Saturday, July 14, 2007

Bertha Hill (Bignell)

When lived

How related to Kieran
Great-great-great grandmother (in photo, second from left; her husband James is at far left)

Thomas Hill Jr. and Anna Place

Born Oct. 8, 1876 (gravestone says 1875)


Married James Byrd Bignell on Oct. 12, 1892

g Didama Bignell (b. Feb. 2, 1894, Wisconsin; m. Will White; children include Bertha White, Ioma White; d. Oct. 26, 1976, Michigan)
g Inez Orletha Bignell (b. July 19, 1896, d. Aug. 22, 1898; buried in Round Hill Cemetery)
g Orleatha Bignell (b. July 5, 1898, d. March 16, 1900)
g Edison Bignell (b. April 11, 1900, Arkansaw, Wis.; buried in Round Hill Cemetery)
g Mary Bignell (b. Aug. 5, 1901, Arkansaw; m. a Stewart; d. ?)
g Ray Bignell (b. March 7, 1904, d. April 15, 1904)
g Fred Bignell (b. July 11, 1905, Arkansaw, Wis.; d.1965)
g Georgina Bignell (b. March 3, 1908, Arkansaw; d. Jan. 24, 1963, in Goodhue, Minn.; her name sometimes appears in record as Georgiana)
g Andrew Bignell (b. July 6, 1911, Arkansaw; d. Oct. 7, 1959)
g Abner Bignell (b. July 5, 1912, at home near Arkansaw, Wis.; d. Jan. 12, 1963, Durand)
g Blanche Bignell (b. May 8, 1913, Waterville Township, Pepin Co., Wis; died May 31, 2000, Hastings, Minn.)
g Sherman Bignell (b. July 14, 1914, Sunnybrook, d. May 2, 1970)
g James Bignell Jr. (b. Oct. 5, 1915; d. Nov. 11, 1976)
g Baby boy, b. Oct. 5, 1916, Arkansaw; d. Oct. 5, 1916)
g Royal Bignell (b. Feb. 2, 1918; d. March 9, 1919; buried in Round Hill Cemetery)
g Boy & girl (twins)? (b. Feb. 3, 1918, Arkansaw; d. same day, according to family legend)
g Bert Bignell (b. Mar. 24, 1922; d. Nov. 30, 1970)

Interesting facts
g Of her 18 children, eight died in childhood
g Family recipe for baked beans passed down via Bertha Hill:
3 lbs small navy beans
1.5 cups white sugar
1.5 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons dry mustard
0.5 cup molasses (mild)
2 onions chopped
9 cups water
0.5 pound bacon (cut into tiny pieces, raw)
Sort the beans/clean them/drain that water
Put clean water on and soak beans for 3 hours
Then put raw bacon in
Bake 5-6 hours in oven at 350 degrees

g Photos of and documents involving Bertha:

Died Feb. 20, 1960, (age of 83) at her home after a short illness; funeral services were held on Feb. 23 at the Latter Day Saints church in Porcupine; the body was held in state at the Goodrich funeral home in Durand; Clive Metcalf officiated with a 2 p.m. rites and burial at Porcupine Cemetery; her obituary is in the Feb. 25, 1960, Durand Courier Wedge; it claimed she had 17 children, 58 grandchildren and 69 great-grandchildren.