Daniel Streeper Wood
|Birthplace:||Keg Creek, Dutchess County, New York, United States|
|Death:||Died in Woods Cross, Davis County, Utah, United States|
|Place of Burial:||Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States|
Son of Henry Wood and Elizabeth DeMille Wood
|Managed by:||Kaylene Groll|
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Daniel Wood (1800-1892)
Families bearing this name were found at early dates in all parts of Great Britain, most frequently however in England and Scotland. One of the first of them to emigrate to America was William Wood who came with his brother, John, from Derbyshire, England in 1635 and settled in Concord, Mass. Descendants spread to practically every state in the Union and have aided as much in the growth of the country as their ancestors did in the founding. The Anglo-Saxon name of Wood or Woods was of local origin, derived from the residence of its first bearer living in or near a wood.
John Wood was born about 1650, in Derbyshire, England. He married Johanna Hackleton (Heglington) Jan. 12, 1682. Four children of John Wood are listed in the Kingston Dutch Register, and are as follows: Margriet, married Peter Van Luwen of Marbeltown, June 30, 1700; John, married. Hannah Ward before Dec. 25, 1721; William, married. Anna ----- ; and Edward, married Susanna Schot, or Scott June 17, 1722, and Marjorie Wilden or Wilding.
Edward, son of John, had a family of ten children among whom was Daniel Wood. Daniel married Margaret Turner Feb. 2, 1762 and in their family of nine children was Henry Wood. In the year 1800 Henry Wood and his family were living in Ulster County, New York where his parents and grandparents were born. He married Elizabeth DeMilt or DeMille, and they raised a family of fourteen children. Their second son, Daniel Wood married Mary Snider, and they were the parents of Harriet Wood who married Hiram John Yancey Jr. Nov. 22, 1863.
Henry Wood and his family were called Loyalists. He moved his family across the Canadian Border, then called upper Canada, to the little town of Ernestown. The land in that territory was divided by the English Government into what was called land grants and given to the people who would come in there and settle and till the soil. They lived at this place about five years when they moved to Loughborough, a little town near Sidneyham, situated north of the Great Lakes. Here Henry and his wife reared their family of nine boys and six girls making it a point to start their sons out with 40 acres of land, one yoke of oxen, two cows and ten sheep. Elizabeth DeMilt (or DeMille) was the daughter of Garret DeMilt and Magdalena Emigh (Amey). She was born in 1779 in Duchess Co., N.Y. Garret DeMille was the son of Benjamin DeMille and Elizabeth Garret and was born about 1748, Prob. Duchess Co., N.Y., and died 1826, Coalsville. Brooms Co., N.Y. Benjamin was the son of Anthony Demille Chr. 1685, and Maria Provost. Anthony was the son of Isaac DeMille and Joosten Van Sysen. Isaac was the son of Anthony DeMille and Elizabeth Van Der Liphorst, who were md. 1653 and came to America from Holland in 1658. Anthony was a baker by trade. He died 1689.
Daniel Wood was three years old when the family moved to Canada. He was the second son and the second child in the family. It was in the town of Loughborough that he met Mary Snider, daughter of John Snider and Elizabeth Amay (or Emigh) who also had lived in N.Y. Mary was born in Earnestown on Nov. 25, 1803. Daniel Wood and Mary Snider were married March 9, 1824, and started out with the apportionment received from Daniel's father. They prospered in this place for eight years and three of their of children were born here.
All of the Wood family were staunch Methodists. One day two Mormon missionaries came to this little town to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Daniel was so impressed by the Doctrine that he could not forget it or pass it by. These missionaries only preached a few times but left the people in the little village with a strong desire to investigate and be baptized. Daniel became so convinced that he should be baptized, that he requested it of a Methodist Minister. Shortly after this, Brigham Young and his brother, Joseph Young came to preach and explain the order of the Church more perfectly and had the privilege of leading the little prepared band down into the waters of baptism. Daniel and his wife were baptized Feb. 17, 1833, by Brigham Young. Daniel was ordained an Elder and remained and preached until the summer of 1834. They sold everything they could not take with them and left for Kirtland, Ohio. It was hard for them to leave their nice home, but they were happy in their new religion, and felt by the prompting of the Lord that they were doing his will.
When they arrived at Kirtland, they were welcomed by James Lake whose family they lived with until they bought a farm about four miles from Kirtland. They prospered and built up a nice home. But by the spring of 1837, their enemies drove them from their home. They went to Missouri, arriving in Davis Co., Mo., on June 11th where they took up a new farm. They were unable to remain on this farm because of the mob. About the 1st of October they went to Far West and moved into a house with three other families. Food was very scarce as they had to leave all they had raised in Davis Co. Daniel went in with the mob, called soldiers, and with the rest gave the number of his family and received his rations. They were not aware that he was a Mormon.
About the first of February, they left for Nauvoo, Ill. They had a team of oxen and a cow to pull their wagon. After traveling for some time, they sold their cow and bought a yoke of steers and a dress for his wife. The month of February, was fine weather so they made their beds on the ground. Daniel always taught his family to never deny that they were Mormons for fear of persecution.
Since leaving their home in Canada they had suffered most everything but death. Daniel bought forty acres of ground about 18 miles from Nauvoo. Here the mob followed and his son stood guard night and day while his mother was sick and unhoused.
In Nauvoo, Daniel became acquainted with an orphan girl, Peninah Cotton, and married her in 1846 Peninah S. Cotton was part Indian.(3) She joined Daniel in the trek across the plains in 1847. Daniel's history tells of her great worth to the pioneers: "Peninah was a God-send to these people, as Sacagawea, the indian maid, had been to Lewis and Clark's expedition. She knew the berries and plants that were good for food and medicine. And she made moccasins, gloves and clothing from skins: and from cloth she wove herself. She also had to drive one of the wagons."
It was not long until the Saints were organized into companies for the great move west.(4) They arrived in Salt Lake in the fall of 1848 after many weeks of travel. Looking down over the valley in joy and gratitude, they were happy to be at their journey's end. They soon learned that the bounteous crops had been devastated by the crickets. For the next twelve months, they lived like the rest of the Saints on thistle and sego roots and cooked raw hide.
After arriving in the valley, they immediately went to Bountiful (ten miles from Salt Lake City) and built the fourth house in that settlement. It was the first on Mill Creek. In about two years he had a 180 acre farm. Four years later he undertook the mammoth task of building a large adobe house and completed the main part and soon added the back rooms. This was the largest and best house in this part of the country at that time. His family being quite large, he started school in his own home. His wife, Emma, taught and as soon as possible he employed a male teacher. The school continued the greater part of the year, his own children faithfully attending. He obtained good support from the outsiders. Thus his school was a good start for the new country a thousand miles from civilization.
In 1860 he built a family meeting house about 20x30, one story with a basement and belfrey from which came the welcome chimes of his $70.00 bell. To this beautiful building he moved his school. Meetings were held every Wednesday night and on other special occasions. He had a choir and a string band, in his own family. He was not sanctimonious to have a jig even at his family meetings.
One evening when Joseph Young was present, the band started up and Daniel jumped to his feet and showed those present how nimble he was. The general public was invited, and they responded well as he often had good speakers from the City and elsewhere.
Every Christmas while others were feasting, his family was fasting and having a meeting of prayer and making right the little misunderstandings and disputes of the year.
Daniel was in Canada when the Utah Central Railroad was put through his ground. The family wrote him the particulars which did not please him, and when he came home, it was at night and when the conductor awoke him by announcing the name of the station, Woods Cross, he replied, "Yes, and damn Cross too."
Daniel was a great worker in his day. Even at the age of 75, he could take a hand with most of the younger men. He lived to be a good old age, ninety-two, and his eyesight was good enough to read the Testament and Doctrine and Covenants, and these were the only books he read. His firm frame might have been seen plodding along the street only a few weeks before his death. The day before he took sick, he sat in his little private cemetery on his farm where he had twenty-five of his family laid and showed his daughter where he wanted to be put away to rest. This little treasure was his main one of late and he kept an old arm chair in it in which he passed many hours.
He left a large family to mourn his loss as he had ten wives, thirty-two children, and about a hundred grand children. His funeral services were held in the East Bountiful Tabernacle at 2 p.m. P.G. Sessions, Richard Duerden, E. Page, David Stoker, Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant were the speakers.(5)
One passes this family cemetery on the highway a short distance north of Bountiful, Utah. It has an iron fence set in a cement base. In the center stands a monument to Daniel Wood. Most of the head stones have fallen away. This cemetery was re-conditioned by Woodies in 1950.
An outstanding characteristic of Daniel C. Wood was to own, supervise, conduct, and operate his own personal properties for the education and religious training of his family. He owned his own schoolhouse and church which his family attended. His own cemetery(6) was located in West Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, where he and his wives and several members of his family were buried. During the massacre of the Indians there were many Indian children left orphans. Daniel Wood adopted three Indian children. They, too, were buried in the Wood Cemetery. The cemetery plot was laid out in approximately 1852. It was customary for the Wood families to meet at the cemetery each year on Memorial Day, where fitting and sacred services were held in honor of Daniel Wood. Many of the original grave markers were of his own design, standing as a monument to his memory and to his loved ones who were resting there. The cemetery plot was an endeared spot to Daniel Wood. In one corner of the lot he planted several trees, under which he placed two or three rocking chairs for the family's and friends' comfort when visiting there, and there he spent many hours in meditation. His most ardent desire was expressed many times to his sons before his death that the cemetery should never be moved.
- Yancey Tolman Family Book of Remembrance - Genealogy with Allied Lines, Compiled by Leonidas DeVon Mecham, December 25, 1952, "The Wood Family", p 260.
- Ibid, "How They Became Mormons", p.260.
- Church News, Week Ending July 5, 1997, "Indians to settlers: 'We must help one another', p. 12
- Yancey-Tolman Family Book of Remnerance - Genealogy with Allied Lines, Compiled by Leonidas DeVon Mecham, December 25, 1952, "Migrated to Zion", p. 261.
- Ibid,"Taken from the "Davis County Clipper" of Bountiful, Utah, Friday, April 29, 1892." P. 261,
- Pioneer Heritage Library, Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 20, p.137, D.U.P. Files
Wikipedia Biographical Summary:
"...Daniel Wood (October 16, 1800 - April 15, 1892) was a Mormon pioneer and a settler of the western United States..."
"...Daniel Wood was the son of Henry Wood and Elizabeth Demelt. He was born on October 16, 1800. He was an early settler in Utah and the town of Woods Cross is named for him..."
Brigham Young Company (1848)
- Married Mary Snyder, 19 Mar 1824, Earnestown, Ontario, Canada
- Married Nancy Ann Boice, Abt 1831, Offredericksburg, Lennox, Ontario, Canada
- Married Peninah Shropshire Cotten, 27 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
- Married Laura Ann Gibbs, 21 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, later divorced
- Married Sarah Grace, 14 Jan 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, later divorced
- Married Emma Mariah Ellis, 22 Nov 1853, Bountiful, Davis, Utah
- Married Margaret Morris, 3 Mar 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
- Married Eliza Hundy, 24 May 1859, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Daniel Wood was born in Dutchess County, New York, October 16, 1800. He was the second child of Henry Wood and Elizabeth Demelt. His father remained in Ernest Town, Canada, with his family in the year 1803 where he lived about five years, when he moved to the town of Sidneyham, Canada. Here he remained and became the happy parent of fifteen children; nine sons and six daughters. He made it a point to start his sons out with forty acres of land, one yoke of oxen, two cows and ten sheep.
At the age of twenty-two Daniel married Mary E. Snider and started out with his apportionment and was prospered in this place for eight years, being blessed with three children, John, Henry, and Rebekan, when the elders of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found him and a number of prosperous neighbors, but they left with the little village a strong desire to investigate and be baptized, and by continuing their meetings as best they could alone. He became so convinced that he should be baptized that he requested it of a Methodist. Shortly after Brigham and Joseph Young appeared and explained the order of the Church of Christ more perfectly and had the privilege of leading the little already prepared colony down into the waters of baptism.
He was ordained an elder and remained and preached until the summer of 1834 when he sold his possessions and with his wife and three children when to Kirtland, Ohio. He bought a farm four miles south of Kirtland and lived there until 1838 when he went to Davis County, Missouri, arriving there the 11th of June. There again he took up a farm bit was unable to remain on account of the mob. So about the first of October he went to the Far West area. Here the mob surrounded them again and Joseph Smith and others were betrayed into the enemies hands and the city was put under guard. They were out of provisions, having been driven from their grain. So Daniel went in with the mob (called Soldiers) and with the rest gave the number of his family and received is rations, they not being aware that he was a Mormon.
In February they started for Illinois., he had a cow he paid sixty dollars for. A party wanted to buy her; he asked $18.00 but did not sell. On the road another came to buy and he asked $20.00. Again another came and he asked $22.00, and still another came and he sold at $24.00. He ought to have gotten rich if he had not sold so soon, as he told the last he was going to raise $2.00 every time.
He bought 40 acres of ground about eighteen miles from Nauvoo. Here the mob followed and his son stood guard night and day while his mother was sick with ague and unhoused.
In 1845 he removed to Nauvoo. Here he became acquainted with Peninah Cotton, an orphan girl, and married her. They soon prepared to leave, not knowing where they were going. All they knew is that they were following the inspiration of Brigham Young. Brigham asked them to build a cabin, and grow crops for the companies to come, so all could have at least occasionally green, fresh food, on the plains, as many families were asked to do along the plains route. He landed in Salt Lake in the fall of 1848. He came to Bountiful immediately and built the fourth house in the settlement. It was the first on Mill Creek and was located where the county road now runs., just a little south of where Simmon's house now stands.
In about two years he located his farm, having 180 acres. Four years later he undertook the mammoth task of building that large adobe house, and completed the main part and soon afterward added the back rooms. This was the largest and best house in this part of the country at the time.
His family being quite large, he started school in his own house, taught by his wife, Emma, and as soon as possible he employed a male teacher. The school continued the greatest part of the year, his own children faith fully attending; he obtained good support from the outside. Thus his school was a good start for the new country a thousand miles from Civilization.
About 1860 he built a family meeting house and 20 X 40, one story, with basement and belfry from which came the welcome chimes of his seventy dollar bell. To this building he moved his school. Meetings were held on every Wednesday night and on other special occasions. He had a choir, and a string band in his own family, and was not too sanctimonious to have a jig even at his family meetings. One evening when Joseph Young was present at the meeting, the band started up and he jumped out on the floor and showed those present how nimble he was. The general public was invited and they responded well. As he often had good speakers from the city and elsewhere.
Every Christmas while other were feasting, his family was fasting and having meeting of prayer and making right little misunderstandings and disputes of the old year. These meeting were continued until quite recently.
He was in Canada, on a mission, when the Utah Central R.R. was put thru his field and the depot located on his ground, but the family wrote the particulars, which did not please him. When he came home it was late at night and when the conductor woke him by announcing the name of the station, "WOODS CROSS" he replied, "yes, and darn cross, ground too good to raise corn to be used for a rail road.
He had been a great worker in his day, even at the age of seventy-five he could take a hand with most of the younger men. He lived to the good age of ninety-two, and only books he read. His firm frame might have been seen plodding along the streets only a few weeks before his death, and the day before he was taken sick he sat in his little private cemetery on his farm, where he had twenty-five of his family laid, and showed his daughter where he wanted to by put away to rest. This little treasure was his main one of late, and he kept an old chair there where he passed away many hours.
He leaves a large family to mourn his loss, as he had tem wives, thirty-two children, and about one hundred grand children.
His funeral services were held in the East Bountiful Tabernacle, Wednesday 2 P.M. The stand and casket were beautifully decorated. ON either side of the pulpit stood four nicely draped flowerpots, six of which contained living plants in bloom, and remained two contained bouquets. Upon the white casket was place a sheaf of wheat and a beautiful arch of artificial flowers with these words in violet upon a white background; "Welcome Home."
P.G. Sessions, Richard Duerden, E. Pace, David Stoker, Louis Grant, Archie Hill, Joseph F. Smith, and Heber J. Grant were the speakers.
The local brethren spoke on the views the deceased had entertained and on the praiseworthy traits of his character. Joseph F. Smith occupied most of the time. Said he had passed away proving faithful to the end. The speaker mentioned that all the children of the deceased were in the faith. The principle of death was commented upon and explained it to the only a separation of the body and the soul for a time, and that the Savior had redeemed us from the fall brought into the world by Adam. He further said that as we are laid away so we all rise again on the resurrection day. When a child is laid away it will still be a child when it is resurrected. He maintained that members of the body which had been severed at or before death, could again be united with the body at the resurrection as was the case with John the Baptist who appeared before Joseph Smith as a whole man, also Peter and James, the latter of who was beheaded. He through the stunted, the crippled and the afflicted would, after the resurrection, grow to their full state, being perfect in every particular. In his closing remarks he hoped he would be able to remain faithful and unwavering to the end, as the departed brother has done.
Heber J. Grant mentioned a brief fule by which true doctrine would be told from false, which is that true doctrine always brings us hope and joy.
After the audience had viewed the remains they were taken to their final resting place in his own cemetery. Sexton Taylor's hearse headed the procession, which consisted of fifty-six vehicles.
SOURCE: Davis County Clipper; Bountiful, Utah; Friday, April 29, 1892
Daniel Wood was the wealthiest man in Woods Cross. In 1855, he consecrated to the Mormon Church, land, houses and personal possessions worth $13,884.00 - a large estate by any reckoning. And he was quite precise in setting down, on paper, allotments of property. When he and Grace Ann were divorced, an elaborate agreement detailed her settlement. When he turned the operation of his farm over to his son, Joseph C. Wood, the same careful detail is present and recorded with the county recorder.
Daniel knew farmland - the land on the East bench, where he first settled, was too gravelly for farming. He searched until he found just the right piece - generations of silt deposits from the overflowing of North Mill Creek, which runs along the south boundary of that land, left a soil so rich that farmers still call it the most productive 100 acres in all Davis County. Here he established his home.
Daniel was a responsible citizen of the community. He built and maintained, at his own expense, a school (1854) for the education of his own children and those who lived nearby and a church (1836) with a seating capacity of 125 to accommodate their religious needs He believed that his own immortality was closely tied to the family he created and nurtured. Through them, he hoped "to perpetuate my name through endless ages, that I might never be forgotten." With clock-like regularity, Daniel conducted family meetings every week. His wives and children, even those who lived in their own homes, gathered together in the church or in his home to worship, counsel, entertain and to chare experience. Each item on the program was preceded by a musical interlude from the Wood String Ensemble. And each meeting was punctuated by Daniel's sage comments. When he was away from home, the meetings continued with the same regularity under the direction of other family members. Detailed minutes of these meetings, also attended by his neighbors and their families, are chronicled in his journals.
Was Daniel cross when the railroad decided to locate the loading platform on his rich land? Did Brigham Young send him on a mission to prevent and "backtalk"? Daniel knew the value of his land. And he did go on a mission in October 1869 with a group of missionaries called from the North Kanyon Ward. My findings who, however, that Daniel welcomed the arrival of the railroad. He encouraged the location of the platform on his land. And he immortalized his name for generations to come with the selection of Woods Crossing as the name for this important railroad stop. The facts are these:
Brigham Young met 100 leading citizens of the county at the borders of Daniels' land, as reported in the Deseret News, 16 June 1869. Dan strongly urged that the line not interfere with his land on the east. Then he and his neighbors unanimously chose the NW corner of his property as the site for the depot and Daniel offered the land to the railroad for nothing!
He sent a glowing invitation to his brother, Nathan, to come to the west: "This is a very healthy country. We have stages running through out county daily. And also a telegraph line. We can hear from Washington in a very few minutes and from other parts of the world. We expect that the railroad cars will travel through here in a short time."
On his return form Canada in March 1870, Daniel carefully measured the distances and arrival times in his journals as they left Omaha on the train and passed through each community and whistle stop to Utah. Savor his description:
"We changed cars at Ogden City. We resumed out journey from Ogden at 5 minutes past 7 o clock. We arrived at Farmington 7 minutes to 8 o clock. We arrived in Centerville 25 minutes to 9. We arrived at Woods Cross 20 minutes to 9 o clock. WE landed right on our farm. 20 minutes to 9 o clock, we landed right on our own farm."
Four days later, by request, his son Peter C. Wood, sand The Railroad Song to an overflow crowd of family and community gathered to welcome Daniel home.
By sheer weight of numbers and by sheer size of acreage, Daniel Wood was overshadowed by the Hatch family, who at one time occupied every home on both sides of 500 South from the freeway to Redwood Road and on both sides of 800 West from 1100 South north past Phillips Petroleum. Woods Cross - Daniel perpetuated his name for the generations to come - a coup very much in character for a community-spirited man. ____________________
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 20, p. 137
Daniel Streeper Wood's Timeline
October 16, 1800
Keg Creek, Dutchess County, New York, United States
May 11, 1826
Laughborough, Upper Canada
May 11, 1826
February 17, 1833
December 21, 1834
Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, United States