LYDIA DAVIS BLEAZARD
The following photo is in the possession of Marie Johnson. Marie writes: "I believe the photo below may be a photo of Lydia Davis Bleazard. The photo was on a page with a photo of Lydia's son, Caleb. Caleb Davis Bleazard, the little boy, is my great grandfather. The picture was with my great grandmother's (Elizabeth Diana Merritt Bleazard) things. Lydia died in 1878. The photo may be of her daughter Lucy, but I am thinking it is a photo of Lydia."
Lydia was born 23 June 1825 and she died 3 Nov 1878. She was 53 years old when she died.
Note: This is Joan, and I am happy to post this photo and information. The picture of both Caleb and this lovely woman, who may be his mother, is on Caleb's page. Thank you very much, Marie.
OF LYDIA DAVIS BLEAZARD, information provided
by Daisy Maloney and Bertha Bleazard Miles.
Davis, second child of William and Lucy Davis, was born 23 June
1825, at Stoke Abbott, Dorsetshire, England. Her father, William,
was a farm laborer whose wages were the equivalent of about
25 cents a day. Her mother, Lucy, was a very industrious woman
and did many things to add to the family income. We know that
her boys went to work as young as seven years, so we can assume
that Lydia learned thrift and industry at an early age.
story is told that her mother, Lucy, a sister, Sarah, and Lydia
worked in the Queen's laundry. We are sure she was employed
when very young. Braiding rope, making nets, weaving sail cloth
and making sails, were some of the basic industries of the area
and many women were employed for this work.
was baptized into the Church 1 October 1848
months after her parents and part of the family were baptized.
It is possible that she was away from home working when the
rest of the family joined the Church.
1850 her family, with the assistance of the Emigration Fund,
sent a brother, George age 20, to Utah, that he might make preparations
for the other members of the family to emigrate to Zion. In
about two years George sent for the family.
sailed with her parents and her brothers and sisters on 31 March
1855 on the ship Juventa under Captain Wm. Glover. They arrived
at Philadelphia 5 May 1855 with 573 Saints. From Philadelphia
they went by train to Pittsburg and down the Ohio River by steamboat
to St. Louis, Missouri, and up the Missouri River to Atchison,
Kansas. At Mormon Grove, near Atchinson, they joined a company
of Saints going to Salt Lake with 337 wagons. They company they
were with had Milo Andrus as their Captain. We know the way
was not easy in these wagon companies, and Lydia would have
had to walk most of the way.
miles out from Atchison her father, William Davis, was taken
very ill and died. He was buried on the trail and they continued
on. Not very long after this a sister, Elizabeth age 24, died.
This was an added loss and great sorrow to the family. Their
company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 24, 1855.
It took approximately 5 ½ months to make this journey.
Lydia married John Hopwood Bleazard and became the 7th wife
in a polygamous family. They (she) lived in the 14th Ward at
37 West First South and it was here that Joseph, Mark, Lucy
and Caleb were born. The family moved to the 7th Ward on 5th
South and West Temple where the last son, Orson, was born. This
plot was listed as Lot 5, of Block 42, Plot A. Great Salt Lake
City, Utah. It was here that she lived until her death on November
3, 1878. Lydia had poor health all through life. She endured
many hardships and reared her family with the great responsibility
which was the lot of many plural wives. Her first child died
when very young and her husband died when Mark was 9, Lucy 7,
Caleb 5, and Orson 3.
spite of poor health, Lydia Davis Bleazard, lived her religion
faithfully. Attending meetings regularly and teaching her children
well in the principles of the gospel was her way of life. She
paid her tithing and fast offerings with what she had; a pan
of flour or a piece of meat. The children were taught to be
neat and clean in their person. There was no place in the home
for profanity or off-color stories. They had no use for laziness
and the children always spoke of their mother with love.
Lydia died when her eldest son, Mark, was 17, Lucy 15, Caleb
13 and Orson 11. They lived on in their home and tried to make
their own way and keep the family together, The family stayed
together until Mark and Lucy married. Mark kept the family home
until he had two children of his own. All of the children married
and there is now a large posterity to bless her name.
Deseret News November 6, 1878, Salt Lake City, Utah
"Died--In this city, 7th Ward, of inflammation of the bowels,
LYDIA DAVIS, wife of the late John H. Blazzard, aged 55 years.
Deceased was born in Bowood, Netherbury, Dorsetshire, England."
Lydia Davis is buried in the Bleazard Lot 1 (F-14-3) in the Salt Lake City Cemetery and at the right of John. Mary Ison Worthington is buried in the same Lot 1 (F-14-3) and in an unmarked grave at the left of John.
There are two Bleazard Lots in the SLC Cemetery. The other (Lot 2) is located at F-12-12-5W