Esther Hanna is my 3rd Great-grandmother.
Esther Hannah Pearce, the sixth of nine children was born 8 March 1797, at Baulking, in the parish of Uffington, in a place called Under the Vale of the White Horse Hill. Uffington parish is not far from the city of Great Farringdon in the county of Berkshire, England.
At the age of nineteen, she married Joseph Smuin on 15 April 1816 in Radley, Berkshire, England, where they made their home. Hannah and Joseph had nine children, all born in the village of Radley.
Her husband Joseph died at an early age leaving her with several little ones to raise. On his way home from work one night, Joseph fell from a ferry bridge into a lock of the Thames river. Though an excellent swimmer, he struck his head on a beam and was unable to save himself. He was buried in the church yard cemetery in the village of Radley.
Hannah had a difficult time, but was an excellent sewer and earned money to keep her family by sewing smocks. Three years after the death of Joseph, Hannah married William Irons on 2 July 1845, and moved to Northall, Buckinghamshire.
Some while after her marriage to William Irons, Hannah and many of her brothers and sisters as well as all her children joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Of her nine children, only three remained in England, the others emigrated to and settled in Utah. With the help of her children Hannah and her second husband, William Irons were able to join her family in Utah where they settled in Ogden.
The date of Hannah’s arrival is not known at this time, however it would likely soon follow this entry in James first journal. James states in his journal on August 15th, probably 1873, that he sent fifty dollars to help his mother emigrate to Utah.
Hannah passed away in Ogden at the age of 86 on 1 October 1883 and was buried in the Kaysville Cemetery on 3 October, 1883.
SMUIN BOOK p. 45