England Themed Fika today. I have a lot of English heritage so it has been fun to learn more about England this month. We had some English Cucumber and Dill sandwiches, and some British Scones with Currents (served with clotted cream (that I made in the instant pot), and jam). Everything was pretty easy to make and turned out great!
We also looked at some English paintings, read some poems, and some stories, listened to English Tea Time music, and learned about some of our English ancestors.
This is Abraham Marchant, my 3rd great grandfather.
He was born in Bath, England on March 17th, 1816. He was the youngest of 10 children and was born 8 months after his father (also named Abraham) died while fighting a fire. Abraham became a master merchant tailor and married Lydia Lidiard Johnson on February 7, 1837. They had 11 children. They joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1844 and immigrated to Utah in 1854. Abraham and Lydia helped to found Peoa, UT.
This is Lydia Lidiard Johnson, my 3rd great grandmother. She was born on March 8, 1814 in Bath, England. She was the 4th of 8 children.
Lydia was the first of my Marchant ancestors to be baptized and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. According to one story, Lydia first became interested in the church but Abraham discouraged the interest. He learned of her intentions to be baptized and set out to prevent it. However, he was delayed by a mad bull and consequently by the time he arrived, the baptism was already over. It didn’t take long (less than a month) for him to follow in her footsteps though and get baptized himself.