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Sophia EDWARDS
Mormon Handcart Trek Pioneer of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Alternative names
Sophia ASH (Married)
Ancestors
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Unknown EDWARDS
~1754 - ~1804
John EDWARDS
~1795 - 1844
Millwright of Warwickshire
 
Sophia EDWARDS
1829 - 1863
Mormon Handcart Trek Pioneer of Birmingham, Warwickshire
 
Joseph REYNOLDS
~1714 - bur.1775
Carpet weaver of Upper Arley, Bewdley, Worcestershire
Richard REYNOLDS
bap.1772 - 1852
Agricultural labourer of Upper Arley, Bewdley, Worcestershire
 
John UNDERHILL
~1691 - bur.1788
of Coleshill, Warwickshire
Susannah UNDERHILL
bap.1729 - bur.1773
of Coleshill, Warwickshire
 
Anne PADDY
~1695 - bur.1732
of Coleshill, Warwickshire
Sarah REYNOLDS
1807 - ~1884
Confectioner of Kinlet, Shropshire
 
Elizabeth FOULK
~1770 - ~1836
of Oldbury, Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Spouses and Descendants
Generations
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Sophia EDWARDS
1829 - 1863
Mormon Handcart Trek Pioneer of Birmingham, Warwickshire
  m. John ASH (~1820 - ~1891)
 
Ellen Matilda ASH
1854 - 1954
of Birmingham, Warwickshire
  m. Brigham Williamson NELSON (~1842 - ~1917)
  m. Lars PETERSON (1855 - 1935)
 
Sophia NELSON
1875 - 1876
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
Eugene NELSON
1877 - 1963
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
  m. Christina HORGENSEN OR HOGENSON (1878 - ~1928)
 
Mildred Uvada NELSON
1900 - ~1961
of Newton, Cache County, Utah, USA
  m. Alexander LEWIS (~1890 - ~1965)
 
Merlin Eugene NELSON
1902 - 1976
of Newton, Cache County, Utah, USA
  m. Elda Lee KENNINGTON (~1908 - ?)
 
Mabel Bodell NELSON
1904 - 1991
Erma E NELSON
1908 - ~1958
Afton L NELSON
1910 - ~1960
Edries E NELSON
1914 - ~1973
  m. Sidney De Vere HANSON (1910 - ~1971)
 
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  m. Orrin Grant HATCH (1934 - 2022)
 
M Donne NELSON
1916 - ~1966
Vardis M NELSON
1918 - ~1968
Blaine Russell NELSON
1921 - 1995
of Newton, Cache County, Utah, USA
  m. Colleen BIRD (1929 - 1991)
 
Ellis Warren NELSON
1926 - 1942
Ray NELSON
1881 - 1881
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
Ada Ellen PETERSON
1886 - 1963
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
  m. William Charles ENGLAND (1888 - 1977)
 
Maria Or Marie Or Maureen ENGLAND
1913 - ~1963
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Earl ENGLAND
1917 - ~1967
John Leslie PETERSON
1889 - 1990
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
  m. Clarene RAWLINS (1892 - ~1952)
 
Louise PETERSON
1914 - ~1975
  m. George Warren STATES (~1903 - ~1978)
 
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Maurice 'Bud' PETERSON
1916 - 1991
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
  m. Dorothy JONES (1918 - 1997)
 
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Alice PETERSON
1916 - 1991
  m. V VIRGIL (~1908 - ?)
  m. Harvey Cazier CHRISTENSEN (~1913 - ?)
 
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  m. Clin Anthony BALLS (~1917 - ?)
 
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Mark Anthony BALLS
~1945 - 1995
of Wyoming, USA
 
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John Leslie PETERSON
1924 - 1924
A Private Individual
 
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Amanda Myrtle PETERSON
1893 - ~1943
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
  m. Lloyd Crawford MCDONALD (1891 - 1950)
 
Bena Ddlone PETERSON
1899 - ~1949
of Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
Elizabeth ASH
1855 - 1857
of Birmingham, Warwickshire
Sophia ASH
1857 - 1858
of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
John William ASH
1859 - 1945
of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
  m. Tilly PARDINGTON (~1851 - ~1926)
 
Emily Faith ASH
1861 - 1926
of Richmond, Cache, Utah, USA
  m. George Lesley CURTIS (1863 - 1931)
 
George Cleveland CURTIS
~1890 - ~1940
George A ASH
1863 - 1865
of Richmond, Cache, Utah, USA
Narrative and Notes

Sophia EDWARDS married a widower John ASH in Aston Juxta in 1853 and, in about 1856/7, after having two children (one who died young) they emigrated to America.

John & Sophia sailed to the US in 1856 on the sailing ship ENOCH TRAIN (so named after the owner Mr. Enoch Train). Many of the 534 passengers were members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints on their way to the promised Zion. It sailed from Liverpool for Boston on 23 Mar 1856 and arrived 39 days later. The leader of the LSD group was J Ferguson.

John & Sophia were participants in a 1856 handcart trek from Missouri to Utah (1,300 miles approx). Ten companies of handcart pioneers made the trek between 1856-1860. Of the 2,962 pioneers about 250 died (220 in the bad weather of 1856). The diary from this journey is shown below.

At the time, their daughter Ellen Matilda was perhaps 2 years old (and lived to age 99), but her younger sister Elizabeth (also on the trek - presumably the two infants rode in the

handcart) died Jan 5, 1857 probably as a result of the hardship on the trek.

Sophia died on 24 Nov 1863 in Richmond, Cache, Utah.

Timeline
Personal Family World
Date
Age*
Event
Place
24 Apr 1829
0
Birth 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
7 Jun 1841
12
Census 
Unett Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire
7 Sep 1844
15
Death of father John EDWARDS 
1 Court, New Summer Street, Birmingham, Warwickshire
20 Nov 1853
24
Residence 
Duddeston, Birmingham, Warwickshire
20 Nov 1853
24
Marriage to husband John ASH 
St Peter And St Paul's Church, Aston, Warwickshire, England
27 Aug 1854
25
Marriage of sister Matilda EDWARDS and Edwin EDDINGTON 
St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
28 Oct 1854
25
Birth of daughter Ellen Matilda ASH 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
20 Dec 1855
26
Birth of daughter Elizabeth ASH 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
1856
27
Occupation: Mormon Handcart Trek Pioneer 
Utah, USA
5 Jan 1857
27
Death of daughter Elizabeth ASH 
 
1 Nov 1857
28
Birth of daughter Sophia ASH 
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
28 Jul 1858
29
Death of daughter Sophia ASH 
 
13 Mar 1859
29
Marriage of brother Reuben EDWARDS and Mary Ann NEWEY 
10 
Saint George, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
17 Jun 1859
30
Birth of son John William ASH 
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
3 Aug 1860
30
query Caution: Recorded age does not match calculated age (31).
Census 
11 
Brigham City, Cache County, Utah, USA
28 Mar 1861
31
Birth of daughter Emily Faith ASH 
Richmond, Cache, Utah, USA
17 Nov 1863
34
Birth of son George A ASH 
Richmond, Cache, Utah, USA
24 Nov 1863
34
Death 
Richmond, Cache, Utah, USA
22 Jul 1865
36
Death of son George A ASH 
 
29 Apr 1866
37
Marriage of brother Reuben EDWARDS and Emma FISHER 
12 
Birmingham, Warwickshire
10 Nov 1867
38
Marriage of brother Enoch EDWARDS and Emelia 'Emily' PARKER 
13 
St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire
Jan 1875
45
Marriage of daughter Ellen Matilda ASH and Brigham Williamson NELSON 
Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
30 Jan 1884
54
Marriage of son John William ASH and Tilly PARDINGTON 
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
30 Jan 1884
54
Marriage of daughter Emily Faith ASH and George Lesley CURTIS 
 
1885
56
Marriage of daughter Ellen Matilda ASH and Lars PETERSON 
 
20 Dec 1897
68
Marriage of brother Enoch EDWARDS and Florence Ethel HEDGES 
14 
Erdington, Birmingham, Warwickshire
btw 1911 and 1912
82
Death of brother Enoch EDWARDS 
Canada
28 Jun 1926
97
Death of daughter Emily Faith ASH 
Bannock, Idaho, USA
9 Jun 1945
116
Death of son John William ASH 
 
11 Apr 1954
124
Death of daughter Ellen Matilda ASH 
Logan, Cache, Utah, USA
Documented age, Calculated age, Estimated age
Citations
1 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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SOPHIA EDWARDS

Female

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Event(s):

Birth: 24 APR 1829 Birmingham, Warwick, England

Death: 24 NOV 1863

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Parents:

Father: JOHN EDWARDS

Mother: SARAH

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Source Information:

Batch Number: 8220931

Sheet: 66

Source Call No.: 0884852 Type: Film

2 - UK 1841 Census - 7th June 1841

Note: Ages of adults were often rounded down to nearest 5 years. For example, a recorded age of 25 implies an age of between 25 and 29.

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John Edwards - 40 - Millwright - Y

Sarah Edwards - 35 - - Y

Mariah Edwards - 13 - - Y

Sophia Edwards - 12 - - Y

Matilda Edwards - 9 - - Y

[?? Linsi/Louise, a female] Edwards - 7 - - Y

Rhubin Edwards - 4 - - Y

Stephen Edwards - 3 - - Y

Enock Edwards - 6m - - Y

3 - John Edwards 1844

Superintendent Registrar's District - Birmingham

Registrar's District - Saint George Birmingham

1844 DEATHS in the District of Saint George Brmingham in the County of Warwick

No - When Died - Name and Surname - Sex - Age - Rank or Profession - Cause of No - Death - Signature, Descrption, and Residence of Informant - When Registered - Signature

177 - Seventh of September 1844 at 1 Court New Summer Street - John Edwards - Male - 49 years - Mill Wright and Engineer - Consumption - X the mark of Sarah Edwards Widow present at the Death 1 Court New Summer St - Twelfth of September 1844 - Thomas Sansom Registrar

4 - Ash - Edwards 1853

1953 Marriage Solemnized at St Peter & St Paul's Church in the Parish of Aston in the County of Warwick

No - When married - Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of Marriage - Father's Name and Surname - Rank or Profession of Father

124 - November 20th

John Ash - 33 - Widower - Gun Finisher - Duddeston - John Ash - Optician

Sophia Edwards - 24 - Spinster - - Duddeston - John Edwards - Machinist

Married in the Parish Church of Aston according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, Geo Peake Vicar

This marriage was solemnized between us John Ash, Sophia Edwards in the Presence of us Edwin Eddington, Matilda

5 - Ash - Edwards 1853

1953 Marriage Solemnized at St Peter & St Paul's Church in the Parish of Aston in the County of Warwick

No - When married - Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of Marriage - Father's Name and Surname - Rank or Profession of Father

124 - November 20th

John Ash - 33 - Widower - Gun Finisher - Duddeston - John Ash - Optician

Sophia Edwards - 24 - Spinster - - Duddeston - John Edwards - Machinist

Married in the Parish Church of Aston according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, Geo Peake Vicar

This marriage was solemnized between us John Ash, Sophia Edwards in the Presence of us Edwin Eddington, Matilda

6 - Edwards - Eddington 1854

1854 Marriage solemnized at the St Phillips Church in the Parish of Birmingham in the County of Warwick

No: 191

When married - August 27th

Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of marriage - Father's name and surname - Rank or Profession of father

Elwin Eddington - 22 - Bachelor - Painter - Church Street - William Eddington - Painter

Matilda Edwards - 21 - Spinster - - Bread Street - John Edwards - Engineer

Married in the Parish Church of St Phillip's according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by ___ or after Banns by me Charles Heath Lecturer

This marriage was solemnized between us: Elwin Eddington, Matilda Edwards in the Presence of us, Sarah Edwards, X the mark of Herritage

7 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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ELLEN MATILDA ASH

Female

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Event(s):

Birth: 28 OCT 1854 Birmingham, Warwick, England

Death: 11 APR 1954

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Parents:

Father: JOHN ASH

Mother: SOPHIA EDWARDS

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Source Information:

Batch Number: 7205529

Sheet: 94

Source Call No.: 0820220 Type: Film

8 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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ELIZABETH ASH

Female

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Event(s):

Birth: 20 DEC 1855 Birmingham, Warwick, England

Death: 05 JAN 1857

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Parents:

Father: JOHN ASH

Mother: SOPHIA EDWARDS

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Source Information:

Batch Number: 7205529

Sheet: 94

Source Call No.: 0820220 Type: Film

9 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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REUBEN EDWARDS

Male

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Marriages:

Spouse: MARY ANN NEWEY

Marriage: 13 MAR 1859 Saint George, Birmingham, Warwick, England

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Source Information:

Batch No.: Dates: Source Call No.: Type: Printout Call No.: Type:

M041781 1830 - 1875 0588402-4 Film NONE

Sheet: 00

10 - Birmingham St Georges

1859 Marriage solemnized at St George's Church in the Parish of St George Birmingham in the County of Warwick

198 - 13th March 1859

Reuben Edwards - 22 - Bachelor - Chandelier Maker - Great Russell Street - John Edwards - Millwirght

Mary Ann Newey - 21 - Spinster - - GReat Russell Street - Charles Newey - Shoe Maker

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me Robert Stephenson Curate

This marriage was solemnized between us

Reuben Edwards

The Mark X Mary Ann Newey

in the presence of

Henry Case

The Mark of X Elizabeth Newey

11 - US 1860 Census
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Free inhabitants in the County of Cache Terr'y of Utah enumerated by me, on the 3rd day of August 1860 C Thomas Browning Asst Marshall

Post Office: Brigham

Jno Ash - 39 - M - Farmer - Value of Real Estate: 600 - Value of Personal Estate: 240 - Eng[land]

Sophia Ash - 30 - F - - - - Eng[land]

Joseph Ash - 13 - M - - - - Eng[land]

Hellen Ash - 5 - F - - - - Eng[land]

Jno W Ash - 1 - M - - - - Eng[land]

12 - FamilySearch International Genealogical Index

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First name(s) Reuben

Last name Edwards

Name note -

Marriage year 1866

Marriage date 29 Apr 1866

Marriage place Birmingham

Spouse's first name(s) Emma

Spouse's last name Wilcox

Spouse's age -

County Warwickshire

Country England

Record set England Marriages 1538-1973

13 - Edwards - Parker

1867 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Birmingham in the County of Warwick

No: 83

When married - November 10th

Name and Surname - Age - Condition - Rank or Profession - Residence at the time of marriage - Father's name and surname - Rank or Profession of father

Enoch Edwards - 24 - Bachelor - Button tool maker - Church Street - John Edwards - Millwright

Emelia Parker - 24 - Spinster - - Colmore Row - Edward Parker - Jeweller

Married in the Parish Church of St Phillip's according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by ___ or after Banns by me Wm Easer, Rector

This marriage was solemnized between us: Enoch Edwards, Emelia Parker in the Presence of us, Matilda Eddington, Elwin Eddington

14 - Edwards - Hedges 1897

1897 Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Erdington in the County of Warwick

189 - Twentieth December 1897

Enoch Edwards - 57 - Widower - Licensed Victualler - Short Heath Road Erdington - John Edwards (deceased) - Mill Wright

Florence Ethel Hedges - 21 - Spinster - - 122 St Mark's Road, Ladwood, Birmingham - Albert Hedges - Surgeon (Retired)

Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church by License by me F S Swindell MA, Vicar

This marriage was solemnized between us Enoch Edwards, Florence Ethel Hedges

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