Jane Smith (Lorimer) (1835 - 1877)

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About Jane Smith (Lorimer)

Jane Lorimer Smith , written by her granddaughter, Oral Sutton Mower, edited by her 2nd great grand nephew, Terry Calder Smith

Jane Lorimer was born October 21st, 1835, at Cairnpark, which is on the outskirts of the village of Carronbridge , Dumfrieshire, Scotland, to William Lorimer and Ann Grierson. Jane had one brother, William, born in 1837 and two half-brothers, James, born circa 1849 and Gilbert Grierson Williamson, born 1853; and a half-sister, Agnes Williamson Hindmarsh, born in 1851, wife of George Hindmarsh of Edinburgh.

Jane’s paternal grandparents were Edward Lorimer, born about 1773, and Catherine Dalziel, born about 1777, both were born at Penpont, Dumfrieshire.

Jane grew up at a place called Laightmuirside, which was near the town of Thornhill. The house, as described by her son-in-law, H. Edward Sutton--who visited there during his Mission to Great Britain in 1889--was built of rock, plastered white on the outside. It was a one-story building about forty feet long, with one part of it being slightly lower than the other. Jane’s half sister, Agnes, reportedly told Edward Sutton that the place was just the same as it was fifty years earlier.

A description of Laightmuirside mentions a lush, wooded area filled with wild game and it being a very pleasant area. The Duke of Buccleuch and the Drumlanrig Castle are also both mentioned in this history though the connection with the Lorimer family is not known. The Buccleuch family is apparently well-known in Scotland for the beautiful lands and resources it holds.

Jane’s father died when she was just three years of age, so her recollection of him was very meager. He died August 18th, 1838, and was buried at Penpont, in the old churchyard about three miles west of Thornhill.

Jane worked as a “lady-in-waiting” or a personal maid for a family of nobility. Very little of her early life is known, except that she had an illegitimate daughter, Annie, born June 2nd, 1862, and that at some point prior to 1866, Jane moved from Scotland to England. According to information supplied by a direct descendant, Jane Lorimer apparently had another illegitimate child, Helen Telfer, born 3 February 1856, in Morton Parish, Dumfries, the daughter of John Telfer. While living in England, Jane met William John Smith, a carpenter, who was the son of Hugh and Agnes McDowell Smith. They were married in Liverpool, England, March 18th, 1866. It was here in England that Jane became acquainted with the Mormon Missionaries, and was soon converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jane was baptized in April 1866, by W. H. Sherman and confirmed by Apostle Orson Pratt. Jane’s brother, William, also joined the Church at Birkenhead, England. They were the only members of her family to join. William John and his family had been baptized several years earlier.

It was not long after this that Jane and William John, along with some of his family started to make plans to go to Utah. Family tradition holds that Jane’s father-in-law, Hugh, became so upset when he learned of their plans, that he had his son put in jail for trying to break up his family. When Hugh found that they would not change their plans, he had William John released. Not long after this, their preparations were completed and the family, minus Hugh and one of his children, Hyrum, set sail for America. William’s brother, Joseph had gone to Utah a few years earlier, in 1862.

They had passage on the ship “John Bright" which sailed from Liverpool, England April 30th, 1866. C. M. Gillett was in charge of the 747 Saints on board. This was the 133rd ship carrying Mormon Saints to leave from Europe. When it docked at New York’s Castle Gate Harbor, the Saints were met by Church emigration agents who put them aboard crowded cattle cars to make the long trip to Nebraska, which was the end of the railroad line at that time. The US Civil War was raging and the regular passenger cars were used to transport the soldiers. Hence, the Church emigration agents had to take cattle cars to transport the Saints across the country.

On July 6th, 1866 the Smith family began the long trek from Nebraska across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in Captain Thomas E. Rick’s Company, which was composed of 230 souls with 46 wagons. They arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley on September 5th, 1866. Jane’s brother-in-law, Joseph, who had left England earlier, met them and took them to his home which was located on State Street and Third South. The family lived there until Jane’s husband was able to build them a home, which stood on Main Street and Exchange Place.

On April 4th, 1867, Jane and John were sealed in the Endowment House. While living in Salt Lake City the following children were born to them.

William John, born June 5, 1867, died October 22, 1867 Eleanor, born November 15, 1868, died October 11, 1869 Alice, born July 23, 1870 Moroni Grierson. born June 23, 1872

The family, while living in Salt Lake City, attended the 8th, and 9th Wards of the Old Salt Lake Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here, William John adopted Jane’s daughter, Annie.

In 1873, William John and Jane moved to Randolph, Utah to be near his mother, Agnes McDowell Smith. While living in Randolph, another son, Gilbert Lorimer was born to them on October 13th, 1876. A few months later, Jane was suddenly taken ill and she died on March 30th, 1877. She was 41 years of age. William John was the local carpenter and it fell his lot to make the casket for his dear wife. At her death, Jane’s daughter Annie was age 15, Alice age 7, Moroni age 5, and Gilbert was only 5 months old. Jane’s mother, Ann Grierson Lorimer Williamson, was still living in Thornhill at the age of 85—reportedly running a little glassware shop in the front of her home.

Jane was buried in the Randolph City Cemetery, Rich County, Utah.

NOTES ON THIS LIFE SKETCH

Many thanks to Tom Shaw, a direct descendant of Jane Lorimer and John Telfer, and native to Scotland, who has graciously provided the corrected spellings of place names and other items, since the original writing of this history.

BUCCLEUCH FAMILY HISTORY [from http://www.buccleuch.com/story/family]:

The Duke of Buccleuch and his family are the prevalent private landowners in Scotland and Europe, with their estates encompassing more than 400 square miles of some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. The Buccleuch name is one which evokes a sense of pride, of heritage, excellence and quality. Regarded by many as Scotland’s first family, Buccleuch is a name that has enjoyed a reputation for enlightened and responsible stewardship of its rural estates for many centuries.

The family’s 700 year history dates back to Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland and today the family are widely acknowledged as champions of rural development, that sustains local communities. The Duke sees himself as a guardian of his lands, protecting it for future generations. He said: “I am simply the manager of a piece of countryside in which the most essential ingredient is the people who live in it. The estate is a community which enables us to ensure that the land is sufficiently productive to provide people with a worthwhile living and at the same time present a beautiful environment for the enjoyment of everyone”.


NOTE 3 - John Bright, Ship: 1444 tons: 192' x 41' x 29', Built: 1854 by William H. Webb at New York City, New York

Three voyages the full-rigged John Bright of New York made with Mormon emigrants. The first began at Liverpool on 22 March 1858. The ship was commanded by Captain R. C. Cutting, and among the passengers were eighty- nine Mormons eighty from Scandinavia and nine from England. Elder Iver N. Iversen, returning home from a Scandinavian mission, was in charge of the Saints. After a thirty-two-day passage, during which a young Danish woman and a child died, the emigrants reached New York on 23 April.

The second voyage originated at Liverpool on 30 April 1866. Captain W. L. Dawson was master of the ship. Aboard were some 747 Mormon emigrants led by Elder Collins M. Gillet, a returning missionary from England, who died that August crossing the plains west of Fort Kearney. He was assisted by Benjamin J. Stringham and Stephen W. Alley. Among the emigrants was a young boy, Brigham Henry Roberts, who was to become a prominent writer and leader in the LDS Church. During a "pleasant" passage of thirty-seven days there were no deaths and only one storm.

Three births and one marriage were recorded. The vessel docked at New York on 6 June. On 4 June 1868, the John Bright sailed from Liverpool with a company of 720 Saints, of whom 176 were from Scandinavia and the remainder from the British Isles. These Saints were described "in fine spirits being full of joy at being on their way to Zion." Captain John Howart was master of the vessel. Before departure President Franklin D. Richards called all the emigrants on deck and outlined their duties and responsibilities. He emphasized cleanliness, order, unity, harmony and good feelings, obedience to counsel, and "kindness and assistance to the aged, sick and infirm."

At this meeting Elder James McGaw was appointed president of the company, with Elders Christopher O. Folkmann and Frederick C. Andersen as counselors. Charles W. Penrose, who would later become an apostle and member of the First Presidency, dedicated the vessel. It had been planned that this company would cross the Atlantic by steamer, but the cost was prohibitive at that time. The voyage was uneventful, and there was little seasickness. One aged and ailing woman died during the passage, and one couple was married. Captain Howart was "very kind and obliging towards the Saints." The ship arrived at New York on 13 July, a passage of thirty-nine days. This American three-decker, one of the largest square-riggers used by the Saints, was chartered by the church for this voyage from Williams & Guion. She had an elliptic stern, a round tuck, and a billet head. In 1874 she was wrecked off the coast of Brazil.

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1835
October 24, 1835
1877
March 30, 1877
Age 41
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