Bloomfield family histories and pictures
John Bloomfield Sr.--John Bloomfield Jr.--Mary Eliza
Bloomfield James--Nellie Mariah James Nelson--my
The Bloomfield line of our family are from Suffolk
area of England.
John Bloomfield Sr. was born 8 October 1800 in Bungay,
Suffolk, England to Richard and Elizabeth Smith Bloomfield.
John married Martha Riches, born 6 July 1799 in South
Elmham, Suffolk, England to Henry and Elizabeth Hanner
Riches. John Bloomfield and Martha Riches were
married 28 October 1822 in the Holy Trinity church in Bungay,
Martha and John Bloomfield had six children. John
Bloomfield Jr. was the youngest. John Bloomfield
was raised in England. He joined the LDS Church in 1850 and
served a mission in Norwich before emigrating to
America. John stopped at Chanceville, New Jersey for a few
years before journeying on to Utah. The Chanceville, New
Jersey area served as a way station
for the British Mormons so they could get funds together to
journey on to Utah. John Bloomfield married Harriet
Wilkinson while in New Jersey. She and her parents
(Nathaniel and Lydia Daines Wilkinson also of Suffolk,
England) had also emigrated from England to journey to Utah.
Harriet and John Bloomfield Jr. had a daughter, Ellen Maria
while in Chanceville. They journeyed to Omaha, Nebraska to
get ready for their westward journey across the plains.
Their one-year-old daughter, Ellen Maria and
Harriet's father Nathaniel Wilkinson both passed
away while in Omaha. The bereaved families traveled to Utah
with the tenth and last handcart company. The Bloomfield and
Wilkinson families settled in Hyde Park, Utah just north of
the town of Logan. John's parents, John Sr. and
Martha Bloomfield came from England later and also settled
in Hyde Park.
John and Harriet had three children
(Elizabeth Salome -1861, Mary Eliza -1863, John Parley Wm
-1866) while in Hyde Park. The Bloomfields learned
pioneering skills working hard to establish the town.
Harriet died in 1868 leaving three young children. John
married again to a young widow with three young sons of her
own, Elizabeth Ann Barton Ashcroft. John and Elizabeth had
seven children together plus those from their earlier
John Bloomfield Jr. was called to
colonize in Arizona in 1875. In 1878 he was called to New
Mexico and three years later was sent to the Mexican
colonies. They spent nine years there before returning to
Ramah, New Mexico in 1894 where he resided until his death
in 1916. John Bloomfield helped to pioneer many places
in Utah, Arizona, Mexico and New Mexico. He moved 17 times
in 18 years.
John and Harriet Bloomfield's daughter, Mary Eliza
married Joseph Henry James in. The James family also lived
in Arizona, Mexico and New Mexico. Joseph H. James died in
an accident at his sawmill in Mexico. Mary Eliza moved to
Ramah with her family living their until her death in 1957
at age 94. Joseph Henry and Mary Eliza James' daughter
Nellie Mariah James was born 9 May 1891 in Colonia Diaz,
Mexico and died on Valentines Day, February 14, 1983 in St.
George, Utah. She married James Mark Nelson and they were
the parents of twelve children including my mother-in-law.
There are images with many of the histories. I will add some
thumbnails of the pictures here later...