William Geddes (1832 - 1899)

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Birthplace: Newtown-Hamilton, Keady, Armagh, Irln
Death: Died in Plain City, Weber, UT, USA
Managed by: Peter Andrew Jay
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Immediate Family

    • Hugh
      son
    • Martha
      wife
    • Mary
      daughter
    • Agnes
      daughter
    • Annie
      daughter
    • John
      son
    • Susan
      daughter
    • Margaret
      daughter
    • James
      son
    • George
      son
    • Agnes
      daughter

About William Geddes

William Geddes

Born: 14 Nov 1832, Newton Hamiltion, Keyte Parish, Armagh, Ireland

Parents: Hugh and Agnes Graham Geddes

Died: 24 Aug 1899, Plain City Weber, Utah

Arrived in Valley: 3 Oct 1854, Dan Garn Co.

Married: 1st: Elizabeth Stewart

Date: 3 Jun 1855, Salt Lake City, Utah

Born: 1 Mar 1831, Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Parents: Archibald and Esther Lyle Stewart

Died: 6 May 1866, Plain City, Weber, Utah

Married 2nd: Martha Stewart

Date: 10 Jul 1856, Plain City, Utah

Born: 10 May 1838, Nitshill, Renfrew, Scotland

Parents: Archibald and Esther Lyle Stewart

Died: 11 Aug 1900, Plain City, Utah

Married 3rd: Emma Eliza Hope Stewart

Date: 21 Feb 1870, Plain City, Utah

Born: 17 Apr 1845, Burlage, Wiltshire, England

Parents: David and Eliza Stone Hope

Died: 21 Aug 1929, Moreland, Bingham, Idaho

William worked in the coal mines in Scotland as a youth. He joined the Church when he was 14 and was disinherited by is father for doing so. He became known as the “boy preacher” in Glasgow, Scotland.

When he was 16, he decided to see if his parents would allow him to return. His parents had relented so he was able to live at home, but they wouldn't accept the gospel until he contacted cholera and was dying. His father asked if there was anything he wanted and he asked for the elders. They blessed him that he would return to full health, and he did. His father eventually accepted the gospel but died before he could be baptized.

At the age of 22, William came to America with a group of saints and drove a team of oxen across the plains. He became a prominent builder in Utah. He went on a mission to Scotland, and was president of the Australian Mission. He was the husband of three wives and father of 23 children. He served in the Utah Militia and was captain during the Echo Canyon War.

William served six months in the penitentiary for polygamy even though he was married in name only to Martha. He had not lived with her for four years. His first wife had died previously. While there his health was impaired. He never regained his health and strength. He died of heart failure while bagging grain.

Taken From: “Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, Conquerors of the West” Sons of the Utah Pioneers

  • For much more on William Geddes, including many of his own words, see the book “William Geddes and Descendants” Compiled by Martha Geddes, 1966.
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William Geddes's Timeline

1832
November 14, 1832
Newtown-Hamilton, Keady, Armagh, Irln
1856
July 10, 1856
Age 23
Po, Salt Lake City, S-Lk, Ut
1859
July 25, 1859
Age 26
Plain City, Weber, Ut