About Lucy Wood (Babcock)
Birth: Nov. 30, 1832, Mina, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Death: Dec. 6, 1863, Minersville, Beaver County, Utah, USA
Burial: Minersville Cemetery, Minersville, Beaver County, Utah, USA
Lucy was the third daughter and fifth child of Adolphus Babcock and Jerusha Jane Rowley Babcock. Other members of the family were Sophronia, born in 1822, Lorenzo, born in 1823, Eliza , born in 1828, George, born in 1831, Lucy born in 1832, Permelia, born in 1837, Albern, born in 1840, John, born in 1842, William Henry, born in 1848.
Her parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and went through the difficult experiences of the Church members at Kirtland, Ohio and all the other stops on their way to the Salt Lake Valley. Lucy was 8 years old when her family, with the rest of the Saints, were driven from Missouri to Adams County, Ill. Then the Babcock's moved to Nauvoo when the Saints were gathering there. Lucy was nearly 12 years old when the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed at Cartage Jail in June of 1844. This made a deep impression on this young girl.Lucy, along with her family, arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847 by ox team. Thomas Orr was Captain. Lucy was in the 5th 10, 1st 500, and 2nd 100 of the pioneers who crossed the plains to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, The John Taylor Company.
Jerusha Jane Rowley Babcock, Lucy's mother, died three years later in Salt Lake City. She had suffered when the Saints were driven from their home, beaten and robbed, also from privations suffered while at Winter Quarters. She was 46 years old, leaving a 2 year old son, 8 year old son, 10 year old son, and a 13 year old daughter still at home.
Lucy married William Wood Sr. when she was nearly 17 years old. William who was 26 years old at the time, was born in Herford, Herfordshire, England, February 2, 1823. He was a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company C, the same as her brother, Lorenzo Babcock.
After several moves the Wood family went to Washington, Utah. It was in this little community that Lucy gave birth to her 6th child, Alice Sophronia, in March, 1858. It was here also, where deep sorrow was experienced. One of the men of the town was shooting crows which were taking his crops. He was unaware that little 5 year old Eliza Wood was anywhere around until one of his shots struck the child and killed her.
The sorrowing family could not stand it there after this tragedy. William had purchased a home there, which he traded for a barrel of molasses and a few other things he could use, and traveled north to find a more suitable place to settle. Minersville, in Beaver County, seemed to be a nice place to make their home.
Lucy found the people friendly and kind and they were indeed glad to find a place to make their permanent home. Her 7th child, Abraham, ( the first white boy born in Minersville ) was born on 12 May, 1860, and Francis Permelia (Rose) was added to the family January, 1862. On December,1863, Lucy was gave birth to a little daughter, Celestia Ann. Lucy was 31 years of age. Even though she had the best Mid-wife care that was available in the community, nature did not react in her behalf as it should have done and she died 4 days later, on the 6th of Dec. 1863, following complications of child-birth. The little baby lived until April 1864 being cared for by kind neighbors anxious to help the bereaved family.
Adolphus Babcock 1800 - 1872
Jerusha Jane Rowley Babcock 1802 - 1850
William Wood 1823 - 1900
Lucy Ann Wood Eyre 1849 - 1922
Mary Jerusha Wood Walker 1853 - 1888
Alice Sophrona Wood Bradshaw 1858 - 1929
In Loving Memory Lucy B. Wood
Born November 30, 1832
Died December 6, 1863
We Shall Meet Again Sweet Mother
In a Brighter Clime Than This
Where the Anguish Of This World Of Ours
Is Last In Deathless Bless
Created by: Pat Miller
Record added: Nov 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31368965