William Cochrane Smoot (Adkinson) (1828 - 1920) MP

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Birthplace: TN, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
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About William Cochrane Smoot (Adkinson)

Biographical Summary #1:

"...Smoot, William Cockran Adkinson – (7th Ten) Born Jan. 30, 1828, in Tennessee and became the adopted son of Abraham O. and Margaret Thompson Smoot. He was baptized Feb. 8, 1836, and that same year moved with his family to Far West, Mo., and later moved to Nauvoo, where he helped with the Nauvoo Temple and was given his temple blessings and ordained a seventy at a young age. He was assigned as a guard in the first pioneer company. He stood guard duty every three nights, missing only one night during the entire journey. He was the last man of the company to enter Salt Lake Valley, but once there assisted in laying out the city, "carrying and driving stakes." He spent the winter in the north fort, then moved to Canyon Creek and began farming. He served as a missionary to the Indians in the vicinity of Las Vegas, Nev., and made several trips across the plains to bring converts who lacked the means for transportation to Salt Lake Valley. He was set apart as counselor to his father in the Sugar House Ward, and took charge of the ward from 1866-77. He married Martha Sessions, and after she died, he married Matilda Garn. He filled a mission to the Southern States. He was the last surviving member of the company. He died Jan. 31, 1920, a day after his 92nd birthday..."

SOURCE: http://www.ldschurchnews.com/articles/58061/Biographies-of-the-original-1847-pioneer-company.html


Adopted son of Abraham Owen Smoot and actual son of William and Margaret (McMeans) Adkinson.

Biographical Summary #2:

"... William Cochrane Adkinson Smoot, adopted son of Abraham Owen Smoot and actual son of William and Margaret (McMeans) Adkinson, was born January 30, 1828, in Roane County, Tennessee. He was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on February 8, 1836, and participated in the persecutions of his people in Far West, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois, where in January 1846, he was ordained a Seventy of the Church. As a member of the first pioneer company, he entered the Sale Lake Valley in July 1847.

On January 29, 1852, he married Martha Ann, daughter of Peregrine and Julia Ann (Killgore) Sessions, who was born September 22, 1835, in Oxford County, Maine.

Children of William and Martha Ann (Sessions) Smoot

  1. William C. A. Smoot married Mary Ann Sarah Jones. q.v.
  2. Martha Ann Smoot, born 1854, died 1867.
  3. Abraham Owen Smoot, born 1857, died 1876.
  4. Margaret Esther Smoot, born Oct. 9, 1858, died Mar. 10, 1908.
  5. Julia Eliza Smoot, born July 24, 1860, married John Derring.
  6. Josephine Smoot, born Jan. 17, 1862, married Nephi Huskinson.
  7. Lucinda Smoot, born 1864, died 1876.
  8. Albert Carlos Smoot married Mary Evalyn Fisger. q.v.
  9. Louisa Thompson Smoot, born 1867, died 1889.
  10. Linnia Amanda Smoot, born 1869, died 1885.
  11. Sarah Emma Smoot, born Aug. 1, 1871, died Jan. 20, 1892, married Brigham LeRay Decker.
  12. Peregrine Smoot married Sarah Ellen Worthen. q.v.
  13. Wilson Parley Smoot, born Jan. 31, 1875.
  14. Phillipine Smoot, born Dec. 31, 1876.

William Smoot married secondly June 21, 1857, Margaret Phoebe, daughter of John and Nancy Beal (Smoot) Freeman, who was born September 27, 1840, in Johnson County, Illinois.

Children of William and Margaret (Freeman) Smoot

  1. John Woodruff Smoot married Catherine Aurelia King. q.v.

William Smoot took for his third wife Mahala, born February 4, 1840, in Sandusky County, Ohio, the daughter of Philip James and Mary (Vogt) Garn. The marriage occurred on February 3, 1877. She had married previously on April 1, 1858, Daniel Garn who died in 1870, leaving her a widow with five children. She herself drove a team across the plains to Utah in 1855.

Children of William and Mahala (Garn) Smoot

  1. Rhoda Ellis Smoot, born Jan. 16, 1878, died Mar. 29, 1900.
  2. Wilford Hunter Smoot, born May 11, 1880.
  3. William Thompson Smoot, born June 30, 1882, married May 30, 1908, ----. Issues: Myrtle, born and died 1915. and Beth W., born Aug. 12, 1916.

William Smoot ultimately established his home in Sugar House Ward of Salt Lake City, where he served as Counselor in the Bishopric, and as a Bishop of the Church from 1866 to 1877. Prior to this event in 1855 he filled a mission to the Indians, and later was a missionary for two years in the Southern States.

His first wife, Martha Ann, died in Sugar House, Salt Lake City, on January 12, 1877. He continued to reside in Salt Lake City until his death which occurred on January 31, 1920. His third wife, Mahala, survived until April 3, 1922. His second wife married Joseph Warren Damron on February 16, 1862, and became the mother of ten children. She died October 30, 1930, in Delta, Millard County, Utah..."

SOURCE: Newman, Harry Wright; The Smoots of Maryland and Virginia; pages 172-184. Retrieved from http://www.smoot-family.us/book/172.html

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William Smoot's Timeline

January 30, 1828
January 29, 1852
Age 23
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
January 31, 1920
Age 92
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA