Sunday, December 30, 2012

Elizabeth Hayward's Notebook

Elizabeth Ann Pugsley Hayward left a notebook detailing the vital information for all her children: birth dates, LDS ordinances, the death dates of the six children who died as children, and the marriage information for the three children who survived. I have transcribed the text from a photocopy and added pictures, most of them provided by cousin Emily.

Henry John Hayward (1852-1927) and Elizabeth Ann Pugsley Hayward (1854-1942) with two of their children.

Henry Gammon Hayward
Son of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born October 16th 1876
Blessed by T McKean December 7th 1876
Died December 23rd 1879 Aged 3 years 2 months and 7 days
Our first born his Fathers image his mothers pride and joy

Emily Inez Hayward
Daughter of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born February 11th 1878
Blessed by T McKean April 4th 1878 
Died December 18th 1879 Aged 1 year 10 months and 6 days
Our first girl

Elizabeth Hayward with Philip Pugsley Hayward (1880-1891). Picture taken in San Francisco.

Philip Pugsley Hayward
Son of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born June the 5th 1880
Blessed July the 1st 1880 by T. McKean
Baptised September 4th 1888 by Joseph Keddington
Confermined September 6th 1888 by Bishop [Frederick] Kesler
Died April 23rd 1891
Aged 10 years 10 months and 18 days
Oh Phil Phil child of hope given to me in time of sorrow and trouble

Left: Sidney Allen Hayward (1883-1886). Right: Philip Pugsley Hayward (1880-1891). 

Sidney Allen Hayward
Son of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born September the 4th 1883
Blessed October the 4th 1883 by Bishop Kesler
Died February the 4th 1886
Aged 2 years and 5 months
This is the mother life
To bear to love to lose

Martha Hayward (1885-1886)

Martha Hayward
daughter of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born July 8th 1885
Blessed September 4th 1885 by Bishop Kesler
Died August 27th 1886
Aged 1 year 1 month and 19 days after four weeks of suffering our baby went
suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of heaven

“Oh the stillness of the room
Where the children used to play,
Oh the silence of the house,
Since the children went away.

This is the mother life—
To bear, to love, to lose;
Till all the sweet sad tale is told
In a pair of little shoes,

In a single broken toy
In a flower pressed, to keep,
All fragrant still the faded life
Of them who fell asleep.”

Left: Leah Merle Hayward (1889-1905). Right: Hazel Jean Hayward (1887-1959).

Hazel Jean Hayward
Daughter of Henry J. and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born March the 30th 1887
Blessed June 5 1887 by Bishop Kesler
Baptised June 6th 1895 By Elder Hilton
Confermd August 1st 1895 by Bishop Kesler
Married November 25th 1908 To Henry R.E.Wessman

Leah Merle Hayward (1889-1905)

Leah Merle Hayward
Daughter of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born December the 8th 1889. Blessed February [missing] 1890 By Bishop Kesler
Baptised Feb 5th 1898 by Elder Thomas Maycock Confirmed Feb. 5th 1898 by Concilor William Langton
Died Nov 12th 1905
Endowed Dec 21st 1906 her Mother acting

Elizabeth "Bess" Cripps Hayward (1892-1989)

Elizabeth Cripps Hayward Daughter of Henry J. and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born June 12th 1892
Blessed November 1892 by Bishop F. Kesler
Baptised July 1905
Married July 18th 1917 to Lewis Robert Edwards. Married by Bishop F. S. Tingey

John Ewing Hayward (1895-1988)

John Ewing Hayward
Son of Henry J and Elizabeth A Hayward
Born June 19th 1895
Blessed August 1st 1895 by Bishop Kesler
Baptised July 1903
Ordained a Deacon April 1908
Married Nov 1925 To Mildred Corson


  1. How tender. This is the mother life, To bear to love to lose. Thank you for sharing this heartfelt record.

  2. I must have mixed up some info when I sent you a photo. The one of Merle and Jean should read: Left: Leah Merle Hayward (1889-1905).Right: Hazel Jean Hayward (1887-1959).

  3. Thanks, Bessie; it is such a sad story.

    Emily: thanks for the note. I'm the one that mixed that up! : )

    As has been mentioned on this blog before, the reason why they had such strange haircuts was because someone told Elizabeth the old wives' tail that long hair drained the strength and was a reason her girls were getting sick. Here's an example of that superstition from The Magazine of Domestic Economy (1839):

    Girls under twelve years of age should not be allowed to wear long hair, the premature growth of which before the strength of body is developed, tends, with other causes, to impair the constitution, and consequently is detrimental to the future growth of the hair (

    Most of the six children died from diphtheria, a disease we don't need to worry about any more due to childhood immunizations. (Henry Gammon, Emily Inez, Philip, Sidney, as well as Elizabeth's brother Albert, whom she had raised and who died at the same time her first two children did.) Martha died from cholera infantum, usually caused by contaminated milk, and Merle died from typhoid fever.

    I see that Merle's death certificate was signed by Dr. A. C. Ewing. I see the Ewings listed in some of the newspaper articles the Haywards were mentioned in, so that family must be the source of John's middle name.

  4. ... read "old wives' tale"...

  5. Have you noticed the necklaces the girls are wearing in the photo? I know they were usually red beads and were worn by children to ward off illness. I can understand why their mother made them wear the necklaces.