The Memmotts of Aston and Utah Thomas Memmott 1838-1916
Following a successful visit to Aston in March 2008 by American descendants of William Memmott, Parish Clerk of Aston from 1781 to 1825, three members of the History Group travelled to Salt Lake City in August 2008 for a return visit and gave a presentation about the history of Aston at the Memmott Annual Reunion in Scipio, Utah.
We welcomed two members of the family in October 2009 and helped them trace more of their family ancestors in the local area. We also introduced them to the Derbyshire Peak District and Castleton. They are currently planning a return visit to Aston during May 2010.
Sixteen members of the Memmott family joined us on the 15th and 16th May 2010.
On the 15th May we met in the Reading Room and presented a brief history of Aston during the time of the Memmotts and also the Memmott emigration to Utah.
We visited Aston Church and then travelled on to St. James’s Church at South Anston where a Memmott baptism had been held.
On Sunday 16th May 2010 we gathered in Aston Church for a dedication service for a Paschal Candle Stand given to the Church by the Memmott family in memory of William Memmott (1743-1827), Parish Clerk for 45 years and Frances Memmott (1770-1849), Parish Clerk for 22 years.
The service was followed by refreshments in the Narthex and a trip to the top of the Church tower by several of the visitors. It was a beautifully clear day and the views from the top were worth the climb.