EMMA BILLINGS HOLT
BIRTHDATE: 8 May 1849 Outwell, Norfolk, England
DEATH: 16 Jan 1930 Los Angeles, California
PARENTS: William Billings Emily Chesson
PIONEER: 29 Oct 1864 Captain Hyde Wagon Train
SPOUSE: Edward David Holt
MARRIED: 10 Mar 1865 DEATH SP: 24 Oct 1900
Emma Mary Ann, 13 May 1866
Mary Ellen, 5 Jun 1867
Edward David, 15 Aug 1868
Annie Jane, 26 Aug 1870
Robert Newman, 8 Dec 1871
Elizabeth Abigail, 27 Feb 1873
William Billings, 20 Feb 1874
Alma Matthew, I I Nov 1875 d. 1878
Albert John, 3 Feb 1878 d. 1878
Jesse Henry, 10 Jul 1879
Olive Blanche, 16 Jan 1884 d. 1889
Rosa Alberta, 14 Aug 1885 d. 1886
Joseph Hyrum, 29 Jan 1887
Victor Chesson, 14 Apr 1894
Emma Billings was bom in England in 1849. She came to America with her grandmother, Mary Chesson, and her cousin, William, on the ship "Hudson," in 1864. Both children were orphans, and Emma was fifteen years old at the time.
They had to ride in cattle cars to get to Nebraska, where they purchased a wagon and oxen to continue the journey. At night on the Plains they would bed down under the wagon on a feather bed, with blankets wrapped around the wheels to keep out the cold.
In Salt Lake City Grandmother Chesson traded her wagon and oxen for a dugout to live in. Emma and William chopped wood to keep the fires going. Grandma Chesson and William moved to East Tooele, and later William left home seeking adventure, and was never heard from again.
Emma went to work for Edward David Holt in a spinning and weaving establishment, and then became his second wife on March 10, 1865. She was the mother of fifteen children, four of them dying quite young.
Emma and Edward homesteaded in South Jordan, where he died in 1900. Emma was in Los Angeles in 1930 when she died, but her body was brought back and buried in South Jordan.