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Eliza Cusworth

Female 1824 - 1914  (90 years)


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  • Name Eliza Cusworth 
    Born 19 Jan 1824  Lockwood, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 9 May 1824  Lockwood, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Port of Departure 25 May 1856  Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Horizon 
    Age: 32 
    Port of Arrival 30 Jun 1856  Boston, , Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Outfitting Post 28 Jul 1856  Iowa City, , Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Edward Martin Handcart Company 
    Port of Arrival 30 Nov 1856  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 Apr 1914  Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 13 Apr 1914  Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Eliza was born in Lockwood, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England. They were well-to-do farmers. Eliza was one of four children; two boys and two girls. She attended the schools of England getting a common education for that time.

      At the coronation of Queen Victoria, Eliza was a flower girl. There were a large number of small girls who acted in this capacity, carrying flowers and singing “God Save the Queen.”

      They left for the Salt Lake Valley with the Edward Martin Handcart Company. When they reached a spring, they pitched camp. They had to use fry pans and tin plates, for they had no shovels, to clean away some snow in order to pitch their meager tents. More than one hundred and forty of the Martin Company perished after they left the Platte and in that little cove. Many died each night.

      It is possible that practically the entire Martin company would have perished had not rescuers from the Valley found them when they did.

      Eliza and her children suffered greatly. Her little son, Joseph, carried the marks of their perilous journey to his grave as his foot was frozen and he lost two of his toes.

      They finally reached the Valley on November 30, 1856. Eliza had hoped to stay with a cousin, William Cusworth, but found he had become discouraged and taken his family back to Iowa. She and her children were taken to the home of Isaac Laney where they were taken care of and stayed for a few weeks.

      Later this little family were taken to Pleasant Grove, Utah. Here she met Nathan Staker, a widower with several children and they were married in the Spring of 1857.

      Eliza became stepmother to three of Nathan’s children; Aaron, Mary and Joe Staker.

      Their first child, James B. Staker was born in 1858. In 1859 they moved to Mt. Pleasant where they helped pioneer Sanpete County. They went through the Indian Wars, grasshopper war and passed through many hardships incident to pioneer life.

      Later three girls were born to them; Eliza Jane, Josephine and Ellis.

      In 1878, Nathan’s mother, Cornelia Snooks Staker came to Utah from Illinois. She was ninety-four years old and blind. She lived with the Staker family from then until she passed away at the age of 100 years. She sat in her chair most of the time and hardly ever left her room. Eliza took very good care of her.

      Nathan Staker passed away on May 30, 1885 at eighty-three years of age. He was buried on June 2nd, in Mt. Pleasant.

      Eliza continued to live in their home and was active in the Church and in doing many things for her family. All her grandchildren loved to visit her. She was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Eliza Jane Staker Day in Fairview, when she took very ill and died three weeks later, April 9, 1914. This was still at her daughter’s home. She was ninety years old. She was buried in Mt. Pleasant beside her husband.

      Eliza was a faithful Latter-day Saint. She always attended her meetings, paid her tithing, and was a good Relief Society worker. She taught her children to be honest Latter-day Saints.

      Her living descendants at the time of her passing away numbered ninety-six; two sons, four daughters, forty-five grandchildren and forty-five great-grandchildren.

      Eli Azariah Day married Eliza Jane Staker.

      International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Vols. I-IV. Publishers Press, 1998.

    Person ID I13470  Pioneer Ancestry
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2016 

    Father John Cusworth,   b. 6 Mar 1791, Crofton, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Martha Brook,   b. 23 Jan 1803, Sheepridge, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 6 Jul 1820  Almondbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F393  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Joseph BURTON,   b. 16 Sep 1825, Warmfield, Kirkthorpe, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Aug 1855, Warmfield, Kirkthorpe, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 08 Jun 1846  Lockwood Emanual, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Joseph Frend BURTON,   b. 02 Jun 1849, Warmfield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jul 1924  (Age 75 years)
    +2. Martha Ann BURTON,   b. 19 Dec 1851, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Mar 1927  (Age 75 years)
    Family ID F24583045  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Nathan Staker,   b. 28 Nov 1801, Kingston, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1884, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1857  Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James Benjamin STAKER,   b. 7 Feb 1858, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1937, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Cornelia STAKER,   b. Nov 1859, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1859, Pleasant Grove, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Eliza Jane Staker,   b. 17 Nov 1860, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1948, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Josephine Phoebe STAKER,   b. 11 Mar 1863, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1932, Gridley, Butte, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     5. Elizabeth Ellis STAKER,   b. 4 Feb 1866, Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1949, Fairview, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Family ID F24582659  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    CUSWORTH, ELIZA
    CUSWORTH, ELIZA
    A scan of the original photograph on display at the Mt. Pleasant Museum.
    CUSWORTH, Eliza
    CUSWORTH, Eliza
    Courtesy of Mount Pleasant Pioneer Museum

    Headstones
    CUSWORTH, ELIZA (1823-1914)
    CUSWORTH, ELIZA (1823-1914)
    CUSWORTH, Eliza: headstone
    CUSWORTH, Eliza: headstone
    STAKER, NATHAN (1801-1884), ELIZA (1824-1914) & CORNELIA (1783-1884)
    STAKER, NATHAN (1801-1884), ELIZA (1824-1914) & CORNELIA (1783-1884)
    STAKER: Nathan, Eliza & Cornelia: headstone
    STAKER: Nathan, Eliza & Cornelia: headstone

    Histories
    CUSWORTH, Eliza: History
    CUSWORTH, Eliza: History
    Day, Eliza Jane Staker. History of Eliza Cusworth Burton Staker. Fairview, Utah, 14 May 1924. Courtesy of freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~larsenbrown.
    CUSWORTH, Eliza: History
    CUSWORTH, Eliza: History

  • Sources 
    1. [S26] Newspaper.