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William Harrison Maughan

Birthplace: Alston, Cumberlandshire, England
Death: Died in Wellsville, Cache, Utah, USA
Cause of death: Hypertrophy of the Liver
Place of Burial: Wellsville Cemetary, Wellsville, Cache, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Peter Maughan and Ruth Maughan
Husband of Barbara Williams Maughan; Elizabeth Bryce Maughan (Hill); Margaret Wilson Maughan; Mary Jane Maughan; Rachel Barnes Maughn and 1 other
Father of Mary Elizabeth Howell; William Harrison Maughn; Peter Morgan Maughan; Daniel Hill Maughan; Robert Hill Maughan and 16 others
Brother of John Harrison Maughan; Agnes Harrison Teasdale; Thomas Harrison Maughan; Mary Ann Atkin and Ruth Maughan
Half brother of Peter Weston Maughan, Sr.; Ruth Maughan; Charles Weston Maughan; Agnes Teasdale; Hyrum Weston Maughan and 9 others

Occupation: Pioneer, Bishop of Wellsville Ward
Managed by: Carson Jared Wheeler
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About William Harrison Maughan

On 15 September 1856, the families of Peter, John, and William H. Maughan, Zial Riggs, and Francis W. Gunnell, and two single men, George W. Bryan and O.D. Thompson, entered Cache Valley (now Wellsville). There were twenty-five in the group, the oldest being forty-five and the youngest six weeks. They drove to a stream where they made their encampment; they called their settlement Maughan's Fort. Wagon boxes were taken off, and the women prepared homes in them. The men explored the valley and began to cut and stack the meadow hay for their livestock.

Eleven days after their arrival, snow blanketed the ground to the depth of a man's ankle. During this storm, Mary Ann Weston Maughan gave birth to a baby daughter, Elizabeth, the first white child born to permanent settlers in Cache Valley. An abundance of water coupled with its favorable location helped the settlement flourish. There was soon a grist mill, saw mill, brickyard, dairies, co-op, tannery, granaries, ice house, slaughter house, and lush crops growing in the fertile soil.

Settlers continued to come to Maughan's Fort after the evacuation caused by the threat of Johnston's Army. Those who stayed at the fort were mostly of English, Scottish, or Welch descent with a few Irish among them. Someone could be found skilled at almost any vocation needed.

William H. Maughan as bishop of the Wellsville Ward, a position he held for over forty years. At this time they changed the town's name from Maughan's Fort to Wellsville in honor of Daniel H. Wells, second counselor to President Brigham Young.

-History of Wellsville ------------- Cache Valley Pioneer Gone. Death of Bishop Maughan Removes Stalwart Citizen and Faithful Latter-Day Saint.

Some of his Achievements: Subdued the desert and took active part in Civic and Ecclesiastical Affairs.

Special Correspndence: Wellsville, Cache Co. -- August 30 -- At 5 minutes to 12 last night, after an illness of nearly a year's duration. Bishop William H. Maughan, aged 71 years, 8 months, 12 days, passed peacefully away, surrounded by all the members of his family. The immediate cause of death was hypertrophy of the liver, and resultant complications.

In his death Wellsville has sustained a loss well-nigh impossible to estimate, while the church, whose principles he had ever been valiant to uphold, is deprived of the services of one of the most resolute and faithful stalwarts who ever helped to unfurl the banner of the Gospel in this session.

Bishop Maughan was born in Alston, Cumberlandshire, England, on May 7, 1834 and passed in that village the first years of that period, with his father and the rest of his family, he crossed the sea in the sailing vessel Rochester, leaving Liverpool on April 21, 1841 and arriving in New York over two months later. From that port he proceeded to Kirtland, remaining in the famous temple city for seven weeks, when he journeyed to Nauvoo. Here he sojourned till the spring of 1843,

While in that beautiful city he had the inestimable privilege and blessing of gazing on the countenance of the Prophet Jospeph Smith and of listening to his inspired utterances. To quote the language of the deceased Bishop at a recent family gathering, in referring to this experience, he said: "The impression left upon my youthful mind no lapse of time can ever efface. I have heard his voice. I have seen his face literally shine from within and illumined by the very presence of the Holy Spirit and I testify to you that he was in very deed, a Prophet of the true and living God."

His father being called by the prophet to go to Rock Island to explore for coal with which to supply the City of Nauvoo, young William accompanied him. They remained at Rock Island for over a year and returning to Nauvoo left that city for New Diggings, Wisconsin, arriving there on April 15, 1846 and remaining until April 17, 1830. During this period, his father with his elder brother, John, and himself were successful in accumulating enough means to purchase an outfit with which to travel to Salt Lake City, at which place they eventually arrived on September 17, 1850. They were sent by President Brigham Young to locate in Tooele Fort (now Tooele City) and were among the first pioneers of that place. On Christmas Day, 1853, William was married to Barbara Morgan, daughter of Morgan Morgan and his wife Cecilia, the ceremony being performed by Bishop John Rowberry. In 1854, he removed to E. T. City.

In July 1836, under instructions from President Young, in company with his father, Morgan Morgan, George W. Bryan, John Tate and Zial Riggs, he proceeded to Cache Valley, for the purpose of exploring it and investigating its adaptability for agricultural purposes. After doing so, they returned to Tooele and winding up business affairs there, came with their families to Cache Valley, arriving on the site of Wellsville, which they named Maughan's Fort, on September 15, 1856, theirs being the first colony settling in Cache Valley for agricultural purposes. Here, for the next few years they had to undergo all those adventures and privations incident to pioneer life.

Brother Maughan was ordained a Deacon by Bishop John Rowberry in 1851 and an Elder by Bishop Sprague in June 1854. He was ordained a High Priest and set apart as Bishop of the Wellsville Ward under the hands of Aposles Orson Hyde and Ezra T. Benson on November 12, 1859. This office he filled and magnified for 41 years, being honorably released in April 1900. On June 25, of the present year, he was ordained and set apart as Patriarch, under the hands of President Francis Marion Lyman and Presidents W. C. Nibley. This ceremony was performed in the deceased brother's sick chamber, Elder Lyman making a special trip for this purpose.

In May 1875, he responded to a call to perform a mission to Great Britain where he labored successfully in the Sheffield and Birmingham conferences, being called by President Joseph F. Smith to preside over the latter conference, which position he filled till July 1876, when he was honorably released to return home, In 1834, he was called to act as director of the Logan Temple, a position he held until his death.

From January 3, till October 15, 1889, a period of nine months and 12 days, he was imprisoned in the state penitentiary for conscience sake, being sentenced to two and one half years' imprisonment but subsequently being pardoned by President Benjamin Harrison. In 1852 he served as a volunteer under General James Ferguson and as such aided in subduing the Goshute Indians. In 1857 he was elected Captain of Company F of Colonel Frank Cummings' command, Nauvoo legion.

In 1862 he was elected mayor under General West's command and when the Cache County military district was organized, he was elected Colonel of the Second Infantry, under General Ezra Taft Benson, holding the legal commission therefore from Governor Doty.

In civic affairs Bishop Maughan always took a leading. In 1869 was elected selectman of Cache County and was re-elected in 1872, 1876 and 1878. He served as a member of three constitutional conventions. When in 1866, Wellsville was incorporated as a city he was elected to be its first mayor and was re-elected every two years till 1875. He was again chosen in 1878, 1880 and 1882 and again in 1897 and 1901.

Bishop Maughan was the father of a large family, most of whom are now living and all of them members of the church in good standing. The deceased was a man of God, firm for the right, loyal to the truth and to his fellow man, charitable to the weak and erring and full of love for all mankind. He was a born leader in his sphere of action, thrifty, progressive and of keen discernment.

-Deseret News, September 2, 1905, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

Six Spouses: Barbara Williams Morgan Maughan married on December 25, 1853 at Tooele, Tooele County, Utah; Elizabeth Bryce (Brice) HILL married on Jun 2, 1860 at the Endowment House, Salt Lake, Salt Lake, Utah; Margaret Wilson NIBLEY married on 14 Nov 1863 at the Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Coutny, Utah; Mary Jane ROBERTS (LLOYD) married on November 23, 1867 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah; Rachel Barnes WOODWARD married on December 11, 1871 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah and Euphemia NIBLEY married on 8 Oct 1880 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

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William Harrison Maughan's Timeline

May 7, 1834
Alston, Cumberlandshire, England
August 5, 1834
In an Independen
December 25, 1853
Age 19
Tooele, Tooele, UT, USA
December 8, 1856
Age 22
Wellsville, Cache, Utah, USA
October 18, 1858
Age 24
Tooele, Tooele, UT, USA
June 2, 1860
Age 26
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Age 26
Utah, USA
November 14, 1863
Age 29
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
January 1, 1865
Age 30
Wellsville, UT, USA
November 23, 1867
Age 33
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA