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Lydia Davis Bleazard
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Birth: Jun. 23, 1825
Netherbury
Dorset, England
Death: Nov. 3, 1878
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Daughter of William Davis and Lucy Davis

Married John Hopwood Bleazard, 11 May 1861, Salt Lake City, Utah

Children - Mark Hopwood Bleazard, Lucy Davis Bleazard, Caleb Davis Bleazard, Orson Davis Bleazard, Joseph Davis Bleazard

HISTORY OF LYDIA DAVIS BLEAZARD, information provided by Daisy Maloney and Bertha Bleazard Miles.

Lydia Davis, second child of William and Lucy Davis, was born 23 June 1825, at Stoke Abbott, Dorsetshire, England. Her father, William, was a farm laborer whose wages were the equivalent of about 25 cents a day. Her mother, Lucy, was a very industrious woman and did many things to add to the family income. We know that her boys went to work as young as seven years, so we can assume that Lydia learned thrift and industry at an early age.

A story is told that her mother, Lucy, a sister, Sarah, and Lydia worked in the Queen's laundry. We are sure she was employed when very young. Braiding rope, making nets, weaving sail cloth and making sails, were some of the basic industries of the area and many women were employed for this work.

Lydia was baptized into the Church 1 October 1848 …about eighteen months after her parents and part of the family were baptized. It is possible that she was away from home working when the rest of the family joined the Church.

In 1850 her family, with the assistance of the Emigration Fund, sent a brother, George age 20, to Utah, that he might make preparations for the other members of the family to emigrate to Zion. In about two years George sent for the family.

Lydia sailed with her parents and her brothers and sisters on 31 March 1855 on the ship Juventa under Captain Wm. Glover. They arrived at Philadelphia 5 May 1855 with 573 Saints. From Philadelphia they went by train to Pittsburg and down the Ohio River by steamboat to St. Louis, Missouri, and up the Missouri River to Atchison, Kansas. At Mormon Grove, near Atchinson, they joined a company of Saints going to Salt Lake with 337 wagons. They company they were with had Milo Andrus as their Captain. We know the way was not easy in these wagon companies, and Lydia would have had to walk most of the way.

Twelve miles out from Atchison her father, William Davis, was taken very ill and died. He was buried on the trail and they continued on. Not very long after this a sister, Elizabeth age 24, died. This was an added loss and great sorrow to the family. Their company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 24, 1855. It took approximately 5 ½ months to make this journey.

Lydia married John Hopwood Bleazard and became the 7th wife in a polygamous family. They (She) lived in the 14th Ward at 37 West First South and it was here that Joseph, Mark, Lucy and Caleb were born. The family moved to the 7th Ward on 5th South and West Temple where the last son, Orson, was born. This plot was listed as Lot 5, of Block 42, Plot A. Great Salt Lake City, Utah. It was here that she lived until her death on November 3, 1878. Lydia had poor health all through life. She endured many hardships and reared her family with the great responsibility which was the lot of many plural wives. Her first child died when very young and her husband died when Mark was 9, Lucy 7, Caleb 5, and Orson 3.

In spite of poor health she lived her religion faithfully. Attending meetings regularly and teaching her children well in the principles of the gospel was her way of life. She paid her tithing and fast offerings with what she had; a pan of flour or a piece of meat. The children were taught to be neat and clean in their person. There was no place in the home for profanity or off-color stories. They had no use for laziness and the children always spoke of their mother with love.

Lydia died when her eldest son, Mark, was 17, Lucy 15, Caleb 13 and Orson 11. They lived on in their home and tried to make their own way and keep the family together, The family stayed together until Mark and Lucy married. Mark kept the family home until he had two children of his own. All of the children married and there is now a large posterity to bless her name.

Deseret News - November 6, 1878, Salt Lake City, Utah

"Died--In this city, 7th Ward, of inflammation of the bowels, LYDIA DAVIS, wife of the late John H. Blazzard, aged 55 years. Deceased was born in Bowood, Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England." 
 
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 Parents:
  Lucy Davis Davis (1806 - 1896)
 
 Spouse:
  John Hopwood Bleazard (1803 - 1871)
 
 Children:
  Mary Ann Blazzard (1857 - 1858)*
  Joseph Davis Bleazard (1860 - 1865)*
  Mark Hopwood Bleazard (1861 - 1921)*
  Lucy Davis Bleazard Watts (1863 - 1935)*
  Caleb Davis Bleazard (1865 - 1940)*
  Orson Davis Bleazard (1867 - 1933)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Elizabeth Davis Parke (1824 - 1894)*
  Lydia Davis Bleazard (1825 - 1878)
  Sarah Davis Woodward (1827 - 1907)*
  John Davis (1836 - 1909)*
  Ann Davis Cherry (1840 - 1925)*
  Jane Davis Woolstenhulme (1842 - 1899)*
  William Davis (1848 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: F_14_3__
 
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Oct 04, 2008
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