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Elizabeth Andrew (Whitaker)

Birthplace: Heywood, Lancashire, England
Death: Died in Mapleton, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James Whitaker and Sarah Whitaker
Wife of Frederick Chadwick Andrew
Mother of James Whitaker Andrew; John Whitaker Andrew; Frederick Whitaker Andrew; Robert Whitaker Andrew; Alice Whitaker Andrew and 5 others

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About Elizabeth Andrew


Elizabeth Whittaker was born 3 Apr 1822, the second child of James Whittaker and Sarah Ingham, at Heywood Lane End in Heywood, Lanchashire, England. She was christened in the Parish Church, 5 May 1822. Her father was a weaver by trade and of English descent. By a previous marriage to Mary Taylor on 24 November 1795, seven children were born. Mary Taylor died 22 May 1816


Elizabeth's father, James Whittaker was then married to her mother Sarah Ingham (no date known) to which union seven more children were born.

Elizabeth learned the trade as tailoress, possibly while living in Heywood. She married Fredrick Chadwick Andrew, the son of Robert Andrew and Alice Chadwick, 17 July 1842 in the Parish Church of Middleton, Lancashire, England, which was approximately three miles south of Heywood.

Their first child, James W. Andres, was born 31 May 1843 in Heywood Lane, Heywood, Lancashire, England, and died 2 January 1845. John W. Andrew was born 27 August 1845 in Heywood, Lancashire, England. Fredrick W. Andrew was born 13 April 1848 in Heywood, Lancashire, England, but died 12 November1848.

It is assumed that at this time they had heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and moved to Heaton Norris, a suburb of Stockport, Lancashire, England. From her notes we find Elizabeth was baptized 12 July 1849 in Stockport, Lancashire,

England by Elder John Wood, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Her husband, Frederick Chadwick Andrew, was baptized later in December 1850 by Elder James Shelmerdine in Stockport, Lancashire, England.

Another son, Robert Andrew was born 21 April 1850 and August 1851 in Stockport. Twins, a boy and a girl were born to them 18 May 1852. The girl was named Alice Whittaker Andrew and died 11 August 1852 and was buried in Stockport, Lancashire, England. The boy was named Samuel Whittaker Andrew.

The cause of the death of their children is not known at this time. After long months of planning and saving for the journey to America, we can imagine their anxiety and sadness in the death of their children and their longing to be delivered from "gentile bondage", and to emigrate to Zion to Join the Saints of God, as Frederick Chadwick Andrew writes in his diary. At last their prayers were answered. On Sunday, 12 March 1854, the tug boat pulled them out to sea to begin their voyage.

The family consisted on Frederick, his wife Elizabeth, their sons John and Samuel, and Mary Ann Fisher, who assisted Elizabeth with the children (as is mentioned in the diary).

They sailed on the ship John M. Wood. The family stood the trip well except for severe sea sickness, etc. Frederick noted in his diary, Many deaths--much sickness and bowel trouble at sea."

Nothing was mentioned of Elizabeth's activity on the ship but, assuming with her motherly love, she gave her services where ever they were needed. Frederick mentioned making a big plum pudding for Sister Andrew's birthday". He mentioned that Samuel learned to walk on board ship and his wife was very sick with bowel trouble, just before they landed in New Orleans.

The journey was no doubt hard for all, old and young. Some beloved ones had finished their earthly journey before they reached land and were wrapped in sheets, tied to a board and lowered into the ocean. Those who remained, comforted the sorrowing ones, their heart aches and anguish. They had left precious possessions behind and brought only necessities. Nevertheless, each day they were filled with contentment that they were in the Lord's work and were helping to fulfill his prophecies. They longed for the freedom in their new surroundings in Zion.

Landing in New Orleans in May, they traveled up the Mississippi River for 16 days, enjoying the sights of plantations, lush vegetation, and the wonders of a new land. As Elizabeth's husband stated, It is worth all the journey to see this sight". After spending three days checking through the Quarantine Station, they continued on to St. Louis, arriving on May 18. 1854 , where they began their westward journey across the plains for five long hot months. No doubt struggle and privation followed them but loyalty and devotion to the Church never failed.

Upon arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah, Elizabeth consented to entering into plural marriage. On the 19 November 1854, Frederick married Mary Ann Fisher. Elizabeth welcomed her and they were congenial one to another. It is said that Elizabeth did most of the sewing while Mary Ann did the cooking. Their home was built Fourth South between Main Street and West Temple Street, with separate apartments for each wife. Frederick's blacksmith shop was also built on this lot, where he shod horses and made screws and square nails for use in the many implements and buildings necessary in a new community. On 18 September 1857 Frederick, Elizabeth, and Mary Ann entered the endowment House where he was sealed to each wife for time and eternity.

Elizabeth's children were born in America were: Joseph Frederick Whittaker Andrew - born 6 June 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah who married Marian Gibby 6 September 1883 and died 23 May 1933 in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Richard Septimus W. Andrew was born 2 November 1858 in Salt Lake City, Utah, who married Mary Elizabeth Orgill Croxall 12 May 1881 and was accidentally shot 28 July 1883, leaving his wife with a three week old baby boy, Richard.

Elizabeth W. Andrew was born 16 January 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah and died 18 September 1861.

Fred W. Andrew, born 14 September 1863 in Salt Lake City, Utah and died 14 September 1863.

John W. Andrew married Eveline Whiticar and lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died at his home a war veteran on 14 May 1912. Samuel W.married Mary Vilate Fulmer 8 November 1875 and died 2 June 1943 in Le Grande, Oregon.

Elizabeth brought ten children into the world although she raised but four sons to manhood. Perhaps Elizabeth, like many pioneers, has passed on with little known of her many kind acts to her family and friends. One of her daughters-in-law, who knew her well used to tell her children how "Grandma Elizabeth gathered raspberry leaves and herbs of different kinds and washed and dried them to store for winter medicine."

She also helped her husband set and bandage broken bones. She often went out as a midwife when called to deliver babies. She made a very good glue from hoofs of cattle, some of which was used on a piece of furniture now owned by her grandson, Richard Andrew, which he prizes. She also made pretty hats from rabbit skins. She was one who did much writing, recording work done in the Salt Lake and Logan Temples.

She is remembered as being rather short and slender and medium complexion.

Families who in their histories have stories of personal contact with the early leaders of the Church, cherish them. She no doubt was personally acquainted with President Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, and others, having lived most of her life among the leaders of the Church.

Her husband, Frederick, died 2 March 1878 at the age of 58 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She spent her later life with her son John in Salt Lake City, Utah and her son Samuel of Springville, Utah where she died at the age of 72, on 21 February 1894. She was buried by the side of her husband in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Utah.

As we read the above facts about her, we realize the marvelous story that lies behind this sketch. What inspiration her descendants should have in reading about her, and the life she lived. Not a single word of her told or retold experience or her testimony of the Gospel had been recorded by her or her defendants. For the most part they had paid little attention to her in their busy days. They know little more about her now than is written here.

When a long life righteously lived ends, there is sorrow and loneliness among those affected, but it is not a bitter experience. She experienced much sorrow and questioning inherent in the death of her many children. As with Elizabeth, death takes a person with recollection of childhood, with knowledge of unrecorded dates and places pertinent to family genealogy and testimony of the Gospel and it is realized too late what great wealth has been lost. Younger generations are often in awe at grandmother's courage, faith and ambition to combat the hardships she encountered.

Though it is realized that this history is necessarily incomplete, may be recorded so that more may be known of our noble ancestor and true pioneer, Elizabeth Whittaker Andrew.

Compiled by Ester E. Andrew and Adelphia A. Triptow.

SOURCE: The Ancestors and Descendants of Frederick Chadwick Andrew. Pages 61-63.

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Elizabeth Andrew's Timeline

April 3, 1822
Heywood, Lancashire, England
May 13, 1843
Age 21
August 27, 1845
Age 23
Heywood, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
April 13, 1848
Age 26
April 21, 1850
Age 28
May 18, 1852
Age 30
May 18, 1852
Age 30
Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, United Kingdom
March 6, 1856
Age 33
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
November 2, 1858
Age 36
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA