52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors 2019 #3 Martha Ann Campkin

For this week, I have chosen Martha Ann Campkin, who was born 15 January 1854.

My relationship to Martha is as follows:

martha ann campkin relationship

The information I had for Martha Ann Campkin was that she was born 15 January 1854 in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England, and died 30 December 1936 at Lewisville, Jefferson, Idaho, United States.  She married Joseph Merrell on 6 May 1872 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

Since the only source of information I had for Martha in my desktop family tree was from the New York Passenger lists, I turned to my Ancestry tree, since I had done research on Martha last year.

I found I had two conflicting dates of birth for Martha: 15 January 1854, and 5 January 1854.  I decided to get her birth certificate to verify which was correct.

Martha’s name was not entered on her birth certificate, which showed a girl, daughter of Isaac Campkin and Martha Campkin, formerly Webb, was born fifteenth January 1854, at Biggleswade, in the district of Biggleswade in the county of Bedford [1].

The next record for Martha was on the New York Passenger lists, which showed the family arrived in New York on the ship “Caravan” on 27 March 1856[2]. The family included:

Isaac Campkin age 34
Martha Campkin age 35
Wilford G Campkin age 8
Francesca Campkin age 6
Harriet Campkin age 5
Martha A Campkin age 2
Jas Campkin age 4 months

Another record that verified that the girl Campkin born 15 January 1854 was later given the name Martha Ann was her death certificate:

Martha Ann Merrell died 30 December 1936 at Lewisville, Jefferson, Idaho.  She was born 15 January 1854, and her parents were Isaac Campkin and Martha Webb[3].

Martha’s father, Isaac Campkin, died shortly after the family arrived in the States, and her mother than remarried, to Thomas Young.  The 1860 census shows that the family were living at Willard, Box Elder, Utah Territory[4].  The household included:

Thos Young age 34
Martha Young age 30
Wilford G Young age 13
Francisca Young age 11
Harriet Young age 8
Martha A Young age 7
Jas Young age 6
Fany Young age 10/12

On the 1870 census, the Campkin children were entered with the surname Kimpkin. The family were living at Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah Territory.  Martha was then 16 years old[5].

Martha married Joseph Merrell on 6 May 1872  at Salt Lake City[6].

In 1880, Martha and Joseph were living at Portage, Box Elder, Utah, with their children, Charles M. age 7, Isaac S. age 5, Joseph L. age 4 and Martha H. age 1 [7].

By 1900, the family had moved to Idaho, and were living at Rich in Bingham County.  Their children with them were Charles M. age 27, Sarah S. age 15, Benjamin S. age 11, Emma E. age 9 and Ervin A. age 6[8].

In 1910, they were living at Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho. The children still with them in 1910 were Chas. M. age 37, Isaac G. age 36, Sarah S. widow age 26, and Albert E. age 16. A grandson, Clarence B. McDonald age 4, was also with them[9].

In 1920, they were living at Wapello, Bingham, Idaho.  They only had sons Charles M. age 46 and Albert E. age 25 with them[10].

In 1930, Martha was a widow age 77.  She was in the household of her son Albert E. Merrell, and his wife Celia, at Riverton Precinct, on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, in Bingham, Idaho.  Also in the household was Albert’s brother (Martha’s son) Charles M. Merrell[11].

Martha’s obituary appeared in the Ogden Standard-Examiner on Saturday, January 2, 1937, page 3

Martha Merrell, 82, of Blackfoot, Dead

BLACKFOOT, Ida., Jan 2-Mrs. Martha Ann Merrell, 82, pioneer of Blackfoot and former residence of Brigham City, Utah, died at the home of a daughter in Lewisville, Idaho, Wednesday.

Mrs. Merrell was born in Biglewood, England, January 15, 1854, and came to the United States with her parents, crossing the plains to Utah on a handcart at the age of two years. With her husband, Joseph Merrell, who died in 1921, she pioneered the Malad section, later moving to Brigham City, and in 1898 settled near Pingree, coming to Blackfood in 1908.

Among survivors is a brother, James Campkin, Garland, Utah.

Funeral services will be held here Sunday.

Another obituary appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on 1 January 1937, page 13, which repeated the information above, as well as including the names of her children, and funeral details:

Six sons and daughters survive, Charles and George Merrell, Blackfoot; Leonard Merrell, Inkom; Mrs. Sarah Tucker, Lewisville; Luella Hancock, Provo, Utah, and A. E. Merrell, Rupert, Idaho; 34 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, a brother, James Campkin, Garland, Utah, and a sister, Mrs. Fannie Perry, Ririe.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p. m. in the L. D. S. First ward church, with Bishop James H. Yancey conducting. The body is at the Sandberg funeral home.

Sources of Information:

[1] England and Wales, birth certificate for Campkin, born 15 Jan 1854; citing 3b/320/227, Jan-Feb-Mar quarter 1854, Biggleswade registration district; General Register Office, Southport.

[2] Ancestry.com, ” New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957,” database and images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); entry for Martha A Campkin, age 2, on the ship Caravan, arrival date 27 Mar 1856; Year: 1856; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Microfilm Roll: Roll 160; Line: 18; List Number: 183.

[3] Idaho, United States Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, death certificate 101917 (1936), Martha Ann Merrell; digital image, Ancestry.com, “Idaho, Death Records, 1890-1967,” Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019).

[4] 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Post Office Willard; Box Elder County, Utah Territory, p. 516, dwelling 1401, family 1362, household of Thos Young; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll M653_1313.

[5] 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, Three Mile Creek, Box Elder, Utah Territory, p. 71B, dwelling 15, family 13, Household of Thomas Young; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll M593_1610.

[6] 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., “Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848,” database, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019), entry for Martha Ann Campkin, spouse of Joseph Merrell.

[7] 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Portage, Box Elder, Utah, enumeration district (ED) 006, p. 102A, dwelling 7, family 8, Household of Joseph Merrill; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 1335.

[8] 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Rich, Bingham, Idaho, enumeration district (ED) 0019, sheet 5, p. 49A, dwelling 82, family 84, Household of Joseph Merrell; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1240232.

[9] 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, enumeration district (ED) 0050, sheet 39B, dwelling 652, family 664, Household of Joseph Merrell; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll T624_222.

[10] 1920 U.S. census, population schedule, Wapello, Bingham, Idaho, enumeration district (ED) 78, sheet 15B, dwelling 279, family 298, Household of Joseph Merrell; digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll T625_288.

[11] 1930 U.S. census, population schedule, Riverton, Bingham, Idaho, enumeration district (ED) 0024, p. 4A, dwelling 24, family 25, Household of Albert E. Merrell; digital images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com.au/ : accessed Jan 18, 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626.