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 Eliza <I>Cusworth</I> Staker

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Eliza Cusworth Staker

Parents: John Cusworth and Martha Brooks
Widow
COD: General debility and old age
Death certificate State of Utah

Eliza Cusworth, widow of Joseph Burton of England and second wife of Nathan Staker of Canada.
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AN AGED PIONEER OF MOUNT PLEASANT DIES

Mrs. Eliza Cusworth Burton Staker, age 90 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Eli A. Day, of Fairview, Thursday afternoon, April 9, 1914. About three weeks ago she left her home at Mt. Pleasant and went to Fairview to visit for a few days with her daughter, and it was during her visit that she was taken seriously ill.

Eliza Cusworth was born in Lockwood, Yorkshire, England, January 19, 1824. She well remembers the Coronation of Queen Victoria, and was one of the school children who carried boquets of flower and sang "God Save The Queen" o that memorable occasion.

She was married to Joseph Burton in 1846, and with him joined the L.D.S. Church in 1850. While making preparations to emigrate to Utah, her husband died, leaving her two small children, a boy and a girl; his dying request was, that she gather with the saints and do his religious work for him.

In the spring of 1856 she crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the ship Horizon, thence over land to Florence, Nebraska, where she and her children were assigned to Martin and Tyler's ill-fated hand cart company bound for Utah.

They suffered trials and hardships incident to that belated hand cart company. She walked and pulled the hand cart, being assisted by her son Joseph in his seventh year, who pushed and walked the entire distance. Her little daughter, Martha, in her fourth year, rode in the hand cart with their luggage. Her son Joseph, carries the mark of that perilous journey to-day, having had his foot frozen and lost two of his toes. She often told the story of the second crossing of the Sweet Water, where she the stream three times to carry her children across, although it was freezing, and then dried her clothing by a fire of buffalo chips. One scene seems to have been indelibily stamped on the young lad's mind, that of burying nine of their company one morning, who had died during the night, leaving nothing to mark their last resting place.

When she heard any complain of their plain fare of to-day, she often told the story of having gold in her pocket and could not buy a morsel to eat, and how she, with two other women scraped the hair from the pelts of wild animals given them by mountaineers, and boiled the hides and stirred their ration of flour in the soup and ate the same to satisfy the pangs of hunger. On their arrival in Salt Lake City, she and her children were taken in to the family of Isaac Laney.

In 1857 she married Nathan Staker by whom she had five more children, four of whom are living, James B. Staker, of Mount Pleasant, Utah, Mrs. Eli A. Day, of Fairview, Utah, Mrs. James Wilcox, of Castle Dale, Utah, and Mrs. Hyrum Farnsworth, of Ashton, Idaho.

Grandma Staker's living posterity numbers ninety six; two sons, four daughters, forty five grandchildren and forty five great grandchildren.

The funeral services over the remains of Grandma Staker, who died of general debility, were held in the North Ward Chapel, Monday afternoon at 2:39 p.m., Bishop H.C. Jacobs presiding.

"Nearer My God To Thee" was rendered by the choir. Prayer offered by Elder John Carter, Pres. C.N. Lund and Elder Thomas West spoke of the many good qualities of her life. A violin solo "Jesus Lover Of My Soul" was beautifully rendered by Mr. S.H. Frey. The closing song by the choir was "Sister Thou Was't Mild and Lovely". Benediction was offered by Pres. Peter Matson.

Many beautiful flowers were given by her friends who loved and cherished the memory of this good woman. There was a very large number of people in attendance at the services.

Those coming from out of town to attend the funeral of Grandma Staker were Mr. and Mrs. Hyrum Farnsworth of Ashton, Idaho, Mr. and Mrs. James Wilcox of Castle Dale, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Day of Fairview, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Miner of Fairview, Mr. and Mrs. Osmond Olsen of Manti, Moses Draper, Marvin Draper and brother, Mrs. Bradley ad Mrs. Anderson all of Moroni, Mrs. D.L. Argyle of Salina and Mrs. John Christensen of Fairview.

Mt. Pleasant Pyramind
17 April 1914


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  • Maintained by: Love My Ancestors
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 141062
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Cusworth Staker (19 Jan 1824–9 Apr 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 141062, citing Mount Pleasant City Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Love My Ancestors (contributor 47233390) .