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John Quarmby

Birthplace: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: before September 22, 1845
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States (Swamp fever)
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Quarmby and Elizabeth "Betty" Quarmby
Husband of Hannah "Ann" Quarmby
Father of Joseph Quarmby; Mary Ann Quarmby; Mary Quarmby; Henry Quarmby; William Henry Quarmby and 3 others
Brother of Sarah Quarmby

Occupation: Music Instructor, Cloth Dresser
Managed by: Justin Swanstrom
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About John Quarmby

John Quarmby (c1801 - 1845), son of Joseph Quarmby and Betty Gledhill, was born about 1801 at Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. He married Ann Wagstaff (1802 - 1846), with whom he had one child, Annie Quarmby (1842 - 1904). John died of swamp fever at the age of 44 in September 1845 at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. Ann died at Winter Quarters [present Florence, Douglas County], Nebraska the following year. Annie was adopted by another LDS family, the Nobles, and finished the journey to Utah with them.

He was a music instructor and cloth dresser. According to James Marker he was probably the John Quarmby baptized on 11 April 1801 at Huddersfield, son of Joseph and Ann. John's 1845 obituary says his father was Joseph. Leslie Clark believes John was son of Joseph and Betty (Gledhill) Quarmby. More recently, JoAnn Gibson has suggested John might have been son of Isaac and Hannah (...) Quarmby (2011), and grandson of John Quarmby.

His date of birth appears to have been taken from LDS records, not English records. A search of the parish records of Saint Peter's, Huddersfield in 2001 found no record of this baptism (Swanström). He might, however, have been baptized at one of the other churches in Huddersfield Deanery, according to the clerk who did the search. LDS records say he was born 11 April 1800 (or 1801), son of Joseph and Ann (...) Quarmby (Early LDS Records; Early Church History Card File). This information appears to have been compiled from the research of James Marker. The original source is not known.

The first reasonably certain record of this John was his marriage to Ann Wagstaff on 22 July 1821 at Huddersfield. This appears to be the only marriage between 1805 and 1825 of a John Quarmby and an Ann. Marker recorded 22 July as the banns date. JoAnn Gibson reports it was the date of actual wedding. Marker reported that the marriage banns shows John's father as Joseph, and Ann's father as James, but the actual marriage record does not show their parents' names. It is not clear whether there are separate banns and marriage records.

Marker identified 11 possible children of John and Ann. However, he only felt certain about four: William Henry (1833-?), Elizabeth (1835-?), Ann (1837-1839), and Ann (1842-1904). Other possible children were Mary Ann (1822-?), Joseph (1822-?), Mary (1824-?), Henry (1825-?), Sarah Mary (1826-1828), Sarah Jane (1828-1829), and Sarah Ann (1832-?).

John and Ann lived at Ashton-under-Lyne (Lancashire), Staleybridge (Cheshire), perhaps Oxford Street in Duckinfield (Cheshire), and Huddersfield. All but Huddersfield are now part of Greater Manchester.

They appear on the 1841 census on Delamar Street at Ashton-under-Lyne: John Quarmby (40), Ann Quarmby (40), William Quarmby (8), and Elizabeth Quarmby (6). John was listed as a cloth dresser. In other records he is listed as a music instructor.

The family appear to have been Non-Conformists (Methodists). Two of their (possible) children were baptized at Wesleyan chapels (Henry in 1825, Sarah Mary in 1826). It was not unusual for those who later converted to Mormonism to come from Non-Conformist backgrounds.

John and his wife converted to Mormonism after 1842. With their three surviving children they emigrated to America, arriving at New Orleans in June 1845. They do not appear on surviving passenger lists but the lists for three ships arriving that summer have been lost and this family was probably on one of those ships (Marker). They travelled up the Mississippi River to settle at Nauvoo, Illinois.

John and his wife were in Nauvoo on 27 June 1845 when he was listed as a Seventy in Nauvoo's 30th Quorum (Early Mormon Records 1841-1845, 255; Early Seventies, Harvey Bischoff Black, compiler and editor, 361, 608; Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:1830-1848, Susan Easton Black, compiler (LDS Church, 1990), 35:948.)

John died either on 1 September 1845 (according to his obituary) or during the weekend of 22 September 1845 (as reported at the LDS General Church Conference in October 1845) (Nauvoo Death Records, 255). He died of flux (dysentery), probably attendant on swamp fever, the leading cause of death among new arrivals to Nauvoo. His death notice appeared in the 1 October 1845 issue of Nauvoo Neighbor under Sexton's Weekly Report for 22 September 1845: "John Quamby, 45y; flux." (Another source reads the same entry as: "John Quarmby, father Joseph, died 1 Sept 1845, aged 45 years.")

On ongoing research effort for Mormon pioneers is reported at Information for John, taken from LDS records with citations, appears at (visited June 7, 2011).

Other Quarmbys

A John Quarmby, illegitimate son of Ellen Quarmby, was born July 1796 and baptized 29 December 1807 at Queens Street Wesleyan, Huddersfield. This family were Non-Conformists (Methodists).

Another John Quarmby, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Quarmby, was born 30 December 1798 and baptized 12 February 1799 at Old Chapel, Saint Peter's Street-Wesleyan Methodist, in Leeds, Yorkshire. This family were Non-Conformists (Methodists).

Another John Quarmby, son of Joseph and Mary, was baptized 4 June 1800 at Slaithwaite, Yorkshire.

A Basil Quarmby (1893-1969) came to America, settled at Wellsville, Missouri. He dropped the "r" from his name. (Marker.)

A John and Jennie (Childs) Quarmby came to America in 1827 on the SS. Aurora. John was 24, so was born about 1803. John and Jennie settled at Saint Louis, Missouri, and John died at Saberton. This couple also dropped the "r" from their name. (Marker.)

A William Henry Quarmby came from England to America through the Port of New York (Marker).

  • Census: 1841 - Delamer Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
  • Immigration: June 1845 - New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana
  • Reference: [undefined England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975] - SmartCopy: May 19 2017, 15:05:05 UTC
  • Residence: 1841 - Delamer Street, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England
  • Reference: [undefined England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975] - SmartCopy: May 19 2017, 15:11:31 UTC
  • Reference: [undefined England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975] - SmartCopy: May 19 2017, 15:14:19 UTC
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John Quarmby's Timeline

April 11, 1801
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
April 11, 1801
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
April 11, 1801
Saint Peter, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
March 10, 1822
Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
March 10, 1822
Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
November 15, 1825
Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
April 26, 1835
Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom