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Samuel Bithell
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Birth: Aug. 12, 1837
Liverpool
Merseyside, England
Death: Mar. 29, 1909
Ophir
Tooele County
Utah, USA

Son of Thomas Bithell and Eleanor Williams

Married Agnes Hislop, 4 Jul 1860, Florence, Douglas, Nebraska

Children - Thomas Bithell, Samuel Albert Bithell, Malvina Bithell, Agnes Bithell, Joseph Robert Bithell, George Bithell, Ada Isobel Bithell, William Charles Bithell, James Bithell, Olive Maretta Bithell, Emma Susan Bithell, Fred Hislop Bithell, Richard John Bithell, Peter Bithell, Eleanor Bithell, Isaac Bithell

History - Samuel was the first child in a family of seven children. The family moved to Birkenmead, England where they resided the remainder of their lives together and where six of their children were born. Death claimed his mother on the 31 day of January in 1855. The eldest child, Samuel, was then eighteen years of age. The night before his mother's death she called him to her bedside, her last request of him was to help their father take care of the little children, this he vowed to do and he remained true to his promise.

Thomas Bithell (father) was by trade a sea captain and whale fisherman. This required his spending much of his time at sea and denied him the privilege of home life and the pleasure of being with his family, however, he seemed to have many friends both at home and at sea and when he left England to come to America in the year of 1860 his gloves were securely nailed to the pier by his many friends in memory of their friendship. Years later the news came to the family that Grandfather Bithell's gloves remained on the pier until the very last shred had fallen and the nails were all that remained to mark the place where Thomas Bithell's gloves once hung in his memory.

When Thomas had to leave home to take up his labors at sea he would be many many days upon the water before he could return home again, therefore, Samuel and his sister Ann would assume the responsibilities at home during his absence.

At that time in England the poor people endured many hardships. It was indeed hard for the bread winner to gain a livelyhood for himself and his family. Although only eighteen years of age Samuel Bithell was discouraged and dissatisfied with the life he had to live in England and he felt that there must be something better for him in America.

When the Spirit of the Lord moved his people to journey westward Samuel Bithell was moved by the spirit and a strong desire grew within him to go to the chosen land of the Lord's people where he would be permitted to earn a livlihood and worship God in his own way and where he could have a better chance to fulfill the promise he had made to his mother on her deathbed.

The year following his mother's death, Samuel Bithell, then nineteen years old left England and sailed to America. For the sake of his religion, his people and his freedom, he braved the hardships of the early pioneers, arriving in Great Salt Lake Valley December 20th, 1856. He was a French Polisher by trade but he worked at all trades and was very happy in doing it although wages were low he felt he was progressing rapidly and said he couldn't expect to do much better at that time. In the year 1860 he was driving an ox team for Brigham Young from Salt Lake City to Florence, Nebraska, which was at that time headquarters for the Latter-day Saints.

Samuel wrote a letter to his Aunt Dina Holroyd who was in Philadelphia, telling her how happy he was to be in America, he expressed a desire to be able to continue to work hard and he was very happy in doing it, as he could not rest until he got his father and the children here in the valley's of the Rocky Mountains, and stated that is the only place for the pure in heart. I hope soon to be able to get a place for us all to be including you Dear Aunt, here in The Salt Lake Valley, that we may all be together again.

Four years after Samuel Bithell arrived in America in 1860 he was able to send for his father and the children including his FiancÚ, Miss Agnes Hislop who though she was only sixteen years of age emigrated with the Bithell family to America. Samuel Bithell met them in Florence, Nebraska, where he and Agnes Hislop were immediately married. The marriage took place on the 4th of July in 1860. The ceremony was performed by William Budge, the captain of the team. They were later endowed and sealed in the Temple of our Lord in Salt Lake City, Utah.

They all journeyed westward to the Great Salt Lake Valley. There Samuel Bithell took up a piece of land in the heart of Salt Lake City which he later sold for an ox team and moved to Ogden Canyon, taking up land and farming it. He once owned the ground where the Hermitage now stands. Three children were born to them at this location, Samuel, born June 21, 1861; Agnes, born January 27, 1863, and Malvina, born December 8, 1864. Samuel and Agnes Hislop Bithell also made emigration to America possible for the Hislop family who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the year of 1868. John Hislop (father) having died in Birkenhead, England, July 23, 1867. His wife Agnes Rodgers Hislop ventured the journey alone with four of her children, a daughter Jane remaining in Scotland, later became lost to the family.

About the year 1865 Samuel Bithell moved his family from Ogden Canyon to Huntsville where he continued to farm and where four more children graced their home. Samuel Bithell accepted a position from the Government as mail carrier from Stockton, Utah to Ophir Canyon. Nine children were born to them in Ophir.

Samuel Bithell held the Government position for more than thirty years or until his death.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Thomas Bithell (1812 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Agnes Hislop Bithell (1843 - 1911)*
 
 Children:
  Richard John Bithell (1868 - 1941)*
  Thomas Bithell (1869 - 1947)*
  Peter Bithell (1871 - 1891)*
  Joseph Robert Bithell (1872 - 1947)*
  George Bithell (1874 - 1935)*
  Ada Isabell Bithell Hullinger (1877 - 1955)*
  Emma Susan Bithell Bryan (1884 - 1977)*
  Fred Hislop Bithell (1884 - 1916)*
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Bithell (1837 - 1909)
  Hannah Bithell Mahnken (1841 - 1884)*
  Thomas Bithell (1844 - 1907)*
  Joseph Bithell (1846 - 1902)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: O_164
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 158316
Samuel Bithell
Added by: Judie Latshaw Huff
 
Samuel Bithell
Added by: SMSmith
 
Samuel Bithell
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 Added: Jan. 28, 2008
 
 
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