ELIAS ASTON AND ELIZA FOWLKE
Aston was born October 24, 1830 in the city of Nottingham,
England, the son of Elias Aston and Mary Elliott. His father,
was a nail manufacturer in Nottingham. Elias grew up in a family
brothers and four sisters: Joseph, Alixe, William, Mary Ann,
Phoebe. His maternal grandmother, Martha Elliott, also lived in
and worked as a chevener-someone who embroidered designs on
(The hosiery industry employed a great number of "out workers"
known as cheveners. These women would embroider beautiful
the stockings, and so earn extra money to supplement the family
Elias married Eliza Fowlke on January 5, 1851. Eliza was the
Fowlke and Harriet
Raynor, and was born in Nottingham 20 April 1832. John and
were converted and immigrated to Utah in 1861. Both Elias and
the gospel and were baptized in December of 1856. They became
of fourteen children: Drucilla, William, Joseph, Orson, Eliza,
Frederick, Alfred, Elias, Harriet Ann, Harry, Louisa Martha,
and Mary Maria. Elias worked as a blacksmith.
William H. Aston, aged 21, Elias’s brother sailed to the United States 5 February 1853. Later that same year he married Eliza’s sister, Drucilla. Drucilla Aston,
In 1871 the Astons are found living in Gainsborough:
The 1871 English census shows the family living at 67 Ashforth Square:
Elias Aston, head, married, 40, Engine Fitter, born in Nottingham
Elias’s oldest daughter, Eliza, was able to sail for the United States 22 October 1873 on the ship Idaho. Elias was indebted to the Perpetual Emigration Fund in 1873 and 1874. The rest of the family saved their money, and were finally able to emigrate to the United States 8 July 1874, on the ship Minnesota. The ship’s list shows Elias Aston, Eliza, Joseph, Orson, Eliza, John Frederick, Alfred, Elias Jr., Harriett and Harry.
transcontinental railroad, completed in 1869, carried the
Utah. They established a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where
had settled, and worked at farming the land.
1861 a few of the families from Pleasant Grove had moved out
onto the land
south of town, settling along a wagon route which had once been
trail. At first these settlers lived in dugouts, but later they
out of logs hauled from the mountains. Some houses were built
a few of which are still standing. Although this area still
Pleasant Grove, this string of homes became known as Stringtown.
the first settlers of Stringtown, later Lindon, were the
Brown, Nerdin, Howard and Gillman families, along with Frederick
Other early settlers were the White, Davis, Lord, Bezzant,
Ash, Parks, Fage, Dittmore, Wright, Mayhew, Rogers, and Wadley
along with the Elias Aston family. The first couple married in
settlement were Eliza’s sister, Clara Fowlke, and James
first baby girl born in this town was James and Clara’s
She was born in a dugout with a dirt roof and floor. Frederick
James Cullimore later started a coffin-making business.
first homes of the settlers were meagerly furnished. Most of the
was handmade from native wood. Their beds and chairs were made
tied with buckskin. They slept on ticks stuffed with straw,
cattail down. Their clothing was homemade. Most families owned a
and the wool was spun into cloth. The men’s trousers was made
The children went barefoot until cold weather, and then they
of buckskins. There was usually no great shortage of food. A
vegetables was raised in their gardens, and there were plenty of
wild game. (Lindon—Our Town, 1983)
bought a home, a little old four room adobe house in Lindon,
where he settled down and farmed all his life. Elias’s
Aston Shumway, remembers, “Elias had quite a hard time raising
children. I have heard Grandmother (Eliza Fowlke Aston)
pinning some of the little ones to her apron when she sat down
I remember Elias as a little man with a long beard, walking with
clasped behind his back. Grandfather (Elias Aston)
studied the Bible
and could recite the scriptures by heart. He was very
the family home was a large ditch, and in the summer all the
go to the ditch for their morning washing. The family worked and
hard together. They all enjoyed square dances. The family also
Orson was killed at age 20, as they sat on a hillside eating
A large rock rolled down, striking him in the back, killing him
Maria was sickly all her life and never married. All the boys
suffered from asthma, and eventually died from its effects.
1880 census, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah
The Astons are found in the 1880 census in Pleasant Grove, Utah:
Elias Aston, age 50, born in England, occupation: Farming
Eliza F. Aston, age 48, born in England, keeping house
Joseph Aston, age 23, born in England, occupation: Laborer
Edwin Aston, age 17, born in England, occupation: Laborer
John Aston, age 14, born in England, at home
Alfred Aston, age 13, born in England, at home
Elias Aston, age 11, born in England, at home
Harret Aston, age 9, born in England, at home
Harry Aston, age 8, born in England
Sarah E. Aston, age 4, born in Utah
Mary M. Aston, age 1, born in Utah
Census place: Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah
Page #: 298D
In the 1900 census of the
area of Pleasant Grove, Elias and Eliza are shown living with
two of their
1900 census, Pleasant Grove, Utah
died September 7, 1906, in Lindon, Utah, from "general
debility". In the
1910 census of the unincorporated area of Pleasant Grove, Eliza
living with her son Alfred and daughter Mary.
1910 census, Pleasant Grove, Utah
lived eleven years after Elias passed away, and died January 30,
obituary of Elias Aston in the Deseret News, September 10,
DEATH OF ELIAS ASTON
Aston, a highly respected resident of Lindon, died Friday
general debility. The deceased was a native of England, and
came to Utah
in 1872. He leaves a wife and several children and other
funeral was held yesterday from the Lindon meetinghouse.
obituary of Eliza Fowlke Aston in the Deseret Evening News,
1917 (FHS# 27004, page 10):
funerals of elderly people have been held in the Lindon Ward
the past few
days. Mrs. Aston, age 85, was buried from the Lindon
the 3rd, and while this funeral was in session Mrs.
another aged resident and a neighbor of Mrs. Aston passed
away. Her funeral
was held Tuesday at 11 o’clock a.m.
FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
ELIAS ASTON AND
ASTON, JR. was born 24 October 1830 in Nottingham,
Nottingham, England to Elias Aston, Sr. and Mary Elliott. He
FOWLKE 5 January 1851 in Nottingham. She was born 20 April 1832
to John Fowlke and Harriet Raynor. Elias died 7 September 1906
Utah, Utah. Eliza died 30 January 1917 in Lindon. Both are
buried in Pleasant
Grove. Elias and Eliza had the following children:
Phoebe, born 5 March 1852 in Nottingham; married John
Stacey 14 December
1873; died 23 August 1928.
5 February 1854 in Nottingham; died 8 March 1855.
22 September 1855 in Nottingham; married Salina Garrett 26
died 13 March 1937.
born 8 January 1858 in Lincoln, Lincoln, England; died 31 May
born 11 August 1859 in Lincoln; married John Baptist White; died
born 30 June 1861 in Lincoln; married Emily Ann Keetch 2
died 12 July 1906.
Fredrick, born 30 May 1863 in Lincoln; married Mary Ann
Harris 2 December
1885; died 26 January 1934.
born 16 April 1865 in Lincoln; married Emily Ann Keetch 15
died 7 January 1933.
born 1 May 1868 in Gainsborough, Lincoln, England; married Annie
Wyatt 25 December 1894; died 3 September 1937.
Ann, born 22 September 1870 in Gainsborough; married
Green 11 December 1888 in Manti, San Pete, Utah; died 20 April
Salt Lake City.
11. Harry C., born 16 November 1872 in Gainsborough; married Matilda Hardman 9 January 1895; died 27 November 1945.
Louisa Martha, born 28 February 1875 in Pleasant Grove,
died 12 October 1875.
Elizabeth, born 13 April 1877 in Pleasant Grove, married
West; died 2 May 1893.
Maria, born 17 January 1880 in Pleasant Grove; died 23
Temple Archive Record submitted by Mrs. Irene Shumway, citing
IGI; 1871 English census, Gainsborough.
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