Mary Pittaway 1821-1901
BIRTH DATE: 1 May 1821 Droitwich, Worchester, England
DEATH: 15 Jan 1901 Clarkston, Cache Co., Utah
PARENTS: John Pittaway Anne Willis
PIONEER: 10 Oct 1862 Henry W. Miller Wagon Train
SPOUSE: John Godfrey
MARRIED: 15 Sep 1845 Dodderhill, England
DEATH SP: 19 Feb 1893 Clarkston, Cache Co., Utah
CHILD: Letitia, 26 Sep 1841 (father was Abraham Louis)
George, 24 Jan 1845
Thomas, 25 Nov 1846
Joseph, 18 Feb 1849
Mary Ann, 8 Jun 1851
Lucy, 10 Mar 1853 (died)
John Ezekiel, 10 Mar 1854
Emma Elizabeth, 6 Apr 1856
Sarah, 22 Jul 1859
Catherine, 10 Aug 1863
Mary was nineteen when she had her first child by Abraham Louis. She married John Godfrey in the Dodderhill Parish Church in September of 1845. Mary and John had three children when they heard the gospel from the missionaries and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
John was fired, from his job because of his affiliation with the Mormons. He worked for the railroad for a short time and finally found work in the salt works in Stoke Prior. They had five more children here.
To help with their income, Mary made cheese for the farmers. Often she would make one hundred fifty blocks of cheese in a season. She also raised peppermint, took the leaves to the factory that gave her juice for pay. Mary used this juice to treat illnesses. John wanted to immigrate to Utah, but Mary felt they could live their religion in England.
After about nine years, she finally gave her consent, but due to finances, the family had to leave at different times. Her sixteen-year-old son, George, went to America first. John, Mary, and the rest of the family sailed on the ship "William Tappscott" on May 14, 1862. After arriving in New York, they traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, by rail and to Winter Quarters by steamboat. They stayed in Winter Quarters until August 10th, the started their journey across the Plains and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on October 10, 1862.
Her son, George, had built the family a log house in Salt Lake City where they stayed for a while. They moved to Coalville where their last child was born, then moved to Mendon, then moved to Smithfield for a time. While moving to Smithfield, her son Joseph, accidentally drowned.
Mary passed away, in 1901, while living in Clarkston Cache County, Utah.