Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood

Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Death 25 Apr 1892 (aged 91)
Woods Cross, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 45915 · View Source
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Son of Henry Wood and Elizabeth DeMille

Married Mary Snyder, 19 Mar 1824, Earnestown, Ontario, Canada

Married Nancy Ann Boice, Abt 1831, Offredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, Canada

Married Peninah Shropshire Cotten, 27 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Laura Ann Gibbs, 21 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, later divorced

Married Sarah Grace, 14 Jan 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, later divorced

Married Emma Mariah Ellis, 22 Nov 1853, Bountiful, Davis, Utah

Married Margaret Morris, 3 Mar 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Eliza Hundy, 24 May 1859, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Obituary - Daniel Wood was born in Dutchess County, New York, October 16, 1800. He was the second child of Henry Wood and Elizabeth Demelt. His father remained in Ernest Town, Canada, with his family in the year 1803 where he lived about five years, when he moved to the town of Sidneyham, Canada. Here he remained and became the happy parent of fifteen children; nine sons and six daughters. He made it a point to start his sons out with forty acres of land, one yoke of oxen, two cows and ten sheep.

At the age of twenty-two Daniel married Mary E. Snider and started out with his apportionment and was prospered in this place for eight years, being blessed with three children, John, Henry, and Rebekan, when the elders of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found him and a number of prosperous neighbors, but they left with the little village a strong desire to investigate and be baptized, and by continuing their meetings as best they could alone. He became so convinced that he should be baptized that he requested it of a Methodist. Shortly after Brigham and Joseph Young appeared and explained the order of the Church of Christ more perfectly and had the privilege of leading the little already prepared colony down into the waters of baptism.

He was ordained an elder and remained and preached until the summer of 1834 when he sold his possessions and with his wife and three children when to Kirtland, Ohio. He bought a farm four miles south of Kirtland and lived there until 1838 when he went to Davis County, Missouri, arriving there the 11th of June. There again he took up a farm bit was unable to remain on account of the mob. So about the first of October he went to the Far West area. Here the mob surrounded them again and Joseph Smith and others were betrayed into the enemies hands and the city was put under guard. They were out of provisions, having been driven from their grain. So Daniel went in with the mob (called Soldiers) and with the rest gave the number of his family and received is rations, they not being aware that he was a Mormon.

In February they started for Illinois., he had a cow he paid sixty dollars for. A party wanted to buy her; he asked $18.00 but did not sell. On the road another came to buy and he asked $20.00. Again another came and he asked $22.00, and still another came and he sold at $24.00. He ought to have gotten rich if he had not sold so soon, as he told the last he was going to raise $2.00 every time.

He bought 40 acres of ground about eighteen miles from Nauvoo. Here the mob followed and his son stood guard night and day while his mother was sick with ague and unhoused.

In 1845 he removed to Nauvoo. Here he became acquainted with Peninah Cotton, an orphan girl, and married her. They soon prepared to leave, not knowing where they were going. All they knew is that they were following the inspiration of Brigham Young. Brigham asked them to build a cabin, and grow crops for the companies to come, so all could have at least occasionally green, fresh food, on the plains, as many families were asked to do along the plains route. He landed in Salt Lake in the fall of 1848. He came to Bountiful immediately and built the fourth house in the settlement. It was the first on Mill Creek and was located where the county road now runs., just a little south of where Simmon's house now stands.

In about two years he located his farm, having 180 acres. Four years later he undertook the mammoth task of building that large adobe house, and completed the main part and soon afterward added the back rooms. This was the largest and best house in this part of the country at the time.

His family being quite large, he started school in his own house, taught by his wife, Emma, and as soon as possible he employed a male teacher. The school continued the greatest part of the year, his own children faith fully attending; he obtained good support from the outside. Thus his school was a good start for the new country a thousand miles from Civilization.

About 1860 he built a family meeting house and 20 X 40, one story, with basement and belfry from which came the welcome chimes of his seventy dollar bell. To this building he moved his school. Meetings were held on every Wednesday night and on other special occasions. He had a choir, and a string band in his own family, and was not too sanctimonious to have a jig even at his family meetings. One evening when Joseph Young was present at the meeting, the band started up and he jumped out on the floor and showed those present how nimble he was. The general public was invited and they responded well. As he often had good speakers from the city and elsewhere.

Every Christmas while other were feasting, his family was fasting and having meeting of prayer and making right little misunderstandings and disputes of the old year. These meeting were continued until quite recently.

He was in Canada, on a mission, when the Utah Central R.R. was put thru his field and the depot located on his ground, but the family wrote the particulars, which did not please him. When he came home it was late at night and when the conductor woke him by announcing the name of the station, "WOODS CROSS" he replied, "yes, and darn cross, ground too good to raise corn to be used for a rail road.

He had been a great worker in his day, even at the age of seventy-five he could take a hand with most of the younger men. He lived to the good age of ninety-two, and only books he read. His firm frame might have been seen plodding along the streets only a few weeks before his death, and the day before he was taken sick he sat in his little private cemetery on his farm, where he had twenty-five of his family laid, and showed his daughter where he wanted to by put away to rest. This little treasure was his main one of late, and he kept an old chair there where he passed away many hours.

He leaves a large family to mourn his loss, as he had tem wives, thirty-two children, and about one hundred grand children.

His funeral services were held in the East Bountiful Tabernacle, Wednesday 2 P.M. The stand and casket were beautifully decorated. ON either side of the pulpit stood four nicely draped flowerpots, six of which contained living plants in bloom, and remained two contained bouquets. Upon the white casket was place a sheaf of wheat and a beautiful arch of artificial flowers with these words in violet upon a white background; "Welcome Home."

P.G. Sessions, Richard Duerden, E. Pace, David Stoker, Louis Grant, Archie Hill, Joseph F. Smith, and Heber J. Grant were the speakers.

The local brethren spoke on the views the deceased had entertained and on the praiseworthy traits of his character. Joseph F. Smith occupied most of the time. Said he had passed away proving faithful to the end. The speaker mentioned that all the children of the deceased were in the faith. The principle of death was commented upon and explained it to the only a separation of the body and the soul for a time, and that the Savior had redeemed us from the fall brought into the world by Adam. He further said that as we are laid away so we all rise again on the resurrection day. When a child is laid away it will still be a child when it is resurrected. He maintained that members of the body which had been severed at or before death, could again be united with the body at the resurrection as was the case with John the Baptist who appeared before Joseph Smith as a whole man, also Peter and James, the latter of who was beheaded. He through the stunted, the crippled and the afflicted would, after the resurrection, grow to their full state, being perfect in every particular. In his closing remarks he hoped he would be able to remain faithful and unwavering to the end, as the departed brother has done.

Heber J. Grant mentioned a brief fule by which true doctrine would be told from false, which is that true doctrine always brings us hope and joy.

After the audience had viewed the remains they were taken to their final resting place in his own cemetery. Sexton Taylor's hearse headed the procession, which consisted of fifty-six vehicles.

Davis County Clipper
Bountiful, Utah
Friday, April 29, 1892

History - Daniel Wood was the wealthiest man in Woods Cross. In 1855, he consecrated to the Mormon Church, land, houses and personal possessions worth $13,884.00 - a large estate by any reckoning. And he was quite precise in setting down, on paper, allotments of property. When he and Grace Ann were divorced, an elaborate agreement detailed her settlement. When he turned the operation of his farm over to his son, Joseph C. Wood, the same careful detail is present and recorded with the county recorder.

Daniel knew farmland - the land on the East bench, where he first settled, was too gravelly for farming. He searched until he found just the right piece - generations of silt deposits from the overflowing of North Mill Creek, which runs along the south boundary of that land, left a soil so rich that farmers still call it the most productive 100 acres in all Davis County. Here he established his home.

Daniel was a responsible citizen of the community. He built and maintained, at his own expense, a school (1854) for the education of his own children and those who lived nearby and a church (1836) with a seating capacity of 125 to accommodate their religious needs He believed that his own immortality was closely tied to the family he created and nurtured. Through them, he hoped "to perpetuate my name through endless ages, that I might never be forgotten." With clock-like regularity, Daniel conducted family meetings every week. His wives and children, even those who lived in their own homes, gathered together in the church or in his home to worship, counsel, entertain and to chare experience. Each item on the program was preceded by a musical interlude from the Wood String Ensemble. And each meeting was punctuated by Daniel's sage comments. When he was away from home, the meetings continued with the same regularity under the direction of other family members. Detailed minutes of these meetings, also attended by his neighbors and their families, are chronicled in his journals.

Was Daniel cross when the railroad decided to locate the loading platform on his rich land? Did Brigham Young send him on a mission to prevent and "backtalk"? Daniel knew the value of his land. And he did go on a mission in October 1869 with a group of missionaries called from the North Kanyon Ward. My findings who, however, that Daniel welcomed the arrival of the railroad. He encouraged the location of the platform on his land. And he immortalized his name for generations to come with the selection of Woods Crossing as the name for this important railroad stop. The facts are these:

Brigham Young met 100 leading citizens of the county at the borders of Daniels' land, as reported in the Deseret News, 16 June 1869. Dan strongly urged that the line not interfere with his land on the east. Then he and his neighbors unanimously chose the NW corner of his property as the site for the depot and Daniel offered the land to the railroad for nothing!

He sent a glowing invitation to his brother, Nathan, to come to the west: "This is a very healthy country. We have stages running through out county daily. And also a telegraph line. We can hear from Washington in a very few minutes and from other parts of the world. We expect that the railroad cars will travel through here in a short time."

On his return form Canada in March 1870, Daniel carefully measured the distances and arrival times in his journals as they left Omaha on the train and passed through each community and whistle stop to Utah. Savor his description:

"We changed cars at Ogden City. We resumed out journey from Ogden at 5 minutes past 7 o clock. We arrived at Farmington 7 minutes to 8 o clock. We arrived in Centerville 25 minutes to 9. We arrived at Woods Cross 20 minutes to 9 o clock. WE landed right on our farm. 20 minutes to 9 o clock, we landed right on our own farm."

Four days later, by request, his son Peter C. Wood, sand The Railroad Song to an overflow crowd of family and community gathered to welcome Daniel home.

By sheer weight of numbers and by sheer size of acreage, Daniel Wood was overshadowed by the Hatch family, who at one time occupied every home on both sides of 500 South from the freeway to Redwood Road and on both sides of 800 West from 1100 South north past Phillips Petroleum. Woods Cross - Daniel perpetuated his name for the generations to come - a coup very much in character for a community-spirited man.

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 20, p. 137

Wood Cemetery. An outstanding characteristic of Daniel C. Wood was to own, supervise, conduct, and operate his own personal properties for the education and religious training of his family. He owned his own schoolhouse and church which his family attended. His own cemetery was located in West Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, where he and his wives and several members of his family were buried. During the massacre of the Indians there were many Indian children left orphans. Daniel Wood adopted three Indian children. They, too, were buried in the Wood Cemetery. The cemetery plot was laid out in approximately 1852. It was customary for the Wood families to meet at the cemetery each year on Memorial Day, where fitting and acred services were held in honor of Daniel Wood. Many of the original grave markers were of his own design, standing as a monument to his memory and to his loved ones who were resting there. The cemetery plot was an endeared spot to Daniel C. Wood. In one corner of the lot he planted several trees, under which he placed two or three rocking chairs for the family's and friends' comfort when visiting there, and there he spent many hours in meditation. His most ardent desire was expressed many times to his sons before his death—that the cemetery should never be moved.

Daniel Wood Biography

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Daniel Wood Cemetery Marker

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Gravesite Details PIONEER FOUNDER OF WOODS CROSS, UTAH. He was one of the first six families to settle in Bountiful, Utah, formerly called North Canyon Ward, and later Sessions Settlement.



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