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Wilford Woodruf

Wilford Woodruf

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  • Name Wilford Woodruf 
    Born 1 Mar 1807  Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 7 Mar 1807  Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Initiatory (LDS) 20 Feb 1851  EHOUS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 2 Sep 1898  San Francisco, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 8 Sep 1898  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I86871  mytree
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2015 

    Father Aphek Woodruff,   b. 11 Nov 1778, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1861, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Beulah Thompson,   b. 1782, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1808, Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1801  Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F28624  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Phoebe Whittemore Carter,   b. 8 Mar 1807, Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1885, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 13 Apr 1837  Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Emma Woodruff,   b. 14 Jul 1838, Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1840, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)
    +2. Phoebe Amelia Woodruff,   b. 4 Mar 1842, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1919, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Susan Cornelia Woodruff,   b. 25 Jul 1843, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1897  (Age 54 years)
     4. Joseph Carter Woodruff,   b. 18 Jul 1845, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1846, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. Ezra Carter Woodruff,   b. 8 Dec 1846, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1846, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     6. Sarah Carter Woodruff,   b. 28 Oct 1847, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1848, Louisville, Clay, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. Beulah Augusta Woodruff,   b. 19 Jul 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1905, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     8. Aphek Woodruff,   b. 25 Jan 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1853  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Wilford Woodruff, Jr,   b. 22 Mar 1840, Montrose, Lee, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1921, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28615  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Ann Jackson,   b. 18 Feb 1818, Liverpool, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Oct 1894  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1846  Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. James Jackson Woodruff,   b. 25 May 1847, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1927, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28616  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Sarah Elinor Brown,   b. 22 Aug 1827, Vinalhaven, Knox, Maine, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1915, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1846 
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Mary Caroline Barton,   b. 12 Jan 1829, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1910, Barton, Custer, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 2 Aug 1846 
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 5 Mary Meek Webster,   b. 6 Sep 1806, Essex, Essex, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1852  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 28 Mar 1852 
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 6 Emma Smith,   b. 1 Mar 1838, Adam-ondi-Ahman Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1912, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 13 Mar 1853  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hyrum Smith Woodruff,   b. 4 Oct 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Nov 1858, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     2. Emma Manella Woodruff,   b. 4 Jul 1860, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Nov 1905, Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Asahel Hart Woodruff,   b. 3 Feb 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jul 1939, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     4. Ann Thompson Woodruff,   b. 10 Apr 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     5. Clara Martina Woodruff,   b. 23 Jul 1868, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1927, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     6. Abraham Owen Woodruff,   b. 23 Nov 1872, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1904, El Paso, El Paso, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     7. Winnifred Blanche Woodruff,   b. 9 Apr 1876, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1954, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     8. Mary Alice Woodruff,   b. 2 Jan 1879, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 19 Jan 1916, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28620  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 7 Sarah Brown,   b. 1 Jan 1834, Henderson, Jefferson, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1909, Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 13 Mar 1853  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. David Patten Woodruff,   b. 4 Apr 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1937, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Brigham Young Woodruff,   b. 18 Jan 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1877, Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     3. Phoebe Arabell Woodruff,   b. 30 May 1859, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1939  (Age 80 years)
     4. Sylvia Melvina Woodruff,   b. 14 Jan 1862, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1940, American Falls, Power, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. Newton Woodruff,   b. 3 Nov 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1960, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     6. Mary Woodruff,   b. 26 Oct 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1903, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     7. Charles Henry Woodruff,   b. 5 Dec 1870, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1871, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     8. Edward Randolph Woodruff,   b. 2 Feb 1873, Randolph, Rich, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1873, Randolph, Rich, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28621  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 8 Sarah Delight Stocking,   b. 26 Jun 1838, Canton, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1906  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 31 Jul 1857  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Marion Woodruff,   b. 1 Jun 1861, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 8 Feb 1946, Elwood, Box Elder, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     2. Emeline Woodruff,   b. 26 Jul 1863, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 30 May 1915, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)
     3. Ensign Woodruff,   b. 23 Dec 1865, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 4 May 1955, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
     4. Jeremiah Woodruff,   b. 29 Aug 1868, Herriman, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Rosannah Woodruff,   b. 17 Apr 1871, Herriman, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. John Jay Woodruff,   b. 14 Aug 1873, Herriman, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 4 Nov 1964, Murray City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
     7. Julia Delight Stocking Woodruff,   b. 28 Jun 1878, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1954, Granger, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28622  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 9 Eudora Young Dunford,   b. 12 May 1852,   d. 21 Oct 1921  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1877 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2019 
    Family ID F28623  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1 Mar 1807 - Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 7 Mar 1807 - Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Apr 1837 - Kirtland, Lake, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Aug 1846 - Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 20 Feb 1851 - EHOUS Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Mar 1853 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Mar 1853 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Jul 1857 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Sep 1898 - San Francisco, California, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 8 Sep 1898 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    LDS Prophet Wilford Woodruff - 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    LDS Prophet Wilford Woodruff - 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Woodruff, Wilford b1807 - Portrait
    Woodruff, Wilford b1807 - Portrait
    Woodruff, Wilford b1807 - Portrait
    Woodruff, Wilford b1807 - Portrait

  • Notes 
    • 4th President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

      Wilford Woodruff, Sr. (March 1, 1807 – September 2, 1898) was the fourth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1889 until his death. Woodruff's large collection of diaries provides an important record of Latter Day Saint history, and his decision to formally end the practice of plural marriage among the members of the LDS Church in 1890 brought to a close one of the most difficult periods of church history.

      Woodruff was one of nine children born to Aphek Woodruff, a miller working in Farmington, Connecticut. Wilford's mother Beulah Thompson died of "spotted fever" in 1808 at the age of 26, when Wilford was fifteen months old. He was raised by his step-mother Azubah Hart. As a young man, Woodruff worked at a sawmill and a flour mill owned by his father.

      Woodruff joined the Latter Day Saint church on December 31, 1833. At that time, the church numbered only a few thousand believers clustered around Kirtland, Ohio. On January 13, 1835, Woodruff left Kirtland on his first full-time mission, preaching without "purse or scrip" in Arkansas and Tennessee.

      Woodruff was always known as a conservative religious man, but was also enthusiastically involved in the social and economic life of his community. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting. Woodruff learned to fly fish in England, and his 1847 journal account of his fishing in the East Fork River is the earliest known account of fly fishing west of the Mississippi River. As an adult, Woodruff was a farmer, horticulturist and stockman by trade and wrote extensively for church periodicals.

      Woodruff and his brother Azmon were baptized by missionaries of the Church of Christ on December 31, 1833, in Richland, New York. Other members of the Woodruff family, including Woodruff's father, joined the church in 1839.

      Shortly after his baptism, Woodruff accompanied Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum on a journey from Kirtland, Ohio, to Missouri as a member of Zion's Camp. Woodruff remained in Clay County, Missouri, until January 1835, when he was sent by Edward Partridge to preach in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Woodruff's original companion was Harry Brown, who later went to be with his family in Kirtland. Most of the mission was spent preaching in small towns and villages in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

      On May 30, 1837, a month after his marriage to Phoebe, Woodruff left Kirtland along with Jonathan Hale and Milton Holmes to serve a mission in New England. According to their accounts, the main places they preached were The Fox Islands, Litchfield County, Connecticut and York County, Maine. Phoebe joined Wilford in Farmington, Connecticut on July 16, where he baptized some of his relatives. Although Phoebe did not accompany him on all of his journeys over the next year and a half, she stayed at various locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maine, locations that he to some extent made his base of operations. In 1838, Woodruff led a party of fifty-three members in wagons from the Maine coast to Nauvoo, Illinois.

      In 1839, at the age of 32, Woodruff became a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He became a member of the Nauvoo city council and served as chaplain for the Nauvoo Legion, a local militia. Woodruff was also a member of the Anointed Quorum and Council of Fifty and received his endowment from Smith in the Red Brick Store prior to the completion of the Nauvoo Temple. Woodruff and Phoebe were sealed by Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo but, due to a loss of records, this ordinance was later repeated by Heber C. Kimball in Salt Lake City. After the death of Joseph Smith, Woodruff was an active participant in the westward progression of the Mormon pioneers. He was a member of the first pioneer company of Latter-day Saints to arrive in Utah's Great Basin in 1847.

      In 1856, Woodruff began serving as church historian and served in this position for 33 years. A religious conservative, he offered charismatic sermons during the period of Mormon Reformation from 1856 to 1858.