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Mrs Eliza Stratford Rampton
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Birth: Jan. 30, 1838
Essex, England
Death: Apr. 25, 1863
Davis County
Utah, USA

Monday, 27 April 1863

Dozens Mourn Eliza Rampton

Bountiful Woman Died in Childbirth

Dozens of mourners, including family and friends gathered today at Bountiful City Cemetery to pay their final respects to Eliza Stratford Rampton, wife of long-time Bountiful resident, Henry Rampton, who died Saturday in childbirth along with her baby son. She was 25.

Eliza Stratford was born 20 January 1838 in Malden, Essex, England, daughter of George Stratford and Eliza Barwell. Her father was a cabinet maker and would sometimes take his daughters to work with him. She learned of the restored gospel while in her early teens. Her mother was baptized on 17 April 1851. Within two months the rest of the Stratford family who were of age entered into the waters of baptism. Like many of the converts in England, the Stratford family desired to migrate to the Great Salt Lake Valley, but were of limited means. Eliza left England on 11 May 1860 with her sister Julia and Julia's husband, William Budge, who seven years earlier had baptized Henry Rampton. They sailed across the Atlantic on the ship William Tapscot along with 730 other saints arriving in New York City on 15 June. They were detained in quarantine for 5 days due to cases of small pox that had broken out among several of the passengers, although none proved fatal. Previous ships bringing Saints from Europe had sailed to New Orleans and then up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to Florence, Nebraska at which point they headed west. However, because of the outbreak of the Civil War, that more direct route was no longer available. From New York City Eliza traveled up the Hudson River to Albany and then westward via train to Rochester and Niagara Falls. How thrilling it must have been to cross the suspension bridge into Canada and witness the majesty of the American and Horseshoe Falls. Her group continued to travel west until they re-entered the United States and took a steamboat down to Florence, Nebraska where they finalized their preparations to head to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Eliza's brother-in-law, William Budge was assigned to captain the wagon train that left Florence on 20 July 1860. It was a blessing for Eliza to be able to travel with her sister and brother-in-law in a strange land and through formidable territory. She was also blessed in that the wagon she was assigned was the lead wagon, preventing her from having to breathe the dust from the other wagons. The wagon train arrived in Salt Lake City on 6 Oct 1860.

A year later Eliza's father and mother would embark for Utah. Tragedy struck the Stratford family when her father, George died during the journey and was buried on the plains of Nebraska.

Sometime during the first two years after her arrival in Utah, Eliza was introduced to Henry Rampton, noted blacksmith in the Bountiful area. They were married in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on 29 March 1862.

Eliza is survived by her husband, Henry, his wife Frances Dinwoodey Rampton, her mother Eliza Barwell Stratford, brother, Edwin Stratford (Mrs. Marianne Crabb Straford), and sisters Lucetta Penrose (Mr. Charles W. Penrose), Julia Budge (Mr. William Budge), Anne Robinson (Mr. Oliver Robinson) and Emily Stratford.

By: Charles Rampton 
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  Henry Rampton (1829 - 1903)
Bountiful Memorial Park
Davis County
Utah, USA
Created by: Dan Rollins
Record added: Jun 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92687464
Mrs Eliza <i>Stratford</i> Rampton
Added by: Dan Rollins
Mrs Eliza <i>Stratford</i> Rampton
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