Darrin & Andrea Lythgoe's Genealogy Pages

History of Matilda Crisp Goodman Kingsbury

Matilda Crisp Goodman Kingsbury
Matilda Crisp Goodman Kingsbury,
with daughter Fanny Elizabeth Goodman

By Darrin Lythgoe, great-great-great-great grandson

Matilda Crisp was born 21 Aug 1821 in Welford, Northamptonshire, England, the illegitimate daughter of Mary Crisp. Her mother was born and grew up in the nearby village of Creaton. Mary’s parents, Samuel Crisp and Elizabeth Gamble Crisp, lived to old age and died in Creaton. It is unknown why Mary moved to Welford, although it is possible the move had something to do with her pregnancy (as either the cause or the effect).

Some time before 1833, Mary and Matilda moved to the parish of Aspley Guise in Bedfordshire. In that year Mary married a man named Richard Smith. It appears they stayed in this area for most if not the rest of Mary’s life.

On 11 Nov 1839, Matilda married William Goodman, a tailor 14 years her senior, in Aspley. Richard Smith is listed as a witness to the marriage. Less than two months later, on 29 Dec 1839, Matilda and William’s only child, a daughter, was born. Her name was Fanny Elizabeth Goodman.

In April 1847, Matilda’s mother Mary died and was buried in Aspley. Somewhere around that time Matilda, William and Fanny moved to the Somerstown area of London. It appears that they first resided at 25 Sydney St., then later moved to 28 Union St.

Shortly after their arrival in London, they met missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized into the church. Matilda was baptized on 29 Jan 1849 by Elder Booth, her daughter Fanny Elizabeth at the age of 9 on 8 Jun 1849, also by Elder Booth, and William on 15 Jun 1849, again by Elder Booth. William was ordained to the office of Deacon on 9 Oct 1849. The baptisms of Matilda and Fanny took place at Penton Baths.

Matilda and Fanny were baptized again on 6 Mar and 22 Mar 1851, respectively, although the reason is unknown. Matilda was baptized by Henry Debenham, and Fanny was baptized by Thomas Bullock at Holborn Hall, and was confirmed by Thomas Slight. Matilda’s husband William apparently left the church for a while in 1851. Records of the Somerstown, London Branch say that he was "cut off 27 Mar 1851 for disbelief."

It is likely that William returned to the faith at a later date, as he and Matilda both emigrated to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1866. The traveled on the ship "American Congress," and arrived in New York on the 4th of July. They traveled by train and steamer to Nebraska and then crossed the plains on foot or in covered wagon, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on 30 Sep 1866. Fanny, by this time married, had come alone with her baby in 1862 and was joined by her husband, Thomas Moss, shortly thereafter.

Three days after Matilda and William’s arrival, Fanny gave birth to a daughter, Mary Lovenia, who is my great-great grandmother. Less than three weeks after that, however, William became ill with diarrhea and passed away on 21 Oct 1866. He is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery (D-7-1, unmarked).

Less than two years later, in January of 1868, Matilda remarried, this time to William Kingsbury. Little is known about him at this time, but we do know that he was a member of the church. Matilda and William were sealed in the Endowment House on 25 Jan 1868. There are records from the time shortly after that which show Matilda and William doing temple work for their parents and grandparents.

Matilda died on 15 Oct 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, in plot G-5-5.

Emigration Records

From the records of Rae W. Moss

From the Liverpool office of the British Mission, #1048, Pt. 3 (1863-1868), p.258
"American Congress" 910 ton Woodward, Master, New York, Brigham Young, Agent
William Goodman, age 59, Tailor – Address A.H. Hurber, London
Matilda Goodman, age 45, Wife
Sailed 23 May 1866 Arrived New York 4 July 1866

Church Emigration 1858-1869, Vol. 3
135th Co. "The ship American Congress, Capt. Woodward, left London, England 23 may 1866 with 350 L.D.S. emigrants in charge of Elder John Nicholson, assisted by Elders Joshua K. Whitney and John Rider. The ship arrived in New York 4 July after a voyage of 42 days, all well. While disembarking, Robert Pike, a young man, from Hull, England slipped from the gangplank and was drowned. The emigrants proceeded to Wyoming, Nebraska, where they arrived 14 July. The full roster of L.D.S. Emigrants on the ship "Am. Cong." See Brit. Miss. Hist. Under date 23 May 1866." (Mill. Star 28:428; Journ. Hist. 1866 - 4 July - 18)

Jour. Hist. 11 Sept. 1866 Pt. 2
"After arriving in New York a new route to Wyoming, Neb. was taken this year which, although longer, proved healthier and the cost of transportation was reduced 5 dollars per head. The new route was via New Haven, through Conn. Into Mass., thence to Verm. And by was of "Vermont Central R.R. into Monreal, Canada; thence west by rail to St. Joseph, Mo. And by river steader up the Missionri river to Wyoming, Nebraska."

British Mission Record, 1865-1866
"We are happy to inform you that we have already been commended for our cleanliness and good order by the Captain. Peace and union prevail. We all feel fine, with the exception of those who are sea sick. And anticipate some glorious times together. The weather was fine. Meetings held every day on board ship."

Arrived in Salt Lake Valley 30 Sept. 1866.


Letter from Matilda Crisp Goodman

11 December 1867

[punctuation added, spelling original]

Great Salt Lake City

Dear Sister Fleming

I take my pen in hand to write to you. I no you offten talk about me and wonder how I am getting along. Well I am getting along first rate. If you was to see me you would say so for they tell me that I look 10 years younger than I did when I lived in London for I have good health thank god and I have a ??? like ???. I am not changed my name again yet for you no that I am my own Mrs. And I can do as I like and go when I like now for I sopose that you heard of poor goodman’s death. Poor man he is beter off for he died very happy in my arms. Dear sister he changed for the beter as soon as we left London for he kept in the faith beter than many that offten bore their testimony in old england and he could not bear me out of his sight. He offten used to cry and say he did not no what he should do without me for it is a trying journey and they are not all saints that bear the name of saints, but the principals are true and when you come that journey you say to yourself I now that the principals are true. What ever other people do it will make no difference to me for I will do right and besure and make 8 large bags to put your provisions in and besure and take care of what food you get on the sea for you will be glad of it and do not sell a bit of it when you get to new york for I can tell you I offten used to eat a piece of bread and drink some water while crossing the plains and think how good it was. Give my love to my dear ??oley white and tell her I thought I should have heard from her for I wrote to her last crissmas. I do not no if she got my leter. Tell her we offten talk about her and long to see her and the rest of the family. Tell her to write direckly and tell us what prospect they have of comeing next year and if we can ehlp them we will. I have been living about one hundred miles from the city this last summer. I had 5 dollars a week. That is one pound of english money, but I did not like it so I have come back to the city. I only have half that money here but I can go to the meetings and I can go and see Fanny when I like, for I only live half a hour’s walk from there house. They have a nice little home of their own and 2 pigs in the sty and a cat and dog and 12 ???s and 3 as beutifull children as you would wish to see. Her little Mary was born 3 days after we got here. Tom has gone 5 hundred miles to work. He is gone for 3 months for work was bad here and has been all the summer and the grasshoppers have been buisy here and stript the gardens. He will get one hundred dollars a month and his food. Well now a little about the city. It is a beutifull place. There is no dull days here and we are surrounded by mountains. There is snow on some of them all the year. We have not had any snow this season yet and it is very warm in the day time. Tudnahams and Rogerses are well. Mary ann Rogers’ little boy has been sick but is beter. Would you call upon Mrs. Carpenter the bakers in grenville street somers town and tell her that you have heard from me and that I am doing well and do not wish to come back to england. Goodman often used to talk about them. Fanny sends her love to you all. She thought some of you would have wrote to them for Tom has sent 2 leters to B White and as not received one. Tell them to write by return of post. Brother and sister Moss send there love to you all, and will you ask Sarah Joans if she will send her a pair of stays 25 inches round the waist. Give my love to peirceall(?). Tell her that I should like to see her and also your mother. I must now conclude with my love to all inquiring friends and accept the same yourself. This comes from your loving sister in the church of christ, M. Goodman. I heard Brigham Young on Sunday at the Tabernacle and Orson Pratt at night.

If you should see Mrs. ??? or Mrs. Carter, will you give my love to them? Tell them I should like to see them out here but they must not expect every thing beutifull her for there is plenty to put up with for the first year untill you get used to the place but I have got used to the place now. God bless you.

Try and bring some flour with you on the sea and baking bowder and some potatoes and dried herings for you cannot eat the biscuts and a bottle for vinegar.