|Birth: ||Feb. 16, 1840|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1933|
The following was written by Irene R. Bunderson, one of Jane's granddaughters and is on file at the Pioneer Museum operated by the International Society of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers in Salt Lake City.
I would like to add a few experiences to my grandmother's history as she told them to me, when I was just a young girl and would sit with her, when when was ill.
Grandmother was a very good seamstress, everything she made was sewed by hand. She never used a sewing machine till late in her life, when most of her family was raised. I have seen many things she has made. The stitches were so tiny, they were very hard to see. She was working in a tailor shop in England when she joined the church, making fancy white vests for men for evening wear. When she told her boss she was going to quit and come to America he felt real sorry. He asked her if she would make one for him to hang in his window to use as an advertisement. She did and it was made of heavy white satin with tiny pink rosebuds embroidered on the front of it. Years later some of her friends were called to England on a mission and they went to call on grandmother's old boss and he was still using the vest to advertise his wares.
Grandmother crossed the Atlantic on a sailing vessel. The wind blew them so far north they could see the coast of Greenland. One man died on board and many sharks had been following the boar, but after the death on board many many more sharks came, till they were afraid the boat would be capsized. The captain told them they would have to bury the man at sea. This was done, and the sharks left and weren't seen anymore.
Grandmother had a few very precious treasures she brought with her from England and she wanted very much to take them to Utah for her new home, but they had to be left on the campground when they started across the plains. These were to be sold and the money to be sent to her, but she never received one penny. Some of the things she left were a feather bed, she could have used very well, some fine china and linen.
Grandfather Harris worked on the west wall around the temple block. Grandmother always sent Charley with his lunch, but this day there wasn't one bit of wood to be found to cook with, so into the bucket went a piece of raw bacon, a raw potato and a dob of dough. All the men sat down to eat dinner, and when grandpa opened his bucket he looked so shocked, everyone had to see. They sure had a lot of fun out of it, and shared their lunches with him. About three thirty that afternoon a big wagon load of flowers was delivered to the Harris home.
When grandmother's first child, by her second marriage, was born he was badly crippled in his feet. He had one club foot and the other one was turned upside down. Grandmother was broken-hearted and as she lay in bed she held the little foot that was the worst in her hand most of the time. When she got up out of bed she noticed the little foot she had held tight was much better. She said, "With the Lord's help my baby will not be a cripple." At first she made tiny braces of cardboard laced tight on the little feet. As the baby grew she changed to tin using old tin cans. She spent many hours sitting in front of the fireplace rubbing the tiny feet. Finally her faith was rewarded because by the time Bertie was two years old he was running and playing as any other boy would do. He has a large family now and is still living past 85 years of age.
Sorrow again came when her second child was born. He too was crippled far worse than the other boy. His legs were twisted till both hip bones were across his abdomen and the feet were turned to the back. Her faith never faltered and she had had this type of experience before and she started to work again. Once more her faith was rewarded with success. He grew to manhood and filled a mission for the church. He did a great deal of walking but suffered no hardship from it. She paid a heavy price for the time she spent sitting in front of the fireplace so much working over the little boys. With her head down so much her brain became over heated and it caused her to have terrible headaches all the rest of her life. She suffered with pain in her head and was a semi-invalid for 39 years.
I had the privilege to help care for her for three years every Tuesday after Relief Society. Sister Christinia Neal and I went to her home and would bathe her, straighten her room and make her bed. At her funeral great-grandchildren were flower girls and my daughter Nona was one of them.
signed Irene R. Bunderson
Additional information about Jane Carter Harris Robbins' life:
Jane sailed on the Ship Thornton which left Liverpool, England on May 4, 1856 with 764 people led by James G. Willie. The ship landed at New York City.
William Morton Harris (first husband of Jane Robbins) was baptized October 17, 1855 at Ledbury, England by William Harris, his father. He was confirmed October 21, 1855 by Elder Richens in England.
Captain George Rowley's handcart company which left Florence June 9, 1859 with 225 souls, 60 handcarts and 6 wagons. The company arrived in Salt Lake City on Sunday, September 4, 1859
Jane and family saw the first railroad train come into Ogden City in 1869.
Jane's first husband William Morton Harris' middle name is also shown as Marten and Martin on some records. Since his mother's maiden name was Morton, this may be the correct middle name.
Edwan J Carter (1811 - 1841)
Mary Ann Stockdale Carter Martin (1805 - 1898)
William Moren Robbins (1848 - 1933)
William Morton Harris (1839 - 1870)*
Charles Edwin Harris (1859 - 1938)*
Adeline Harris (1863 - 1863)*
Sarah Ellen Harris Bunderson (1864 - 1956)*
William James Harris (1866 - 1929)*
Lucy Ann Harris Roe (1868 - 1956)*
Hulbert Bross Robbins (1874 - 1969)*
Arthur William Robbins (1876 - 1966)*
Arthur William Robbins (1876 - 1966)*
Avis Robbins (1880 - 1880)*
Rebecca Robbins (1880 - 1880)*
Pearl Robbins Olsen (1881 - 1968)*
Ellen Mary Carter Bone (1837 - 1915)*
Jane Carter Robbins (1840 - 1933)
James Martin (1846 - 1931)**
Box Elder County
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Jane Carter Harris Robbins: Birth Place Prince Rock, Dynshire, England Death Place: Stone, Oneida, Idaho Parents: Edwin and Mary Ann Stockdale Carter Married: William Morton Harris 4 Jul 1858 (Old) Williamsburg, New York died 11 Apr 1870 Curlew Buried in ...(Read more)|
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