Edwin Dilworth Woolley

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About Edwin Dilworth Woolley

Son of Edwin Dilworth Woolley and Mary Wickersham

Married Emma Geneva Bentley, 9 Mar 1867, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Edwin Dilworth Woolley, Mary Elizabeth Woolley, Ella Woolley, Grace Woolley, Olive Geneva Woolley, Joseph Anthony Woolley, Royal Barney (Bentley) Woolley, Ruth Woolley, Rachel Henrietta Woolley, Emma Lovinia Woolley

Married Florence Ashby Snow, 12 Apr 1877, St. George, Washington, Utah

Children - Elizabeth Woolley, Marion Woolley, Legrand Woolley, Arthur Snow Woolley, Herbert Elliott Woolley, Pruda Woolley, Florence Evelyn Woolley, Dilworth Erastus Woolley

Energetic, thrifty and prosperous, straight-forward, out-spoken and manly, of stalwart build and vigorous mentality, the name-sake son of Bishop Edwin D. Woolley has inherited many of the qualities of his worthy and distinguished father. He was born at Nauvoo, Illinois, April 30, 1845, and was a little toddling child when he came with his parents to Salt Lake valley. His mother's maiden name was Mary Wickersham. The family arrived here in the fall of 1848.

In the Pioneer city of the Rocky mountains the Woolleys made their home, and here Edwin's boyhood and early manhood were passed. He spent the winter of 1865–6 at St. George, and saw service in the Navajo war, being one of a party who recovered the body of Dr. Whitmore, who was killed by the Indians near Pipe Springs. Returning to Salt Lake City the following spring, he served in the Blackhawk Indian war, under Colonel Heber P. Kimball. In 1867 he again visited St. George, spending the winter there.

In the spring of 1868 he married Miss Emma Geneva Bentley, of that place, the ceremony being performed at Salt Lake City. The following winter he took up a permanent residence at St. George, where he employed his time in farming and freighting.

In 1869 he went to California for goods for the St. George Co-operative store, but instead of returning with goods, he brought home the dead body of his brother, Franklin B. Woolley, who had been killed by Indians near San Bernardino, on March 21st of that year, while returning from a similar errand to that upon which Edwin had started. The latter held at St. George the offices of constable, deputy-sheriff and justice of the peace, and was also a member of the city council.

When the United Order was organized by President Brigham Young, in 1874, Mr. Woolley took a prominent part in the movement. Three years later he married his second wife, Florence Snow, and in the spring of 1877 went upon a mission to Europe, where he labored in the British Mission. Returning thence after faithfully discharging his duty, he made preparations a few years later to change his place of residence from St. George to Upper Kanab, in Kane county.

This change was effected in 1882. He located a fine ranch in a beautiful picturesque spot known as "Wolley's," where the writer of this sketch had the pleasure some years later of visiting him and a portion of his estimable family and partaking of their bounteous and whole-souled hospitality. The other part of his household—Mrs. Florence Snow Woolley and her children—were living at that time in Arizona. Mr. Woolley turned his attention to farming, stock-raising and dairying, in all of which he prospered.

In June, 1884, he became President of the Kanab Stake of Zion, being set apart under the hands of Apostles Erastus Snow and John W. Taylor. In 1889 he moved to Kanab, his present home, where he engaged in stock-raising and merchandizing. All that can be said of any one who has led a frontier life, breaking ground, fighting Indians, constructing roads, bridges, dams and ditches, erecting meeting houses and schoolhouses, and building up the country in general, can be said of the subject of this brief biography—too brief to do full justice to a good and worthy man, the beau ideal of a colonizer, following in the footsteps of his honored sire, who was prominent among the founders of Utah.

Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p. 168

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Edwin Dilworth Woolley's Timeline

April 30, 1845
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, USA
December 23, 1868
Age 23
St. George, Washington, Utah, USA
January 31, 1870
Age 24
St. George, Washington, Utah, USA
January 11, 1872
Age 26
St. George, Washington, Utah, USA
June 22, 1874
Age 29
St. George, Washington, Utah, USA
May 3, 1876
Age 31
June 24, 1876
Age 31
St. George, Washington, Utah, USA