John Hopwood Bleazard



Born: Nov. 19, 1805 County Dublin, Ireland

Death: Oct. 16, 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA

She married Daniel Pool, came to the USA leaving her husband behind in England as she had been baptized into the LDS church. One of her children is Elizabeth Pool Moody, my great grandmother. The genealogical library at Nauvoo stated Elizabeth died and was buried in Nauvoo, so did not make it to Utah. Her Daughter married John Monroe Moody and this union produced Susan Ann Moody who married Hyrum Claridge.

Died of chill fever at age of 38 yrs. 
 Burial: Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds, Nauvoo, Hancock County
Illinois, USA 

Created by: Cece
Record added: Dec 11, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial #45323902

New information July 30, 2016.   I'm a bit confused about some of this -  maybe someone can help me get it correct ?   Joe,  the Pooles listed as traveling on the North America are: Eliza, Sarah Ann, Elizabeth, William, Betsy, John, Edward and Mary.
What was the full name of the woman who married JHB?  Was it Elizabeth Betsy Poole ? or just Betsy Poole    Can you help me with any of this ;-) As I read this Betsy and John married in 1840 and Betsy died in 1843 ----  John's 1st wife, Sarah, also died in Nauvoo.  

joehhinton My grandfather Edward Lewis Moody b.1886 would tell me stories. I re-tell this as Grampy--Ed-- told me. One that I heard many times was of his grandmother Elizabeth Poole Moody being abandoned as a child( along with her siblings ) in Nauvoo by her step father , John Bleazard, when her mother died. Not only dealing with the death of her mother but also the being deserted by the only father that she knew. Her Mother Betsy Poole had left an abusive and drunken husband --Daniel Poole- in England and set out for Zion , with her kids in tow. . She had joined the church in England, her husband was very much against it, preferring the friends at the pubs. The missionaries had been cast into jail and she ministered to them. It was very cold and she caught a " lung ailment" that never left and was believed to have been the cause of her demise in Nauvoo. "And this, Joey, is one reason to never use alcohol ; it ruins families and lives" said Grampy. I never had that monkey on my back. Thank you Grampy for sharing and caring.

Daniel Poole & Elizabeth Miller marriage

Wife #2 - Betsy Miller  

Wife #2 ELIZABETH BETSY MILLER (POOLE) (BLEAZARD) was born 19 November 1805 at Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, a daughter of Ann Dutton and Charles Miller.

Elizabeth Betsy married Daniel Poole on 15 September 1824 in the Manchester Cathedral in England.

In 1838 Betsy joined the Church but her husband, Daniel Poole would not join the Church. In 1840 Betsy left Daniel in England and brought three children with her to Nauvoo.  Betsy was 359 years old in 1840 and she and 3 children left Liverpool England on the ship North America and arrived in New York on 12 Oct 1840. 

Betsy and John Hopwood Bleazard married in 1840 and the ceremony was held on an island in the Mississippi River opposite Nauvoo. John and Betsy were both excommunicated for a brief time in 1843 because it was found that Betsy remained legally married to Daniel Poole. Their membership in the CJCofLDS was reinstated.

Betsy died in Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois in October 16, 1843, and as far as known, no children resulted from this union.

Crandall2011 shared information 04 Oct 2010

Betsy Miller joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1838.  Her husband would not join the church so Betsy Pool took her three children to Nauvoo, Illinois  arriving in 1840. Betsy married John Blazard and she died soon afterward, in Nauvoo, in 1843.

Betsy's daughter, Elizabeth Pool, was born on 6 Sep 1838 in Manchester, Lancaster, England. She married John Monroe Moody on 23 Jan 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Betsy's three 'orphan' children lived with relatives in St. Louis and were there when Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed in 1844.

In the confusion of leaving Nauvoo, Betsy's daughter, Elizabeth, was shunted from place to place and spent about a year close to the Punca River and near Punca Indians. She traveled by wagon to Winter Quarters and then back to Savannah.  At ten years of age, Elizabeth had gained a firm belief in the gospel in spite of her homeless and orphaned condition.  She was offered a home and an education if she would stay with one family but she refused.  She eventually crossed the plains and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1852.

In the Salt Lake Valley she worked hard for a living and Asher Journal states, "January 23, 1856, I was married to John Monroe Moody after consent of his first wife, Margaret.  Like Sarah of the Bible, Margaret wished her husband to take another wife.  Margaret and I lived in the same house, and cooked and ate at the same table, but we set up in separate rooms."  To the end of her life Elizabeth strongly attested to the divinity of this principle of 'spiritual' wives.  Her first child, John Monroe MoodyJr., was born while his father was on a mission in Texas.  Elizabeth was a witness to the plague of crickets in 1857.  

In the spring of 1858 the family moved to the south while Johnston's Army marched through Salt Lake City.  John was in Echo harrassing the army when he sent word to his wives to get someone to plant ten acres of grain in Cottonwood Creek.  With Margaret's sons to help, the two women plowed the land with oxen and planted the grain themselves.  

John married a third wife and these this wife and Elizabeth were left together in Pine Valley while John made a home in St. George with Margaret.  Elizabeth and wife #3 stayed there for a year and a half and while there both women birthed a child.  They then moved to St. George where Elizabeth had her own home for the first time. 

The home was in a partly underground dugout.  It was here where she birthed her 5th child.  When a flood drove her out she lived in a rented room and then moved into a two-room rented house where she birthed her 6th child.  Her next three children were born in a slightly larger house, but still one with only two rooms.   Elizabeth's son, William, suffered with "gravel" or kidney stones and she took him and her two youngest children to Lake City for treatment.  She made the journey with five dollars and courage and the strength of her prayers,  This resourceful woman managed to provide food, clothing and medical treatment for William, even though money was scarce. When William had been treated, she managed to get them all home, feeding the team of horses with two sacks of corn which were refilled in Fillmore and after drawing from the Tithing Office. 

John Monroe Moody built a two-story house near the tabernacle where Margaret Moody, her children grown, could live comfortably.  Margaret's larger house was then used by Elizabeth and her family and in this home her 10th child, Charles Daniel, was born on March 29, 1877.  In August, Sarah Damron Moody died and Elizabeth took care of her 2 children.  Elizabeth birthed a son, Henry Owen Moody, on February 10, 1879.  He was her 11th child and she was caring for Sarah's 2 children.  Only one child, Urilda, was married at this time. 

John Monroe Moody's decision to marry a 4th wife in 1878 was probably the reason Margaret divorced him, and this marriage likely severely tried Elizabeth.  Elizabeth said, " It seemed as though I had all I could stand, but Patriarch William McBride laid his hands on my head and blessed me, which gave me strength to overcome my trials to the extent that I could content myself and put my trust in the Lord.  The Lord had promised that my last days would be my best days, but those 'best' days were yet to come,"

When Margaret sued for divorce she received Elizabeth's house forcing Elizabeth to move into a rented house until the family moved to Arizona in February of 1881.  They settled Thatcher and not only was Elizabeth's husband the first Bishop of the Ward but she was the first Relief Society President.   Elizabeth rejoiced when her first son, John Monroe Moody, moved to be with them in 1883 after his wife and baby died in St. George.   

Her husband, John Monroe Moody, died January 27, 1884 and her eldest son, John Monroe Moody, died March 23, 1888, a double blow for Elizabeth,  Her grandson, Francis Winfred Moody, Jr. said of her, "She was the grandest old lady I ever knew."  

Elizabeth died on 18 April 1918 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona,   

Notes from Joan

If you have additional information about John's 2nd wife, "Betsy Poole", I would love to have it so I can include it on this site. Thanks. joan bleazard thomas