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Julia Ann Shumway (Hooker)

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Birthplace: Sturbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Cause of death: Cancerous canker of the throat
Place of Burial: Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
Immediate Family:

Wife of Charles Parley Shumway
Mother of Andrew Purley Shumway; Mary Eliza Westover; Harriet Shumway and Charles Shumway

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About Julia Ann Shumway

Julia Ann Hooker, daughter of Samuel Hooker and Polly Nichols, was b. Nov. 28,1807 in Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; she m., as his 1st wife, with CHARLES SHUMWAY on Mar.26,1832 in Oxford, Mass. She died Nov. 14,1846 at the Winter Quarters/Florennce (defunct), Douglas Co., Nebraska.

Children were: Andrew Purley (2/20/1833), Mary Eliza (10/27/1836), Charles (d.y. in Nauvoo), and Harriet (d.11/1846).

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Birth: Nov. 28, 1807 Sturbridge Worcester County Massachusetts, USA Death: Nov. 14, 1846 Winter Quarters / Florence Douglas County Nebraska, USA

Daughter of Samuel Hooker and Polly Nichols

Married Charles Shumway, 26 Mar 1832, Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts

History - Julia Ann Hooker was born 28 November 1807, the 4th child of Samuel and Polly Nichols Hooker. She had a brother and two sisters older than her and a brother and four sisters younger. She was born in Sturbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA where her father was born and where the family resided for many years. Julia Ann loved her family very much and enjoyed their home-life. Their life was typical of the families in New England. Her father was an iron-monger, (a dealer in hardware).

When Julia was just under 3 years old, she had a baby brother, he was born 5 April 1810, they called him Aretus, then about two years later on the 22 November 1812 a little sister, Harriet came to their home. Julia was now five years of age, getting to the age where she wanted to help do things for her busy mother.

In January 1813, her Uncle Willard Nichols, her mother's eldest brother was married to a lovely girl, Ester Upham, Julia being just five years of age would love to welcome a new aunt in the family. The joys and excitement of a wedding, her mother, Polly, must have helped with the linens, even though her family did take a lot of time.

A great sorrow came into the family soon after this. On the 17th of March, 1813, her grandfather, Caleb Nichols, died of pneumonia. He was 51 years of age. He lived in Sturbridge where he could be with his family, his earlier life had been spent in a town nearby, Leicester. His family would miss his wisdom and company. Little Julia would miss her grandfather too.

When Julia was seven years of age, her mother gave birth to another little girl, whom they call Polly Ann, born on the 11th April, 1815. Three years later, another sister was born, 28th February, 1818, named Mary E.

There were little cousins coming to join the family too. Uncle Willard and Aunt Ester had a son in 1819 and a daughter in 1821 and another son in 1823.

On 7th of March 1822, her Uncle Jehiel Nichols was married to Clarisa Sibley.

On the 2nd of December 1822, another little sister, Persis A. was born to the Hooker family, making nine children in all. What joys and fun times they must have had together. Julia was now sixteen years of age, a grown young lady. More sorrows came, Julia's Uncle Joshua Nichols, died. He was her mother's brother-in-law, Tamer's husband.

On the 28th of November, 1824, Julia Ann had a wonderful birthday, her Uncle John Nichols was married on Julia's birthday, to Clarisa Smith. Children graced their home also: a son in 1825, a daughter in 1827, and another daughter in 1831.

Again a tragedy, this time it struck in the Hooker home. Lucitta, who was almost twenty-two years old, passed away. She was just two years older than Julia Ann. These times come and all have to adjust to them. Julia would miss her companionship.

Sometime in the next four years, Julia Ann met and kept company with a young man, Charles Shumway, who was of hardy stock, loved wild country and chose to have Julia Ann share his life with him. They were married 26th of March, 1832, in Sturbridge. They moved around some, in the next few years.

On the 20th of February, 1833 Julia Ann Hooker Shumway gave birth to a son, whom they called Andrew Purley.

In the year of 1833, they lived in Sutton, Massachusetts. Charles Shumway was seeking a place where they could live happily, also he was seeking security in a Religion. He and Julia Ann joined the Baptist Church this same year.

Charles Shumway moved his wife and baby to Sturbridge, to live with her parents while he went west to visit his brother.

Her family had their joys and sorrows, Polly Ann had a daughter, Julia Elizabeth, on the 7th of October, 1835, Tamar Nichols, who had been a widow since 1823, passed away on the 22 July, 1836, Julia's uncle John Nichols died on the 26th of October, 1836, just the day before Julia Ann was blessed with a second child. This one was a lovely brown eyed daughter, Mary Eliza, born 27th October, 1836.

Soon after this, Charles and Julia Ann moved to a place near Rockford, Illinois, the place was called Kill Buck. Charles opened up land there and stayed a year or two, they moved to Picatonic River, a place forty miles from Galena, Illinois. Here, again, Charles worked with the land. It was here that Elisha Groves, a Latter-day Saint missionary introduced the Gospel to this wonderful couple. This was in 1840 when they joined the Church, and persecution began for them immediately. They moved to Nauvoo, for the security of numbers, where people were gathering as a body of Latter-day Saints.

Julia Ann had two more children, a little boy, Charles who died in Nauvoo and a little girl named Harriet. Records are incomplete as to the birth of these two children.

As the Saints gathered at Nauvoo, the Prophet Joseph Smith told the people to be baptized for their dead relatives, in order that they could enter the Celestial Kingdom. On the 18th of June 1843 Julia Ann was baptized for her sister, Lucittta who had died without hearing the Gospel and also her four grandparents who were dead, Samuel and Mary Pierce, and Caleb and Persis Nichols. Julia was certainly loyal to her family, doing what she could to help them to enjoy great blessings in the hereafter.

The Prophet was killed, still the persecutions persisted. Julia's husband had been a loyal follower of the Prophet Joseph and when Brigham Young took his place, Charles was just as loyal to him. His every wish was supported, Julia Ann following, also. Charles entered into Polygamy, married Louisa Minnerly on August of 1845.

The Saints made preparation to come to the West to live apart from their molesters, and Charles Shumway's wives were moved to Winter Quarters, early in the year of 1846. Their wagon was the first to leave Nauvoo on February 4th crossing the river on a raft. When they were at Winter Quarters Julia Ann became ill with Canker, grew continually worse, also her little daughter, Harriet, had it.

Julia Ann died on the 14th of November, 1846, age forty one, if she had lived one more week and was laid in a grave there with a marker to show the place. Years later, a grandchild, Charles Mendon Shumway visited the sacred spot and said he truly had a hallowed feeling in the little Cemetery. Soon after Julia Ann died, her little daughter Harriet, was laid to rest beside her mother, leaving Andrew Purley and Mary Elizabeth to carry the memory of their mother, Julia Ann.

Mary Elizabeth's granddaughter, Eva Westover Connover, tells, years later, how the canker had eaten through her throat and that when her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Shumway Westover would talk about it, would cry, tears rolling down her cheeks, at the memory of the suffering of her mother.

-This account is taken from the study of records available and written in story form by Margret P. Shumway.

Eva Westover Conover wrote a book about this family in the 1990's titled "Don't Look Back" It is now out of print but many are scattered throughout the family members at the time of publication.


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Parents:
 Samuel Hooker (1779 - 1852)
 Polly Nichols Hooker (1781 - 1851)

Spouse:
 Charles Shumway (1806 - 1898)

Children:
 Andrew Purley Shumway (1833 - 1909)*
 Mary Eliza Shumway Westover (1836 - 1932)*
 Harriet Shumway (1844 - 1846)*

Siblings:
 Melinda Hooker (1804 - 1885)*
 Lucetta Hooker (1805 - 1826)*
 Julia Ann Hooker Shumway (1807 - 1846)
 Aretas Hooker (1810 - 1904)*
 Harriet Hooker (1813 - 1850)*
 Persis A. Hooker (1833 - 1851)*
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Burial: Mormon Pioneer Cemetery Omaha Douglas County Nebraska, USA


Created by: SMSmith Record added: May 05, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 36760841

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Julia Ann Shumway's Timeline

1807
November 28, 1807
Sturbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1833
February 20, 1833
Age 25
Millbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1836
October 27, 1836
Age 28
Sturbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
1844
February 10, 1844
Age 36
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
1846
November 14, 1846
Age 38
Douglas County, Nebraska, United States
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Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, United States