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William Goodwin Noble

Birthplace: Irchester, Northamptonshire, England
Death: Died in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Smithfield City Cemetery, Smithville, Cache, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Mary Ann Noble; Zillah Noble and Mary Ann Noble
Father of Louisa Rock Snow Watts

Managed by: Eldon Clark (C)
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About William Goodwin Noble

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Henry W. Miller Company (1862) Age 49

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: Mar. 29, 1811 Irchester Northamptonshire, England

Death: Mar. 14, 1893 Smithfield Cache County Utah, USA

Son of Joseph Noble and Ann Hart

Married Mary Ann Harper, 13 Dec 1830, Irchester, Northampton, England.

Children: Jane Ann Noble, Rachel Noble, Waterhouse Harper Noble, Eliza Priscilla Noble, Henrietta Noble, Lavinia Noble, William Aquilla Noble, Louisa Rocksnow Noble, Zilpha Noble, Leonora Tryphena Noble, Laura Matilda Noble.

Married Zillah Drakup, 16 Feb 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Ann Clayton Albiston, 22 Apr 1887

In the early part of the 19th century there lived at Irchester, Northampton, England a worthy couple, William G. Noble and this wife, Mary Ann Harper Noble. They were the parents of ten children, eight girls and two boys.

In the spring of 1840 they heard the Gospel as taught by the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The father was soon converted and became an eloquent advocate of the Gospel truths. Persecution soon followed their conversion which necessitated their moving from place to place in order that the father might get work and also give him a better opportunity to teach the truths of the Gospel. They first moved to Wellingborough, then to Northampton, then Bradford in Yorkshire, and then to Birmingham. William presided over several conferences.

Three daughters were beautiful singers and they always attended the meetings, although they had to walk two miles, and at one place eight miles after working in the factory all day. Brother and Sister Noble always kept open house for the Elders and President Lorenzo Snow, often staying two weeks at one time.

They left England May 3, 1860, for America on a sailing vessel. The eldest sister wanted to come with them and got on the ship but was taken off by her husband. They were six weeks on the water. When they arrived in New York the William and Mary Ann and younger children stayed there for some time. Two daughters, Lavenia and Henrietta, and one son, William Aquilla, went on to Florence, Nebraska, where the Saints were then gathering to prepare to cross the plains in the handcart company, but Bishop Edwin Wooley had several wagons loaded with goods that he was taking to Salt Lake for his store and desired the two sisters to go with them and cook for his teamsters, the brother betting the opportunity of driving a team for Joseph W. Young.

The two sisters cooked for sixteen men and did the washing for eight of them. In the evening all met for supper and for prayers before retiring for the nights. Henrietta and her sister would sing for them nearly every evening. They were eleven weeks crossing the plains, making bridges, and improving the roads as they traveled along.

They arrived in Salt Lake City, October 3, 1860, where they stayed until after the conferences.

On his death bed he bore a powerful testimony to the truth of the Gospel to his grandchildren.

Family links:

  • Mary Ann Harper Noble (1811 - 1882)
  • Mary Ann Clayton Noble (1826 - 1899)
  • Jane Ann Noble Fox (1831 - 1919)*
  • Rachel Noble (1833 - 1833)*
  • Harper Waterhouse Noble (1834 - 1856)*
  • Eliza Priscilla Noble Fishburn (1836 - 1905)*
  • Henrietta Noble Gilbert (1837 - 1921)*
  • Lavinia Noble Meikle (1839 - 1900)*
  • William Aquilla Noble (1841 - 1880)*
  • Louisa Rox Snow Noble Watts (1843 - 1876)*
  • Lenora Tryphena Noble Merrill (1846 - 1876)*
  • Zilpha Noble Raymond (1846 - 1923)*
  • Laura Matilda Noble Fishburn (1850 - 1929)*

Burial: Smithfield City Cemetery Smithfield Cache County Utah, USA Plot: B_64_9

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William Goodwin Noble's Timeline

March 29, 1811
Irchester, Northamptonshire, England
December 13, 1830
Age 19
Irchester, Northamptonshire, England
October 21, 1843
Age 32
Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England
February 16, 1867
Age 55
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
April 22, 1887
Age 76
March 14, 1893
Age 81
Smithfield, Cache, Utah, USA
Smithville, Cache, Utah, USA