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Zillah Greensmith Birkinshaw
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1837
Nottingham Unitary Authority
Nottinghamshire, England
Death: May 2, 1904
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Daughter of John Greensmith and Hannah Fletcher

Married William Birkinshaw, 27 Mar 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Emma Rosanna Birkinshaw, Sarah Ann Birkinshaw, William Greensmith Birkinshaw, Charles Greensmith Birkinshaw, Millicent Mary Birkinshaw, John Edward Birkinshaw, Frank Richard Birkinshaw, Zillah Louise Birkinshaw, Hannah Birkinshaw, Bertha Leona Birkinshaw, Ethel Eliza Birkinshaw, Jeremiah Birkinshaw

History - In England about 1861, two young girls were out for the evening. They decide to visit a fortune teller. One girl, Zillah Greensmith, was told to gaze into the crystal ball and there she would see her future husband. She looked and saw a tall, handsome man, wearing a soldier's coat, the kind they wore in America. She thought this was quite a joke, and the girls laughed about it.

These girls later heard the Mormon missionaries preaching on a street corner. They believed the Gospel was true, and after some time and much study, decided to join the Church.

Zillah Greensmith's parents were dead and she had lived with her grandmother in the Gatehouse to a large castle in Nottingham, England. When her grandmother died, Zillah had gone to work for two Quaker ladies. They were very fond of her, but when she told them she was going to join the Church, they said she would have to leave their employ if she joined. When they realized Zillah was determined to join the Church, they felt very badly, but they couldn't go back on their word, so she had to leave.

Zillah and her girlfriend joined others who were going to America. When they arrived here arrangements were made for them to go to Utah with the James Brown Company, an ox team train. Zillah's girlfriend later married this Mr. Brown.

Zillah was hired by an elderly lady to care for her on the trip. There was no room in the wagon for her to ride so she was to walk. The man who drove the wagon took pity on her and when the old lady was asleep he would let Zillah drive and he would walk. That was the only time she had a chance to ride.

One day a short time after she arrived in Salt Lake City, she saw a tall, handsome man that looked familiar. The next time she saw him he was wearing a soldier's coat. How he got the coat is another story. Of course she was convinced that this man must be the one for her. It wasn't long before they were married.

There were Newspaper clippings paying tribute to Zillah Greensmith Birkinshaw when she died. One article states:

"This pioneer woman lived in the Ninth ward for forty six years and was loved by all who knew her. She was a tireless worker and took care of many who were ill. Her thoughts were always for others, whom she believed in greater need of help than herself.

Even though she had a large family of twelve children, her home was always open to those in need. Many people coming from England found a place to eat and rest in her home. She truly lived the Gospel and served the Lord."

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel

Utah Death Certificate 
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  William Birkinshaw (1834 - 1908)
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: G-1-11
Maintained by: SMSmith
Originally Created by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Record added: Feb 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48818267
Zillah <i>Greensmith</i> Birkinshaw
Added by: Laurie Edmunds Reeve
Zillah <i>Greensmith</i> Birkinshaw
Added by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Zillah <i>Greensmith</i> Birkinshaw
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