Mary England (Cawkwell)

Spouse: William Scott (Cawkwell)

  • Born: 24 Aug 1816
  • Place: Skelton, Yorkshire, Eng.
  • Married: 20 Nov 1848
  • Place: Sand Hall, Skelton, Yorkshire, Engl.
  • Died: 14 Dec1891
  • Place: Union, Salt Lake, Utah
  • Baptized: 1863
  • Arrived in the Salt Lake Valley 2 Jul 1874

History of Mary England Cawkwell

Written by Elva Tall Kinghorn

Mary England Cawkwell was born at Skelton, Howden, Yorkshire, England on 24 August 1816, the tenth child of fourteen children born to Charles England and Elizabeth Pears. She grew to be a pretty woman with fine features, gray eyes, and black hair. She was a very refined, quiet, genteel lady--gifted in the art of needlework. She, assisted by her daughter Elizabeth, made many beautiful quilts and other fancy articles which they sold to help finance their journey from England to America. So very much of her life story she never told, guarding her secret throughout her life. Why she did this no one understood--whether to protect someone or because of pride. She was the mother of two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth England Ball and Mariah England Boole. They carried her maiden name for they were born out of wedlock, and their mother never told them who their father was.

She later married William Scott Cawkwell on 20 November 1848 at Sand Hall, Skelton, England, Parish of Howden, No. 452. William Hutchinson performed the ceremony.

Her oldest daughter, Elizabeth, married William Mitchell Ball and was the mother of five children. Mary England Cawkwell lived near this daughter and assisted her with her family.

One day Elizabeth heard the L.D.S. missionaries preaching. Elizabeth became interested and started to attend meetings. Elizabeth hesitated to tell her mother, but finally when Elizabeth was sure that she had heard the truth she told her mother and invited her to do with her to a meeting. This her mother did and in a brief time she too know she had heard the true Gospel.

Mary was baptized in the year 1863. It is regrettable that a record of who baptized her and more information was not left to her posterity. We can but relate some of the stories known of her good life.

Her daughter, Elizabeth, was not well and the doctors said she had little time to live. Realizing this, it was her hearts’s desire to come to America to the Land of Zion to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Then, with united efforts, Mary England Cawkwell sewed and sold and saved and gave to the daughter.

The oldest grandchild, Hannah, was sent to America with some immigrants and she was in Salt Lake a year before her mother with the three brothers and one sister came.

Then the day came when Elizabeth and her four children were ready to leave for America. It was a day of rejoicing with yet a touch of sadness when she left her English home.

Mary England Cawkwell continued to work and save and with her husband’s help they made plans to come to America to join their daughter and her children. Finally they left England.

They had heard the sad news of the death of their daughter, Elizabeth, and they were very eager to come to Salt Lake City to be with their grandchildren.

They left England on 11 June 1874 on the steamship Nevada, arriving in Salt Lake City on 2 July 1874.

They purchased a small farm in Sandy, Utah, where they enjoyed life. The grandchildren came frequent visits to this home, receiving love and counsel. They lived to enjoy these children, see them marry, and have homes and great grandchildren.

When the youngest grandson, Heber Orson Ball, married, he brought his bride to their home and lived in a portion of the house.

It is told that Heber’s wife, Carrie Emeline Westfall, learned many things from Grandmother in cooking, sewing, and housekeeping.

One clearly revealing story is told of Grandmother Mary. She was always deeply concerned with the health of welfare of their grandchildren and great grandchildren. When she did her ironing she was sure each article was ironed dry with no trance of dampness and was very certain by hanging them over a rack. She told Aunt Carrie to follow this procedure, but noticed that sometimes this advice was unheeded and the articles put away in dresser drawers immediately after being ironed. So, if Aunt Carrie went visiting or shopping, Grandmother would slip into the room and take Uncle Heber’s underclothes from the drawer and place them near the stove to be perfectly dry. Aunt Carrie became aware of this and many other doings, but she loved Grandmother so very much and learned so much from her that she never was offended.

Grandmother was an immaculate housekeeper, good cook, and seamstress. She was particular in her appearance and in her surroundings. As she grew older she lost some of her hearing but she was so alert and watched lips, actions, and mannerisms of those about her to the extent that she missed very little of the happenings. Her husband once remarked, "Mary might not hear as she once did but she’s rare too sharp for me."

When Uncle Heber asked Grandfather concerning the father of her children, Elizabeth and Mariah, he said, "This I will tell you he was a good man. I knew him, but I’ve promised Mary to keep her secret and if she doesn’t tell nary shall I."

All the grandchildren and their wives and husbands loved and honored this good man, William Scott Cawkwell. He and Grandmother lived in Sandy on the farm until his death on 30 December 1887. Then Grandmother spent time visiting and living with these grandchildren. Sometimes she would go to be with Mathilda Ball Tall who lived in Salt Lake city.

On some of those days, Matilda would prepare a lunch for her husband, and he would take his dinner pail to work with him. Then Grandmother and Matilda would rush through the house work so they could go to the Temple.

As grandmother grew older, she made her home with her grandson, Alfred and his good wife, Mary Ann Walker Ball. Mary Ann loved her and was very good to her. The story is told that Aunt Hannah, her granddaughter, came to her brother’s home to help Aunt Mary Ann with some work and while there she questioned grandmother wanting to know of her own grandfather. Aunt Hannah was a strict, rather severe woman in her demands. Perhaps the manner of being questioned offended grandmother--anyway, grandmother very firmly refused to tell her anything.

Grandmother was a woman of high sterling qualities, kind and good to her husband, daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She is hallowed in our memories of her--her sacrifice in leaving her home England and her daughter Mariah England Boole and coming to America for the Gospel and to be near Elizabeth’s children. As we view her picture and study the lines of her face, and know the pattern of her life, we know she was a woman of strong character.

She died of old age at Union, Utah at the home of her Grandson, Alfred Ball, Monday, December 14, 1891.

Copyright Shirl R. Weight 21 Dec 2008 09:56:56 PM

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