Our Family Legacy
Elizabeth Walley was the daughter of Thomas Walley and Jane Wright. She was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England, July 27, 1831.
She was converted to the L.D.S. Church before she married John Baron, 24 July, 1859. She was a good stepmother to the five children of her husband’s first wife. Research has revealed that Elizabeth was married before this marriage to Cornelius McClean.
Elizabeth and her husband John, their two small daughter and his two sons, John and Peter, left Liverpool May 30, 1863 in a sailing vessel called the “Cynosure,” in the Company of J. L. Stewart. After ten weeks and three day, they arrived in New York, August 11, and were then put in cattle cars with straw in the bottom, and came to St. Joseph, Missouri, where they were met by men with ox teams to take them to Utah.
Her husband purchased a team and wagon to bring his family west in. Elizabeth and her children had been sick all the way. Measles had broken out on board the ship, twenty-eight of the children died from it. When the family got to Council Bluffs, Nebraska, there were so many sick, the company decided to camp for a few days. That night, her little daughter Jane died.
John went to the store and got a box and she tore up one of her sheets and lined the box and put Jane into it. John and one of the boys took the baby up in the bluffs and buried her. After a few days, they continued their journey west.
At Fort Bridger, Wyoming, they camped and that night, the Indians raided the camp and stole eight yoke of oxen. Theirs was one of them. They had to double up with one of the other families and so Elizabeth walked the rest of the way to Salt Lake, part of the time carrying her baby of eleven months. They arrived in Salt Lake on October 10, 1863.
At first, they lived with her husband’s cousin John in Kaysville, Utah. Her husband went to work for Bishop Layton and he let them have a one-room house to live in. In the spring of 1868, her husband got a lot and built a one-room house on it. She was very thankful for a home of her own.
She was a very hard working woman. She was a very fine seamstress and took in lots of sewing which she did with all of her other work. She had been a seamstress in England before her marriage to John.
In March, 1864, they broke the ice in a creek and were rebaptized. The next day, they went to the Endowment house and were sealed to each other. Both she and her husband had great faith and were devote members of the Church.
Elizabeth died at child birth April 26, 1876, leaving four small children without a mother. The baby son died with her.
1. Jane, born 31 May 1860 in Orrell, Lancashire, England, died1863 (Age 3) at Council Bluffs, Nebraska on the way to Utah.
2. Sarah, born 1 October 1862 in Orrell, Lancashire, England, died 8 June 1946 (Age 83) -- Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, USA, married Bartholomew Dailey 29 March 1886.
3. Jane Ellen, born 27 March, 1865 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah, USA, died 11 August 1936 (Age 71), married Andrew Raeburn 5 August 1890.
4. Joseph Thomas, born 16 January 1868 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah, USA, died 9 August 1955 (Age 87) in Provo, Utah, Utah, USA, married Mary Ann Norris 3 May 1890 -- Randolph, Rich, Utah, USA.
5. John William Edward, born 31 March 1870 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah, USA, died 19 August 1942 (Age 72) Kaysville, Davis, Utah, USA, married Mary Ann Clark 27 May 1897 -- Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA.
6. Baby boy, born 26 April 1874 in Kaysville, Davis, Utah, USA, died 26 April 1874 (Age 0)
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