he went to Cache Valley almost immediately to help care for the Church stock. Richard moved back to Salt Lake in 1859. From there he went to Spanish Fork, then to Summit, and later to Virgin City. Still later, he was also in Kanab. There were many hardships during this time, but the family also experienced many joys and satisfactions from having the Gospel in their lives. (Matilda would remain in the Salt Lake area for many years. Richard would live in many towns around Utah, but he would remain in the state for the rest of his life.) By this time, Richard Charles had grown up. He was now a large man, well-proportioned, and had a medium complexion. Richard was generally healthy and happy, and was known to be kind, honest, and friendly. He was principally a bricklayer and carpenter by trade, but also had many other vocational abilities. He was well known for his high standards of workmanship. It was somewhere in Utah that Richard met Susanna Dugard Smith. They were married on April 2, 1864. Richard was very attentive to Susanna. He always lifted her out of the buggy when they went some place. When he set her down, her hoops would just wiggle. They lived in Salt Lake City for some time after their marriage. When living in Kanab, Richard and Susanna had their first child on January 21, 1866. They named him Charles Archibald. In 1866, Richard and his family moved to Toquerville. In the fall of that year, Richard, with about 65 other men, went on an scouting expedition under the command of Captain James Andrus to find the trails the Navajo Indians used to make their raids upon the southern settlements. In 1867, the family moved to Manti, Utah, and stayed there for a number of years, because Richard got the mail contract from Manti to Richfield, Sevier County. This was dangerous work! On December 6, 1868, Lydia Marion was born in Kanarra. Robert William was born on March 26, 1870 in Toquerville. For a number of years, Richard and Susanna were involved in the local drama productions. Richard served as either president or general manager of several dramatic companies. Susanna played the leading lady parts. The family was sent farther south, to Panguitch, to help build up that section of the country. Cora Mary Margaret was born on November 5, 1872, in Panguitch. Around this time period, Richard also cleared and made two of the finest farms on the Sevier River. Richard was an Indian War Veteran, fighting in several Indian Wars, including the Black Hawk War. While living in Panguitch, they had many experiences with the Indians. The Indians had been a menace and were troublesome for the people in that area. Richard and his family were among the first settlers who built the Indian Fort and lived in it to protect their families from further attacks. Besides living in Johnson’s Fort, Richard’s family also went to Summit, and then to Kanarrah. While they were living in Kanarrah, the Indians made a raid on that settlement. They ran off all the work horses and saddle horses except for one, which they had overlooked. Among the stolen animals was a pair of mules. One of them got away and returned. Richard rode the mule and with the man who owned the horse, followed the Indians the next morning to try to recover the stolen horses. After a ride of six hours, they came across the stolen horses feeding on a hill. While the Indians were down in the canyon eating, the two men surrounded the animals, and by yells, scared them until they ran down the hill. The Indians, not knowing how many white men there were, fled in another direction. The two men secured the stolen animals. They also lived in Hillsdale, where Richard was made a member of the bishopric. Five more children were born while the family lived here. They were: Ida May (April 17, 1874), Elizabeth Murch (August 14, 1876), Mary Bundy (January 23, 1879), Susanna (November 19, 1880) and George Seth (August 10, 1884). Shortly, thereafter, Richard accepted another contract to carry the mail from Marysvale to Panguitch. Again, they were asked to go farther south, “Under the Dump,” as it was called, to help settle Georgetown, which was five miles west of Henrieville. Richard became Bishop of that small town for a number of years. They were very thrifty people and always had a good home. Annie Elsie was born there on August 19, 1888. (Mrs. Alice Cook Zabriskie’s genealogical records — reportedly based on family records — also show a Matilda that was born in January of 1912. This is questionable, because it is unlikely Susanna would have been giving birth at 66 years old. Also, another history mentions Annie being the youngest.) Richard played the violin. Susanna played the organ in church. She also gave music lessons to students in their home. Lydia Marion grew up to be able to sing beautifully, while her brother George, a big, tall man, became a great piano player and was even better on the organ! (George was the only child who could play music.) Susanna died on January 31, 1916 in Henrieville, Utah at the age of 62. Richard was very lonely without her. He went to Logan in 1918 to live with his oldest son. He worked in the temple. In the temple, he met a widow about his own age. They were married and lived a happy life for a number of years. During this time, Richard drew a small pension for his services as an Indian War Veteran. This helped him out financially. All through his life, Richard was an active civic man, a religious man, a family man and a fine neighbor. He was an explorer, a colonizer, carpenter, blacksmith, cattleman, farmer, mail contractor, sawmill worker, and later in life a merchant and freighter. On February 15, 1929, Richard died in Logan, Utah, at the age of 84.

PINNEY, Robert & MURCH, Matilda

Contributor: Ron Haymore Created: 3 years ago Updated: 1 month ago

ROBERT PINNEY and MATILDA MURCH Adapted from a history of their son by Roseann Goulding Peterson, a great-granddaughter Edited by Marlane Millward Johnson Robert Pinney was married to Matilda Murch. They lived in England. They had two daughters, Matilda and Eliza, and one son, Richard. Robert and Matilda first heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the Mormon missionaries. They were shortly after converted and baptized. After their conversion into the Church, they immediately sold their property and precious belongings and prepared to sail to America, along with a group of Latter-day Saints who were also sailing at that time. Just before the boat was to leave, Robert decided that they shouldn’t go. He retrieved all their belongings and put them back on shore, unknown to the other members of the family. On learning of this, Matilda was so upset and sad that Robert relented and had their belongings put back on the boat. A few minutes later, the five members of the Robert Pinney family left England forever. Matilda spoke of the voyage as being long, crowded, and tiresome; at the same time, she also said it was a happy one because they thought the Lord wanted them to come to Zion. They were willing to sacrifice in order to do that. They arrived in America after a 6-week voyage, and were assigned to the Handcart Company of 1855. This was neither the most common nor the easiest way to cross the plains. (A handcart was a simple 2-wheeled cart that was made to be pushed or pulled by people instead of pulled by mules or oxen. It could carry only a fraction of what a normal covered wagon could heft. The Mormon pioneers used these because most of them were poor immigrants from Europe with little money for oxen or wood.) The Pinneys built 2 carts, and disposed of everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. The family now felt, as other families did, that they were ready. They had faith that with the Lord’s help, they would be provided for and reach their destination in safety. As they walked through the wilderness, they soon realized that the farther they went, the greater the dangers they faced. They battled adverse weather conditions, wild animals, savage Indians, breakage and wearing of equipment, weariness, starvation, sickness, and death. One of these dangers had a direct and tragic impact on the family of Robert Pinney. An epidemic of cholera broke out in the camp, and three members of the Pinney family came down with it. Robert Pinney, who had been a pillar of strength after his last-minute decision on the docks to come to America after all, died with this sickness. The next morning, their daughter Eliza was dead. Matilda, the other daughter, survived, but she would never fully recover her health. (She never developed further mentally, and her mind remained as a child’s. Many years later, she would live with Richard’s future daughter—Lydia and her family, and help Lydia with the housekeeping. She would live until she reached the age of 70 years old.) While the handcart company resumed their journey, Matilda, Richard, and young Matilda managed to dig a gravesite. They lined it with rocks and mud, and then wrapped the two bodies in their bed blankets for burial. After a simple service, they made young Matilda as comfortable as possible in the handcart. They hurried on and caught up with the handcarts that had gone ahead. The remaining Pinney family members found it very difficult to pull the cart now that Robert, the strongest in their group, was no longer with them. Fortunately, one kind friend and then another assisted them through their hardships, and they felt happy and thankful when they finally reached the Salt Lake Valley. Their trials were not over, but shelter and food were partially taken care of by Heber C. Kimball. Matilda had the opportunity to help repay this kindness by assisting Heber’s fine wife when she needed some help. There were many hardships during this time, but Matilda and her family also experienced many joys and satisfactions from having the Gospel in their lives. They remained in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area for many years. After Richard grew up, he married Susannah Dugard Smith on April 2, 1864. Young Matilda would never marry, due to her physical and mental condition. It is assumed that she stayed on with Matilda, her mother, until she went to live, many years later, with Richard’s then grown-up daughter, Lydia, and her family. (Lydia had a nervous breakdown at the age of 42 and had significant health problems. Matilda’s help with the housekeeping was desperately needed there.) Matilda remarried twice more. Her first husband was Tom Blazzard. He was a widower with one son who was also named Thomas. He died and left her this son to finish raising. Some years later, she married husband number three. His last name was Shirtz, and he also had one son. His son’s name was Carl Peter. This husband proved to be rather shiftless and lazy. Matilda soon discovered that he was bringing things home that he could or would not account for. She was quite sure he was getting them dishonestly. She reproved him and accused him of stealing the articles and warned him that she could not tolerate stealing. Shortly, afterward, he was caught in a bear trap in a neighbor’s wheat bin. She told him to leave and he did, but he left his son for her to finish raising to manhood. This Matilda did, and raised him to be a fine man. When Carl Peter grew up and left the Pinney home, he always kept in contact with them. He lived fairly close by. He was a religious and civic leader in the community. He married and raised three children.

PINNEY, Richard Charles & SMITH, Susannah Dugard

Contributor: Mary Hennig Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

RICHARD CHARLES PINNEY and SUSANNA DUGARD SMITH By Roseann Goulding Peterson, granddaughter Edited by Marlane Millward Johnson Richard Charles Pinney was born on November 22, 1844 or 1845 in London, Middlesex, England. His parents were Robert Pinney and Matilda Murch. He had two sisters—Matilda and Eliza. Susanna Dugard Smith was born on January 10, 1846, in Worchester, England. Her parents were Thomas Price Smith and Mary Dugard. (Mary Dugard Smith is said to be a relative of the Prophet Joseph Smith.) Susanna had only one sister. Sadly, she and her sister were orphaned at a very early age. Susanna was raised by a wealthy family in the East, and was a very accomplished lady. She was a musician and an artist. She was a French painter. She was vivacious and beautiful, but also very frail physically, never weighing over 100 pounds. Although she was not really demanding, people usually gave her what she wanted. There is no history of Susanna’s journey to Utah. Richard’s parents first heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Mormon missionaries in England. They were shortly thereafter converted and baptized. Richard was about 9 years old at this time. Soon after this (when he was 10), Richard’s family sold their home and precious belongings, and prepared to sail to America with a group of Latter-day Saints. Just before the boat was to leave, Richard’s father, Robert, decided that they shouldn’t go. He retrieved all their belongings and put them back on shore, unknown to the other members of the family. On learning of this, Robert’s wife, Matilda, was so upset and sad that Robert relented and had their belongings put back on the boat. A few minutes later, the five members of the Robert Pinney family left England forever. Matilda spoke of the voyage as being long, crowded, and tiresome; at the same time, she also said it was a happy one because they thought the Lord wanted them to come to Zion. They were willing to sacrifice in order to do that. They arrived in America after a 6-week voyage, and were assigned to the Handcart Company of 1855. This was neither the most common nor the easiest way to cross the plains. (A handcart was a simple 2-wheeled cart that was made to be pushed or pulled by people instead of pulled by mules or oxen. It could carry only a fraction of what a normal covered wagon could heft. The Mormon pioneers used these because most of them were poor immigrants from Europe with little money for oxen or wood.) The Pinneys built 2 carts, and disposed of everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. The family now felt, as other families did, that they were ready. They had faith that with the Lord’s help, they would be provided for and reach their destination in safety. As they walked through the wilderness, they soon realized that the farther they went, the greater the dangers they faced. They battled adverse weather conditions, wild animals, savage Indians, breakage and wearing of equipment, weariness, starvation, sickness, and death. One of these dangers had a direct and tragic impact on the family of Robert Pinney. An epidemic of cholera broke out in the camp, and three members of the Pinney family came down with it. Robert Pinney, Richard’s father, who had been a pillar of strength after his last-minute decision on the docks to come to America after all, died with this sickness. The next morning Eliza, Richard’s younger sister, was dead. Matilda, his older sister, survived but she would never fully recover her health. (She never developed further mentally, and her mind remained as a child’s. Many years later, she would live with Richard’s future daughter—Lydia and her family, and help Lydia with the housekeeping. She would live until she reached the age of 70 years old.) While the handcart company resumed their journey, Richard, his mother, and sister, Matilda, managed to dig a gravesite. They lined it with rocks and mud, and then wrapped the two bodies in their bed blankets for burial. After a simple service, they made young Matilda as comfortable as possible in the handcart. They hurried on and caught up with the handcarts that had gone ahead. The remaining Pinney family members found it very difficult to pull the cart now that Robert, the strongest in their group, was no longer with them. Fortunately, one kind friend and then another assisted them through their hardships, and they felt happy and thankful when they finally reached the Salt Lake Valley. Their trials were not over, but shelter and food were partially taken care of by Heber C. Kimball. Richard’s mother, Matilda, had the opportunity to help repay this kindness by assisting Heber’s fine wife when she needed some help. Richard Charles was the man of the house now, and in his father’s absence, the responsibility of providing for his mother and sister fell upon him to a large extent. Though a mere lad of 10 years, he went to Cache Valley almost immediately to help care for the Church stock. Richard moved back to Salt Lake in 1859. From there he went to Spanish Fork, then to Summit, and later to Virgin City. Still later, he was also in Kanab. There were many hardships during this time, but the family also experienced many joys and satisfactions from having the Gospel in their lives. (Matilda would remain in the Salt Lake area for many years. Richard would live in many towns around Utah, but he would remain in the state for the rest of his life.) By this time, Richard Charles had grown up. He was now a large man, well-proportioned, and had a medium complexion. Richard was generally healthy and happy, and was known to be kind, honest, and friendly. He was principally a bricklayer and carpenter by trade, but also had many other vocational abilities. He was well known for his high standards of workmanship. It was somewhere in Utah that Richard met Susanna Dugard Smith. They were married on April 2, 1864. Richard was very attentive to Susanna. He always lifted her out of the buggy when they went some place. When he set her down, her hoops would just wiggle. They lived in Salt Lake City for some time after their marriage. When living in Kanab, Richard and Susanna had their first child on January 21, 1866. They named him Charles Archibald. In 1866, Richard and his family moved to Toquerville. In the fall of that year, Richard, with about 65 other men, went on an scouting expedition under the command of Captain James Andrus to find the trails the Navajo Indians used to make their raids upon the southern settlements. In 1867, the family moved to Manti, Utah, and stayed there for a number of years, because Richard got the mail contract from Manti to Richfield, Sevier County. This was dangerous work! On December 6, 1868, Lydia Marion was born in Kanarra. Robert William was born on March 26, 1870 in Toquerville. For a number of years, Richard and Susanna were involved in the local drama productions. Richard served as either president or general manager of several dramatic companies. Susanna played the leading lady parts. The family was sent farther south, to Panguitch, to help build up that section of the country. Cora Mary Margaret was born on November 5, 1872, in Panguitch. Around this time period, Richard also cleared and made two of the finest farms on the Sevier River. Richard was an Indian War Veteran, fighting in several Indian Wars, including the Black Hawk War. While living in Panguitch, they had many experiences with the Indians. The Indians had been a menace and were troublesome for the people in that area. Richard and his family were among the first settlers who built the Indian Fort and lived in it to protect their families from further attacks. Besides living in Johnson’s Fort, Richard’s family also went to Summit, and then to Kanarrah. While they were living in Kanarrah, the Indians made a raid on that settlement. They ran off all the work horses and saddle horses except for one, which they had overlooked. Among the stolen animals was a pair of mules. One of them got away and returned. Richard rode the mule and with the man who owned the horse, followed the Indians the next morning to try to recover the stolen horses. After a ride of six hours, they came across the stolen horses feeding on a hill. While the Indians were down in the canyon eating, the two men surrounded the animals, and by yells, scared them until they ran down the hill. The Indians, not knowing how many white men there were, fled in another direction. The two men secured the stolen animals. They also lived in Hillsdale, where Richard was made a member of the bishopric. Five more children were born while the family lived here. They were: Ida May (April 17, 1874), Elizabeth Murch (August 14, 1876), Mary Bundy (January 23, 1879), Susanna (November 19, 1880) and George Seth (August 10, 1884). Shortly, thereafter, Richard accepted another contract to carry the mail from Marysvale to Panguitch. Again, they were asked to go farther south, “Under the Dump,” as it was called, to help settle Georgetown, which was five miles west of Henrieville. Richard became Bishop of that small town for a number of years. They were very thrifty people and always had a good home. Annie Elsie was born there on August 19, 1888. (Mrs. Alice Cook Zabriskie’s genealogical records — reportedly based on family records — also show a Matilda that was born in January of 1912. This is questionable, because it is unlikely Susanna would have been giving birth at 66 years old. Also, another history mentions Annie being the youngest.) Richard played the violin. Susanna played the organ in church. She also gave music lessons to students in their home. Lydia Marion grew up to be able to sing beautifully, while her brother George, a big, tall man, became a great piano player and was even better on the organ! (George was the only child who could play music.) Susanna died on January 31, 1916 in Henrieville, Utah at the age of 62. Richard was very lonely without her. He went to Logan in 1918 to live with his oldest son. He worked in the temple. In the temple, he met a widow about his own age. They were married and lived a happy life for a number of years. During this time, Richard drew a small pension for his services as an Indian War Veteran. This helped him out financially. All through his life, Richard was an active civic man, a religious man, a family man and a fine neighbor. He was an explorer, a colonizer, carpenter, blacksmith, cattleman, farmer, mail contractor, sawmill worker, and later in life a merchant and freighter. On February 15, 1929, Richard died in Logan, Utah, at the age of 84.

PINNEY, Robert & MURCH, Matilda

Contributor: Mary Hennig Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

ROBERT PINNEY and MATILDA MURCH Adapted from a history of their son by Roseann Goulding Peterson, a great-granddaughter Edited by Marlane Millward Johnson Robert Pinney was married to Matilda Murch. They lived in England. They had two daughters, Matilda and Eliza, and one son, Richard. Robert and Matilda first heard about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the Mormon missionaries. They were shortly after converted and baptized. After their conversion into the Church, they immediately sold their property and precious belongings and prepared to sail to America, along with a group of Latter-day Saints who were also sailing at that time. Just before the boat was to leave, Robert decided that they shouldn’t go. He retrieved all their belongings and put them back on shore, unknown to the other members of the family. On learning of this, Matilda was so upset and sad that Robert relented and had their belongings put back on the boat. A few minutes later, the five members of the Robert Pinney family left England forever. Matilda spoke of the voyage as being long, crowded, and tiresome; at the same time, she also said it was a happy one because they thought the Lord wanted them to come to Zion. They were willing to sacrifice in order to do that. They arrived in America after a 6-week voyage, and were assigned to the Handcart Company of 1855. This was neither the most common nor the easiest way to cross the plains. (A handcart was a simple 2-wheeled cart that was made to be pushed or pulled by people instead of pulled by mules or oxen. It could carry only a fraction of what a normal covered wagon could heft. The Mormon pioneers used these because most of them were poor immigrants from Europe with little money for oxen or wood.) The Pinneys built 2 carts, and disposed of everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary. The family now felt, as other families did, that they were ready. They had faith that with the Lord’s help, they would be provided for and reach their destination in safety. As they walked through the wilderness, they soon realized that the farther they went, the greater the dangers they faced. They battled adverse weather conditions, wild animals, savage Indians, breakage and wearing of equipment, weariness, starvation, sickness, and death. One of these dangers had a direct and tragic impact on the family of Robert Pinney. An epidemic of cholera broke out in the camp, and three members of the Pinney family came down with it. Robert Pinney, who had been a pillar of strength after his last-minute decision on the docks to come to America after all, died with this sickness. The next morning, their daughter Eliza was dead. Matilda, the other daughter, survived, but she would never fully recover her health. (She never developed further mentally, and her mind remained as a child’s. Many years later, she would live with Richard’s future daughter—Lydia and her family, and help Lydia with the housekeeping. She would live until she reached the age of 70 years old.) While the handcart company resumed their journey, Matilda, Richard, and young Matilda managed to dig a gravesite. They lined it with rocks and mud, and then wrapped the two bodies in their bed blankets for burial. After a simple service, they made young Matilda as comfortable as possible in the handcart. They hurried on and caught up with the handcarts that had gone ahead. The remaining Pinney family members found it very difficult to pull the cart now that Robert, the strongest in their group, was no longer with them. Fortunately, one kind friend and then another assisted them through their hardships, and they felt happy and thankful when they finally reached the Salt Lake Valley. Their trials were not over, but shelter and food were partially taken care of by Heber C. Kimball. Matilda had the opportunity to help repay this kindness by assisting Heber’s fine wife when she needed some help. There were many hardships during this time, but Matilda and her family also experienced many joys and satisfactions from having the Gospel in their lives. They remained in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area for many years. After Richard grew up, he married Susannah Dugard Smith on April 2, 1864. Young Matilda would never marry, due to her physical and mental condition. It is assumed that she stayed on with Matilda, her mother, until she went to live, many years later, with Richard’s then grown-up daughter, Lydia, and her family. (Lydia had a nervous breakdown at the age of 42 and had significant health problems. Matilda’s help with the housekeeping was desperately needed there.) Matilda remarried twice more. Her first husband was Tom Blazzard. He was a widower with one son who was also named Thomas. He died and left her this son to finish raising. Some years later, she married husband number three. His last name was Shirtz, and he also had one son. His son’s name was Carl Peter. This husband proved to be rather shiftless and lazy. Matilda soon discovered that he was bringing things home that he could or would not account for. She was quite sure he was getting them dishonestly. She reproved him and accused him of stealing the articles and warned him that she could not tolerate stealing. Shortly, afterward, he was caught in a bear trap in a neighbor’s wheat bin. She told him to leave and he did, but he left his son for her to finish raising to manhood. This Matilda did, and raised him to be a fine man. When Carl Peter grew up and left the Pinney home, he always kept in contact with them. He lived fairly close by. He was a religious and civic leader in the community. He married and raised three children.

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Matilda Mercn Pinney was born on 29 Jul 1824
Matilda Mercn Pinney was 7 years old when Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Matilda Mercn Pinney was 16 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
Matilda Mercn Pinney was 35 years old when Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well. Petroleum is a naturally occurring, yellow-to-black liquid found in geological formations beneath the Earth's surface. It is commonly refined into various types of fuels. Components of petroleum are separated using a technique called fractional distillation, i.e. separation of a liquid mixture into fractions differing in boiling point by means of distillation, typically using a fractionating column.
Matilda Mercn Pinney was 36 years old when Abraham Lincoln is elected as the 16th President of United States. Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
Matilda Mercn Pinney was 55 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.
Matilda Mercn Pinney was 61 years old when Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies on Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. Louis Pasteur was a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since. He reduced mortality from puerperal fever, and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. He is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, together with Ferdinand Cohn and Robert Koch, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology".
Matilda Mercn Pinney died on 10 Feb 1890 at the age of 65
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