North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Jane Biddulph [1812-1900] of Vicarstown, Queen’s County

Jane Biddulph, sometimes found as Jane Beddulph, was born on the 8th of May 1812. She was the sixth daughter and tenth child of Francis Harrison Biddulph [1774-1827] of Vicarstown, Queen’s County, and Mary Marsh.
She emigrated first to America, where she married George Priest from Norfolk, England, in New York in 1845. They then emigrated to Canada subsequently returning to Iowa, in America.
They had seven children, among them, a son, Samuel Joseph Priest [1847-1933] born in New York, Mary Elizabeth Priest, born in 1851 in Upper Canada, Jane Georgina [1852-1932],  and Sophia Salisbury[1854-1928] both born in Richmond Hill, Canada.
Samuel Joseph Priest [1847-1933] was married in 1875 in Davis, Iowa, to Mary McAtee. The marriage ended in divorce. They had been married for twenty five years and had one son Samuel J. Priest Jr. Samuel Joseph Priest is buried in Bloomfield IOOF Cemetery, Davis County, Iowa.
Mary Elizabeth Priest returned to the US from Canada along with the rest of her family in 1854, aged 3.  In 1875 she married John Osceola Games, a farmer. They had four children including Marsh Games born in 1880, who carried on the name of Jane Biddulph's mother Mary Marsh.
Jane Georgina married Charles Alden Spencer [1826-1884], a Mexican War Veteran according to his gravestone. They had three children. She died in Bloomfield, Iowa, USA. She was described as a housekeeper on her death certificate.
Sophia married E Bailey Cook in Davis, Iowa, in 1877. They had two daughters, Elizabeth and Jennie. Sophia died in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, USA, in 1928. She had been widowed twenty one years. She is buried with her husband in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport.
Jane Biddulph died on the 13th of January 1900.  George Priest had died in 1889. They too are buried in Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport. There is a photograph of Jane on findagrave. There is also an obituary from an unknown source where she is described as ‘a good woman, a good neighbor, gentle loving mother, loved her children sincerely, kind to the poor […] and lived up to her convictions of duty.

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