|Birth: ||Jan. 29, 1804|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 1863|
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Son of John Winn and Helena Moore
Married - Christina Finch, 1928
Children - William Henry Winn Sr., Walstein Winn (died in Missouri, 1839), James Winn (died in Missouri, 1839), Thomas Griffin Winn, George Finch Winn
Married - Mary Ann Baldrey (Weeks), about 1860
History - John was the oldest of three sons. His parents died when he was a young child and he was reared in the home of his uncle in New York. He followed farming as a young man.
John Winn at the age of 24 married Christiana Finch. They moved to Blakely, Luzerne, Pennsylvania. Soon after their arrival there, two LDS missionaries came to their home. Their preaching impressed John very much and he began investigating this new religion. Not being fully satisfied he went to Kirtland, Ohio, the headquarters of the church. He was soon convinced of the truth of this new doctrine and was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑Day Saints on the 30th of June 1833 by Oliver Cowdery, at Kirtland, Ohio. His wife was not baptized on this day, as she gave birth to her third son‑‑William Henry. She was baptized at a later date in 1833.
John went back to his home in Pennsylvania and began to dispose of his property and in the spring of 1836 moved to Kirtland. During their stay in Pennsylvania, they had four sons born to them.
On arriving at Kirtland they were counseled to continue on to Jackson County, Missouri. They at once made purchase of land and a building lot, and began making a home, feeling they had located themselves where the Center Stake of Zion and the great temple would be built preparatory to the coming of the Savior to reign as King of Kings. But to their surprise, mobs gathered and drove them into other parts of the state.
While located at Far West, Missouri, another son, George Finch was born on the 28th of Dec. 1838.
The John and Christiana Winn family was with the Saints during their persecutions and mobbings in Missouri and Illinois. Both James and Walstine Winn died from exposure during the expulsion of the Saints from Missouri, only six weeks apart. James died 5 Apr. 1839. Walstine died 17th May 1839. James was four years old and Walstine was nine.
At Nauvoo John and Christiana helped in building that city and the temple. On Feb 7th 1846 they received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple. They were well acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith and they were closely associated with the Lott family at the time the Lott family lived on the Church Farm near Nauvoo. John Winn attended the funeral services of the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum (He was in the City of Nauvoo when they were killed). He was in Nauvoo when the mob bombarded the city, and crossed the Mississippi on ice. All their earthly possessions were left behind and being practically destitute they went to live with relatives in the city of Quincy, Illinois.
Thomas Griffin Winn (eldest son of John and Christiana) at the age of 17[?] years [1840?] went away to work to earn something for them to live on. (One version says he went to work on the Erie Canal near Lake Era, New York). He was away for two years and during that time Mormon elders came into his neighborhood holding meetings. Their preaching so impressed him that he went home and urged his father and mother to prepare themselves to gather with the Saints in Salt Lake City and if they refused he was going anyway, but if they would go with him he would support them as long as they lived. After some persuasion they decided to go.
Christiana and her two sons, Thomas Griffin and George Finch ‑‑ the oldest and the youngest made ready and in the spring of 1852 in company with Willis Lemon's father's family, the Patterson Griffiths family, and several other families (eight to ten families in all) they started for Utah, arriving here in the middle of the summer of 1852.
John Winn, not being as well grounded in the faith as his wife did not emigrate to Utah with the Saints at this time. John, and his third son, William Henry came to Utah in 1856‑‑four years after his wife and two boys had left.
When they arrived, John found that his wife, Christiana had passed away two years earlier. He then married a woman known as "Widow Weeks" [Mary Ann Baldrey Weeks] who died soon after their marriage.
Christiana Finch Winn was a woman of high ideals, true to her religion and firm in her faith. She was an excellent housewife always busy caring for her husband and five sons. She was an expert seamstress and at times she made men's clothing to supplement the family income. She departed this life the 10th of July 1854, two years after her coming to Utah. She was among the first to be buried in Lehi's first cemetery. This cemetery no longer exists, but a large marker has been erected in memory of the dead who lie there. It is located on Highway 91 at 8th North in Lehi.
John Winn died at the home of Aunt Malissa Lott Smith Willes, at the age of 59.
Christiana Finch Winn and Malissa Lott Smith were very good friends. The Smith farm and the Winn farm adjoined.
Christina Finch Winn (1799 - 1854)*
Thomas Griffin Winn (1829 - 1904)*
William Henry Winn (1832 - 1884)*
George Finch Winn (1839 - 1856)*
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Jun 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19927123