Fran?ois Romerill

Male 1799 - 1875  (76 years)


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  • Name Fran?ois Romerill  [1, 2, 3
    Born 13 Aug 1799  , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 18 Aug 1800  , Saint Lawrence Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Oct 1875  Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • "Bingham's Fort, Ogden, Weber"

      "Lynn, Ogden"
    Buried 11 Oct 1875  Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Francois was buried at the City Cemetery in Ogden, Utah.
    Person ID I9551  Alger
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2018 

    Father Fran?ois Romriel,   b. Dec 1779, , Saint Lawrence Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1799, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 19 years) 
    Mother Jeanne Hotton,   b. Dec 1775, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1834, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married Not Married Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Mormon Ancestral File says Francois was not married but lists children from him and Jeanne Hotton.
    Family ID F3285  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Anne Billot,   b. Est 1804, , Trinity Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1866, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married , Saint Helier Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Marie Marguerite Romeril,   b. 22 May 1828, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1888, Brantford, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     2. Francis Thomas Romeril, Jr.,   b. 31 Jul 1829, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1903, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. John Abraham Romeril,   b. 19 Feb 1831, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1873, Mackay, , Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     4. George Romrell,   b. 14 Oct 1832, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1912, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Charles Romeril,   b. Est 1834, , Saint John Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 8 Dec 1834, , Trinity Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     6. Mary Anne Romeril,   b. 1 Sep 1835, , Trinity Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1856, , Saint Martin Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     7. Jane Nancy Romeril,   b. 23 Feb 1838, , Trinity Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1909, Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     8. Fanny Mary Anne Romeril,   b. 26 Apr 1840, , Grouville Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1903, Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     9. Charles Abram Romeril,   b. 18 May 1842, Gorey, Grouville Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1932, McCammon, Bannock Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     10. Sophia Jeanne Romeril,   b. 23 May 1846, , Grouville Parish, , Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1906, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 9 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F3151  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      The following is from "The Romriell Family History" written by Deseret Singleton Salt for the Romriell reunion November 19, 1917.

      Francis Romriell was the son of Francis Romriell who was born in France ? in 1760 and Jane Hutton also born in France 1770......?????

      At an early age Francis became a bound apprentice to Joshua Blot a well-to-do shoemaker and dealer. It was customary in those times to bind a young man learning a vocation to his employer until he became twenty-one, at the end of which time he is permitted to continue with his employer to work for wages, or to take up business on his own.

      Francis' mother, during this period of his apprenticeship, married a man by the name of Markum.

      Francis remained for a time with his employer, he being fascinated with his employer's daughter, Mary, a beautiful and intelligent young lady of strong uncommon character and kind and gentle of spirit.

      It is said that the Blots being of high class, high-spirited natures and ambitious that their daughters many wealthy suitors, very much disapproved this union with a poor apprentice shoemaker, but finally yielded to the predominating love which existed between the happy young couple and finally resulted in a splendid grand wedding with many beautiful gifts, especially fine linen, silverware and china, some of which they brought with them to Utah.

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      The following is from the Romrell family web site: http://www.romrell.net/biographies.html

      Francois Romeril (Francis Romriell) History

      Information for this history was taken from, the Francois Romeril family group sheet prepared by Earl B. Romrell, June 1981; the "Biography of Mary Ann Romriell Decloux Singleton, written by Deseret S. Salt, 1928; and the "Life History of George Romrell", written by Lettie 0. Hatch.

      Mrs. Hatch included at the end of the George Romrell history a description of the Island of Jersey, written by Lee Romrell Ossman after he visited there in 1936. The National Geographic Magazine, May 1971 issue, has pictures and a good description of "Britain's 'French' Channel Islands" p 170.

      Francois Romeril was christened August 18, 1800 at St. Laurens, Jersey, Channel Islands, England. His parents were Francois Romeril and Jeanne (Jane) Hotton. His father was a fisherman and disappeared while at sea shortly before his birth.

      Francois was bound to his (step) father as a shoemaker apprentice when he married Marie Ann (Mary) Billot December 16, 1826 at St. Helier, Jersey Island.

      Mary was christened April 29, 1804 at Trinity, Jersey Island. Her parents were Joshua Billot and Elizabeth Adeline Gibaut (Gibot). (Mary's birth date is given as April 8, 1801 in a history written about their daughter, Fanny Mary Ann.)

      The Romriells lived a simple and industrious life. Francis worked as a shoemaker. Mary ran a store with a bakery department. They also kept cows. They were parents of eleven children: Marie Marguerite (Mary), Francois Thomas, John Abraham, and George christened at St. Johns; Charles and Ann Mary christened at Trinity; and Jane, Fanny Mary Ann, Ann, Charles Abraham, and Sophie Jeanne christened at Grouville.

      The children helped with the cows and went to the beach to gather oysters, which had been washed in with the tide. They gathered them in large baskets carried on their arms. They had little chance for education, quitting to earn a living as soon as they were able.

      They were a very happy and affectionate family, religiously inclined. They spoke the French language, although they were taught French and English In school. The school was sponsored by the Methodist Church, of which they were all members until the year 1849. At this time, they heard and embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Elders were always welcomed into their home. Some who visited them were Richard Treasder, Curtis E. Bolton, John Pack, Dunber Fornax, and John Taylor, who later became president of the Church. Dunber Fornax and John Taylor helped in the family's conversion.

      Many people were prejudiced against the Latter Day Saints and Elder John Taylor was imprisoned in France. Through the influence and collection of a large amount of money by Mary Romriell he was released. He was very friendly with the family and made his home with them while there.

      They lived in a very old stone house with huge oak beams across the ceilings. Pillars, stairways, and banisters were also of oak but were decaying with age. Ivy covered most of the outer walls, but cherries and apricots bearing an abundance of fruit were trained up the side of one of the walls.

      After joining the church, four years were spent in planning and saving to make ready for the long journey to Utah. Great chests were made which they packet full of clothes and other necessities. Mary's family were well to do and tried to convince some of the children to stay with them to share in the family inheritance. They had objected to Mary's marriage to Francois because he was poor, and they objected to the family joining this new church. None of the children chose to stay.

      In the early part of April,1855, they left for Liverpool, England with seventy other saints from Jersey. This party with a company of four hundred and thirty one saints left Liverpool on board the ship "Chimborazo", April 17, 1855 under the direction of Edward Stevenson. Landing at Philadelphia, May 21, 1855, they proceeded by train to St. Louis, Missouri to be outfitted with ox-teams and wagons for the trip across the plains.

      They came to Utah with the Charles Harper Co. (Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah) They journeyed on the long wearisome trail sometimes walking, sometimes driving the stubborn oxen shouting "Whoa! Gee! Ha!" and invariably the oxen would go just the reverse from where they were supposed to go. Sometimes the oxen would stampede, running and pulling the wagon over bumps and hollows. Sometimes the children would drive the oxen for an aged couple in the same train.

      When the evening came and the great corral was formed with the wagons, the older children went in search of wood with which to make the campfires. When wood could not be found, they used buffalo chips, which made a good fire.

      When the supper was over and the things put by, the Captain would call everybody to the corral for a dance in the corral to which every man, woman and child must go. Soon, by the music of a violin or any other instrument, they had the people one and all dancing either in a quadrille or reel until all thoughts of being tired had disappeared and everyone was laughing and chatting happily as in the morning.
      Sometimes members of the camp would dance in their bare feet to save their shoes.

      They arrived at Great Salt Lake City on November 12, 1855. As they arrived too late in the year to prepare for winter, the family was forced to endure many hardships. Though they had plenty of money and clothes they needed food. Francis paid ten dollars for a sack of flour, which they rationed out, giving to each one a little bit each day. They dug roots with many other families to obtain food. The children used to go to the fields and dig for heads that might be left from the harvest.

      Francis stayed with his occupation as shoemaker. The family settled in Bingham's Fort, in Ogden, Utah. Some of the older children were married. George came from St. Louis in 1861. Fanny Mary Ann found employment as cook and housekeeper for the Joseph Young family in 1859. She married a man from the South and went back with him to Alabama. Jane married George Pierce in 1864.

      Francis' wife, Mary, died May 11, 1866, just eleven years after entering the valley. She was buried in the City Cemetery, in Ogden, in the "Pierce" lots. Their youngest child, Sophie was married in 1868. Fannie's husband was killed in an accident; Francis sent for her and her children to come back to live with him. They arrived in Ogden in February 1874. La Pierre, the children's paternal grandfather came with them, but died the following April.

      Francis attended the Lynne Ward (or Bingham's Fort as it was called).

      He died October 9, 1875 and was buried next to his wife October 11 in the Ogden City Cemetery. ?tab?
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      (The following is from the Mormon genealogy website - familysearch.org - KWJJ-G7W - accessed 9 Feb 2017)

      ?i?Francis Romrell and Family Immigrated in 1855 with the Charles H. Harper Company

      Family members
      ? Francis Romrell age 55
      ? Fanny Mary Anne Romrell age 15
      ? Jane Romrell age 17
      ? Mary Billot Romrell age 51
      ? Sophia Jeanne Romrell age 5
      ? Charles Abraham Romrell age 13

      Journal of Charles Abraham Romrell

      From Philadelphia we went to Pittsburg and from there we traveled to St. Louis. We went by boat from St. Louis to Hutchinson. From there we traveled to Mormon Grove. There we paid for our yoke of oxen and a wagon. We were camped at Mormon Grove for a few weeks waiting for our cattle. When they arrived all the younguns in camp ran to watch them hook the oxen together and teach them to go ahead and turn right and left. "Gee" was to turn to the right and "haw" was turn to the left. They were driven around the corral for a few days. The day before they gave us our oxen we had bought, the fellow who was training the oxen yelled to me, "hey there, toe head, come let me show you how to use this whip." I ran as fast as I could for I sure wanted to try it. It took quite a few times before I could crack my whip but before we arrived at Salt Lake I could pick a horsefly off the oxen's ear and never make him jump.

      I felt very big helping yoke the oxen and hitching them to the wagon. We received one cow with our oxen and at night we would milk her. Mother usually did the milking. Father was busy mending shoes all day until after I had gone to bed.

      We were all happy to be on our way to Zion. Our company was the Charles Harper Company. Everything went along fine until we reached the "Little Butte River". It started to rain just before we got there. By the time we got there the rain was coming down in torrents. The first group got across all right, but as the leader came back after us there was a cloud burst and before we could get started we had to raise our wagon box 8 inches. Before we reached the other side the water came into our wagon. We were next to the last. Father took the whip and coaxed the oxen across. Mother would keep telling us younguns to hang tight, father would make it through all right. The rest of the company had to wait until they could build a ferry boat before they could cross. This was in July 1855.

      Whenever we would stop, we made a large circle of our wagons, fastening the tongue of the wagon to the reach of the one in head. This was used as a corral for the oxen. Then we would do the same only make a smaller one for the people. The men would unyoke the oxen while the youngsters gathered sage and buffalo chips to make fires with. The women were busy preparing food and making beds and whatnot. The men would call to us younguns, "don't go too far away from camp. Remember the indians."

      I used to go with father on his trip around the circle to see if the tongue of each wagon was securely tied to the other. I liked to watch the campfires at night as they would die out, first one and then the other. It was just like watching the stars only the fires were going out and the stars were coming out.

      There was always men standing guard to see that nothing happened. One night the oxen broke loose. We hunted all day for them. At last father came back to our wagon and asked mother if she could discern where we could find the oxen. She took a minute and told father they were in a grove of trees about five miles from camp. I begged mother to let me go with father. She told me I could so we ate a bite and started out. It was almost black dark when we reached the small grove of quaking aspen and there the oxen were. We got them headed back for camp. I was tired so father let me ride one of the oxen. Several times I would wake up just in time to save myself from falling off. We got them back about midnight. We were very thankful for the full moon.

      We didn't have any trouble with the Indians thanks to the saints who had gone on before. I saw the sick healed many times by The Lord through the power of the priesthood. The saints were very glad to see us when we reached Salt Lake Valley and we were glad to get there.?/i?
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      Compiled and edited by Allen Alger, Alger Family Historian - e-mail: alger@alum.mit.edu

  • Sources 
    1. [S124] Family of Adam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (https://familysearch.org/ : copyright 2008), accessed 9 Feb 2017), KWJJ-G7W (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1574] Alger e-files - Hatch, Lettie O., Lettie O. Hatch, Family group record for Francis Romriell and Mary Billot - undated (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S1574] Alger e-files - Hatch, Lettie O., Lettie O. Hatch, Family group record for George Romriell and Patience Swingewood - undated (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S13] Alger files - Web site print-outs, http://www.romrell.net/1917.html - 23 Apr 2006 (Reliability: 0).


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