Harriet Billington

27 November 1831–12 May 1909 (Age 77)
Audlem, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Harriet

When Harriet Billington was born on 27 November 1831, in Audlem, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Joseph Billington, was 27 and her mother, Martha Brown, was 31. She married Joseph William Bates II on 10 December 1850, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States in 1850 and Payson, Utah, Utah Territory, United States for about 10 years. She died on 12 May 1909, in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Payson City Cemetery, Payson, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph William Bates II
Harriet Billington
Marriage: 10 December 1850
Eliza Jane Bates
Joseph William Bates III
Hugh Franklin Bates
Harriet Maria Bates
Edward Harris Bates
Louis Austin Bates

Spouse and Children

10 December 1850
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States


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Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1839 · Nauvoo is Settled

Age 8

After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
1854 · The Crimean War

Age 23

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of three places called Billington, in Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Bedfordshire. The first of these is first recorded in 1196 as Billingduna ‘swordshaped hill’ ( see Bill ); the second is in Domesday Book as Belintone ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of Billa’; the one in Bedfordshire is recorded in 1196 as Billendon, from an Old English personal name Billa+ dūn ‘hill’. The place in Lancashire is the most likely source of the surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Story Highlight

Life Sketch of Joseph and Martha Brown Billington

Transcribed from the Hatch book by Marjorie Eddy and Kathleen Savage Judd. This account compiled from “Eliza Billington Welch” by Eva Dunn Snow and from In Grateful Rememberance of My Parents by Glad …

Sources (3)

  • Harriet Bales in household of Joseph W Bales, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Harriet Bates in household of J W Bates, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Harriet Bates in household of Joseph W Bates, "United States Census, 1850"

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