Frances Wood Badham Hall was born August 1795 in Cradley, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom to John Wood (1770-1831) and Hannah Hyde (1770-1838) and died 7 March 1862 in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. She married John Badham (1791-1827) 13 February 1816 in Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Francis Wood

Vital Stats

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Hopes Rough Church -

  • Father: John Wood (1770-1831) - of Much Cowarne
  • Mother: Hannah Hide (1770-1838) - of Much Cowarne
  • 1795 (EST) : Birth in Much Cowarne Herefordshire, England
  • 1795-Aug-09 : Christening at Cradley, Herefordshire, England
  • 1816-Feb-13 : Married (1) to John Badham (1791-1827) at Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England
  • 1830-May-20 : Married (2) to William Hall (1790-1841) at Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England
  • 1840-May-28 : Missionary Visit of Elders Woodruff and Willards
  • 1862-Mar-07 : Died at West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
  • 1862-Mar-12 : Buried at Christ Church, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England


It is difficult to trace the history of Francis Wood because of the commonality of both his given name and surname. Besides some scant church records of the Much Cowarne Parish, we have some strong references from some major journal keepers of his time, Wilford Woodruff and Almira Jane Reid. A common link in both of these records is Samuel Badham (1815-1868), her son from her first marriage.

Hopes Rough

Hopes Rough is a very small hamlet lying within the Much Cowarne Parish. Much Cowarne is today famed for apple orchards that produce the distinctive Cowarne Apple.


Marriage to John Badham

The identity of John Badham (not Samuel Badham Sr.) is corroborated by several sources - both the journal of Almira Jane Reid and also by Much Cowarne parish records listing the parents of Anne Badham as John and Francis when she was christened in 1817. The Almira Jane Reid also declares that he died in about 1827, three years prior to her remarriage to William Hall.

Marriage to William Hall

Recorded 20-May-1830 marriage of William Hall to Frances Badham on the Much Cowarne parish record.

Baptism of William Hall

On May 28, 1840. Mormon missionary apostles Wilford Woodruff and Willard Richards visited in the home of William Hall at Hopes Rough, and spending the night there also. They were apparently already familiar with the Mormon Doctrine and ready for baptism which happened the same day. William Hall, Elizabeth Hall, and two neighbor girls, Mary and Elizabeth Rowbery, and another girl named Jane George. While several members of the Wood, Badham, Hall and Bishop family join the church, Francis is curiously missing in all of these events.

Children of John Badham and Francis Wood

  1. John Badham (1814-1814) -
  2. Samuel Badham (1815-1868) - m. Mary Bishop, immigrated to American and Mormon Battalion Veteran
  3. Anne Powell Badham (1817-1872) - m. John Trumper
  4. Frances Badham (1818-) -
  5. Mary Wright Badham (1822-1902) - m. William Wright
  6. Thomas Badham (1825-1827) -

Children of William Hall and Francis Wood

An older brother Henry, born about 1827 at Hopes Rough, died 28 Sep 1857 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire A younger brother, James, born about 1834 at Hopes Rough, and died 18 Mar 1909 at Wednesbury Staffordshire. A younger sister Hannah, born at Hopes Rough 25 Feb 1837. She married John BREEZE and died 10 Apr 1915 also at West Bromwich.

James was in the military and stated that he was 'in the Queen's Guard' - whatever that means. He was pensioned some time before 1876 when he married Sarah SAUNDERS.

Note: some records list also a John Hall, but this is an error, per Jane Almira's journal.

  1. Henry Hall (1830-1852) - m. Eliza Rowberry (no references?)
  2. William Wood Hall (1832-1891) - immigrated to America in 1854 and m. Jane Almire Reid
  3. James Hall (1836-) - m. Sally Saunders in 1876 - served in the Queen's Guard and pensioned prior to 1876.
  4. Hannah Hall (1836-1903) - m. John Breeze


Offspring of Frances Wood Badham Hall and John Badham (1791-1827)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Badham (1814-1814)
Samuel Badham (1815-1868) 15 August 1815 Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 20 May 1868 Henderson, Mills County, Iowa, United States Mary Bishop (1819-1844)
Mary Doggett Richards (1821-1898)

Anne Badham (1817-1872)
Frances Badham (1818-)
Mary Badham (1822-1902)
Thomas Badham (1825-1827)

Offspring of Frances Wood Badham Hall and William Hall (1790-1841)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Henry Hall (1830-1852) April 1830 Hopes Rough, Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 28 September 1857 West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Eliza Rowberry (1834-1850)

William Wood Hall (1832-1891) 23 May 1832 Hopes Rough, Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 23 December 1891 Snowville, Box Elder County, Utah, United States Almira Jane Reid (1840-1912)
Sophronia Priscilla Reid (1842-1870)

James Hall (1836-1909) 1836 Hopes Rough, Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 17 March 1909 Wednexbury, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom Sarah Saunders (1839-)

Hannah Hall (1836-1903) 25 February 1837 Hopes Rough, Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 1903 Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom John Breeze (1830-1903)


Offspring of John Wood and Hannah Hyde (1770-1838)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Thomas Wood (1799-1866)
John Wood (1802-1878)
Mary Wood (1805-1886) 2 March 1805 Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 2 September 1886 Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England James Rowberry (1782-1854)

Joseph Wood (1808-1885)
Edward Wood (1810-)
James Wood (1813-1889)
Francis Wood (1795-1862) August 1795 Cradley, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom 7 March 1862 West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom John Badham (1791-1827)
William Hall (1790-1841)

Hopes Rough Chapel and Preacher Home today


1840 Journal Entry of Wilford Woodruff

Wilford Woodruff's Journal - Wilford Woodruff was an early mormon missionary and apostle who recorded his activities during his famous missionary tour of the Herefordshire Old Potteries area in the spring of 1840. Wilford Woodruff preached here baptizing approximately 600 converts from a group called the United Brethren. Thomas Wood (William's Brother in law) appears to be one of these non-conformists running a small Methodist chapel at Hopes Rough Cottage in the early 1800's.

He notates visits with several members of the Hall, Wood, Bishop, Rowberry and Badham families plus others, who were all neighbors, friends and/or family relations living in this immediate area and time. His companion was another famous Missionary and Apostle, Elder Willard Richards.

May 28, 1840 - I Baptized 4 at Cricks Green who were confirmed by Elder Richards we then walked to Hope Rough & preached at William Hall I baptized 5 after meeting & Elder Richards Confirmed them making 9 Baptized & 10 Confirmed we spent the night at Hope Rough we visited the greatest curiousity of evergreen that has yet been discovered in Europe or America or any part of the world that has ever come to our knowledge it is upon the farm called (Hopton in the Hole) in the parish of Much Cowen (Cowarne) Herefordshire England, owned by Richard Gardner this evergreen was in a circular form inclosing about one acre composed of the Yew tree growing over or standing in the midst of a hedge or border of Boxbush the Yew Trees were about in the form & highth of a high & well built hay or wheat stack. the trees were considered to be several hundred years of age this evergreen was surrounded by a canal of water.

Baptized, May 28, at Creeks Green: Eliza Gurney, Elizabeth Davis, Hannah Even, Ann Sanders Baptized, May 28, at Hope Rough: Jane George, Elizabeth Hall, Mary Robery, Elizabeth Robery, William Hall.

Journal Entry of Almira Jane Reid

Almira Jane Reid - daughter-in-law to William Hall by marriage to his son that traveled to America. In 1859 she recorded a visit with Samuel Badham, living in the Iowa countryside, and son of Francis Wood from her first marriage.

(1859 - Iowa) ...We stated at Fathers house about six or seven weeks, then we went to where William's half brother lived down on the Nishnabotany river on what was known as Farm Creek. Father went along with us for to drive the 2 cows and 2 calves for us. This was on the 18th of November. We got to Williams brother house (his brother's name was Samuel Badham, he was William's Mother's first son by her first husband, John Badham and William was the second son by her second husband, William Hall) William's Mother's first husband died and left her with 3 children: Samuel, Ann and Mary. Thomas died when his Father died. He was the youngest of the four children then. 3 years after John Badham died, whe became acquainted with William Hall and married him. She then had Henry Hall and William W. Hall and James Hall and Hannah Hall. When Hannah was a baby, her second husband died. He caught cold from washing sheep in May. He was sick about 3 weeks (so Samuel Badham told me). He died in June, 1838 when William W. was six years old. She never married again. I have give an explanation how my husband was related to his half brother, as I said, we came to his brothers house. We was kindly received. We had supper and our stock was cared for. Then the subject of relgion was brought up. Samuel Badham and his family was all joined to a branch of the Mormons called the Cutlerites. They held old Alphus Cutler as the leader...

Parish Records of Much Cowarne

Parish Records - It appears that William and his family had some affiliate with the United Brethren who had left the Church of England. Their beliefs led them to shun the church and participating in the ritual ceremonies therein. However, the church parish records still have some entries for William's marriage and the birth of his children and their marriages and children.

1841 UK Census

Frances Hall and her son Henry Hall appear on the 1841 UK Census for Bromyard, Bishops Frome, Herefordshire

Map of Hopes Rough


Plot Map of Hopes Rough in Much Cowarne

Footnotes (including sources)



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