ELIZABETH ANN BUMFORD
born 16 January 1799 in the parish of Bettws
Montgomeryshire, Wales. She was the daughter of Edward Bumford
Davies. Elizabeth was the oldest daughter in the family.
an older brother, John, three younger brothers, David, Edward
Lewis, and a younger sister, Mary.
The parish of
lies in a sheltered valley on the banks of the Bechan river. It
five miles from Newtown. The name “Bettws ” comes from the
prayer house. The village is ancient. The site was probably used
soldiers. An ancient church was founded here by St. Beuno in the
century. It is an agricultural community. The population in the
century was 579 people.
also all born in the parish of Bettws Cedewain. The parish
lists the township for the two younger brothers’ births. Edward
were both born in Dolvorwin township, Bettws parish. This is the
the ruins of Dolforwyn Castle. Dolforwyn Castle was built by
Last in 1273. Llywelyn ap Gruffudd built the castle as a snub to
of the English crown. The castle fell to Edward I just four
and was little used thereafter. It was in ruins by the 1390s.
of the castle remain today.
old when she married James Meyrick on 3 August 1817 in Bettws.
Parish register for Bettws Cedewain, Montgomeryshire,
showing the marriage of James Meyrick and Elizabeth Bumford
After their marriage, James and Elizabeth moved from place to place, as James sought work. Their first child, Maryann, was born in Neen Sollars, Shropshire, England in 1820. The next child, James, was born in Milson, Shropshire, England in 1822. John was born in Eastham, Worcestershire, England in 1828 and died one year later. The next child was also named John, and was born in Talgarth, Brecon, Wales in 1831. Another daughter, Susannah was born next in Warwick, Warwickshire, England in 1834. George William was born in Leamington, Warwick, England in 1838. Finally, Frederick was born in Worcester, Worcestershire, England in 1839. He died two months later.
son, John, kept a diary which describes some of the family’s
“My father’s work called him away to another place called
there two years, then we moved again. So his work, it did not
in one place, for it was draining the land and making pools and
and such like, for the Lords of the land. Then we moved to
Worcestershire), but did not stay there long.” The family next
Ludlow, Shropshire, England.
was in Ludlow that a great change came into Elizabeth’s life.
met Mormon elders preaching the gospel. Elizabeth was the first
family to believe and to accept the gospel. She was the first
in August 1849 at Ludlow in the River Teme. She was baptized by
W. Jones. Her husband, James, was baptized next. In the next
children Maryann, John, Thomas and George were baptized. The
to save their money to be “gathered to Zion.”
years later, in 1853, they were able to send their son John
They gave him the eight pounds necessary, and sent him with
Finch. In that same year their daughter, Maryann, died. She was
of James Frederick Wishaw, who died in 1847. Maryann died of
leaving three children: Pamelo, age 12, Susannah, age 9, and
7. Elizabeth took on the responsibility of raising her
years later the family prepared to leave England, and cross the
America. On April 22, 1855 they boarded the ship “Sanders
was 56 years old. James and Elizabeth, their son George, and the
grandchildren crossed together on the one month journey. They
New York, and traveled to Kansas, where they joined the Milo
and crossed the plains to Salt Lake. Their son, John, describes
“Father MacArthur brought the Deseret News to me and said my
were in it, and they were in Salt Lake City. I started for
riding a wild horse, and found them at Brother and Sister
very sick and has been most of the time while crossing the
has been very sick of the mountain fever. Most of the hair has
of her head.” Elizabeth must have been busy caring for her
1860 census, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah
The family settled in Pleasant Grove. Times were hard, with grasshoppers destroying crops, and scarce food . They settled into John’s house. In 1860 they moved to Mt. Pleasant. John and George helped them build a house in the fort.
1870 census, Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah
died in 1871, leaving Elizabeth a widow at the age of 72.
1880 census, Mt. Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah
is found living alone in the 1880 census in Mt. Pleasant:
Meyrick, age 89, born in Wales, keeping house
Census place: Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah
passed away twelve years after James, at age 84, on January 10,
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