|Birth: ||Mar. 13, 1845|
North Yorkshire, England
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 1920|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Hannah Hepworth Balmforth was born 14 March 1845 at Nethertown, Drighlington, Yorkshire, England. She was the fifth child and the first daughter of Joseph Hepworth, a coal miner, and Mary Hirst. When Hannah was two years of age, her parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. So Hannah lived under the influence of the Church most of her life; however, she wasn't baptized until 22 years of age, just before the birth of her third child.
The Hepworth family came to America over a period of eight years. Hannah came at the age of 24 in 1869. Although she was single and unmarried at this time, she brought with her two small children, Amy Ann, age 5, and Emily, age 2. Another daughter, Mary Ann, died soon after birth in England. Hannah arrived in America just a year after the transcontinental railroad was completed, and so her journey to Utah was by rail.
Some two or three months after Hannah arrived in Salt Lake, Ezra was born on December 31, 1869. He died February 13, 1870.
Family tradition says that Hannah's mother, Mary Hirst Hepworth, knew Charles Balmforth, a widower with one son, and introduced him to Hannah after her arrival in Utah. They were married in 1870 in Salt Lake City. This was his second marriage, as his first wife, Martha Lumb, died in England.
Charles Balmforth welcomed Hannah's small children into his home in the east Mill Creek area of Salt Lake City. They took the Balmforth name and many years later (1968) all four of the children born to Hannah prior to her marriage to Charles were sealed to her and Charles. They had nine children of their own — Charles, Joseph Rudolph, Mary, Martha, Elizabeth, John, Samuel, Hannah, and Lorenzo.
In later years Hannah and Charles moved close to the business section of Salt Lake City and owned and operated a small neighborhood grocery on North and First West. His home and the store were adjacent to each other. Once when Hannah lived at Mill Creek, she sat down at the treadle sewing machine. She happened to look down and there was a snake curled up under the treadle. They had a dirt floor at the time.
It seemed to be the pattern of Grandmother's life after her husband, Charles Balmforth, died in 1904, of going from one of her children to another, helping where she could. She was short and plump, with a very pleasant personality.
When her son Joseph's wife died leaving him with 8 children to take care of Hannah moved to Woodville, Idaho. She was very industrious and liked things kept neat and clean and in their place. She was so English and talked with an English brogue. She died in Salt Lake City on March 16, 1920 and was interred in the Salt Lake City Cemetery on March 21, 1920.
Hannah left her imprint on her descendants. They can take pride in the fact that while she left for them neither fame nor fortune, she did leave a heritage of graciousness, kindness, and steadfastness. They were and are gentle, soft-spoken, considerate ladies and gentlemen in every respect. Most of her descendants have reflected these same values and have been good examples in the communities in which they have lived because of this proud heritage.
Charles Balmforth (1830 - 1903)*
Emily Balmforth Roach (1867 - 1917)*
Ezra Balmforth (1869 - 1870)*
Joseph Rudolph Balmforth (1873 - 1942)*
Samuel Balmforth (1882 - 1890)*
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: David N Balmforth
Record added: Sep 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76013979