Images in Wilford Woodruff's Witness

Wilford Woodruff first arrived in Salt Lake City in July 1847 and built two cabins in anticipation of his family's arrival.  However, he did not return to Salt Lake City until 1850.  At that point he moved the two cabins to his property on the corner of South Temple and West Temple street and built what became known as the Valley House when it was converted to a hotel. This was his main residence from 1851-1878 when he moved to the smaller house he had built next door.  He also built several homes on his farm on 500 East - one for his wife Emma in the 1850s and then the Woodruff Villa in the 1890s.  He purchased another home on 1300 South in Salt Lake City for his wife Sarah Delight (not pictured) and one in Provo where his wife Sarah Brown lived in her later life.  He had also built a cabin in Randolph, Utah for Sarah Brown which she later traded for a home and property in Smithfield, Utah.  Pictures of some of these homes are included in Wilford Woodruff's Witness:
Wilford Woodruff built two cabins in 1847 that were part of the Old Fort
located at what is now Pioneer Square in Salt Lake City.
Wilford Woodruff's first home in Salt Lake City built in 1851 and at one point housed four generations of his family.
It was converted to the Valley House Hotel (1878-1915) shown here in 1902. 
Emma Smith Woodruff's farmhouse built in 1850s.
Wilford Woodruff's daughter Emma Manella is standing on porch holding her child.
(Picture courtesy of Carolyn Woodruff Owen.)

Woodruff Farmhouse still stands at 1604 S 500 E in Salt Lake City
In this picture (courtesy of Carolyn Woodruff Owen)
Emma Woodruff on the left with grandchildren Helen, June, Rhoda, W. Owen
(children of Abraham Owen) and nurse Anna Rosenkilde on the right
Sarah Brown Woodruff's restored cabin still stands in Randolph, Utah


Home in Provo, Utah where Sarah Brown Woodruff and daughter Mary
lived in 1890s while Mary taught at the Brigham Young Academy,
(Picture courtesy of Kenneth Mays.)
Woodruff Villa built in 1890s where Wilford and Emma Woodruff lived.
This home has been restored and still stands at 1622 S 500 E in Salt Lake City.
(Oicture courtesy of Carolyn Woodruff Owen.)

Images included in WILFORD WOODRUFF'S WITNESS

Until the Endowment House was completed in 1855, temple ordinances were administered in Salt Lake City in the upper floor of the Territorial Council House.  The Council House was built in 1850-51 on the corner of Main Street and South Temple Street and over the course of 32 years housed government offices, the Deseret University n.k.a. the University of Utah, the Territorial Library, and the Deseret News among others.  It was destroyed in a fire on June 21, 1883.
Globe Bakery and Council House 1850s
Council House and Temple Block circa 1882
Council House after fire on June 21, 1883


Salt Lake City 1890s showing space where Council House used to be 


PowerPoint on discovery of Woodruff home site in New York

Wilford Woodruff in New York by Jennifer Mackley

Two presentations this weekend!


I am very excited to post this news:

I have been invited to speak at the Wilford Woodruff family reunion in Salt Lake City this Saturday, April 27th.  I will be joining Richard N. W. Lambert, President of the Wilford Woodruff Family Association, to share the research that led to our identification of the Woodruff brothers' 1832 home site in New York.

I am also the featured speaker at a fireside this Sunday, April 28th, from 7:00-8:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the Big Cottonwood Stake Center located at 1750 E. Spring Lane (5200 S.) in Salt Lake City.  I will be sharing pictures and insights from the life of Wilford Woodruff as he witnessed and participated in the development of temple doctrine.  My presentation will be followed by a Q & A.

Please share this invitation and join me for an enlightening evening!

New Book on the St George Temple

All That Was Promised: The St. George Temple and the Unfolding of the Restoration


Deseret Book just published a book on the history of the St. George Temple written by Blaine Yorgason, St. George Temple Recorder, along with Doug Alder and Richard Schmutz, who currently serve as sealers in the St. George Temple.

Blaine Yorgason contacted me last year because he had heard about my research, and asked for my input on some of the material they were considering.  Scans of the pages from the chapter on temple work are below.  They refer to my research and my upcoming book Wilford Woodruff's Witness.








Wilford Woodruff's Children



Child's Name
Birth Date
Place
Death Date
Place
Mother's Name
1
Sarah Emma
July 14 1838
Scarborough, Maine
July 17 1840
Nauvoo, Illinois
Phebe Carter
2
Wilford
March 22 1840
Montrose, Iowa
May 6 1921
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phebe Carter
3
Phebe Amelia
March 4 1842
Nauvoo, Illinois
February 15 1919
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phebe Carter
4
Susan Cornelia
July 25 1843
Nauvoo, Illinois
October 6 1897
Sioux City, Iowa
Phebe Carter
5
Joseph
July 18 1845
Liverpool, England
November 12 1846
Winter Quarters, NE
Phebe Carter
6
Ezra
December 8 1846
Winter Quarters, NE
December 10 1846
Winter Quarters, NE
Phebe Carter
7
James Jackson
May 25 1847
Winter Quarters, NE
December 8 1927
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mary Ann Jackson
8
Shuah Carter
October 28 1847
Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 22 1848
La Moille, Illinois
Phebe Carter
9
Beulah Augusta
July 19 1851
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 13 1905
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phebe Carter
10
Aphek
January 25 1853
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 25 1853
Salt Lake City, Utah
Phebe Carter
11
David Patten
April 4 1854
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 21 1937
Long Beach, California
Sarah Brown
12
Brigham Young
January 18 1857
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 16 1877
Smithfield, Utah
Sarah Brown
13
Hyrum Smith
October 4 1857
Salt Lake City, Utah
November 24 1858
Salt Lake City, Utah
Emma Smith
14
Phebe Arabell
May 30 1859
Salt Lake City, Utah
September 7 1939
Clearfield, Utah
Sarah Brown
15
Emma Manella
July 4 1860
Salt Lake City, Utah
November 30 1905
Vernal, Utah
Emma Smith
16
Marion
June 1 1861
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 5 1946
Tremonton, Utah
Sarah Delight Stocking
17
Sylvia Melvina
January 14 1862
Salt Lake City, Utah
August 7 1940
American Falls, Idaho
Sarah Brown
18
Asahel Hart
February 3 1863
Salt Lake City, Utah
July 2 1939
Salt Lake City, Utah
Emma Smith
19
Emeline
July 25 1863
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 25 1915
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Delight Stocking
20
Newton
November 3 1863
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 21 1960
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Brown
21
Ensign
December 23 1865
Salt Lake City, Utah
May 1 1955
Murray, Utah
Sarah Delight Stocking
22
Ann Thompson
April 10 1867
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 11 1867
Salt Lake City, Utah
Emma Smith
23
Mary
October 26 1867
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 15 1903
Provo, Utah
Sarah Brown
24
Clara Martisha
July 23 1868
Salt Lake City, Utah
December 29 1927
Salt Lake City, Utah
Emma Smith
25
Jeremiah
August 29 1868
Herriman, Utah
December 16 1869
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Delight Stocking
26
Charles Henry
December 5 1870
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 2 1871
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Brown
27
Rosanna
April 17 1871
Salt Lake City, Utah
October 22, 1872
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sarah Delight Stocking
28
Abraham Owen
November 23 1872
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20 1904
El Paso, Texas
Emma Smith
29
Edward Randolph
February 2 1873
Randolph, Utah
February 8 1873
Randolph, Utah
Sarah Brown
30
John Jay
August 14 1873
Salt Lake City, Utah
November 1 1964
Boise, Idaho
Sarah Delight Stocking
31
Winnifred Blanche
April 9 1876
Salt Lake City, Utah
April 28 1954
Salt Lake City, Utah
Emma Smith
32
Son
April 1 1878
Salt Lake City, Utah?
April 1, 1878
Salt Lake City, Utah?
Eudora Young Dunford?
33
Julia Delight Stocking
June 28 1878
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 8 1954
Granger, Utah
Sarah Delight Stocking
34
Mary Alice
January 2 1879
Salt Lake City, Utah
January 14 1916
Salt Lake City, Utah
Emma Smith