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About John Rex Winder

John Rex Winder (December 11, 1821 – March 10, 1910) was a leader and general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from 1887 to 1901, and First Counselor in the First Presidency to Church President Joseph F. Smith from 1901 until his death.

Marriages and Children

  1. Ellen Walters, daughter of William and Ellen Walters of Liverpool, England, married November 24, 1845, London, England. Their family home was in Salt Lake City. Their children:
    1. Ellen born January 31, 1847, died March 17, 1848;
    2. John R. born September 19, 1848;
    3. Alma W. born June 27, 1850, died July 1851;
    4. Martha W. born July 7, 1852, married N. W. Kimball;
    5. Mary W. born July 7, 1852, married Charles W. Carrington;
    6. Emily W. born August 20, 1854, died August 15, 1855;
    7. Lizzie born July 2, 1856, married Joshua Eldridge;
    8. Eliza Ann born February 13, 1858, married John G. Midgley;
    9. Frederick William born April 18, 1860, died May 1860;
    10. Susan Sophia born November 10, 1861, married T. A. Williams.
  2. Hannah Thompson in Salt Lake City in 1855
  3. Elizabeth Parker, daughter of John and Alice Parker, who was born March 14, 1837, married on January 11, 1857, Salt Lake City. Their children:
    1. William Charles born September 30, 1858, married Rose Taylor;
    2. Alice born September 1, 1860, married William Bradford;
    3. Richard born July 31, 1862, married Mary Emma Cahoon;
    4. Mary Ann born April 28, 1865, married James Stedman;
    5. Edwin Joseph born June 8, 1867, married Ada B. Calder;
    6. Matilda Edna born December 9, 1871, married Reuben S. Hamilton;
    7. Ella May born January 14, 1875, married Walter S. Mackay;
    8. Gertrude born August 23, 1877, married Mark T. C. Cannon;
    9. Rex Parker born September 9, 1879, married Reuhannah E. Fisher;
    10. Luella born September 27, 1870, married James Giles.
  4. Mira Burnham, daughter of Luther C. Burnham and Matilda Barnett of Salt Lake City. She was born September 30, 1869. They were married on October 27, 1893, Salt Lake City.

Biographical Sketch

John Rex Winder was born 11 December 1821 to Richard and Sophia Collins Winder in Biddenden, England. He came to Utah 10 October 1853, John W. Young company.

John R. Winder married Ellen Walters in London in 1845. With her consent, he married Hannah Thompson in Salt Lake City in 1855, Elizabeth Parker in 1857, and later, Maria Burnham in 1893. Through these women he bore 20 children. Maria Burnham was from Fruitland, New Mexico Territory, where the LDS Church congregation was named the Burnham Ward because of her family's prominence in the early history of the area.

John R. Winder was associated with the Liverpool branch until February, 1853; first counselor to the President of the Church from October 17, 1901, to time of death; in April, 1892, was selected by the first presidency to have special charge of the completion of the Salt Lake Temple; first assistant to Apostle Lorenzo Snow, in the presidency of the Temple; second counselor to William B. Preston, presiding bishop; seventy 1854; high priest 1872; one of the 12th quorum of seventies; subsequently acting bishop of 14th ward, Salt Lake City; counselor in bishopric of 14th ward. Salt Lake City, April, 1872; member of the high council of Salt Lake stake. Captain of a company of lancers during the Echo Canyon war; with General George D. Grant on an Indian expedition in Tooele Valley March, 1858; served in the Black Hawk war 1865 to 1867 and collected and made up the accounts of the expenses of that strife; lieutenant-colonel of cavalry in the militia. Assessor and collector for Salt Lake City 1870-84; city councilman three terms; city watermaster 1884-87; United States gauger, in the internal revenue department. President for many years of Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society. Member of the early constitutional conventions. Shoe manufacturer and tanner; director of Utah Iron Manufacturing Company, ZCMI, Deseret National Bank, Deseret Savings Bank, Zion’s Saving Bank and Trust Company, and the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company; president of the Deseret Investment Company; vice-president of the Utah Light and Power Company. Died March 27, 1910.


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John Rex Winder's Timeline

December 11, 1821
Biddenden, Kent, England, United Kingdom
May 19, 1822
Biddenden, KEN
May 19, 1822
Biddenden, KEN
January 31, 1847
Age 25
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
September 19, 1848
Age 26
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
June 27, 1850
Age 28
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
July 7, 1852
Age 30
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
August 20, 1854
Age 32
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States