CHAPTER 18 Posterity of Emma Louise Batchelor (1836 - 1897)

Listing 29 descendants for 5 generations.

10712. Emma Louise1 BATCHELOR
was born 21Apr 1836 in Uckfield, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of Henry BATCHELOR and Elizabeth. Emma died 16Nov 1897 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona, and was buried 18Nov 1897 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona.

Emma Batchelor was the fourth child of Henry and Elizabeth Batchelor. Both parents had been born in or near the village of Uckfield, Sussex County, England, and their ancestors were from the same area. The 1841 and 1851 British censuses showed four children in the Batchelor family, but there were probably more as there was evidence that some of them were not at home when the enumerator called.

She was christened while an infant in The Church of the Holy Cross which had served as a house of worship for the people of Uckfield since its construction in 1299 A.D. There were a number of headstones in the adjacent cemetery bearing the Batchelor name. One, a huge stone rising about five feet above ground, was in memory of William Batchelor, who for nearly fifty years was the parish clerk. Either a brother or a cousin to Emma's father, Henry, he died in 1856.

Emma became a member of the LDS Church at sixteen when she was baptized on Saturday, June 1, 1850. She was living in the resort town of Brighton at the time, probably working as a domestic servant. Her sister, Francis, who was eleven years older, joined the church at the same time. They both became members of the Brighton Branch of the Kent Missionary Conference.

In November 1851, Emma moved back to Uckfield where her membership record was transferred to the Uckfield Branch. When the branch was disorganized four years later in September 1855, there were twenty-one members listed. Emma was the only person on the list with the surname of Batchelor, an indication that her father nor any of the children still at home were members.

In 1855 she decided to emigrate to America. The Church provided assistance for persons who had no means to embark on such a journey through an organization known as the Perpetual Emigration Fund (PEF). Emma applied for such assistance at the Liverpool Mission office and began gathering food, clothing and other provisions to make the move.

About eight months later, preparations were complete and she was notified to be in Liverpool in the third week in May. The ship "Horizon" was scheduled to depart the Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool on May 22, 1856; destination, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, USA. Emma was one among eight hundred fifty-six passengers, almost three-fourths of whom were patrons of the Perpetual Emigration Fund. Part of the agreement was that the emigrating party would, upon arrival in the Valley, repay the fund with what usually amounted to one year of service in the home or on the farm of the settler with whom they stayed. Elder Edward Martin, who had recently completed a three year mission in Great Britain, was named president of the company.

The ship departed the docks in a timely manner on the appointed day, a Friday. At about noon the huge ropes which bound her were cast off and she began to dip and sway as a little pilot boat nudged her out into the River Mersey, her bow pointed toward the Irish Sea.

That was a solemn moment for the emigrants. It was a certainty for most of them, including Emma, that that would be their last view of their homeland. "Farewell to Thee, England." One of those aboard had written a few poetic verses for the occasion, expressing the feelings of the departing emigrants as they stood at the rail watching the Liverpool shoreline fade into the distance.

Farewell to thee, England, bright home of my sires,

Thou pride of the free man and boast of the brave.

I have loved thee and never till being expires,

Can I learn to forget thee, thou star of the wave.

There followed ten verses describing that somewhat melancholy hour of departure and expression of hope for the future. Those feelings were probably shared by all those aboard, and while the coastline receded, they spontaneously joined in singing the old English air, "My Native Land I Love Thee."

After departure, President Martin and his counselors lost no time in organizing the large assemblage into nine wards with a "President" over each.

The crossing to Boston Harbor took thirty-four days as the "Horizon" proved to be an excellent sailing ship. Although during much of the voyage, head winds predominated, the ship pushed continually westward against the head winds by tacking to port and starboard as required. It was considered to be a good crossing.

The railway cars waiting the company to take them on to Iowa City, Iowa, proved to be little more than box cars with seats built up inside. No one complained for they were the means of moving rapidly to their next destination It took about four days to span the distance to the end of the railway. The gathering place was on the plains a few miles beyond Iowa City. While there Emma renewed her friendship with a former acquaintance, Elizabeth Summers, who was with the James G. Willie company; they had arrived in America three weeks ahead of the "Horizon" on the ship "Thornton."

The trek from that point on was to be by handcart, but the handcarts being constructed in Iowa were not ready when they arrived. They were almost a month behind schedule.

Had Emma known beforehand the terrible hardships of the journey ahead, she would probably have remained where she was until the next season. But when Elizabeth suggested she switch to the Willie Company so they could make the trip together, Emma readily agreed. She became a member of the Willie Handcart Company, the third to set out from Iowa City that year just ahead of the Martin Company with which she had crossed the Atlantic.

That proved only a temporary change, however, for under circumstances of her own choosing, Emma decided after a few weeks of travel, to return to the Martin Handcart Company and stopped at Fort Laramie to await their arrival. The fort was located along the Platte River about two-thirds of the way to Salt Lake City. The Martin group arrived seven days later at the Fort. The company remained overnight and were on their way early the next morning, and of course, Emma was with them.

The season for leaving was becoming very late but with luck they would make it through before the winter storms would close the roads and mountain passes ahead. By the second week in October they were still hundreds of miles from Salt Lake. They had not yet crossed the steepest ranges or the highest passes and everyone was growing trail weary. When Captain Martin ordered a reduction in both the daily flour ration and the weight of baggage per person on the carts, it meant for some of them, discarding extra blankets and clothing.

In the two days following, they were confronted with the first severe storm of the season, hail, sleet, and snow accompanied by a frigid north wind. The mistake in throwing away both blankets and clothing was immediately recognized. That night as the damp ground froze solid, more than a few of them wondered about the immediate future and hoped that that was just a single change in the weather to be followed by the return of warmer days.

During the next week the cold became so intense that scores of men, women, and children in the company suffered its effects and became too weak to continue the journey. It is amazing that despite the cold weather and the continued storms, so many survived. Approximately four hundred fifty of the six hundred who started the journey lived to reach the valley. Emma Batchelor was among the survivors. She later attributed her ability to endure under such stringent conditions to the care she took, especially in crossing streams and rivers. She always removed her shoes and stockings, placing them on the handcart, then hitched up her skirt and pulled the cart through. On the other side, she took time to dry her feet thoroughly, followed with a brisk massage with her wool shawl. Then she put on dry stockings and shoes. After overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, the company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley the first week in December.

The immigrants were quickly taken into the homes of the settlers and made as comfortable as possible. Many had frozen fingers, toes, and feet. All of them suffered malnutrition.

Emma, of course, had no relatives in Salt Lake, so she was taken into the home of Brother and Sister James Kippen. As soon as she recovered her normal good health, she became an employee in the Kippen household. She described her position later as no more than a personal servant to Sister Kippen, an experience that was not positive. She felt she was not treated well by them and soon became disgusted with the arrangement.

After the required year of working to satisfy the PE Fund agreement she left to seek employment elsewhere. It was about that time that she met John D. Lee, who was in Salt Lake from southern Utah, representing Washington County in the state legislature. Becoming acquainted with Emma in the home of James Henry Rollins in Salt Lake, they were mutually attracted to one another and were married with President Brigham Young's approbation and took place in the president's own sealing room on January 7, 1858.

At adjournment of the legislature on the twenty-second, and after taking care of some last minute business, they headed south toward Harmony. During the trip, she sat at John's side genuinely interested in his bartering activities for various commodities along the way.

Emma lived at Fort Harmony and New Harmony for the next twelve years. Those were happy, productive times in her life. She shared in assignments and responsibilities in Lee's large household, and he eventually built her a modest home of her own on his property at New Harmony. She bore five of her seven children while living there.

When her husband was executed for his participation in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, she was living at the ferry on the Colorado River. John had transferred the deed to the property into her name several years before his death and thus the place became hers when he died. She operated the ferry for the following two years, then sold out and moved deeper into Arizona. She later married a former acquaintance, Frank French, who was many years her senior. They seemed to get along well even though he was gone on gold prospecting ventures much of the time.

Emma Batchelor was intelligent, self-reliant, and determined in achieving her goals. A biography printed years ago following her death described how the people of Winslow, Arizona where she lived for many years, knew and appreciated her for her considerable healing powers:

"She could take out a bullet, sew up a knife wound, fend off Indians and exist on nothing but hope. It was as if life had decided she didn't need any favors..."

On the morning of November 11, 1897, at the age of sixty-two, Emma passed away. She arose one morning, prepared breakfast for her husband and began getting ready to start rounds as a medical practitioner. She complained of being unusually tired and suddenly fell to the floor. Her death was instantaneous.

Her funeral was the biggest event the town of Winslow had experienced up to that time. Townspeople, ranchers, railroad men and native Americans, all recipients of her healing ministrations, gathered from miles around. Out of respect to Emma's unusual dedication to her work with the railroad, the company issued a special order for the day. All trains passing through Winslow were to halt for a few minutes, then proceed at a slow pace. Neither while entering the yard limits nor while leaving were whistles to be blown or bells sounded.

The three-foot-high limestone marker that was placed over her grave has in the last hundred years so eroded that information carved on it is barely discernible, although the name Dr. French, by which she became known in her medical practice, can still be readily deciphered.

Like that old faded marker the memory of Emma Batchelor to the people of Winslow has faded. To members of the Lee family, however, she will ever be remembered as the beloved English-born wife of their ancestor, who by sheer faith and indomitable courage, left her home in England, crossed the United States under life-threatening hardships, to arrive at her Zion destination where she met and married our ancestor. She dearly loved her husband and accompanied him faithfully to some of the "loneliest Dells" on the face of the earth.

She married (1) James KIPPIN. The marriage was annulled by the bishop.

Emma married (2) John Doyle LEE 7Jan 1858 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

They had 8 children:

10713.Mi.John Henry LEE, born 30Jun 1859 in Fort Harmony, Washington, Utah, died in infancy 7Jul 1859 in Fort Harmony, Washington, Utah, and was buried 10Jul 1859 in Fort Harmony, Washington, Utah.

+ 10714.Mii.William James LEE, born 16Dec 1860, died 20Nov 1920.

+ 10734.Miii.Isaac "Ike" LEE, born 29Nov 1863, died 9Nov 1892.

10736.Fiv.Rachel Emma LEE, born 22Jul 1866 in New Harmony, Washington, Utah. She married Frank CLIFF.

10737.Fv.Ana Eliza LEE, born 22Jul 1866 in New Harmony, Washington, Utah. She married Barney HALEY.

10738.Fvi.Frances Dell "Dellie" LEE, born 17Jan 1872 in Lonely Dell, Coconino, Arizona. She married David BLAIR.

10739.Fvii. ________ LEE, born 15Nov 1873 in Lonely Dell, Coconino, Arizona.

10740.Fviii.Victoria Elizabeth LEE, born 25Oct 1875 in Lonely Dell, Coconino, Arizona. She married ________ McDONNELL.

Emma married (3) Frank FRENCH.

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10714. William James2 LEE (Emma1) was born 16Dec 1860 in Fort Harmony, Washington, Utah. William died 20Nov 1920 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona, and was buried in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona.

William James' education was almost nothing as far as book learning was concerned. He was an expert livestock man and a good veterinarian for his day; did a lot of horse shoeing, and was pretty handy with blacksmith tools. He was a very good outdoorsman, none better. He was a kind man and a good neighbor. His motto was: "If I only have a crust of bread and anyone needs it more than I do, he sure can have it." He was quick-tempered but a kind word disarmed him.

He married Clarissa "Clara" Bathenia WORKMAN 6Oct 1890 in Georgetown, Garfield, Utah. She was born 24Aug 1870/1873 in Virgin, Washington, Utah. She was the daughter of Jacob Brewer WORKMAN.

They had 4 children:

+ 10715.Mi.William Arthur LEE, born 8Dec 1893.

+ 10718.Fii.Emma Dell LEE, born 3Feb 1896, died 17Dec 1954.

+ 10729.Miii.Clarence Frank LEE, born 26Jul 1899.

+ 10731.Fiv.Millie LEE, born 15Jul 1903.

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10715. William Arthur3 LEE (William2, Emma1) was born 8Dec 1893 in Georgetown, Garfield, Utah.

William grew up on a ranch until he was about sixteen, then moved to Holbrook, Arizona where he was assistant postmaster. When World War I broke out he volunteered to serve in the Navy. After the war he returned to Holbrook and resumed his post office job. Being restless in that job, he quit and ventured into Old Mexico where he was arrested as a spy. Eventually after Congressman Carl Hayden and Senator Ashcroft interceded, he was released. He acquired a knowledge of business equivalent to a college degree. After ten years in a leather-canvas shop in Ogden he became Expert Efficient Coordinator at Hill Field Military Air Base in Ogden.

He married (1) Zelda CRAVER.

They had 1 child:

10716.Mi. ________ LEE, born 1922 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona.

William married (2) Ella STEELE 14Mar 1924 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

They had 1 child:

10717.Mii.William Arthur LEE, Jr., born 16Dec 1927 in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

William married (3) Inez HENDRICKSON 24Aug 1940 in Gallup, McKinley, New Mexico. Inez died 26Aug 1952.

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10718. Emma Dell3 LEE (William2, Emma1) was born 3Feb 1896 in Tuba City, Coconino, Arizona. Emma died 17Dec 1954 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona, and was buried 20Dec 1954 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona.

Emma was a good helpmate to her husband. She tended bar, cooked, cleaned or did anything which needed attention. She nursed the sick and fed the hungry. No one ever went away empty handed when they called on Charley and Emma. She was a natural nurse and took correspondence courses to become more efficient in that line of work. She also took in two old ladies to care for during the winter and gave them the best she had.

She married Charley OSBORNE 30Dec 1912 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona. He was born 26Jun 1885 in Grandbury, Hood, Texas. He was the son of Wesley O. OSBORNE and Mary CALDWELL.

They had 4 children:

+ 10719.Mi.Joseph Carl OSBORNE, born 17Dec 1914.

+ 10722.Mii.Harry Clark OSBORNE, born 24Aug 1918/1919, died 5Dec 1948.

10725.Miii.Lee Calwell OSBORNE, born 18Jan 1923 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona, died 23Nov 1952.

+ 10726.Miv.Leslie Winston OSBORNE, born 21Nov 1924.

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10719. Joseph Carl4 OSBORNE (Emma3, William2, Emma1) was born 17Dec 1914 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. He married Mary SHADLE 16Apr 1938. She was born 14Feb 1918. She is the daughter of Sidney W. SHADLE and Luciele BIGGS.

They had 2 children:

10720.Fi.Linda OSBORNE, born 22Aug 1940 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.

10721.Fii.Jacquelene OSBORNE, born 16Jun 1950 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.

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10722. Harry Clark4 OSBORNE (Emma3, William2, Emma1) was born 24Aug 1918/1919 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. Harry died 5Dec 1948 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona, and was buried 7Dec 1948 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. He married Mabel WARD 28Oct 1944 in Lordsburg, Hidalgo, New Mexico. She was born 16Dec 1922 in Tucson, Pima, Arizona. She is the daughter of Anthony WARD and Natilie RAMSEY.

They had 2 children:

10723.Fi.Sandra Lee OSBORNE, born 26Mar 1947 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona, died in infancy 1Apr 1947.

10724.Fii.Mary Lee OSBORNE, born 28Jan 1948 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona.

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10726. Leslie Winston4 OSBORNE (Emma3, William2, Emma1) was born 21Nov 1924 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. He married Deloris McSPADEN 13Aug 1948 in Salem, Marion, Oregon. She was born 18May 1929 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. She is the daughter of Ross McSPADEN and Lyda HENSLEY.

They had 2 children:

10727.Fi.Cynthie Leslie OSBORNE, born 30Oct 1950 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.

10728.Mii.Carl Winston OSBORNE, born 16Jan 1954 in Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona.

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10729. Clarence Frank3 LEE (William2, Emma1) was born 26Jul 1899 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona.

Clarence grew up in the vicinity of Holbrook, Arizona. For a while he went to California where he drove stage for Pickwick Stage lines, now known as Greyhound Lines. He returned to Arizona and married there. After being driven off annexed Indian territory, he moved to Mexican Hat, Utah and established a ranch. During the War he was a recruiter for Indians in southern Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. At the close of the war he established Lee's Trading Post in Holbrook.

He married Mary Ann McDOWELL 9Aug 1930 in Gallup, McKinley, New Mexico. She was born 13Apr 1906 in Polo, Caldwell, Missouri. She is the daughter of Oscar McDOWELL and Sarah Louise POLLARD.

They had 1 child:

10730.Mi.Lon Charles LEE, born 8Aug 1942 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona.

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10731. Millie3 LEE (William2, Emma1) was born 15Jul 1903 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona.

Millie was raised in Holbrook, Arizona and attended the Northern Arizona Teachers College in Flagstaff. She was an assistant in the Holbrook Post Office from 1920 until 1943.

She married Frank Robert FELCH 2Aug 1924 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. He was born 13Jan 1893 in Morris, Grundy, Illinois. He is the son of ________ FELCH and Emma SHAFFER.

They had 2 children:

10732.Fi.Frankie Lee FELCH, born 14Aug 1934 in Winslow, Navajo, Arizona.

10733.Mii.John M. FELCH, born 1May 1939 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona.

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10734. Isaac "Ike"2 LEE (Emma1) was born 29Nov 1863 in New Harmony, Washington, Utah. Isaac died 9Nov 1892. He married Bertha Avis LEEVAN 1888/1889. She was born 17Oct 1872 in Carroll County, Missouri. She was the daughter of W. M. LEEVAN and Mary BEAM. Bertha died 4Dec 1936.

They had 1 child:

10735.Fi.Victoria Elizabeth LEE, born 4Sep 1891 in Holbrook, Navajo, Arizona. She married John James McDONNELL 15Apr 1926 in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado. He was born 14Feb 1890 in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado. He was the son of John McDONNELL and Rose CONWAY. John died 11Jun 1953 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, and was buried in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado.

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