52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #7 Valentine – Ruth Campkin

I was originally going to write this post about a couple in my tree who were married on Valentine’s day, until I came across this article yesterday while researching the Campkin family.

From The Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), Tues., Feb. 12, 1963, page 23, cols 6-8 (https://www.newspapers.com/image/117618810/?terms=%22campkin%22)

Pioneer Kept Valentine Promise
By Helen Pearson

PINE – One hundred years ago Alfred Randall left his beloved in Salt Lake City and with other Mormons formed a settlement in Pine.

Although many miles separated the young couple, Randall didn’t forget his girl Ruth Elizabeth Campkin.

Living in the rugged, scenic mountain country and working to accumulate a herd, plant crops and build shelters, Randall found time to write.

On Valentine Day 1864 he sent Miss Campkin an eight-verse valentine. It read:

“I know that I could give you the love that should be thine.

“And for that reason, I would make you a wife of mine

“And I believe this agrees with your sentiments as well as mine;

“If you will only say the word, I’ll make you my Valentine.”

A few months later he again wrote her. His letter ended this way:

“If I live, and keep my health, and the Lord is willing, and the Devil don’t care and the Indians don’t take my scalp and Father don’t raise any objections and I have got a pony, I will see you.”

Randall lived and kept his scalp, but it was a few years before he kept his promise.

When he returned, they were married.

Together the young pioneer and his wife returned to Pine, where they raised nine children and spent the remainder of their lives.

Three of their sons, Walt, Frank and Bart, the only ones remaining of the nine, still reside in Pine. All are past 80.

My relationship to Ruth Campkin is:

Ruth Campkin me relationship

I only have an approximate date of birth, and no death date for Ruth in my old tree, so the following is the information I have just found for Ruth.

Ruth was born 2 January 1845 in St Louis, Missouri, USA[1],[10] .   Ruth’s parents were George Campkin and Elizabeth Bell.  George and Elizabeth originally came from Cambridgeshire in England; George had been born in Melbourn, and Elizabeth in Whaddon.  George and Elizabeth had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while in England, and had arrived in the United States in 1844, and were on their way to Utah when Ruth was born.

By 1850, they had arrived in Utah.  The 1850 census shows the family living at Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory[2].  The household included:

  • George Camkin age 35
  • Elizabeth Camkin age 35
  • Ann Camkin age 9
  • Ruth Camkin age 6
  • Elizabeth Camkin age 4 months

The 1860 census shows the family living in Ward 17 of Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake County, Utah Territory[3].  The household included:

  • George Campkins age 44, shoemaker, birthplace Eng
  • Elizabeth “, age 44, birthplace Eng
  • Ann age 18, birthplace Eng
  • Ruth age 15, birthplace Mo
  • Elizabeth age 10, birthplace U
  • Sarah age 7, birthplace U
  • John age 2, birthplace U

Ruth married Alfred Jason Randall on 16 November 1867 at Salt Lake City[4].   The 1870 census shows they were living at Harrisburg, Washington county, Utah Territory[5], with their daughter, Annie E. Randall.

The 1880 census shows they were still living at Harrisburg[6], and they had 4 more children:

  • Alfred J Randall, age 35, teamster
  • Ruth C “, age 35, wife, occupation keeping house
  • Annie E, age 11, daughter, occupation: at home
  • Alfred B, age 9, son
  • Emmarette, age 7, daughter
  • Walter age 4, son
  • Frank age 1, son

By the time of the 1900 census, the family had moved to Arizona, and they were living in Enumeration District 16, Gila County, Arizona Territory[7].  The oldest 4 children had left home, leaving only Frank and 3 younger children:

Alfred J Randall, head, born Jan 1845, married 32 years, birthplace Illinois
Ruth C, wife, born Jan 1845, married 32 years, 9 children 8 living, birthplace Missouri
Frank C, son, born May 1879, single, birthplace Utah
Bert D, son, born April 1882, single, birthplace Arizona
Harry J, son, born Nov 1884, single, birthplace Arizona
Howard L, son, born Feb 1887, single, birthplace Arizona

There was also Alma Hunt, labourer, born Dec 1880, single , birthplace Arizona, in the household

Ruth’s husband, Alfred, died in 1907.  Ruth appears on the 1910 census as Mrs A J Randall.  She was living on Main Road in Pine, Gila, Arizona[8].  She was 65 years old, and had been born in Missouri.  She was a widow.  Her occupation was Livestock, and the industry was Range.  She owned a farm, which under the category mortgaged or free was listed as free.  The number of children is different from the 1900 census – she is listed as having 7 children, 7 living.

A granddaughter, Loraine Fuller age 14, is the only other person in the household.

The last census she appears on is the 1920 census.  Ruth C Randall, age 75, widowed, was listed at Main Road, Pine, Gila, Arizona[9].  She was able to read and write. She was the only person listed in the household.

Ruth died 26 April 1929 at Pine, Gila, Arizona.  She had been a resident there for 47 years 6 months and 2 days. Her occupation was housekeeper. Her cause of death is listed as mitral insufficiency and acute dilatation of heart.  The contributory cause was old age.  She was buried 28 April 1929 in Pine, Gila, Arizona[10].

Sources of Information:

[1]Ancestry.com, ” Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards,” database(https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018), entry for Ruth Campkin, birth date 2 Jan 1845, birth place St Louis, Missouri; Original data: Card index created by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah.

[2] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, p. 26B, dwelling 36, family 36, Household of George Camkin; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll M432_919.

[3] 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Great Salt Lake City Ward 17, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, p. 260, dwelling 1319, family 76, Household of George Campkins; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll M653-1313.

[4] Ancestry.com, “Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848,” database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018), entry for Ruth Campkin, marriage 16 Nov 1867, Salt Lake City; Original data: Black, Susan Easton, compiler. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848. 50 vols. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center, 1989. Private Donor.

[5] 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Harrisburg, Washington, Utah Territory, p. 373A, dwelling 19, family 19, Household of Alfred Randall; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll M593-1613.

[6] 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Harrisburg, Washington, Utah, enumeration district (ED) 094, p. 387A, dwelling 13, family 13, Household of Alfred J Randall; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 1339.

[7] 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Enumeration District 16, Gila, Arizona Territory, enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 7B, dwelling 82, family 83, Household of Alfred J Randall; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623.

[8] 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, Pine, Gila, Arizona, enumeration district (ED) 0027, sheet 11A, p. 11A, dwelling 3, family 3, Household of Mrs A J Randall; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll T624_39.

[9] 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, Pine, Gila, Arizona, enumeration district (ED) 52, sheet 6B, p. 6B, dwelling 11, family 11, Household of Ruth C Randall; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll T624_47.

[10] Arizona Department of Health Services, death certificate State File no 103 Registered no 5 (1929), Ruth Campkin Randall; digital image, Ancestry.com, “Arizona Death Records,” Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed 13 Feb 2018).

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