Rhoda Ison Danks,
mother of Annie Danks Bleazard
additional information about Rhoda Ison Danks, and about her
parents, her siblings and her ancestors and descendants, please
refer to the site owned by Jerry Shepherd. Jerry's site is dedicated
to Rhoda's sister, Mary Ison Worthington (Bleazard), and to Rhoda and Mary's parents, siblings,
ancestors and descendants.
Thank you, Jerry.
ISON DANKS, my grandmother
Bertha Bleazard Miles
Ison Danks was born 1 July 1819 at Meridan, Warwickshire, England.
She was the daughter of George Ison and Hannah Shaw.
know nothing of her childhood and early life, but her parents
must have moved to Maxstoke, Warwickshire (her father's birthplace)
soon after she was born as the other eight children in their
family were born at Maxstoke. There were four girls and five
boys. One girl, Sarah, and three boys died as infants. The other
five all came to America.
were of the working class. The girls went out to "service"
quite young. As I understand it, they went into the homes (into
the employment of a wealthy family) and did any work necessary.
Grandma had worked away from the home of her parents for some time
before she was married.
think they were a home and family loving people. Grandma talked
of her folks, her parents, brothers & sisters and also her grandparents
so much that as a child I felt I knew them.
father (George Ison) was a big, athletic man. He used to fight
or rassle, and Grandma often told of the matches and of how
his mother always went, even when she was so old & crippled
she had to walk with a cane. And she would get right up on ringside
and cheer him on. They always laughed about her calling to him,
"Georgie, you beat him or I'll beat thee," and she
would pound with her cane to emphasize the fact.
had a way of shaking her cane to emphasize things. (Bert Wilkins
told me, about the last time I talked to him, of how she scared
off the guys off who came around us girls).
never had any chance for schooling. She could not write, but
she had learned to read enough that she could and did read the
Bible, which she always had handy. Although she couldn't write,
she taught Ma to write so that Ma was able to sign the papers
for the family's passage to America when Ma was four years old.
She also taught me so I could print a letter to Ma when I stayed
in Salt Lake City with Grandma, before I was old enough to go
to school. She would tell me what to write and show me the letters
in the Bible.
she had no schooling she had training that made her a gracious
lady, a wonderful homemaker and a wonderful cook. A real Latter-day
Saint, and as good a grandmother as any kids ever had.
William Danks' home was, I think, Fillingley, and Grandma's home was Maxstoke, but they were married at the Parish church of Saint
Martin in Birmingham, Warwickshire and are both listed as belonging
there. George Ison and Hannah Shaw Ison, her parents, were the
witnesses to the marriage. The father could write and he signed his name, but the mother as did both grandpa & grandma
signed with their mark. This tells how limited schooling
(Rhoda and William) were married 19 October 1835. Grandma was
then 16 years old, and Grandpa 23. I think they both worked
at the same place, on a big estate belonging to the rich. Grandpa
worked with the horses and he became a great lover of horses
and a very good veterinarian, and he made his living always
after coming to America working with horses. Grandma seemed
to have worked both inside and out, especially with the poultry.
She seemed to have raised, tended & cooked chickens -more
ducks, and geese. As long as she lived, she & Ma (Annie) raised ducks
& geese, and they had to be 'picked' at the time they shed
their feathers. All feathers had to be saved. She would lay
the old big goose across her lap on his back and take the good
feathers off his breast to make pillows.
goose was always the right meat for Christmas & New Year's
dinners, and she really knew how to cook them.
one, I think, ever made such good pork or bony pies, and she
always made faggots when a pig was killed and also head cheese.
There never was a bit of the meat wasted. Faggots? She would
grind no-chop. There was no food grinder in her day but they
had a big wooden bowl and a chopper and they would chop the
heart, liver, lungs maybe tongue fine and season it with salt,
pepper, sage, maybe onion. Then make it into patties and rap
them in a piece of the leaf the fatty apron
and bake them. I didn't like them much. I never did like inerards,
but they were a favorite English dish and a way to use all scrap
head cheese was made from the pig's head. After it was thoroughly
cleaned it was cooked until all the meat dropped off the bones.
Then the meat was chopped & seasoned and set in bowls. It
would jell and set like lunch meats of today. (Real good if
enough fat was removed).
made very good bread and she baked it in big, thick loaves.
Some of my early memories are how we kids and Pa would get around
her to get 'pieces'. A piece was always bread and butter. She
would sit down and take a big loaf in her lap and spread the
end with butter, then cut it off and give it to one of us. (I
think Pa always got the heel). Then she would spread another
& cut. Before the last of us got ours the first ones would
be ready for seconds. No fancy sandwiches ever tasted better
than those 'pieces.'
taught me to mix bread when I was about eight. She had a bad
sick spell and we needed bread. She had me bring the bread pan
and the ingredients and put them on a chair beside her bed -
then she instructed me how on how to do it. She had us be very
sure there was no waste. She said always be sure there are no
"idle farthings." That meant half wet flour left in
the bottom of the pan. She told a story of how a prince searched
all over England for a wife - one thing he looked for was how
she mixed bread - if there were "idle farthings" she
whole life seemed to be "waste not, want not." She
had lots of sayings like that that told of her philosophy of
life. She always made the most of what she had and tried to
be contented with it.
never learned to sew as we sew. She never had a sewing machine
until they lived in Passaic, New Jersey and Ma and Jennie were old enough
to sew. She sewed by hand, made herself an apron, mended - sewed
strips of "factory" together to make sheets. Sheets
used to always be sewed by hand. As I remember, her sewing it
was overcastting (like Ted does).
had a way of making a nice home. Her English friends used to
say, "Give Rhoda four walls and she will soon turn it into
a home." She never had more than three rooms after she
came to Utah, but it was always comfortable and homelike.
have no record of where Grandpa and Grandma lived after they
were married, but their first child,
- Sarah was born 25 August 1838 and was christened at Overwhitacre
Church 16 September 1838.
- Second child, Samuel, born 2 June 1840, and was christened
at the New Church at Stockingford on 5 July 1840.
- Elizabeth 12 April 1843.
- William born 9 August 1845 christened at Actly (Aotley)
-.Job (Joseph) on 14 April 1853
- Charles 7 August 1855
- Hannah (Annie) 9 September 1859 at Nuneaton and was christened
these places they must have moved and perhaps changed work several
times, but was apparently in Warwickshire most of the time.
never owned ground until they got a lot in Passaic, New Jersey.
oldest brother, Charley Ison, came to America to bring blooded
sheep & cattle and he brought Uncle Sam & Aunt Sarah
with him when Ma was very young, about 1852 or 1853. They got
work and made a home around New York, and by the time Ma was
4 years old, about 1863, Grandpa came and brought their three
youngest children. Will, the second son, had been 'bound out'
to a bricklayer in another part of England. Grandma went to
visit him before she left to come to America and she used to
say she could hardly understand him because his talk had changed
so much. Lizzie was ready to be married so they stayed in England.
had heard the gospel and believed, and was baptized 24 April 1848.
Both of her sisters joined the Church and came to America. Mary
was baptized first 10 March 1846 and was the first to come to
Utah. Grandpa had no use for the Church and I think it caused
quite a conflict in the family. He wouldn't allow Grandma to
go to church or to teach the gospel to her children if he knew.
Grandma Rhoda was so converted to temple work and was so anxious to do her
work and to do the work for her parents and people, that she
was always looking forward to the time when it could be done.
Her father, George Ison, died October 1849, and her mother,
Hannah Shaw Ison in 1839. (Both died young. Her father was 49
and her mother 39. Grandma was 20 when her mother died and 30
when her father died.) As I understood it, it was this great
desire that made her leave her home and family.
Sarah and Uncle Sam had work and a home where Grandma took her
family when they arrived in New Jersey. She used to tell how
hard it was for her to learn American ways in a city. I remember
her telling about Uncle Sam bringing home com on the cob for
her to cook for dinner. She had never seen it and she didn't
know how to cook it. She boiled it for hours and when she tried
to stick a fork in it, it was still hard. She had trouble trying
to use tomatoes and other new foods.
brother, Charley Ison, was foreman on a railroad building job
& his son and Uncle Sam worked with him. All the work was
horse and man power, so they were glad to have Grandpa to take
care of the horses, and he went right to work. Grandma, who
was industrious and anxious to help out, began feeding other
men who worked on the job. As the work went along she had to
get larger places in towns along the route. They lived at Newark,
Yonkers, Patterson, and finally Passaic, New Jersey.
the time they got to Passaic they had saved enough money to
buy a lot and build a home. They got a lot near to the railroad
and I think a very unlevel piece of ground as they used to tell
how Grandpa hauled soil in a wheelbarrow and how he made soil
to build up his garden place.
built a good-sized two story frame house and had a real comfortable
home. I think Grandma still had some young men who took their
meals with her when she left to come to Utah. Aunt Sarah's daughter,
Jennie who was Ma's age, lived with Grandma and the two girls
grew up like sisters. They helped Grandma with the boarders
and so they made a little money that was their own.
(Rhoda) had made a Mormon of Ma (Annie), and I think they were
always thinking of the time when they could be with the Saints.
They belonged to the New York branch of the Church, but were
not able to go to church very regularly. Grandma's sister, Hannah,
and her family lived in New York and they used to visit each
other. When Ma and Grandma went to visit Aunt Hannah's family
they got to go to church and to get in touch with the missionaries.
It was Aunt Hannah's son-in-law who baptized Ma, and it was
on these visits that they arranged to come to Utah. (Joan notes:
Rhoda lived in the 14th Ward in Salt Lake and she was "re-baptized
on 3 February 1880 by W. L. Binder).
So in the late summer of 1879, Grandma took the train to Chicago
where Uncle Joe met her and took her to his home at Edgewood,
Illinois where she visited for six weeks. Uncle Joe had come
west as a young man, got hold of a piece of good land, married
a girl from Illinois and at the time Grandma visited, had three
children. In six weeks Ma came with the missionaries (B.F. Cummings)
and a company of Saints, and Grandma joined them in Chicago and
came on arriving in Salt Lake 4 November 1879.
must have been very hard for all of the family. They were a
home and family loving people. They seemed to do everything
together. They were all singers and would sing together. Passaic
grew to be a factory town, and the factories would let out work.
Bead trim was very fashionable. They at one time did beading
in the evenings after their regular work and they would sing
as they worked. Often I've heard them say, "Oh, that's
Sam's song," or "that's Sarah's song." I didn't
realize as a kid that Grandma must be homesick and grieving
for her family, but I know now that she was.
Grandma and Ma brought a trunk full of good clothes & a
few keepsakes, but they had very little else. Grandma was past
sixty and her health was not of the best
Rhoda's sister, Mary Ison Worthington, joined the Church in
England in 1846. She had 4 children and she left her husband,
Henry Worthington, in England and came to Utah in a Hand Cart
Co, and she had married John Hopwood Bleazard, Pa's father, and was
living at Grandpa Bleazard's old home on First South in Salt
Lake City. Ma had written to her and she had encouraged them
to come on to Salt Lake City. So they went to her place when
was at its height just then. Aunt Mary was Grandpa
Bleazard's ninth wife. She had it all planned that Ma should
marry an old friend of the Isons who lived in Tooele and had
a good ranch home and family. The old friend had agreed to take Grandma
too, to help with the work & baby tending. Aunt Mary thot
that this would make them independent. Ma would have nothing
to do with it, so that put them on their own. They had to find
a place and a way to live.
got a little house, two rooms, which stood where the Covey Apts. now stand and Ma
got work at a sewing shop which stood where the Post Office
now is. Ma got $3.50 a week. They now had to live, pay rent,
and find furniture to furnish the two rooms. They had good clothes
and wore them well, and everybody thought them well off.
somehow got things for the house so they could get along. I
never heard how, except that she visited the second hand stores
and bargained with the men for things she had to have for what
she had to pay. They often laughed about the feather bed. One
second-hand man had a feather bed. He told her the price, and
she couldn't pay it. After a lot of good-natured talk he asked
how much she could pay. It was a lot less than his price, but
he told her she could have it if she could tote it home. She
gathered it up in her big apron and took it home.
got along until hot summer weather. Ma always had 'Summer Complaint'
in hot weather. She got so bad she couldn't work, and they had
no income and no food. One day Ma passed out in the outdoor
toilet, and Grandma had to get the neighbors to help her get
Ma in to the house. Then the neighbors found out how bad off
they really were and they helped Grandma and Ma out. The Bishop
of the ward knew a blind lady. Sister Polly Phelps, who had gone
through the troubles in Missouri and Nauvoo and she was now
blind and alone. The Church paid for her keep and care, and
they needed someone to take her in. Grandma did, and made enough
that she and Ma could live until Ma was able to work again.
they found Grandma a position as housekeeper for a Brother Price
and his son, Herbert, whose wife had taken her children and
had gone to her mother. Ma could have a home too. This was over
on 200 North near 200 West. They were very comfortable there
and they became lifelong friends. When Mrs. Price came back
home they didn't need Grandma, but they had a small house farther
north and they let Grandma have it. They lived there when Ma (Annie) was married.
Price died before I can remember, but Herbert (his son) was
like a son to Grandma when I stayed with her as a child. He
kept a team and I guess he did hauling. He found small places
for her to live and came with his team and moved her things.
He hauled wood & coal, and came in the night and cleaned
the outdoor toilet, etc. Nothing was too much for him to do
for Mother Danks.
after Pa & Ma (Mark and Annie) moved from Grandma Rhoda's place to Grandma
Lydia Bleazard's home on 500 South, Grandma went to live with
Fowlks family, who lived out in Cottonwood, was old friends
& neighbors, and church members in England. They were farmers
and came to town once a week to sell their eggs, butter, fruit,
etc. They nearly always spent part of the day with Grandma and
she sometimes went out to Cottonwood to visit them. They needed
a house built and got Pa to go out there and build it. Through
that he got work and a place to farm on shares, and all moved
out there about 1886.
was here that Grandma's knowledge of farm life was a help. Neither
Pa nor Ma knew much about farm life. I don't think Grandma did
outside farm work but she advised and taught Ma, and tended
us kids so Ma could help with the garden, chickens, butter making
and all helpful jobs.
was more active in the Church in Cottonwood than she ever was
in Peoa. She always went to church with Pa and the older children,
even when Ma couldn't go. Her church going, as I remember it,
was Sacrament meeting and Fast meeting. When I stayed with her
in Salt Lake we were always in walking distance of the Tabernacle.
They used to hold Sacrament meeting at 2 o'clock. I always remember
the silver cups with a handle on each side that the water was
passed in. Fast Meeting was held in the morning (Thursday) in
the 17th Ward, where she took me to be confirmed after I was
in Cottonwood I (Bertha) was born, nine months after Ma had lost twin
girls. Ma was very sick and I was small-3 1/2 pounds- and a
poor specimen. They didn't expect me to live, but Grandma and
Grandma Hannah Fowlks took me on and cared for me. She never
quit caring for me as long as she lived. I never was a very
strong child and I remember Grandma Fowlks telling Grandma when
I was six or seven, "Oh she'll fade away with the flowers."
They petted and fussed over me like I was a flower. The two
old English grandmothers raised me on tea. As a little girl
I would get spells when I felt too weak to hold myself up. They
always knew that I needed my tea and the teapot would go on.
They had a little saying, "Polly put the kettle on"
and everybody knew what that meant. Tea time was the social
time. There were quite a few English converts and other friends
who visited a lot with each other and tea time with only bread
and butter and conversation was the entertainment. They kept
Pa moved to Peoa, Grandma Rhoda went along. She was an independent
& industrious person. I imagine how awful it was for her
as well as Ma to be in that one room with Pa, Ma, Uncle Caleb,
and us four kids. . .and Ma sick. It was a terrible winter weather-wise
-almost impossible to work out and too far from neighbors to
they knew no one). Grandma never did get very intimate with
many of the Peoa people. Almost all who were near her age were
Swedish and they didn't understand each other too well.
came back to Salt Lake sometime before I was five years old
and got a small place and made a home and took the old blind
lady, Sister Polly Phelps, again.
summer I was five, Pa brought me down to stay with Grandma. I
was always lonely when away from her, as she was when we were
separated. She had me trained to be seen and not heard
and to sit quietly by her side and she'd hold my hand. I thot
I was happy as long as I was with her, but now I know I was
homesick a lot of the time.
stayed in Salt Lake for four or five years. We lived in 3 different
places, always northwest Salt Lake. The first place she lived
was 100 North between 100 and 200 West. Then she moved into
a little bigger place 200 West, directly across from the University
of Utah (now West High School). It was a little bigger place
and belonged to the Price family. It had a great big yard with
a blacksmith shop on the East front. The house stood well back
in an apple orchard.
Miner family lived East of Grandma and I used to stay with them
when Grandma went to the temple. They had 4 kids near my age.
Grandma kept Mrs. Phelps again when we lived there.
Grandma moved to the comer of North Temple and 100 West (the
southeast comer). She had poor health here. She had what they
called neuralgia. It was like that wild nerve Ma had. They knew
nothing to do for it she suffered terribly. She had been
bothered with it before. I remember John Maxwell and Dutch John
trying to doctor her for it in Peoa. They tried everything that
anyone thought would help. Aunt Lucy was strong in Christian
Science then. She came and sat by the bed and read Science and
Health & treated her with faith. I had been alone with Grandma
and had seen her suffer so much that I was scared to death.
I couldn't understand how Aunt Lucy could sit and read. Why
didn't she do something?
was so bad and it was impossible for Ma to be away from her
home to take care of her, so they came and took us home. It
was shortly after Charles was born.
moved the old log house back up to the home place. (Uncle Caleb had moved it down to the Gates when they divided the farm, but
now Pa had bought his share and he had moved to Star Valley,
Wyoming). So they fixed the Old House up for Grandma. It was
just across the fence from Ma's house, so Grandma could be by
herself or at Ma's. She always slept in her place and I always
slept with her. After a while they put a cot in so Will could
sleep there, so he could help look after her. I think she was
comfortable and happy to be with her family. Her family was
everything in the world to her. No mother and daughter were
ever closer than Grandma and Ma.
worried about her other children and longed to hear from them.
Aunt Sarah always kept in touch with her and would sometimes
send her a $ or perhaps a piece of cloth for a dress, and she
later sent a 'bundle' for Christmas. It would be big like a
roll of bedding. Uncle Jim and Willie Pape (an English boy she
had brought from England and raised and educated him) both worked
for the Passaic Daily News and they had good clothes. Later
she had Sadie Morgan, her granddaughter, who also had good clothes.
When they didn't want their clothes any more, Aunt Sarah would
put them in the bundle. There were always other things, tooand
always a Plum Pudding. These bundles helped out so much and
it was the big time of the year, when we gathered around to
see the 'Bundle' opened and to see what there was that would
wrote to Grandma and Lyd as long as they lived and she would
try to tell anything of importance about the rest of Grandma's
family and friends. I don't know that Uncle Sam ever wrote,
but he was always friendly and encouraged Rhoda, his daughter,
to write. Rhoda wrote to Ma and then to me as long as she was
alive and able. Also, Uncle Tom Ison's daughters used to write.
Uncle Joe's family wrote some, and they sent some pictures of
their families. She was so happy when she would hear from them.
Sam died 2 June 1899, the day after his 59th birthday. I'll never
forget how awful Ma and Grandma felt. They just got the letter
and were still crying when the Watkins Man came.
He was a man who made them think of Uncle Sam, and Grandma had
taken him on like a son. When she saw him she almost went into
hysterics. I wondered if she thought it was Uncle Sam! Poor
man, he wondered, too.
didn't know then how lonely she was without her family and how
she must have worried about them and not hearing from them often.
too had so little to make her independent. They had so little.
She always had a good bed. She had a small cook stove that kept
her room warm and Pa always saw that there was wood and coal
to keep her warm. She had a little cupboard with three or four
shelves, a safe with wire doors, a comfortable chair or two,
her trunk that she brought from Passaic, and a few boxes that
were made into a washstand, tilet, and chest. Pa built a closet
in the NW comer of the room so she could hang things out of
Grandpa died she got a little money out of the home. I think
he made a will in 1894 and left Grandma, Ma, Aunt Sarah, and
Uncle Joe $1.00 each. He left $25.00 each to Rob and Sadie Morgan
(his great-grandchildren). The rest of his estate went 1/3 to
Uncle Sam and 2/3 to Uncle Charley. Aunt Sarah and Uncle Sam
thought this unfair so the will was broken. I don't know how
things were settled, but Grandma got some money. It seems like
it was about $350.00, and Ma and Aunt Sarah got $25.00 each.
They both turned their share over to Grandma. She didn't use
it to make herself comfortable. Will was trying to log in Weber
Canyon & haul the logs to Park City, and they had very poor
equipment. As soon as Grandma got the money, she bought Willie
a wagon. She bought herself a clock and two chairs. The clock
was an 8-day Seth Thomas Clock. We thought it was wonderful
because it struck the hours. She also bought some
paint for the closet and woodwork in her room. It was the first
paint we had ever had in my time. There wasn't enough, so the
front and side that showed were all that got done.
was lonely in Peoa because she never had any close friends there,
so she lived for Ma and us kids. It was terrible for her when
Ma's baby, Joey, died. I remember her saying, "Why couldn't
it have been me?" She would often go across the street
and sit on a big rock by his grave. Later she was put beside
Joseph Oliver (Joey) BleazardBorn 28 October 1898 and Died 09 February 1899
Joey is buried near Rhoda Ison Danks, his grandmother, in the Peoa
Cemetery, Peoa, Summit Utah.
It is likely this nice 'headless lamb' gravestone is the work of Mark
Mark also made the gravestone for his mother-in-law, Rhoda Ison
Danks). Melanie Wlson took this photo.
her late years she got so any little bump or scratch on her
skin would leave a big red patch. It always looked to me like
a big spot of blood just under the skin. She had one of these
scratches in late 1900 or early 1901 on her arm and it got erysipelas
in it. They did everything they knew at the time, but it kept
on spreading and was so awful they knew she couldn't last. Erysipelas
used to be called St. Anthony's Fire. I think it was a fire,
she suffered so terribly. It was awful for Ma, who took care
of the arm. It was so big and so discolored it looked like it
sent Aunt Sarah word of how bad Grandma was, and she came about
March, 1901. Both Ma and Grandma were so happy to have her there,
but Grandma was too sick to really enjoy anything. The town
women (also some men) came and they did all they could to help
out. Aunt Sarah had never seen anything like it and she thought
it was wonderful. As long as she lived she would write to Ma
and want her to thank those wonderful women who were so good
to her mother. Grandma never got any better and she died 11
April 1901, and was buried in Peoa, just across the street from
grandmother Rhoda had been a second mother to me all my fourteen
years. I really don't know which one I loved best. As long as
I was with her I was happy. I would sit by her side and she
would hold my hand (being seen but not heard) when the other
kids were romping and playing. Just a day or so before she died
I was sitting by her bed and holding her hand and she said to
Aunt Sarah who was sat nearby, "She has been the joy of
Sarah stayed with us until the middle of May, and that made
it a little better for Ma, but it was never the same for any
of us. Grandma, as I've said, was a family-loving person. Ma,
being the only one she had here; she lavished all her love on
Ma and her children. There never was a mother and daughter more
devoted to each other. When Will came along she spoiled him
to pieces. I always wondered if his name had anything to do
with it. She was like Ma; she wouldn't have anyone punish
one of the kids. If there was any punishing to be done she wanted
to be the one to do it. If Pa tried to punish Willie, he had
both Ma and Grandma to fight. So I think he got spoiled, as
did maybe I. She was, I guess, partial. Though she was good
to all the kids, some were more favored than others, and Willie
and Birdie were the two most favored. She made an awful fuss
of Deb, too, He was a cute little singer, and she was always
getting him to sing. She almost always wore big, full skirts
with a pocket in them and there was usually a treat in her pocket.
Sometimes candy, a lump of sugar, or raisins. It was a reward
for doing something good or to make us better when we were hurt.
She would make Deb sing for his Old Dog Tray.
her last year she sat in the sun with Belle on her knee and
watched the rest of us to keep us out of trouble.
think Grandma had a love for young people. Her place in Salt
Lake was quite a gathering place. The Worthington and Cowley
girls used to come there so much. Also the Peoa young people
who were in Salt Lake: -Albert Marchant, Albert Newman, Mary
and Abe Walker, and others- who were working or going to
school. Aunt Rhoda was one with them.
was in looks very much like Ma, about Rose's height and build.
Grandma was perhaps heavier in her last days than Ma. I remember
her as quite a round little lady. She had nice hair, a lot of
it for an old lady, and it never got real gray. It was still
quite dark when she died. She was quite a dressy old lady. When
she went out she always looked better than most of the old ladies.
I remember her best when I used to go to the Tabernacle to Sacrament
meeting with her. She always wore dark clothes, I think. She
had a black silk dress she brought from Passaic which was her
best dress, and a bonnet-shaped hat, almost always with violets
and ribbon bows. She usually wore a white collar or tie, and
always gloves. The gloves, I remember, had the finger cut off
and open about to the middle joints. I believe she always wore
bergamot perfume. I never smell it but I think of Sunday meeting
at the Tabernacle. She always carried her hymn book to church.
She loved to sing the songs of Zion.
every day now I think of one of her old English sayings. She
taught us lessons without us knowing she was teaching. Some
of the sayings were:
least said is the quickest ended.
not, want not.
is as pretty does.
is only skin deep
Patriarchal Blessing was given by James Works to Rhoda Ison
Danks, daughter of George Ison and Hannah Shaw, born Warwickshire
England 1 July 1819.
Rhoda I lay my hands upon thy head at this time to seal a blessing
upon thee that shall be a source of comfort and consolation
unto thee, and be a guide to thy path, in thy aged and declining
years, for though thou art somewhat advanced in years, and thy
head is beginning to be silvered over with age and is blossoming
for the grave. Thy age shall be renewed, and thy strength be
renewed both temporally and spiritually, and the lamp of life
that is burning within thee shall not receive one rude blast
to hasten on its extinction. Until the time comes for thee to
leave this stage of existence, to rest from thy labors for a
little season, for thou art one that embraced this gospel in
thy native land and has left the land and home that gave thee
birth even the land of thy forefathers and have encountered
the danger of a long journey both by sea and land in order to
obey a command that the Lord has given wherein he has commanded
his saints to gather out from Babylon, and flee to the land
of Zion, where you can be more properly instructed in the laws
that pertain to life and salvation.
hast left thy husband and part of thy family behind thee, the
day will come when thy family will be gathered around thee,
for the Lord is beginning to feel after them and create a desire
in their hearts to know what they shall do to be saved, and
if thou will listen to the council of those that God has called,
and set apart to bear rule in his kingdom thy wants shall be
supplied both temporally and spiritually, and thy house shall
not be left unto thee desolate, nor thy seed be found begging
bread, thy life shall be preserved upon the earth until thou
has accomplished the work that was given thee to do. Before
you left your fathers and mothers in Paradise, that work shall
be made known to thee in the due time of the Lord by dreams,
visions and by manifestations of thee Holy spirit unto thee
from time to time, thou shalt also commune with angels and the
spirits of just men made perfect, and with the general assembly
and church of the first born. Therefore I say unto thee, Dear
Sister be not cast down because of the trials of this life that
thou hast been called to pass through, and that thou are still
called to pass through rejoice in the Lord and put thy trust
in him and not in the arm of flesh, and all shall be well with
thee, this time henceforth and forever, for thou shall stand
in Holy places while the judgments of God go forth and the way
be prepared for Zion to be redeemed and brought up to the order
of heaven, thou shall receive washings and anointing in the
house of the Lord for thy friends and relatives that have died
without a knowledge of the truth, for many of them are looking
to thee for their salvation. Thou shall come to thine inheritance
in the land of Zion when the earth shall be redeemed and a place
prepared for thy abode with celestial beings, and it shall be
said of thee, Well done thou good and faithful one enter into
the joys of thy Lord when the Bridegroom cometh go ye out to
meet him. If thy faith fail not it is thy privilege to live
upon the earth until the winding up scene of this generation
takes place and the reign of peace is ushered in and be caught
up to meet our savior when he comes in the clouds of heaven
with all his saints with him to commence his glorious reign
upon the earth.
linage is of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim. These blessings
I seal upon thee in the name of Jesus. Amen."
"Dearest mother thou hast left us
And thy loss we
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work like hers is
Rhoda Ison Danks is buried in the Peoa Cemetery, Peoa, Summit Co., Utah
It is believed that her son-in-law, Mark Hopwood Bleazard, made
her grave marker, and that he also made the 'headless lamb' grave marker for his son, Joseph Oliver (Joey) Bleazard.