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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Agnes Noble - by Sarah E. Hargraves Huber and Gladys Garr Merril

Agnes Noble 25 Dec 1822 – 17 Feb 1903

Agnes Noble was born December 25, 1822 in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., England. She was the daughter of Thomas Noble, a weaver and tailor, and Jane Bell. She had one brother, William, and a sister, Elsie. As far as we know, she was the only one who joined the L.D.S. Church. She was baptized April 1, 1840 in. Carlisle, England. She was living with her Grandmother when she married Samuel in 1837, her Mother having died and her father having remarried. She received her endowments and was sealed to her husband April 18, 1860 and they took the part of Adam and Eve in the Endowment House for a short time.

While her husband was on his mission to England she did weaving to keep her family, she dyed her own yarn in copper kettles outside on fires; she wove the grey lindsay and much of the bellmorrel material which was used for skirts and much woolen goods. She always sang as she worked, and one of her favorite songs was "The Little Drummer Boy.”

In 1858 when Grandfather was called to help defend the Saints against the incoming Johnstons’ Army the people were told to move south and Grandmother and the children were taken by Bishop Hess in his covered wagon. As night came on they moved Grandma into one of the log cabins that had been abandoned, and that night she gave birth to a son, her tenth child, Thomas. There was another son, Alexander, born while they were living in Farmington. After the family moved to Providence there were two more children born, a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Agnes.

After her husband died she lived with her family of four boys and one girl and helped by doing nursing in many families throughout the valley. She treated with herbs and nursed many severe cases of Scarlet Fever and Diphtheria. She made hair oil and bitters and put them in the store for sale. The boys worked hard on the farm and in the timber and the young daughter had a great deal of responsibility in the home. She often went with her mother to help with the nursing and care of children. She moved to Logan and lived there with her family for a number of years, continuing her nursing and making of remedies.

By 1885 her sons had married and some of them had moved to Idaho, so she and her daughter, Agnes, moved to Eagle Rock, Idaho. In March of that year her daughter married Thomas Fielding Garr and they all moved to Pocatello when the railroad shops were moved there. For a time she lived with her daughter but a little later she had a house built for herself on North Main Street. She continued nursing, sold her remedies and also retailed merchandise which she obtained from Butler Brothers of Chicago. A few years later she and her son and son-in-law started a small store. She helped in the store for a long time and always enjoyed being busy. She was always ambitious and willing to do her share. She had a very independent spirit and was never happy when she had to depend upon others for help. She always seemed to have a little money on hand and was able to help her children when they needed it.

Agnes Noble Hargraves died February 17, 1903 in Pocatello, Idaho and is buried in the Mountainview Cemetery there.

Sources: Sarah E. Hargraves Huber

Gladys Garr Merril – Bannock County

1 comment:

  1. She is my great great grandmother. her daughter Jane O,Conner hargreaves was my great grandmother. Jane married Alexander Beauchamp who was in Utah after serving in the Union Army.
    Jane gave birth to my grandmother and raised her by himself as jane later died in childbirth with a second child.


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