JANE BURDETT HASTINGS (1818-1900) by Fp05N61

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									                         JANE BURDETT HASTINGS (1818-1900)

       Jane Burdett was born on 8 December 1818 in Sapcote, Leicestershire, England, the
oldest of 10 children born to her parents, Thomas Burdett, Sr. and Elizabeth Shenton. On 3
January 1819 she was christened in the parish church in Sapcote. Nothing is known of Jane’s
childhood years. It appears she grew up in the nearby parish of Countesthorpe, since that is
where all of her siblings were christened. Her father Thomas Burdett worked as a laborer.

        On 11 October 1843 Jane Burdett was married to John Hastings, Sr., of Wistow,
Leicestershire, England, in the parish church in Countesthorpe. John, a widower of just over 4
years, had been previously married to Abigail Gillam, by whom he had 2 children, Robert and
William. It is presumed that Jane raised John’s children by his prior marriage, although these
children do not appear to have traveled with Jane when she emigrated to Utah in 1861.

       Over the next decade following her marriage, Jane gave birth to 6 children, each of whom
was born in Countesthorpe, where the family resided. Three of these children died young.

        Within ten years, from 1846 to 1856, several members of Jane’s immediate family joined
the LDS Church. The first were Jane’s mother Elizabeth Shenton Burdett and her brother
Thomas Burdett, Jr., who were baptized on 15 May 1846. Less than three years later, on 26
January 1849, Jane was baptized into the Blaby Branch of the LDS Church, with her daughter
Mary Elizabeth. Family tradition records that Jane and Mary Elizabeth walked together eight
miles through mud and rain to be baptized. Jane’s father Thomas Burdett, Sr. was baptized on
14 July 1851. Jane’s husband John joined the LDS Church on 13 November 1853, the same day
as her brother Richard Burdett. Other siblings of Jane, including Anne Burdett Hunt and Maria
Burdett Russell, joined the LDS Church in 1850 and 1856, respectively. Her brother Henry was
baptized into the LDS Church in 1881. A catalyst for Jane’s baptism may have been the
untimely death of her son Thomas, who was buried 26 December 1848--one month to the day
prior to Jane’s baptism.

        Jane’s husband John left for Utah to prepare the way for the family’s emigration. He set
sail from Liverpool for New Orleans on 27 November 1854 aboard the “Clara Wheeler,” arriving
in New Orleans in January 1855. Jane stayed behind in England and cared for their five
remaining children. While John was gone, their daughter Eliza (“Lizzie”) died 4 January 1859.
Jane was rebaptized a member of the LDS Church in January 1860. On 9 April 1861, Jane’s
daughter Ann was baptized, just days before the family’s departure for Utah. Jane’s parents,
although members of the LDS Church, never emigrated to Utah.

         Jane and her four remaining children left for Utah from Liverpool, England, on 16 April
1861 on the steamship “Manchester” with 379 other Saints--six years after Jane’s husband had
left for Utah and within days of the commencement of the Civil War in the United States. Also
on board the ship were Jane’s brother Thomas Burdett, Jr., his wife Maria, and their four
children. They arrived in New York City on 18 May 1861.

       Jane and her husband John were reunited at St. Joseph, Missouri. The reunited Hastings
family were said to have walked almost every step of the way to Utah in, as some have surmised,
an independent emigrant company. Jane’s brother Thomas Burdett, Jr. (with whom Jane had
sailed from England) traveled by train from New York City to Florence, Nebraska and then
continued on to Utah with the Joseph Horne Company, which arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on
13 September 1861. Family history records that Jane and her family arrived in the Salt Lake
Valley on Saturday, 14 September 1861, one day after the Joseph Horne Company. Therefore,
Jane may have come to Utah with her brother Thomas or in an independent company that arrived
immediately thereafter.

      The Monday following their arrival, John Hastings went to work at his trade,
shoemaking, while Jane went into service, having only Sunday on which to rest.

        They made their home in Ogden, Weber, Utah, on Wall Avenue where Jane lived until
shortly before her death. Jane was a member of the Ogden Third Ward. She was a faithful
church worker who supported her husband, a second counselor to Bishop Winslow Farr in the
Third Ward Bishopric and also a Patriarch.

        Jane and her husband were sealed on 4 March 1865 in the Endowment House in Salt
Lake City by Heber C. Kimball. On 1 June 1871 in Ogden, Jane lost her daughter Emma, her
third child to die young. Jane was rebaptized in 1876 by Winslow Farr.

        Jane’s husband died on 5 November 1884. She maintained her home alone thereafter for
16 years, always making it a cheerful and homey place for friends and family to visit. It was said
of Jane that she was always cheerful and contented, and that while her strength remained, she
labored diligently among the poor and needy. Her whole desire was to remain faithful and to see
her children and grandchildren follow her example and devote themselves to living honorable
lives and doing good.

       After she became enfeebled in the last few months of her life, Jane moved in with her
daughter Ann Hastings Dinsdale Nicholl in Ogden, where she passed away on 7 December 1900,
the night before her 82nd birthday. Her funeral was held 9 December 1900 in the Third Ward
meetinghouse and she was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery.

Submitted by: Joy M. Belnap

								
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