by George William Bloomfield, a grandson*
Bloomfield was born July 4, 1839 at Chediston, Suffolk,
England to Daniel and Lydia Daines Wilkinson. Harriet had
three brothers and three sisters; Eliza, born February 10,
1832, in Wisset Suffolk England, Charles, born March 30,
1836, in Chediston Suffolk, England, Salome born November
27, 1836, in Chediston, Lydia born August 16,1841, in
Chediston, William born July 22, 1844, in Chediston, and
Solomon born in 1847, in Chediston, he died at age 3 ,
August 31, 1850, and is buried in England.
Harriet was 13 years old the Mormon missioaries came to
Chediston. Her mother attended all their meetings and soon
was convinced that they represented the true church. She
often invited the missionaries to dinner and they were
always welcome in their home. On November 15, 1853, Harriet
was baptized along with her parents and sisters, Eliza and
Lydia, and brother, William, the only surviving members of
1855, the Wilkinson family, in company with other Saints of
their locality, left their homes in England to join the
Saints in Zion. They arrived in New York on New Years day,
1856. They moved from New York to Chanceville, New Jersy.
It was here she met and feel in love with John Bloomfield.
They were married November 11, 1857. Their daughter Ellen
Maria was born October 10, 1858, in Chanceville.
1859, John, Harriet and baby Ellen Maria along with
Harriet's family went to Omaha Nebraska, to prepare to go to
Utah. Here great sorrow came into their lives Ellen Maria
died October 14,1859. She was just one year old. Then, as
if this wasn't enough sorrow, Harriet's beloved father also
died, leaving her mother to care for her sisters and
living in Omaha for one year they started across the plains
with the Oscar Stoddard company. They traveled with
handcarts and suffered many hardships crossing the plains.
They never had enough food or water and was always in fear
of Indian attacks. After a long hard journey they arrived
in Salt Lake September 24, 1860. They went immediately to
the church office and inquired about Harriet's Uncle Robert
Daines, her mother's brother, who had come earlier and
settled in Hyde Park, Cache county, Utah. They reached Hyde
Park October 9, 1860, and what a joyous reunion.
next few years a great deal happened to Harriet and John.
First they had another daughter born to them, September
17,1861 and named her Elizabeth Salome. Then in 1862 John's
parents, John and Martha Riches Bloomfield arrived in Hyde
Another important event occured November 17, 1862 when John
and Harriet's dream came true. They traveled to Salt Lake
City, and received their endowments and were sealed for
time and eternity in the Endowment House.
had mush concern for their safety when Black Hawk Chief and his
followers went on the war path aginst the settlers. John did
his part in protecting and standing guard in his locality.
gave birth to Mary Eliza January 21, 1864. Their only son John
Parley was born March 23, 1866. About two years later January
2, 1868. Harriet became ill and died, and was buried in Hyde
Park. This was a sad day for her devoted husband John, being
left with three small children to care for. Then Harriet's
mother died three months later on April 1, 1867.
To keep a
promise to his friend, Henry Ashcroft, who died in May of 1867,
to take care of his family, John married his widow, Elizabeth
Ann Barton Ashcroft.
rewritten by LaVon Gurr Hansen, a great‑granddaughter. Source
was a history written by George William Bloomfield, a grandson,
and his wife Ruth.