FREDERICK HURD 1870-1951
Trip diary of
Wego Olson, a Tinsley Family History from Randy Bingham and others as noted
Frederick was the last-born child of
Martha and John Hurd. He was born
on 7 Oct 1870 in Middleton, Yorkshire, England.
He was 5 and one half years old when he left his motherland so probably
had little recollection of those early years and 12 when he went to Snowville
with his mom. He made the long trek
to Canada the summer of 1898 with his brother, Albert and sister, Martha Jane,
and their families. He rode a horse
all that way to help assist with the loose horses.
The trip went as follows:
Jul from Albert’s place,
traveled to horse camp.
near Shaw Creek Indian Reservation. Payed
within 6 miles of Blackfoot
Mon crossed the
river below Blackfoot and went up north side within 13
3 miles north of Idaho Falls
Wed from Eagle
Rock to Market Lake
at Sand Hole Lake for dinner and camped at Camas Creek for night
Jul went to Dry Creek or Dubois for dinner and camped at Hole in
at Spencer for noon and then on to Pleasant Valley for night
over and washed
Mon to William's
at Monida on Montana line, camped at a cabin near Red Rock
Wed nooned at
Beaver Head Canyon on to the mouth of the canyon for
to Dillon for noon and camped 3 miles north for night
Jul nooned at Point of Rock and camped within 6 miles of Twin
at Iron Bridge across Beaver head on to Fish Creek for night
at Whitehall and then on about 9 miles
Mon 1 Aug traveled
to top of divide between White Hall and Boulder, layed
went on to Boulder, struck the Great Northern R.R. and nooned 6
miles north of Boulder on a small stream before starting the 3 mile
climb to top
of divide and went down Boulder canyon 6 miles to R.R.
Wed to Jefferson
City on to Clancy for noon along the R.R. and on to
at Silver station on Silver Creek
Aug went down Prickley Pear Canyon, camped on Wolf Creek that
R. R. for good and on to Way Side House for night
Dearborne for dinner and on to Black Rock Camp
Mon layed over to
rolling grassy country to Augusta for the night, oats are 1 cent per pound and eggs are 15 cents
Wed within 4 miles
of Chouteau for night, plenty of grass
County line on the south at Sun River and camped on canal for
Aug past Bymum to within 4 miles of Dupuyer for night
at Birch Creek and were within 10 miles of Two Medicine
Stream for night
to Blackfoot night camp
Mon had dinner at
Cut Banks, rough road to within 3 miles of South Milk
South Milk on to middle fork to noon and camped at North
17 Aug 1898 to customhouse for noon.
Arrived in Cardston about sundown, a journey of about 630 miles.
Averaged 21 miles per day for 30 days and layed off 3 days
Vienna also wrote that her Uncle Fred went with her father
and his brother, Albert to get timber for the building of homes for each family
that fall. Having done that he rode
his horse back to Snowville. He probably made the trip in fairly good time.
He must have decided that it was time to settle down when he got back
The Cooper family had moved to Snowville the summer of 1897 from Ogden. Fred took a liking to Mary Cooper’s daughter. He married Elizabeth Ellen Tinsley on 2 July 1900. “Lizzie” as she was called also went by the Cooper name, which was the last name of her stepfather Charles. On church records it lists her parents as, Richard Sunner and Mary Hannah Tinsley. She was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England on 18 Jan 1877. She was baptized and confirmed a member of the church in 1887. John and Elizabeth Tinsley, her grandparents, were first to join the church in 1863. It is interesting to note the two visitors at their home on 24 Warrington Rd. in Pemberton, Lancashire England at the time the 1881 census was taken. (Probably missionaries)
Head M 42 Blackburn,
Lancashire, England Boatman
Wife M 38 Aspull, Lancashire,
England (Note that Elizabeth died
Daur Female 11
Arlington, Lancashire, England Scholar
TINSLEY Son Male 4 Ince,
Lancashire, England (Is this
M Male 40 Leominster,
JONES Visitor U
Male 23 Salt Lake City Utah, United States.
found Lizzie with her family at 36 Derby Street, Ince in Makerfield, Lancashire.
Charles COOPER Head M 27 Salop, Shropshire, England Colliery Carpenter
Mary H. COOPER Wife
M 24 Lancashire,
Elizabeth E. TINSLEY Daur Female 3 Wigan, Lancashire, England
Mary Ann COOPER Daur Female 1 Ince, Lancashire, England [passed away in Jul 1881]
According to a Tinsley Family history,
Lizzie’s Uncle Edwin immigrated first in 1879 with other family coming later.
The bulk of the family, including her grandparents, came about 1890.
As for Lizzie’s family the records vary from 1888 to 1891 and it looks
as if her dad came later than her mom. The
1900 census was taken just a few weeks before her marriage to Fred.
I found Lizzie with her family.
The marriage license was dated 27 Jun
1900 in Brigham City, Utah and the ceremony took place in Snowville by J.H.
Garbanate. They lived in
Snowville for several years. This
is where their first and only child was born, a daughter, Freeda, on 9 Nov 1906.
She was premature and only lived about 4 hours.
She is buried in Snowville Cemetery.
Fred and Lizzie were both working as
servants of Fred Harighter, a widower according to the census taken of
Promontory Precinct on 28 Apr 1910. A
church record stated that Fred and Lizzie moved from Snowville 17 July
1915. They lived in Stone, Idaho
until 1942. I found
Lizzie’s mom staying with them in the January 1920 census record taken in
Hurd Merritt said that Fred and Lizzie were both really small. She loved them
both and thought her Uncle Fred was a lot of fun.
Another niece, Dora Hurd Cutler, spoke highly of her aunt and uncle.
She used to go stay with them when they lived in Stone.
Lizzie taught her how to peel potatoes.
She did housework for them and really enjoyed her stays and visits there.
She said that Fred had the most beautiful team of horses and took very
good care of them. Dora's husband,
Jay Cutler, lived in Snowville and as a teen he remembers his team of horses
getting all tangled up. He wasn't
strong enough to manage the horses alone but along came Fred Hurd.
He helped him get the horses straightened out so he could be on his way.
He was grateful for Fred’s timely arrival and help.
Though they had no children of their own grow to maturity, they most
likely had a good influence upon numerous nieces and nephews who visited and
spent time with them. Fred was
quite a tease and full of fun. But
I couldn’t help notice how Fred’s name came up in lending help and support
to his brother, William in times of trial.
He strikes me as a kind hearted and generous person.
They moved back to Snowville about 1942 but in 1951 when health problems began to be too much, Fred and Lizzie moved into a home in Elwood. Fred passed away on Saturday, 10 Nov 1951, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 81 years of age. In an obituary published by the Bear River Valley Ledger it stated that he came to America at age 5 and moved to Snowville at age 12, where he was a long time resident. It stated that his occupation was a farmer and he was also employed by the B.M. Cattle Company. A nephew, Wilford Hurd, dedicated his gravesite.
Lizzie only lived a couple of years more and died on 4 Apr 1953 in Elwood. Her funeral was held at Snowville and she was buried next to Fred and Freeda in the Snowville Cemetery. Lyman Martindale dedicated her grave.
Just a note: Lizzie’s folks are buried in Snowville Cemetery. Her brother and his family followed Grandpa Tinsley first to Montpelier, Idaho and then to Boise, Idaho where he raised his family to maturity and lived out his life.