Ann (Isacke) Farnes

Ann (Isacke) Farnes (1803 - 1891)

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Ann Farnes formerly Isacke
Born in Cripplegate, London, Englandmap
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Wife of — married 26 Apr 1830 in Hornsey Rise, Islington, Middlesex, Englandmap
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Died in Logan, Cache, Utah, United Statesmap
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Ann (Isacke) Farnes was involved in the westward expansion of the USA.
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Wagon Train Details

"Wagon Trains", large groups of covered wagons that travelled together for safety and protection, were a common way for pioneers to travel as they migrated west. These are the known details of the wagon train this person travelled on:

Wagon Trail:Mormon Trail
Departure Date:16 August 1863
Train Name:Daniel McArthur Company
Trail Master:Capt Daniel Duncan McArthur
Point of Origin:London, England
Point of Muster:Florence, Nebraska
Destination:Salt Lake City

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Ann Isacke was the fifth child of Susanna Short and George Isacke. She was born September 28, 1803,[1] at Cripplegate, London, England. She was christened December 4, 1816 at Christ Church Southwark, London, England.[2] Ann's mother, of St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England, was born about 1773. (St. Giles Cripplegate is located on Wood Street just outside the London Wall) . Her father, of St. Andrew Holborn, London, England, was born in March of 1762 and was forty-one years of age at the time of her arrival. They were married March 29, 1790, at Christ Church with St Mary and St Stephen, Spitalfields, London, England.[3]The father, George Isacke, earned his living as a brushmaker. The Isacke family into which Ann's father, George Isacke, was born was more advantaged when it came to an education than were the people of England generally. George Isacke' s mother, Ann Stanton, received from her uncle John Stanton, late of Bombay, India, a portion of his estate, which amounted to several hundred pounds sterling, for the education of her children.[4]


Anne, a spinster and her future husband John Burnside Farnes, a bachelor were living in the Parish of St Mary, Islington in 1829. Marriage Banns were called in the Church on the 3 Sundays , 12th, 19th and 26th of July but the marriage did not take place. [5] The following year they had moved a few miles to Hornsey Rise in the same borough and Banns were called in St Mary, Hornsey Rise, in April (11,18,25) .[6] They were married on 26th April in that church.[7]

Seven children were born to Ann and John as they resided in and around London, England. Their first child, Mary Ann, was born August 2, 1830 (three and one-half months after , their marriage if one accepts Allen Smith's record), in the parish of Clerkenwell, in the City of London, Middlesex, England. Their second child and daughter, Frances, was born October 29, 1834, at St. George in the East, London, Middlesex, England. At that same location their third child and first son, George Isacke, was born April 29, 1838. Their next three children were born at Dagenham, Essex, England (about twelve miles east of London) . Their birthdates are as follows: Matthew Henry (often spelled Mathew) , (May 17, 1840; Ebenezer, February 4, 1843; and Matilda Sarah, May 23, 1845. Their seventh child, Jane McKenzie, was born January 10, 1849, in the parish of Shoreditch, in East London, Middlesex, England.

Their children received very little schooling. Ebenezer, for example, received only six weeks formal schooling, and this he obtained by the time he was eight years of age.

Ann was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by her youngest living brother, Sutton Isacke. He had become converted to Mormonism while living in Clerkenwell, and with the enthusiasm of a new convert was eager to share his new found faith with his friends and family. Ann, and her brother, Sutton, were the only members of her family who had not allied themselves with one or another of the various Christian religions. Sutton called upon his sister, Ann, declaring to her that he had found the gospel they had been seeking. He promised Ann that if she would accept the gospel and be baptized that she would be cured of the asthma which afflicted her. Ann was a religious person and had always been a reader of the Bible. Her visits to the Mormon meetings gave her the same convictions as her brother, and on 1 April 1850, she too was baptized by Elder Powell. (London, Eng. Globe Rd. Branch record.) She was 46 yrs. old at this time. After her baptism Ann was no longer afflicted with asthma.[4]


Date: JUN 1863
Place: Manhattanville, New York, New York, USA
Note: Departed from London 4 Jun 1863. Landed 18 Jul 1863
Ship:- Amazon

Ann Isacke Fames, 59 years old, her husband John Burnside Fames, age 56, and their daughters, Matilda, age 18, and Jane, age 14, made preparations to depart for America. Going in company with them were John Lyons, age three, Mary Ann Barham and Mary Ann French, sweethearts of George and Matthew, Sutton Isacke, a brother to Ann, his wife Martha, and Ellen Shackleton, a 31 yr. old spinster niece. She traveled to New York with her husband, John and daughters Matilda and Jane. [8] The ship had been chartered by the Mormons and carried 895 (or 882) of them to their new country.

The atmosphere at the departure of this ship was described in some detail by Charles Dickens .

"Two great gangways made of spars and planks connect her with the wharf; and up and down these gangways, perpetually crowding to and fro and in and out, like ants, are the Emigrants who are going to sail in my Emigrant Ship. Some with cabbages, some with loaves of bread, some with cheese and butter, some with milk and beer, some with boxes, beds, and bundles, some with babies—nearly all with children—nearly all with brand-new tin cans for their daily allowance of water, uncomfortably suggestive of a tin flavour in the drink. To and fro, up and down, aboard and ashore, swarming here and there and everywhere, my Emigrants. And still as the Dock-Gate swings upon its hinges, cabs appear, and carts appear, and vans appear, bringing more of my Emigrants, with more cabbages, more loaves, more cheese and butter, more milk and beer, more boxes, beds, and bundles, more tin cans, and on those shipping investments accumulated compound interest of children."

DIckens had gone on board anticipating that he would write a piece to 'bear testimony against them' but found the passengers, organized, quiet, peaceful and industrious.[9]

The ship departed on a Thursday afternoon with flag waving and brass band music but because of stormy weather it was not until the following Tuesday that the ship left British waters. Many of the travelers suffered from sea sickness and diarrhea, a pattern that continued for much of the 42 days that the voyage took.

After their arrival in New York they continued their journey by rail. They traveled by rail for seven days. This journey took place during the Civil war and for part of the time the wagons used were those normally used for sheep, apparently because of a fear that better wagons would be damaged by the Confederates. Food was in short supply especially since one of the provisioning stops was on a Sunday and all the shops were closed. One of the trains caught fire and many of the emigrants lost their luggage. After the train it was a steamer up the Missouri. The steamer was overcrowded and the river very low so at times they had to disembark and walk. This ship was described as "a hell hole" by one of the travelers. This part of the journey to Florence in Nebraska took another 3 days. [10]

At Florence, Nebraska, the saints prepared themselves for their trek across the plains. John B. Fames was equipped with a wagon, oxen, and provisions. On August 6, 1863, the Fames group resumed their journey numbered among the five hundred members of the Daniel McArthur Company. In that company were seventy-five wagons and a cotton factory for Utah's Dixie. The company's diet consisted mostly of soda bread and biscuits, bacon or ham, beans, rice, and brown sugar. Sometimes after a meal was prepared, the wind would blow the sand so fiercely that the food would be made inedible. The trek across the plains was a very difficult one for the Fames family. Jane related that she walked nearly all the way. Often at night her feet would be blistered and bleeding, and it didn't seem possible to her that she and the others could go on the next day - but they always did.

At midnight, the evening of September 17, 1863, John Burnside Fames, age fifty-six, passed away. The next morning before they left camp he was wrapped in a canvas and laid to rest in a grave located near the campsite on the East Crossing of the Three Crossings of the Sweetwater River in Wyoming. A man by the name of Reed made a marker out of a broken box to mark the grave. His dear wife, Ann, was so ill herself at the time that she could not even raise her head. In great agony the grief stricken and ill family left John B. Fames in a grave along the trail and continued on.

Captain Daniel D. McArthur's train of emigrants arrived at Salt Lake City on Saturday, October 3, 1863. Matilda believed she arrived October 6th. She had remained very ill the rest of the journey. Because she, and most likely her mother, Ann, as well, could go no farther, they stayed at the home of James Harrison in Salt Lake City.

After Ann and Matilda recovered, they went to Grantsville where they stayed until Christmas time with Mary Ann House. About Christmas time George returned to Logan, taking with him his new wife, Mary Ann, mother Ann, and Matilda. It was in Logan Ann made her final home. Her daughter, Frances, and husband John F. Reed, had made their home there also. The new settlement of Logan consisted of two rows of houses or dugouts facing each other in fort style. They extended on both sides of the present Center Street as far as Third West.

In a 1972 interview with Emily Fames Smith, daughter of Ebenezer, the following was learned: "Ann I. Fames was not very tall, just medium. She was nice looking, wearing her hair in curls on each side of her face. She always wore a black net cap, night and day. She was well educated and used good language. She loved to teach us children things. I never remember being around grandmother when she was not cheerful and happy. She was sharp of tongue..." From John Lyons family it was learned that Ann was a beautiful woman with flawless skin that felt like velvet. Ann's family deeply loved and respected her. On one occasion a great-grandchild laughed when she heard the name, Isacke, thinking it sounded very funny. Ann's son, George, sternly responded, "Don't let me ever hear you laugh at that name again. That was my mother's name.".[11][12][13][14]


Ann Farnes passed away July 23, 1891, in Logan City, Utah. [1] Pallbearers at her funeral were her grand daughters, each dressed in white. Following the funeral, which was held on Sunday July 26, 1891, she was laid to rest in the Logan Cemetery. She was eighty-seven years old, and was survived by her eight children.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Logan, Utah Vital Statistics" Published by the Herald-Journal (Logan, Utah) over many weeks. Copied from the oldest church record of births, marriages, and deaths in Logan City in the State of Deseret
  2. London Metropolitan Archives, Southwark Christ Church, Register of Baptism, P92/ctc, Item 007 London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database on-line].
  3. London Metropolitan Archives, Christ Church, Spitalfields, Register of marriages, P93/CTC1, Item 015 London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Farnes Family History - THE STORY OF ANN ISACKE FARNES AND HER FAMILY Compiled by Marilyn Austin Smith from the material gathered by Glenna King Austin 1972-'73
  5. London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary, Islington, Register of banns of marriage, P83/MRY1, Item 005 London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
  6. London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary, Hornsey, Register of banns of marriage, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 DRO/020/A/03, Item 001
  7. London Metropolitan Archives, Saint Mary, Hornsey, Register of marriages, DRO/020/A/01, Item 007, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
  8. London to New York 4 Jun 1863 - 18 Jul 1863] Sterns, Ann
  9. The Uncommercial Traveler, Chapter X11, Bound for the Great Salt Lake by Charles Dickens
  11. Farnes Family History -
  12. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travels Farnes, Ebenezer, Reminiscences [ca. 1910], 10-14
  13. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travels Davis, Mary E. Fretwell, Autobiography, 2-3
  14. Mormon Pioneer Overland Travels Elijah Larkin Diary, 1854-1867, 470-506

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On 10 Sep 2015 at 19:22 GMT April (Dellinger) Dauenhauer wrote:

There is a conflict in the bio, as to whether Daniel McArthur or Andrew McArthur was the wagon master. Could sources be checked and this be resolved?

The Trail Template was designed by Rob Ton, as an aid to research. This profile is very complete, however for others, looking up the city or county records for the point of muster can reveal marriages, for example. Knowing the name of the wagon master or the wagon train, and the year, can help locate diaries from the same train.

We owe big thanks for the work he did to develop this template.

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