About Louisa Rock Snow Watts (Noble)
Departure: 5 or 8 August 1862 Arrival: 17-18 October 1862
Company Information: 665 individuals and 60 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska
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Birth: Oct. 21, 1843 Wellingborough Northamptonshire, England
Death: Oct. 23, 1876 Smithfield Cache County Utah, USA
Daughter of William Goodwin Noble and Mary Ann Harper
Married Henry Watts, 8 Mar 1862, Smithfield, Cache, Utah
Children: Harper Benjamin Watts, Jane Ann Watts, Henry Watts, Joseph Watts, Eliza Priscilla Watts, Thomas Noble Watts
Louisa had emmigrated from England to America with her parents. The Noble family had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. Louisa had a brother, Waterhouse Harper Noble, that came first to America at the age of 20 years. He sailed on the 22 Feb 1854 on the ship "Windermere." Then her sister, Eliza Priscilla, came on 28 Mar 1857 on the ship "George Washington." Her parents and other members of this family including herself sailed on the ship "William Tapascott" on 11 May 1860. This family was eight weeks on the water. They landed at New York.
They crossed the harbor to Williamsburg where they remained for two years. During the following two years her father, William Goodwin Noble, filled a mission for the church as a traveling Elder. He also filled a mission for the Church in his native land before coming to America.
While they lived at Williamsburg, all the children and the mother worked at any job they could get to do. From their labor they saved toward equipping themselves for the trek westward.
In the spring of 1862 this Noble family made their way by rail and river boat to Florence, Nebraska where a company was preparing to begin their journey westward. With the rest of the company they left Florence, Nebraska early on the 8th of Aug 1862 in the Henry W. Miller Company, waliking the entire distance.
There had been considerable sickness in the company on the plains, resulting in about thirty deaths. On their journey westward, near Laramie, Wyoming, Louisa's Aunt Zilpha, a sister of her father, was stolen by the Indians. This brought great anxiety to the entire family. However, they searched for her many days but were unable to find her. They never did hear from her again. A brother of Louisa's, Waterhouse Harper, was killed at St. Louis, Missouri while working in a saw mill trying to earn money to help the family on this long treak westward. This was another sad and tragic happening. However, this family never faltered. Their great faith in God and in his restored gospel helped them to have the necessary strength and courage to carry on.
When the Noble family crossed the plains, they arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah. Here they were met by Robert Leeming Fishburn and George Henry Gilbert. By ox team they were brought to Smithfield, Cache, Utah where they made their first home in the valley of the mountains. The home was one made of logs with a dirt roof.
When the Noble family first came to Smithfield they lived in the Fort. There was a home that had been vacated by another family, so they moved into this log house.
The Noble family was a very religious family. They all had the talent of music, there they gave much in the form of entertainment both in music and dramatics. Members of this family participated in the first choir organized in Smithfield. It was directed by Robert Leeming Fishburn until President Brigham Young called him to Brigham City, Utah to organize a choir there. At the time he left Smithfield, William Aquilla Noble became director of the choir. He also taught a singing school that came under the direction or was in connection with the Sunday School organization. The Noble family did much in helping to build the community of Smithfield.
Louisa Rox Snow Noble married Henry Watts at the age of 21 years. Henry was 46 years old when he married Louisa, making him 25 years her senior.
- William Goodwin Noble (1811 - 1893)
- Mary Ann Harper Noble (1811 - 1882)
- Henry Watts (1817 - 1885)
- Harper Benjamin Watts (1863 - 1930)*
- Jane Ann Watts (1865 - 1942)*
- Henry Watts (1867 - 1867)*
- Joseph Watts (1869 - 1942)*
- Eliza Pricilla Watts Whitaker (1877 - 1922)*
Burial: Smithfield City Cemetery Smithfield Cache County Utah, USA Plot: B_126_3
Louisa Watts's Timeline
October 21, 1843
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
March 8, 1862
Smithville, Cache, Utah, USA
October 23, 1876
Smithfield, Cache, Utah, USA
Smithville, Cache, Utah, USA