52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #6 Favourite Name – Francessa Campkin

I have many favourite names, so I decided to choose my favourite name from my current research into the descendants of Isaac Campkin.  The name I chose is his daughter Francessa Campkin.

My relationship to Francessa is:

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Francessa was born 1 October 1850 at Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, England, according to her entry in LDS Pioneer and Handcart Companies, 1847-1856.  Her parents were Isaac Campkin and Martha Webb.  Her birth was registered under the name Frances Campkin in the Oct-Nov-Dec quarter in 1850, in Royston District (vol 6, page 589).

The 1851 Census, which was held on 30/31 March, shows Frances Campkin in the household of Stephen Campkin in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire.  She was his granddaughter, and she was 6 months old.

The way the household has been organized in the census implies that Frances’s father was Samuel Campkin.  The household included:

  • Stephen Campkin, head, widower, age 58, occupation cordwainer employing 1 man, birthplace Bassingbourn
  • Martha Campkin, daughter in law, married, age 30, occupation housekeeper, birthplace Littlington
  • W G Campkin, grandson, age 3, occupation scholar, birthplace Melbourn
  • Reb Campkin, granddaughter, age 1, birthplace Melbourn
  • Samuel Campkin, son, unmarried, age 16, occupation shoemaker journeyman, birthplace Melbourn
  • Frances Campkin, granddaughter, age 6 months, birthplace Melbourn

In 1856, the family travelled to the United States, arriving in New York on 27 March 1856.  They sailed on the “Caravan”.  The passenger list shows the following family members:

  • Isaac Campkin age 34
  • Martha Campkin age 30
  • Wilford G Campkin age 8
  • Francessa Campkin her age is difficult to read
  • Harriet Campkin age 3
  • Martha A Campkin age 2
  • Jas Campkin age 4 months

A Thomas Young, age 20, was listed after the Campkin family.

Francessa’s father, Isaac, died shortly after the family arrived in St Louis.  He died on 12 May 1856.  Martha and her children continued to Utah.  More details about their travels from England to Utah can be found in Martha’s life story at: http://www.ririe.org/history/documents/martha_webb_campkin_story.asp

Francessa is listed on the 1860 census in the household of Thos Young in Box Elder County, Utah Territory, residence post office Willard.  She was listed as 11 years old.

On the 1870 census she was in the household of Thomas Young at Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah, USA.  She was listed as Francisca Kampkin, and she was 19 years old, and had no occupation

Francessa married James Young on 4 Jun 1877 at Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, USA.

They had 9 children:

  • Lilly Armeda Young (1878-1954)
  • Maud Fannie Young (1880-1963)
  • Wilford James Young (1883-1931)
  • Harvey George Young (1884-1927)
  • Elizabeth Ann Young (1886-1940)
  • Isaac Albert Young (1887-1966)
  • Leslie Henry Young (1889-1970)
  • Lawrence Alfred Young (1891-1969)
  • Joseph Thomas Young (1893-?)

On the 1880 census, a Francessa Young was in the household of James Young at Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, USA. She was his wife.  The household included James Young, age 36, farmer, birthplace England; wife Francessa, age 36 or 26, occupation keeping house, birthplace England; and daughter Lillie A, age 1, birthplace Utah. The enumeration date was 22 June 1880.

There was also a Francessa Young on the 1880 census at Harrisville, Weber, Utah, USA.  The enumeration date was 4 June 1880.  The household included James Young, age 31, section foreman on RR, birthplace England; wife Francessa age 29, keeping house, birthplace England; and daughter Lilly A, age 1, birthplace England.

Although the ages of James and Francessa are different on each enumeration, the name Francessa is uncommon.  Since I have been able to find only the one Francessa Young liiving in Utah, it appears that they moved from Harrisville to Brigham City between the 4 June and the 22 June 1880.

Francessa was listed on the 1900 census at Three Mile, Box Elder, Utah.  She was listed as having been born Oct 1849 in England.  She had been married 23 years, and had 9 children, all living. She had lived in America for 44 years.  Her husband James was born Sept 1848 in England and was working as a farmer.

Francessa was still living at Three Mile in 1910.  James and Francessa were living in Main Road  They still had three sons living with them: Leslie N, age 20, Lawrence A age 19 and Joseph T age 17.

Francessa’s husband James died in 1919, and the 1920 census shows Francessa was living with her daughter Elizabeth’s family in Public Road, Rawlins, Box Elder.  The household included:

  • Almon M Wight, head, age 34
  • Elizabeth Wight, wife, age 33
  • Bessie Wight, daughter, age 10
  • Francessa Wight, daughter, age 9
  • Mary E Wight, daughter, age 5
  • James A Wight, son, age 4 3/12
  • Leslie H Wight, son, age 1 6/12
  • Francessa Young, mother in law, age 69

Francessa’s son Leslie’s family were in the next household:

  • Leslie H Young, head, age 30
  • Eva M Young, wife, age 24
  • Lucile Young, daughter, age 1 1/2

Francessa died 8 May 1921 at Layton, Davis, Utah, from myocarditis and chronic bights[?].  The contributing illness was arthritis deformant.  The informant was W J Young of Ogden, Utah.  The death certificate shows her date of birth was 1 October 1850.

The following is a transcription of her obituary in the Box Elder News, (Brigham City, Utah) 10 May 1921, page 1, col 6 (https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17024235/the_box_elder_news/?xid=637).


Mrs Francessa Young, widow of the late James Young of Perry, died at the home of her daughter Mrs J. G. Watt of Layton, Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock from pleurisy of the heart, with which she had suffered for nine months.

Mrs. Young was born at Melbourne, Cambridgeshire, England, October 1st 1850 and came to America in 1855 crossing the plains the following year in one of the handcart companies. The family resided at a number of places but the greater part of Mrs. Young’s life has been lived at Perry where she was one of the most prominent workers in the ward. She was the first Y. L. M. I. A. president and acted as a teacher in the first Sunday School in the ward. During her later years she was prominent in the activities of the Relief Society.

Mrs. Young experienced all the hardships of early days and she bore a large family. She was a most ambitious woman, talented and possessing a genial disposition. Her husband passed away several years ago and she is survived by nine children as follows: Mrs. L. A. Johnson of this city; Mrs. J. G. Watt, Layton: W. J. Young, Ogden; H. G. Young, Salt Lake; Mrs. A. N. Wight, Thatcher; L. H. Young, Willard; L. A. Young, Franklin; I. A. Young and J. F. Young, Perry. There are also a number of grand children.

The body was prepared for burial and brought to Perry Sunday evening by Undertaker J. W. Hoopes of this city and funeral services will be held in the Perry ward chapel, Wednesday, (tomorrow) at 2 o’clock p. m. under the direction of Bishop Heber W. Perry.

More information about Francessa can be found in the FamilySearch Family Tree – https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KWNX-Q82

Sources of information can be found on Francessa’s profile on my family tree website. At this stage, I have used the sources directly from Ancestry.

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