John Hopwood Bleazard

Wife #6

MATILDA MURCH PENNEY

Matilda Murch was born on July 29, 1824, in England, the child of John Murch and Margaret Dora. She was married four times and had four sons and six daughters. She died on February 13, 1889, in Cannonville, Utah, at the age of 64, and is buried there.


(Below is information from Ancestry.com (20 June 2015) 

Life Story Events

  • JUL29
    1824
  • Birth

    Matilda Murch was born on July 29, 1824, in England to Margaret Dora Simms and John Murch.

    29 Jul 1824 • England
  • 1842
    AGE 18
  • Marriage

    Matilda Murch married Robert Charles Pinney in 1842 in Exeter, England, when she was 18 years old.
    Possible marriage according to other researcher - not verified.

    Robert Charles Pinney
    1820–1854

    1842 • Exeter, Devon ?
  • FEB2
    1843
    AGE 18
  • Birth of Daughter

    Her daughter Matilda was born on February 2, 1843, in London, England.

    Matilda Pinney 1843–1912

    2 February 1843
  • MAR
    1844
    AGE 19
  • Birth of Daughter

    Her daughter Eliza Matilda was born in March 1844 in St, England.

    Eliza Matilda Pinney 1844–

    Mar 1844
  • NOV22
    1845
    AGE 21
  • Birth of Son

    Her son Richard Charles was born on November 22, 1845, in St, England.

    Richard Charles Pinney 1845–1929

    22 Nov 1845
  • 1847
    AGE 23
  • Birth of Daughter

    Her daughter Mary Ann "Marian" was born in 1847 in London, England.

    Mary Ann "Marian" Pinney 1847–1854

    1847
  • 1854
    AGE 30
  • Death of Husband

    Her husband Robert Charles passed away in 1854 in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 34. They had been married 12 years.

    Robert Charles Pinney 1820–1854

    1854
  • 1854
    AGE 30
  • Death of Daughter

    Her daughter Mary Ann "Marian" passed away in 1854 at the age of 7.

    Mary Ann "Marian" Pinney 1847–1854

    1854
  • JAN17
    1855
    AGE 30
  • Marriage

    Matilda Murch married John Hopwood Bleazard on January 17, 1855, in Salt Lake City, Utah, when she was 30 years old.
    Later divorced.

    John Hopwood Bleazard
    1803–1871

    17 Jan 1855 • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
  • OCT31
    1855
    AGE 31
  • Birth of Son

    Her son Thomas Murch Bleazard was born on October 31, 1855, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Thomas Murch Bleazard Pinney 1855–

    31 Oct 1855
  • 1857
    AGE 33
  • Marriage

    Matilda Murch married Lewis Ogier Hardy on March 12, 1857, when she was 32 years old.

    Lewis Ogier Hardy

    12 Ma 1857
  • NOV16
    1859
    AGE 35
  • Marriage

    Matilda Murch married Peter Shirts/Shurtz on November 16, 1859, in Salt Lake City, Utah, when she was 35 years old.
    Matilda helped to raise Peter's children. She had moved to Washington, Utah by 1862.

    Peter Shirts/Shurtz
    1820–

    16 Nov 1859 • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
  • 1870
    AGE 46
  • Residence

    Matilda Murch lived in Iron County, Utah, in 1870.

    1870 • District 7 Iron City, Iron, Utah Territory, United States
  • 1880
    AGE 56
  • Residence

    Matilda Murch lived in Iron County, Utah, in 1880.

    1880 • Hillsdale, Iron, Utah, United States
  • FEB13
    1889
    AGE 64
  • Death

    Matilda Murch died on February 13, 1889, in Cannonville, Utah, when she was 64 years old.

    13 Feb 1889 • Cannonville, Garfield, Utah, USA


Thank you, Marie Johnson, for this note written by John Hopwood Bleazard in 1855. He writes that he married Matilda in October 1855.

Wife #6 - Matilda Murch Penny Bleazard

1855 – John married MATILDA MURCH PENNY wife #6 on January 17, 1855. Her husband, Robert, had died on the plains. (* Jennifer Banks, P 21). Matilda Murch Penny was a widow with a son named Richard, and she birthed a son by JHB, named Tom Penny Blazzard. (Thomas Murch Bleazard * Jennifer Banks, P 25). In the Court proceedings Penny is spelled Pinney.


From: J S (Thank you Jerry)
Date: April 24, 2009 7:36:52 AM MDT
Subject: Matilda Murch

"Matilda Murch was born 29 July 1824 in Canterbury, Kent, England, a daughter of John Murch and Margaret Dora Simms. She married Robert Charles Pinney in 1842, at Exeter, Devonshire, England. He died in 1854 while coming to Utah.  She then married John Hopwood Bleazard the 17 January 1855 in Salt Lake City. They had a son named Thomas Murch Bleazard (Pinney). They later divorced. She then married Lewis Olgier Hardy on 12 March 1857, and her third marriage was to Peter Shirts on 16 November 1859 in Salt Lake City.  They had moved to Washington, Utah, by 1862."

From the Court records we find the following:

Thomas Murch Blazzard was married and he was 36 years old when he testified in Court in the 1890s. At the time of the court proceedings he was living in Garfield Co. Utah. Thomas was born on the last day of October in 1855 in Salt Lake City.

Thomas said that since his birth he had lived with "my brother most of the time -half brother H.C. Pinney -Charles Pinney. Thomas said his mother had also been living with him prior to her death. His mother, Matilda, died in Georgetown Yellow Creek in Kane Co. Utah.

According to Thomas, after his mother and John divorced, his mother moved to "Panguitch." Thomas said his mother told him at any early age that John Hopwood Blazzard was his father. He said that he had gone by the name of Thomas Blazzard sometimes, but was known as Thomas Pinney most of the time, and by at least age 21 his name was Thomas Pinney.

Thomas said his mother did not tell him when John Hopwood Blazzard died, and that he believed he was about 14 years old when his mother told him about his death.

Thomas said that he first heard about the will and the estate left by John H. Blazzard in October 1890. He said that he regarded the Plaintiffs in the Court action (Blazzards and Mariam) as his half brothers and sisters. He said he didn't know the Defendants personally, but he said he understood that they were his half brothers and sister.

The following information was on the Find-A-Grave site in November 2010.  

Birth: Jul. 29, 1824
Canterbury
Kent, England
Death: Feb. 10, 1890
Georgetown
Kane County
Utah, USA

Daughter of John Murch and Margaret Dora Simms.

Married Robert Charles Pinney, 1842, Exeter, Devonshire, England. He died in 1854 while coming to Utah. 

Children - Marian Pinney, Matilda Pinney, Richard Charles Pinney. 

Married John Hopwood Bleazard, 17 Jan 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, later divorced. 

Son - Thomas Murch Bleazard (Pinney).

Married Lewis Ogier Hardy, 12 Mar 1857.

Married Peter Shirts, 16 Nov 1859, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. 

Matilda helped raise Peter's children. She had moved to Washington, Utah by 1862. 

Pioneer Information: Two members of the Pinney family died in 1854, either in Missouri or possibly en route to Utah, including the father, Robert Charles Pinney and a daughter Marian Pinney. Their exact dates of death are not known. Matilda remarried in Utah in January 1855, proving that the family traveled to Utah in 1854. 

From court records: Thomas Murch Blazzard was married and he was 36 years old when he testified in Court in the 1890s. At the time of the court proceedings he was living in Garfield County, Utah. Thomas was born on the last day of October in 1855 in Salt Lake City. 

Thomas said that since his birth he had lived with "my brother most of the time", half brother H. C. Pinney (Charles Pinney). Thomas said his mother had also been living with him prior to her death. His mother, Matilda, died in Georgetown Yellow Creek, in Kane County, Utah.

According to Thomas, after his mother and John divorced, his mother moved to "Panguitch." Thomas said his mother told him at any early age that John Hopwood Blazzard was his father. He said that he had gone by the name of Thomas Blazzard sometimes, but was known as Thomas Pinney most of the time, and by at least age 21 his name was Thomas Pinney. 

Thomas said his mother did not tell him when John Hopwood Blazzard died, and that he believed he was about 14 years old when his mother told him about his death. 

Thomas said that he first heard about the will and the estate left by John H. Blazzard in October 1890. He said that he regarded the Plaintiffs in the Court action (Blazzards and Mariam) as his half brothers and sisters. He said he didn't know the Defendants personally, but he said he understood that they were his half brothers and sister.

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John Hopwood Bleazard 
 
Family links: 
 Children:
  Richard Charles Pinney (1845 - 1929)*
  Thomas Murch Bleazard (1855 - 1900)*
 
 Spouses:
  John Hopwood Bleazard (1803 - 1871)
  Lewis Ogier Hardy (1803 - 1895)
  Peter Shirts (1808 - 1882)*
 
*Point here for explanation
 
Burial:
Georgetown Cemetery 
Cannonville
Garfield County
Utah, USA



Notes from Joan

The information about Martha Murch Pinney is from  Marie Johnson,  Jerry Shepherd and from Court testimony when John Hopwood Bleazard's Will was contested in Utah Courts in the 1880s. 



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