|Birth: ||Sep. 28, 1818|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 1857|
Biogragraphy taken as published in "Our North Ogden Pioneers 1851-1900", Jeanette Shaw Greenwell & Laura Chadwick Kump, 1998.
Anna Eliza Reeves Godfrey. Anna Eliza was born in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey on 28 September 1818. Her parents were James Reeves and Eunice Manning. Of her early life, little is known except of the hard struggles the family had. She obtained very little schooling. Ann Eliza's father died when she was very young, leaving the mother to raise the children and run the farm.
Two young men, Joseph Godfrey and George Coleman were hired to help with the farm work and, of course, the two young daughters, Anna Eliza 22 and Mary 20 fell in love with them and married their "men," in 1840 at Hartland, New Jersey. Anna Eliza married Joseph Godfrey and Mary married George Coleman. In 1843 the two couples heard of the Mormon religion, studied it, and joined the church. They were not too well received by their neighbors and friend after joining the church so the moved westward.
Before arriving at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, three children had been born: William 1841, Albert 1843, James 1845. Joseph and George obtained work at the Joseph Smith farm and at times acted as his bodyguard. After Joseph Smith's death and the Saints were being driven from Nauvoo, they were among the last to leave. They went into Iowa to obtain work where another child, Eliza Jane 1847, was born. It was while they were living at Winter Quarters in 1846/7 that they buried their three youngest children from dysentery. Albert, James, and tiny Eliza Jane. They were among the first to be buried in the cemetery at Winter Quarters. Another son, George 1848, was soon to join the family which brought much comfort to them. In 1851 another son, Joseph, was born. In 1852 they sold their timber land and left for Utah Valley arriving in Salt Lake City in October 1852. They didn't stay in Salt Lake, they continued on to North Ogden, Weber County, Utah. Their first home was a dug-out. The first winter was especially hard on them as there was little food. They had not had time to plant a garden for food.
The next year, they obtained thirty-two acres on which they built an adobe house. In North Ogden two more children were born: Reuben 1854 and in the cold winter of 1856 a tiny baby girl Matilda. It was just seventeen days that Anna Eliz was allowed to enjoy her tiny baby daughter before God took this sturdy pioneer mother home to him. Anna Eliza died 17 January 1857 and was buried at North Ogden, Utah. William the oldest child of Joseph and Anna Eliza, married Lucy Ellen Williams. George the fifth Child married Mary Ann Bates. Joseph the sixth child married LaRone Bates and Reuben, the seventh child, married Jan Vanderhoof.
James Reeves (1793 - 1864)
Eunice Manning Reeves (1795 - 1863)
Joseph Godfrey (1794 - 1880)*
William R Godfrey (1841 - 1915)*
Albert Godfrey (1843 - 1846)*
James Godfrey (1845 - 1845)*
George Godfrey (1848 - 1905)*
Joseph Godfrey (1850 - 1878)*
Matilda Godfrey (1856 - 1860)*
Ann Eliza Reeves Godfrey (1818 - 1857)
Mary Revees Godfrey (1820 - 1883)*
Ben Lomond Cemetery
Created by: Redriver
Record added: Nov 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81056324