On transfer day at Gloucester, we drove a half hour to Dymock, where Davis and Elton ancestors lived in the 1700s. It also has LDS church heritage there, being the home village of Thomas Kington, the leader of the United Brethren, who prayed about what he heard Elder Wilford Woodruff, and when he returned several days later he said that the Lord had told him the Church was true. He was baptized and became a strong supporter of the Church. Dymock was the place of a wonderful healing, by Brigham Young, of Mary Pitt, who had been an invalid for many years. The next day she walked through the streets of Dymock proclaiming the truth of the restored gospel. [Mary’s brother William Pitt was the local choirmaster and after baptism and emigration became the leader of the Nauvoo Band.] We found the oldest building in the village and imagined Mary walking past!
We drove a few miles away to Kempley, also an ancestor village of the Eltons, Smallmans and Woodcocks. As we drove up we saw several cars arriving at the same time. It was an Optimist group, a women’s group who had scheduled a lecture by a professor about the 11th century church. Perfect timing! (Blessed timing!) We loved learning about it!
The professor told us that the colorful ancient frescoes on all the wall had been covered by a whitewash paint, but were discovered and preserved. They were so beautiful! This next one shows a wheel of life, and some Optimists.
The professor asked us the surnames of our ancestors from Kempley and gave us directions to the Woodcock farm, which we visited, but no one was home, so we don’t know if we are connected. This farm is in Kempley Green, right near the Queen’s Wood, now a lovely picnic area. Betty Woodcock died in Kempley Green in February 1793.