Third Generation: Emma Norton < Martha Warner < William Warner

My 1st cousin 5 times removed

Emma was the daughter of Martha Warner and Miles Norton. She was born in Kelfield, Yorkshire on May 20, 1822 and baptized in Stillingfleet, Yorkshire on June 10 of that year.

She married George Lewis Simpson in Hemingbrough, Yorkshire on April 27, 1845.

They had six children that we know of:

  1. Ann Warner Simpson* **
  2. John Simpson***
  3. Miles Simpson***
  4. Mary Emma Simpson**
  5. Sarah Jane Simpson**
  6. Lewis G. Simpson

Emma died in Bountiful, Utah on June 20, 1869, at the age of 47. She was buried at the Bountiful City Cemetery (now known as “Bountiful Memorial Park”).


Emma and her husband converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while still living in England.

The family, including all six children, came to America aboard the ship Belle Wood, arriving in New York on May 31, 1865,2 They then proceeded directly to Wyoming, Nebraska (south of Omaha), where they joined the Henson Walker company and left for Utah on August 12. They arrived in Deseret, Utah on November 9.1 3

Emma and George’s three daughters married David Edward Davis and bore him 21 children, that we know of, between 1868 and 1889.

* For my most distant cousins (the ones not descended from the William Warner who married Hannah Benson and emigrated to Canada in the 1820s), this website (for the time being) only expands the family lines that have been supported by DNA evidence. In the case of this family, only Ann Warner Simpson‘s line meets that criterion.

** I have decided to go ahead and expand the lines of all three of Emma’s three daughters because I found their story so interesting.

*** Sons John and Miles died in Nebraska in 1865.1


The photograph at the top of this page is a digitally restored version of the one below. It is in the possession of a great great grandson of Emma’s, who inherited it from his mother, Naida Anne Black (1932–2018). He uploaded it to the FamilySearch.org website, where it can be found here (sign-in required).

It seems a safe assumption that it would have been taken sometime between her arrival in Utah in 1865 and her death in 1869. She would have been in her mid-forties.

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1 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Church History Biographical Database, entry for George Lewis Simpson. https://history.churchofjesuschrist.org/chd/individual/george-lewis-simpson-1822?lang=eng

2 Year: 1865; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Lines: 26-33; List Number: 444. Source Information: Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

3 Ancestry.com. Utah, U.S., Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Records, 1847-1868 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2022.