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Hannah Hess (Thornock)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Whitwick, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho
Place of Burial: Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Thornock and Ann Thornock
Wife of Jacob Hess
Mother of Elzada Emeline Hess; Mary Ann Hess; Clara Mae Hess; Addie Sarah Artenia Hess; Milford Nolton Hess and 7 others
Sister of John Bott Thornock; Matthew Thornock; Joseph Thornock; Mary Ann Thornock; Sarah Ann Thornock Welker and 3 others

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About Hannah Hess

The above photo was found on Family Search.org and depicts Hannah Thornock Hess (right side, seated), and her husband Jacob Hess (left side, seated), along with their daughter, Elzada Emeline Hess Jacobsen, and her husband James Ezra Jacobsen (standing in back), and probably their daughter, who was not named in the photo, but who was probably Lauretta Jacobsen Poulsen, 1896-1991. Sadly, heir other daughter, Lutencha, died when she was only 5 years old in 1895. So this photo was probably taken about 1900 when Lauretta was about 4 years old.

Jacob Hess and Hannah Thornock, Parents of Clara Hess Bateman, Written by Dr. Harold C. Bateman. Jacob Hess was the son of John Wells and Emeline Bigler Hess. He was born January 6, 1848, in Salt lake City, Utah, and died March 28, 1937, in Paris, Idaho at the age of 89. He married Hannah Thornock, February 15, 1868, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 20 years old and Hannah was 14. Hannah Thornock was the daughter of John and Ann Bott Thornock, born September 22, 1853, Whitwick, Leicester, England, and died September 27, 1933, in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, at the age of 80. Their children were Elzada Emeline, Mary Ann, Perry Jacob, Clara May, Hannah Dora, Elisebeth, Addie Artenchia, John Arthur, Delbert Lorenza, Milford Nolton, and Raymond Acquilla.

Jacob Hess was the eldest child of John W. Hess and his mother, Emeline Bigler and he was my mother’s father and thus my grandfather. Jacob was born 6 January 1848 in Salt Lake City, Utah while his father went to get his mother at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa and her family and bring them to Utah. John’s father whose name was also Jacob Hess had died there 22 June 1846. He suffered a severe stroke which paralyzed one of his sides prior to leaving Nauvoo, Illinois. The stroke was undoubtedly caused by overwork and deep anxiety resulting from the brutal and unjust persecution of the vicious mobs who burned his house and robbed him of practically all of his earthly possessions. When the irate mob drove the Mormons out of Illinois, the stricken man occupied one of the two wagons they had in making the move to Mt. Pisgah, Iowa. The second wagon carried their goods and nearly all the others had to walk every step of the way, rain or shine. Soon after, their arrival there, John and his wife, Emeline enlisted, he as a soldier and she as a laundress in the famous Mormon Battalion which was mustered into the United States Army during the War with Mexico They moved west with the Army but found it imperative to leave his very ill father, his mother and their family at Mt. Pisgah. For a detailed account of this history, it is suggested that the Autobiography of John W. Hess be referred to which is included in the previous section of this history.

Soon after leaving Mt. Pisgah, John learned of the death of his father. His mother and family remained there until her son came for her by wagon departing from Salt Lake City, Utah 9 September 1847 and brought them to Utah, arriving back, 27 July 1848 and was pleasantly surprised to find the first born to Emeline and him, little Jacob in her arms. Some members of the Emeline Bigler family who are descendants dispute that we are of a polygamous origin since John J. Hess married Emeline Bigler over three years prior to the birth of our grandfather, Jacob, but it is rather academic to worry about this technicality at this late date.

Jacob grew up in Farmington, Utah where he secured his early education. He was baptized 28 May 1858. Poverty and the hardships of pioneer life left their scars on him. Since he was the eldest child, great responsibilities were placed upon him when quite young. He cut hay with a scythe and a cradle and when it was cured properly, it was loaded onto a hay rack and hauled to Salt Lake City where it was sold for cash. The money earned was used to purchase clothing for the family. Jacob suffered a terrible traumatic crisis when his beloved mother, Emeline passed away in child birth, 31 January 1862 and she lost the baby, too. She was only 47 years old when this tragedy occurred and Jacob was a mere lad of 14 years of age. She had suffered untold hardships during the trek from Nauvoo with the Mormon Battalion over rough roads from Mt. Pisgah to Council Bluffs, Santa Fe, New Mexico, [and] Pueblo, Colorado; and finally to Salt Lake City just four days after the Brigham Young contingency arrived, 28 July 1847. These severe trials plus the periodic childbirths evidently weakened this remarkable woman. The ages of the young family she left behind ranged from Albert Carrington who was a baby, less than a year old to Jacob who was 14 years with all of her nine children spaced a year or two apart. We do not know who cared for all of them but we do know that Caroline Workman who married John W. Hess, 25 April 1862 cared for Jacob from that time on until he was married.

Jacob herded sheep on the Fremont Isles and while there he was visited by a rough looking character who was minus two ears with the word s indelibly written on his forehead, “cropped for Robbing the Dead.” He fed the man who afterwards lingered to get some rest, then departed but was not seen by Jacob again.

Hannah Thornocks’ records are fragmented and incomplete but we do know that she was born in Whitwick, Leicestershire, England, 24 September 1853, a daughter of John Thornock and Ann Bott. Her father was born, 15 March at Laxfield, Suffolk, England while her mother was born 7 June 1820 at Whitwick,Leicestershire, England. Hannah was their sixth child and was their last child born in Old England. Their seventh one, Sarah Ann was born 8 April 1857 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This fact interpolated meant the family left England to migrate to Utah since they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and later settled in Farmington, Dave County, Utah when Hannah was between five and six years of age. She and Jacob attended the school, ward and grew up there. It was here they met, courted fell in love and were married in an Endowment House, in Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 February 1868. They were blessed with their first child, 7 June 1869, a girl they named Elzada Emeline. Jacob and Hannah lived in Farmington until he went with his uncle, Nicholas Barkdull and others to look for a new home in the spring of 1870 to Bear Lake County, Idaho where they took up land in Georgetown. Nicholas took his family with him and after building a log house, settled there. Jacob also built a log cabin and then departed to bring his wife and daughter, from Farmington to Georgetown. They suffered poverty and privation to the extreme in their new primitive isolated home.

In January 1872, they were expecting a new baby but were afraid to allow the confinement to occur there since the snow was so deep and there were no roads and with only one other family living there. So after careful consideration, they decided to bundle the mother up and her baby on the small sled that he and his uncle Nick built and Jacob pulled them as far as Bennington where he briefly rested. George M. Bateman lucidly relates that they left early and wolves followed them part way to Bloomington. After several rest periods, Jacob was able to deliver the precious cargo to her parent's home, a distance of over twenty miles. Her folks had left Farmington and settled in this small Mormon village. Jacob stoutly maintained without the assistance of the Lord in answering his humble entreaties, he never could have made the trip successfully.

The new baby arrived under the watchful eyes of her mother who was a competent midwife, 28 February 1872, in Bloomington, Idaho. They named the new comer, Mary Ann. They [Jacob and Hannah Hess] moved from Bloomington to occupy a nice comfortable home located on several acre s of good irrigated land which they purchased situated about one mile south of Paris. Their new place had a large garden spot, a large orchard and a nice berry patch. The property was located on the west side of the main highway. Their neighbors on the East side of the road were Davy and Mary Jones. About a quarter of a mile South of the Jones residence lived the Painters. At a later date, my folks bought a fifteen acre parcel of good irrigated farm land, the next field south of the Painters. Some years later, Lumen Mecham’s family bought the house and property just south of us. His wife was mother’s older sister. Mark Sutton lived about one-third of a mile south of the Mechams. The writer was the only child of Alfred John and Clara to be born at this Field Home farm. Jacob Hess bought a swampy pasture a short distance North and across the street East and just North of the Davy Jones ho me lot. He also secured the title to a large wild hay meadow, four or five miles East of Paris in the bottoms area which also furnished excellent pasturage for livestock. Father’s wild hay ranch was located South and East of their property. Jacob and Hannah found the Bear Lake County climate to be severe and coldly raw. Their meager circumstances and numerous hardships left their impact upon these hardy people as it did upon a ll people who faced the challenges and survived. I have often maintained that it developed in the population a Bear Lake Anxiety Neurosis or worse which has been passed on to their descendants. J. Golden Kimball recognized that this malady existed since he, his brother and his mother lived in the Pickleville area for several years. Luxuries were non-existent for many. Where choice objects of furniture, dishes, and other nice items were purchased, they were husbanded with an “eagle eye.” They managed to accumulate some funds necessary to secure furnishings for an attractive parlor with carpets, tables, chairs, pictures and other desirable pieces which were carefully and immaculately kept but seldom used except on very special occasions This room was kept closed and an outsider seldom if ever got even a peek into it. If I recall correctly, mother and other families in those days possessed such arrangements which they, too supervised with a watchful eye to assure careful use of it.

Beulah Hess added further detail: “Hannah’s parlor was her pride and joy. It had a front door on the east with a glass window in the top panel where she had a pretty white curtain, handmade of filet crochet and with a hen and a rooster in the center, and fringe across the bottom edge. A window on the east and the south was covered with dark green blinds that were always pulled down for fear the sun would fade things inside. She had a black leather couch or settee as she called it. It had a raised head rest on one end, and this is where I was always told to sit as a child. It was so cold and slick that I hated it. Grandmother had so many pictures of her children and grandchildren on the east wall of that room, and so many trinkets on the shelves in the corner that I wanted to see and be told about, but “No,” I might move things around or break something. Only special people or certain times like Sunday afternoon s would my Grandmother go in that parlor, put the blinds up, sit her little rocking chair and enjoy the peace and quiet of that room. Hannah loved trinkets, broaches and baubles, and Hazel, another granddaughter, Uncle Milford’s daughter, remembers Grandmother’s fancy little trinket box with all the fancy things in it. Hannah played the Jew’s Harp, a little instrument she held between her lips and strummed with her fingers. Oh, how I would have loved to have learned how to play that little instrument, but I was never allowed to even hold it fear I'd I’d break it... I remember Grandmother always wearing a little front apron made out of a print flour sack. We used to buy flour in cotton sack s and which the small er children would have panties made for them with even “Turkey Red” across their bottoms, and Grandmother had her little front aprons or dish towels made out of them. But I remember Grandmother Hannah always using one or the other corner of her little apron to wipe the dust or polish her furniture. Grandfather herded sheep for people around the valley, and when he came home he had to remove all his dirty clothes out on the back porch, and then was ushered into the kitchen for a nice warm bath in the old round tub by the kitchen stove before he was allowed to even sit on Grandmother’s nice clean chairs."

Harold Bateman’s narrative continued: Hannah was a very fine lady who possessed a rigid code of moral conduct and strictly indoctrinated these ideals in all of her daughters. We the children of all of these strict mothers have felt the full impact of this indoctrination in our lives. Hannah loved the Church and neither she nor her daughters ever tolerated criticism of it or of the General Authorities. None of the daughters ever betrayed their moral upbringing since all were poured into [an] iron clad mold of moral responsibility. None of them ever tolerated moral permissiveness in their families and did like to see it in other families. All of the daughters poured their children into similar molds of rigidity which caused many of them to complain about its severity and impact in their lives after the order of John Calvin . Some even today complain of their psychiatric and psychological anxiety complexes and strains of their rugged upbringing. Some are very bitter toward their parents which lasted through out their lives and even after the passing of their parents. I think that some of the static is due to the children’s lack of understanding and insight of the forces which may have impacted their parents into patterns of neurotic behavior by the terrible trials suffered in their upbringing, from the mobs, Anti-Mormon groups encountered almost everywhere in their cruel and harsh environment of the frontier living. So to thoughtlessly condemn the parents by the children without a full understanding of what may have embittered them and created certain idiosyncratic behavior can be myopic an d cruelly unjust. A fuller knowledge of the facts cushions the critic ism of these hardy people.

NOTE: This story is 45 pages long, so rather than copy and paste, here is a link to the remainder of it:

http://www.alfredbateman.org/pdf/hessthornock5.pdf

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Hannah Hess's Timeline

1853
September 22, 1853
Whitwick, Leicestershire, England
1868
February 16, 1868
Age 14
Salt Lake City, S-lk, Utah
April 18, 1868
Age 14
April 18, 1868
Age 14
May 21, 1868
Age 14
May 21, 1868
Age 14
1869
June 17, 1869
Age 15
Farmington, Davis, Ut
1872
February 28, 1872
Age 18
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho
1874
February 9, 1874
Age 20
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho
1876
February 26, 1876
Age 22
Bear Lake, Idaho, United States