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About Joseph Westwood
Birth: May 13, 1797 Bromsgrove Worcestershire, England
Death: May 3, 1849 Saint Louis St. Louis City Missouri, USA
Joseph Westwood was one of thousands who came to America in 1849 with his family, seeking gold, intending to make his way west to California to find a better life for himself, his pregnant wife Ann, and his children. Tragedy was what befell the family as described in this excerpt from "Westwood History":
Excerpt from Westwood History, Pg 219.
"Joseph sold all his property and with his family and a boy friend of Hannah's boarded a sail boat at Liverpool. Now we heard that there were other Saints* on the boat. They arrived in New Orleans the 20 April (1849) and boarded the boat called THE CONSTITUTION to go up the Mississippi to St. Louis where many of the Saints landed. About a day out of St. Louis, Joseph left the boat to get bread, and the boat pulled out and left him. Phillip** tried to get the skippper to go back and pick him up but he wouldn't. He (Joseph) looked quite forlorn standing there as the boat pulled out. Hannah said in her letter she was feeling sorry for him too. He came to where they were the next night. Phillip's wife took sick and when they arrived near Cairo, IL, she died. The boat stopped at Cairo. Elizabeth Wilks, Phillip's (Westwood) wife, was buried the next night. She died 26 April 1849 and was buried the 27 of April. Hannah said it was a sad funeral. She said when her father Joseph arrived there were several dead on his boat. She thought that was how he contracted the cholera which was bad at that time. He got sick and so did his wife Ann. She gave birth to a baby girl on the lst of May and it died the 4th. Joseph died the 3rd of May and his wife died the 6th of May. The boat was put in quarantine and the bodies were all buried on the bank of the Mississippi River at St. Louis."
Joseph and his wife Ann Webley had around 20 children, all of them except the baby girl who was born in St. Louis (and dying soon afterward), were born in England. Only about a third of their children/babies survived to adulthood, including Phillip, David, Hannah, Mercy, Richard, and Temperance.
- Later-Day Saints
- Oldest son
- Ann Webley Westwood (1806 - 1849)*
- David Westwood (1826 - 1903)*
- Richard Webley Westwood (1835 - 1908)*
- Joseph Moroni Westwood (1844 - 1929)*
Burial: Non-Cemetery Burial Specifically: Buried on the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Louis, Missouri
Created by: Valarie Vine Record added: Sep 16, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 117195478