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William Henry Deuel

Greenfield, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 30 Apr 1891 (aged 79)
Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA
Burial Centerville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot UK10
Memorial ID 48854 · View Source
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Son of Lewis Deuel and Mary Barton

Married Eliza Avery Whiting, 1 Jan 1837, Freedom, Cattaraugus, New York

Children - Joseph Merritt Deuel, Alonzo Merritt Deuel, Minerva Adaline Deuel, Mercy Ann Dueuel, William Henry Deuel, Lewis Deuel, Eliza Frances Deuel, George Amos Deuel, Nathaniel Deuel, Avery Janet Deuel

History - On his 25th birthday, William Henry Deuel married Eliza Avery Whiting in Freedom, New York (1837). Shortly thereafter, they followed the convictions of their hearts in response to the calling of an American born prophet, Joseph Smith. Accompanied by at least two of his brothers, Amos and Osmyn Merrit, they left their home behind to be with fellow members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

William had more in common with his older brother Osmyn than being born in Greenfield, New York. Coincidentally, these two siblings also shared the same birthday, January 1; William was the younger by a decade. Each fell in love with, and married daughters of Nathaniel Whiting (Eliza Avery and Mary). They were also experienced blacksmiths, as well as farmers, which proved to be valuable pioneer skills. Both shared a strong desire for religious freedom, that took them on a journey across the American continent.

During their Westward Trek, they lived in at least three cities: Platt, MO; Nauvoo, IL; and Montrose, IA. The journey was not an easy one, and required more sacrifice than originally visioned. Two sons were born, and died along the way. Joseph lived for only five months in Platt, whereas Alonzo was able to celebrate his 2nd birthday in his birthplace of Nauvoo. These were the first children born by the young couple, each given their uncle's middle name of Merrit.

Two daughters, Minnervia Adeline and Mercy Ann, were born the following year in Montrose. This was also a time when dark forces gathered against the sect they were members of, which resulted in the martyrdom of their beloved Prophet Joseph Smith in 1844. Two years later, many in the Deuel kin received church endowments & ordinances in the Nauvoo Temple. Brigham Young soon became the new religious leader, then asked the faithful to leave their homes once again.

The Deuels arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley (1847) as members of the pioneer company led by Charles C. Rich. William and his brother Osmyn quickly built a new home that would house both families during the coming Winter. Their first log cabin was located north of the east portal of the old fort, now Pioneer Park.

The home, 15 feet by 20 feet, was constructed of Douglas fir and lodge pole pine brought from the mountains east of the city. Its furnishings reflect the lifestyle of a prosperous pioneer family, complete with cast iron stove. Another log structure, adjacent to the log cabin, probably served as a blacksmith shop for the brothers. It is supposed that their younger brother Amos helped as well.

William Henry Deuel, Jr. was born a year later in the log home, during the great infestation of Mormon Crickets. His mother helped fight the pests devouring their fields, until it was time for her to give birth. The crops were later saved as white seagulls swooped down from the sky to ingest the black wave of insects, disgorging their prey into the waters of the Great Salt Lake. He and his wife, Marcy Jane Barney, were early settlers in the Southern Utah town of Escalante. They raised 10 children.

The cabin was later sold to Albert Carrington in 1849, after which he moved the structure to 1st North and West Temple Streets. His first five children were born in his new home. He also allowed Captain Howard Stansbury of the U.S. Army Typographical Engineers to spend much of his time in this cabin (1849-50).

This historic pioneer log home has since been on display in Salt Lake City at the Deseret Museum (1912-19), on Temple Square (1919-76), and in the plaza located adjacent to the North side of the Genealogical Library (1984-present). The cabin was restored in 1985 to appear as it would have looked in 1847.




  • Maintained by: SMSmith
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 48854
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Deuel (1 Jan 1812–30 Apr 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 48854, citing Centerville City Cemetery, Centerville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .