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 Ephraim Wilson

Ephraim Wilson

Birth
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, USA
Death 15 Jul 1908 (aged 64)
Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA
Plot A_B_31_3_SE
Memorial ID 51377 · View Source
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Ephraim was born in Nauvoo, Illinois. The second son born to Henry Hardy Wilson and his wife Frances Kelly Wilson. In 1846, when he was two years old, they left Nauvoo and made their way across Iowa to a temporary Mormon outpost called Garden Grove, they lived the next 4-5 years in a Mormon settlement called Little Pidgeon, in Pottawatamie County, Iowa. Then in 1853, at age 9, Ephraim and his family made the trek to the Salt Lake Valley. They settled for the next few years in Union or "Little Cottonwood" in Salt Lake County, then pioneered in St. George, Washington County. At age 22, Ephraim married a Scotish convert by the name of Isabel Deans at the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Ephraim was a skilled craftsman and builder. He assisted his (step)-father in law, Archibald McNeil in building the St. George Tabernacle. He built several homes in Pine Valley. He built fine cabinets one of which is still in use (2008) and in fine condition in the home of Bob Frei in Santa Clara. The historical excerpts below allude to Ehraim's work:

Following the completion of the afternoon ceremonies the workers on the St. George Tabernacle were honored with a "Social Party and Festival" at the St. George Hall. There were many rousing songs, and frequent toasts, presumably with everyone raising a glass of Dixie Wine. Of special interest is the following toast praising Archibald McNeil and the quarry hands:
The solid rocks had to give way before them and the mountains have had to remove because of their faith and works. May their bodies be like steel to endure hardship, and their faith ever continue, and may they ever feel that their yoke is easy and their burden light, and may the noble McNeil outlive all his troubles and the enemies of Zion, and may he do good execution even with his last blast or shot.5
McNeil, who was born in Tranent, Scotland, joined the church in 1847, emigrated to America in 1849, and went to St. George in 1861. His fellow workmen in the quarry included Alex Fullerton, Jim Dean (Isabel's brother), Ephraim Wilson, and Lewis Robbins. Other toasts were presented as tributes to William Burt and his sons who did the plaster of paris decorating and plastering; John Pymm, the commissary who dispensed commodities at the tithing office; George Jarvis, the British sailor who erected the scaffold­ing; and John 0. Angus, the timekeeper who kept the workers on a daily schedule.

ST. GEORGE TABERNACLE and TEMPLE:
THE BUILDERS
By Leonard J. Arrington



David and Mary Ann Rogers raised a family of eight children, six girls and two boys. Two of their daughters married young men from Pine Valley, Benjamin (Bench) and Abram Burgess and went there to make their homes. As a result the father of the girls and EPHRAIM WILSON spent many summers at Pine Valley building fine homes. Here the pay would mostly be in kind offered such as potatoes, grain, meat, and vegetables that could be used by their families.


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  • Maintained by: Gus Pendleton
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 51377
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ephraim Wilson (9 Mar 1844–15 Jul 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 51377, citing Saint George City Cemetery, Saint George, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Gus Pendleton (contributor 47054338) .