NATHANIEL and LYDIA DAINES WILKINSON
by Caroline Daines Kirby, a Granddaughter
Nathaniel WIkinson, was born August 23, 1801, in Linstead,
Suffolk, England, to William and Susanna Simmons Wilkinson.
Nathaniel had three older brothers: William, John and
Henry. He had three younger sisters: Jane, Hannah and
Eliza, all of them born in Little Linstead.
Lydia Daines was born March 19, 1806, at Linstead, Suffolk,
England, to Daniel and Lydia Fevier Daines. As a young girl
she worked as a servant for the James Sillett family, and
Lydia had two sons by Mr. Sillett, who was a wealthy man.
This was a fairly common practice in England at that time.
George was born in 1827 and died when he was 3 years old,
August 15, 1830. Robert was born August 3, 1829. He was
accepted and raised by Nathaniel Wilkinson whom Lydia
married October 26, 1831, at Wisset, Suffolk, England.
Nathaniel and Lydia had seven
children: Eliza, christened February 10, 1832; Charles,
christened March 30,1834, and died when he was twelve years
old; Saloma, christened November 27, 1836, and she died when
she was eight years old; Harriet, born July 4, 1839; Lydia,
born August 16, 1841; William, born July 22, 1844; and
Solomon was born In 1849, and died August 31, 1850. Eliza
and Charles also died in England.
When the elders first visited the locality in which they
lived, Lydia attended all their meetings and was soon
convinced they represented the true church. The
missionaries were always welcome in the Wilkinson home and
came to dinner quite often. On November 15, 1852 the whole
family was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.
In 1855 the Wilkinson family, along with other saints, left
for Zion. They arrived in New York on New Years Day, 1856.
They moved from New York to Chanceville, New Jersy. In 1859
they moved on to Omaha, Nebraska to prepare to cross the
plains to Salt Lake City. They remained there during the
winter of 1859‑60. Here Lydia's beloved husband, Nathaniel,
died, and her one year old granddaughter, Ellen Maria
Bloomfield, also died. This was a double sorrow for this
good women. This left her alone to care for a daughter,
Lydia and a son, William.
Our maternal grandmother, Mary Seamons, Nathaniel's mother,
had a good outfit in which to travel to Utah, and invited
Lydia to accompany her, which she was thankful to do. They
came with the Oscar Stoddard Company and walked all the way
pulling handcarts. After a very long, hard trip, short of
food and water, and always afraid of Indian attacks, they
arrived in Salt Lake City the fall of 1860. Because her son
Robert Daines and his wife, Jemima Seamons Daines, had
preceded them, they immediately inquired at the church
office for Robert Daines. Learning that he was living in
Hyde Park, Cache County, Utah, Lydia followed them there,
reaching Hyde Park on October 9, 1860. It was certainly a
She was a good neighbor, kind to everybody. She had an
exceptionally good memory. Her faith in the gospel never
wavered and she was devoted to her church and her family, and
was ever happy that she had listened to the missionaries who
brought the teachings of the gospel into her life.
She peacefully passed away April 1, 1868 at her home in Hyde
Park, Cache County, Utah and was buried in the Hyde Park