George Wardle (1820 - 1901) MP

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Birthplace: Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Vernal, Uintah, Utah, United States
Occupation: LDS Seventy, Veteran Walker and Black Hawk Indian wars, Music and dancing teacher, farmer, wheelwright.
Managed by: Mary Kathleen Arnold (Butler)
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About George Wardle

George Wardle, son of Ralph Wardle (1775 - 1849) and Ann Allen (1785 - 1849), was born 3 February 1820, in Cheddleton, England. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1839, and immigrated to America in 1842 with his bride of two weeks, Fannie Rushton. They lived in Nauvoo, where he worked as a wheelwright, a trade he learned in his father's shop in England. On the trek west with the Brigham Young Company, he was among those selected to be in the advance party to enter the valley with Orson Pratt; they arrived on 24 July 1847. He was the first to go to work whipsawing for lumber. He and George A. Smith were among the first to plant potatoes in the valley.

He returned to Winter Quarters for his wife, brought her to Salt Lake Valley and then settled at Sugar House. An eager student of music and dancing while in England, he soon started a dancing school in Marcy R. Thompson's log house. Among his students were Brigham Young, Spencer W. Kimball, George Q. Cannon, Joseph Fielding Smith and George A. Smith. Mr. Wardle was a great musician, a member of the Nauvoo brass band,and he also helped organize the first choir and brass band in Salt Lake City. He, with James Smithers, conducted the singing for the ceremonies incident to the laying of the cornerstone of the Salt Lake temple in 1853. He was later called to Provo, Utah County; to Midway, Wasatch County; and to Glenwood, Sevier County, to teach his music arts. After John Taylor became president of the Church in 1880, Wardle was called by him to return to Midway and again teach dancing and vocal music to the members. He was later called to Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, where he organized another school where he gave dancing and vocal lessons. He died in Vernal on 25 November 1901, at age 81.

Marriages and Children

  1. Fanny Rushton (1821 - 1881) married at Leek, Staffordshire, England
    1. Horatio Wardle (1842 - 1844)
    2. Edwin Ralph Wardle (1848 - 1927), married Louisa Merkley Thompson
    3. Heber George Wardle (1850 - 1924), married Amanda Fausett
    4. Fanny Lucretia Wardle (1855 - 1883), married John Morton
    5. Jedediah Wardle (4 May 1857 - 1948), married Elizabeth Abplanalp
    6. Lucy Ann Wardle (1860 - 1898), married John Bell
    7. Lielie Wardle , died aged 4
  2. Lucy Crandell at Salt Lake City
    1. Alice Wardle , died
    2. Ida Wardle , died
    3. Alfonzo Wardle , married Lottie Waite
  3. Caroline Kazia Fisher (1850 - 1931) married at Salt Lake City
    1. Eliza Kazia Wardle (1870 - 1896), married William Tucker
    2. Baby, died in infancy
    3. Cora Wardle (1874 - 1932), married William Stone
    4. Edith Wardle , married Robert Hair, married William Reed
    5. Etta Wardle (1882 - 1953), married Francis Ross
    6. Harriet Wardle (1877 - 1968), married (1) Allie Pickup, (2) William Shelton
    7. Ralph Wardle (1891 - 1891)


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George Wardle's Timeline

February 3, 1820
Cheddleton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
January 24, 1842
Age 21
Leek, England, United Kingdom
Age 21
Age 27
October 19, 1850
Age 30
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Age 34
May 4, 1857
Age 37
Age 39
Age 41
Age 49