from some of the descendants of Sarah Searcy and John Hopwood
facebook note from Theron Pogue notes his lineage back to JHB
as follows: He is the son of Bill and Charmaine Blazzard Pogue; Charmaine
B (Blazzard) is the daughter of Howard N. Blazzard and Viola
Greer; Howard N. is the son of James Searcy Blazzard and Mary
Catherine Jolley; James Searcy Blazzard is the son of John Hopwood
and Sarah Searcy Blazzard.
Hello from California
. . .It's lovely here in CA, about
72 degrees, and I'm gazing out at my plum tree, seeing them
ripening and almost ready to harvest.
My grandfather was Howard N. Blazzard, who was the brother of
Kate Curtis. My dad is Trevelyn Greer Blazzard, one of five
children of Howard. Howard was born in Luna, NM, and while a
boy, his family relocated to Arizona. He and Viola raised their
family in Arizona, initially in the St. Johns region, then Prescott,
and finally in Phoenix. In the mid-1950s they moved to Northern
California, where most of the family now resides. My grandmother,
Viola Greer Blazzard, hailed from Eagar, AZ, and is part of
the big Greer clan.
I've asked Steve Pogue, our family genealogist, to respond to
your queries about the family line -- and also hope you don't
mind that I forwarded your message to my dad, who also has some
wonderful stories to share. I think you'll enjoy seeing Steve's
extensive genealogy! My dad is quite a storyteller and I have
a feeling he may be able to fill in some of the gaps in your
It's sad that a long-ago court case would cause a rift in a
family... I guess it happened a lot back then. In the meantime,
it's fun to find new cousins, and to discover our similarities
Do you belong to Daughters of the Utah Pioneers? My late mother
was an active member and enjoyed sharing and learning the histories
of our ancestors. Sadly, she passed away 4 years ago.
I have two daughters, Emily Viola (25) and Mary Ella (23). My
late husband Steve McManus died six years ago, from esophageal
cancer. He was 43.
We live in Castro Valley, which is about 30 minutes east of
San Francisco. We are about 12 minutes from the Oakland LDS
Throughout Northern California are most of my Dad's (Blazzard)
side of the family -- tons of cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. We
also have a few scattered on the East Coast, in Massachusetts
and Florida. So, please let your family know that you have a
huge raft of cousins who would love to meet you all, and reconnect.
. . .
Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!
Hugs from a cousin,
Beverly (Chantalle McManus)
m. Eliza Melzina Averett, d.
of George Washington Gill Averett
by Effie Eliza Blazzard Sypus, Thomas’s daughter
John Hopwood Blazzard, was born in Newton, England, in 1805. He was
converted to the LDS Church. He emigrated at the age of 39 to Nauvoo,
Illinois. In Nauvoo he met a widow with four children. Her name was
Sarah Scearcy Miller. Her husband, James Miller died of privation,
suffered while working on the Temple. John married Sarah and they had
John, Marrion, James, Dorcus, Ellen, and Thomas Blazzard (my father).
Thomas was born on August 14, 1857. The last four children were all
born in Salt Lake City.
When Thomas was
a small boy, his mother left his father while his father was
fulfilling a mission at Las Vegas, Nevada. At that time Las Vegas was
just a trading post. Thomas’s mother later married George Pectol
and came south to Dixie. They settled in Washington in 1861.
Thomas grew up
in Southern Utah. Part of that he lived in Long Valley. He went out
South and spent months at a time on the cattle range. He received
only $40 a month wages. There was not a job that was too hard for him
to undertake. There was not a horse that was too mean for him to ride
or break to work. At the age of 60 he rode a mule at the county Fair
for $5. None of the younger men would dare to ride the mule. Thomas
also burned coal at the Pine Valley Mountain for Silver Reef. He also
hauled Fullers Earth from the Mountain for the Cotton Factory. He did
lots of teamwork on any job in order to earn money.
In January of
1882, he married Eliza Melzina Averett. They were married in the in
the St. George Temple. When Thomas married he had a home of his own
in Washington. He also had enough flour, potatoes, and pork to last a
year in the cellar. He also had a good team and wagon. Thomas also
had his widowed Mother to support, and she insisted on sitting
between them at the table. His mother was also determined to have
Thomas would go
in the fall and take a load of dried fruit, molasses, and wine to
trade it for winter's flour, wheat, butter, cheese, and potatoes.
During the first 20 years of his mature life, the old factory pay was
about all the means of exchange. If Thomas needed a little cash he
could usually get $35 cash on the dollar.
father died a wealthy man in Salt Lake City, but he didn’t give any
of his money to his children, whom he hardly knew. All of his money
was willed to the children in Salt Lake City. The brothers and
sisters met for the first time in the courtroom. Father spent days at
a time in Salt Lake trying to get his father's property settled. When
it was settled the value had depreciated so much that there wasn't
much left after the lawyer got his fee. The will was broken in court
and Thomas traded his part of the property to Ashby Snow for the farm
in Washington Field.
two lumber houses and hauled them from Silver Reef. He had a house
built on the farm. In June of 1899 they moved to the farm, which was
five miles south of Washington.
When Thomas had
just two children they moved to Arizona with his wife's family. They
only stayed for about 19 months. They had another child who was born
in Layton, Arizona. They named her Nel. The price of lots in Arizona
was only $2 each, but later was sold for $2500. Thomas suffered from
Malaria most of the time in Arizona. He was sick when they made the
return trip to Washington.
liked tea. He always said that anyone who drank tea wouldn't pay his
board bill. When eating at Ed Brown's house he asked to have his iced
tea warmed, never having drunk iced-tea before.
was as good as gold. His credit was good at the banks and with anyone
else. He always trusted men and believed what they said, losing money
at times because he did.
cattle on the range, but none got the brand of TB put on their ribs
unless they were his. He always spoke very disgustingly of men who
would brand long ears.
hay with a team to St. George to sell. He took most of a day to
deliver one load, where men can now haul half a dozen loads a day and
have the best of roads to haul it over. Thomas would cross the river
with a flood in and the teams would have to swim. They would never
give up no matter how high the flood. In the later years a bridge at
the river was built so that Thomas could come to town without fear of
high water. When Thomas was a young man living at the cotton farm, he
had his team drowned while crossing with a flood in the river.
turned anyone away hungry from his home. He would give them a bed or
fed their teams. He never thought of taking any pay. He was always a
friend of the Indians and enjoyed talking and visiting with them.
Thomas was not a
churchgoer, but he had lots of faith. He stuck up for the principles
of the church when any remarks were made against the Church
Authorities. He never worked on Sunday. He never harnessed the team
or did any kind of work on the farm, even if it was threatening rain
and he had his hay down. He helped lay out the dead and sat up with
the sick. He always helped with the graves and burials in Washington.
He kept two
nephews, James and Roy Pectol and made a home for them till they were
married. He had a home for his brother for over twenty years. His
brother John was incapacitated by an accident when he was a child.
Thomas had very
little schooling, but he could read fluently and write real well.
away 3 July 1924.
had not noted James Searcy's birthdate in The JHB STORY
in process, and it is now included in 1852. Thanks, Theron.
Have I understand your note correctly? You and Beverly
are 1st cousins.
28 2009 - from Devon: Theron and Beverly are first cousins,
as are Beverly and I. Theron is my brother, as is Steve.
18, 2009. Beverly Chantalle McManus and I exchanged notes
on Facebook on July 18, 2009. In my note I mentioned the
"trouble between the children (families) of Sarah
Searcy and Lydia Davis ... because of John's Will and
the Court cases that eventually distributed what was left
of John's belongings and land, his estate. That is history
as far as I'm concerned. We are all kinda related and
the stories are incredibly interesting. I would like to
put as many thoughts, stories and pictures on the site
as people are willing to share. Please read Jennifer Bank's
story about Sarah Searcy and her daughter Martha Ann.
Jennifer put so much time and research in her paper, and
it is wonderful for her to share it with us.
"I began this project so my children, grand and great
and .... children will be able to find their ancestor(s)
who first came to the USofA and Utah. It should be a help
to others who are descendants of John Hopwood
Blazzard/Bleazard. . "
Beverly sent me (Joan) a very informative and nice message
on Facebook on July 18, 2009. It is nice to know about
her and about her family -and our connections. Howard
N. Blazzard was the son of James Searcy Blazzard who was
the son of John Hopwood and Sarah Searcy Blazzard.
Beverly, your note and information is great and I would
love to have some of your Dad's stories on here - and
also Steve's help. JHB is OUR ancestor, the site is OURS,
and how interesting it could be if we all would share
our thoughts (and perspective) on this man and his life
- as we re-connect.
The past is the Past - and we are the Now and the Future :-)