Naomi Comfort Bigg
NAOMI COMFORT BIGG (16 May 1793 – 14 Jan 1880) was born in Benenden, Kent, England the daughter of Unknown father and Elizabeth Unknown.
Naomi married George Ware 27 Jun 1815 in Lenham, Kent, England. Naomi and George had thirteen children of record.
HISTORY OF GEORGE WARE AND NAOMI BIGG
George Ware was born in Lemham, Kent, England, November 1, 1793. Naomi Bigg Ware was born in Betherden, Kent, England on May 16,1793. They were married the 27th of June 1815. George and Naomi lived in Lenham, Kent, England. They were the parents of thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters.
George’s trade was that of a tailor. Their son, Samuel was an overseer in a cotton factory at the age of nineteen. This family belonged to the Ebenezer Independent Church in Lenham. People belonging to the non—conformist church were a persecuted and denied people. They had no voice in their government and were not allowed to vote. They did not share in educational privileges and it was not until the late 1700’s or early 1800’s that they could attend English universities.
With the Industrial Revolution during the 18th century, their places of employment were most likely decreased causing the family to move northward where employment could be obtained. Penwortham Lancashire, England was their choice of relocation and their two youngest children were born there.
The LDS missionaries touched their lives and they embraced the gospel on the 24th of December 1838. They were baptized by Elder Miles Romney. These early converts were treated poorly and suffered much persecution. I’m sure from the time they grasped the gospel their hope was to come to Zion.
Emigrating from their home in Penwortham, George and his wife and family members went to Liverpool to set sail for America. They left their home on the 18th of December 1854, arriving in Liverpool ready to sail on the ship “Helios”, but there was something wrong on the ship and they had to stay in Liverpool until January 15, 1855 waiting for another ship. By this time quite a lot of their food was gone and they had no money to buy more. This caused their food supply to give out on the ship.
The ship they sailed on was the ‘Charles Buck” and because of the contrary winds they drifted far off their course, having to spend many weeks on the sea. When the winds were down and they could make no headway the saints on board prayed often for the winds and their prayers were answered. One of the mates on the vessel said, ‘Blow devil, blow” ‘The Mormons are praying for wind.” The wind blew and they finally landed at Cape Horn, South America. From South America the voyage took eight weeks before docking in New Orleans. It was a long and tedious voyage as the ships of those days were not speedy nor were they of the most accommodating for passenger travel. Food ran short on the way and those aboard suffered considerably of hunger and other privations. These privations were only the beginning of the hardships to be endured in crossing the plains to Utah by ox team. From New Orleans the party sailed by boat on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers to Atchison, Kansas.
It was at Atchison, Kansas, at a place called Mormon Grove, that the death of Naomi’s sweet mate (George) occurred April 16, 1855. He was a bighearted man and would share his meager portion with the others, so they could have what they needed. Their food supply became so low they had only rice and salt. Grandfather Ware (George) could not eat that and when they did get more food, his stomach could not stand it. He became a victim of Cholera and died. Can you imagine the sadness she must have felt, having to put to rest her husband and continue on westward, widowed?
From Kansas they journeyed westward over the trackless country to Utah, arriving in Salt Lake on September 25, 1855. They came to Utah in the Richard Ballantyne’s Company. The entire trip from England to Utah took nine months and seven days. While they were traveling, and when they became weary from the hard day’s journey, Ballantyne would have them sing, ‘Come, Come Ye Saints’. They walked through all the streams except the Green River.
They arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah and were met in the canyon by the Nauvoo Brass Band accompanied by other Saints of the city. They really had an interesting time. The night was spent in feasting and dancing, in music and prayer, and in general rejoicing that the hardships and peril of their tedious journey were at an end. The sisters wept for joy and tears drops were discovered on the cheeks of the sterner sex. They came into the city in beautiful order. The band, mounted on horseback, rode at the head of the company and played delightful music. Their beautiful flag, borne by the two young men on horseback, threw out its magnificent folds to the breeze, and several small flags floated from the tops of the wagons as they were corralled on Union Square. Presidents Young and Kimball rode down to see them and gave then a cordial welcome to the valley. They had 45 wagons, 220 oxen, and 48 cows. After staying all night at Salt Lake City, they went on the next day to Kaysville, Davis County.
Their oldest daughter had come to America in 1840 after accepting the gospel in 1838. She brought with her two of George’s and Naomi sons, one other daughter, one daughter-in-law and one granddaughter. This oldest daughter, Mary, lived in Nauvoo, Illinois for a number of years and was intimately associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith. She married Enoch Marvin King, 30 March 1841 and in May of 1849 traveled with the saints to Utah. They made their permanent home in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah. What a glorious reunion! Imagine the happiness and yet some sadness that must have been evident at this meeting.
Later the family separated each emigrating to different parts of Utah. Samuel Ware moved to Manti, Utah. James settled in Kaysville. Naomi and Henry Wadman came to the Plain City area and became the first white settlers to actually live in the Warren community. For the first little while they lived in an old dirt dugout but soon the water made them abandon this and Henry moved his family to the southern part of Plain City where they remained for the rest of their lives. Naomi’s mother and her sister, Ruth Hodson, settled in the Weber Valley. Ruth and her family choosing Marriott, Weber County, Utah for their home.
George’s wife, Naomi, never remarried and on 23 February 1918 she died at the home of her daughter, Naomi Ware Wadman, in Plain City, Weber, Utah. She was buried in the Ogden City Cemetery in the family lot of her daughter, Ruth Ware Hodson. She was the mother of 13 children, 51 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren. She went through many of the hardships of pioneer life alone with children. Grandfather had given up his life for the Gospel.
How proud we are to be grandchildren of such faithful and courageous people. Thank you, dear grandparents, for the trials and tribulations you suffered to give us such a comfortable, good life. We pray our actions in this life will repay the suffering you did for us, your posterity.
*Parts written by their granddaughter Esther W. Larsen, Historian of the Fort Henry Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. St Anthony 2nd Ward