Sarah Delight Woodruff

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Sarah Delight Woodruff (Stocking)

Birthplace: Canton, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Death: May 28, 1907 (68)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Jay Stocking and Catherine Emeline Stocking
Wife of Wilford Woodruff, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mother of Marion Woodruff; Emiline Burrows; Ensign Woodruff; Jeremiah Woodruff; Rosanna Woodruff and 3 others
Sister of Jeremiah Reuben Stocking; Angeline Ameret Stocking; Ensign Israel Stocking; Catherine Emmeline Stocking and Martisha Stocking

Managed by: M Scott Woodruff
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About Sarah Delight Woodruff

Biographical Summary

Sarah Delight Stocking (1838-1906) Born: 26 Jul 1838, Canton, Bloomfield, Conn. daughter of John Jay Stocking and Catherine Emeline Ensign Died: 28 May 1906, South Cottonwood, Salt Lake, Utah

She was know as Delight. Her mother died when she was only 2'/z. Her father then married her mother's sister, Harriett Ensign. Her step-mother aunt raised her. The family converted to the Mormon faith in 1843 and moved to Nauvoo in 1844. Their family was in the 1st" party leaving Nauvoo in February 1846, but they struggled In Iowa, several members of the extended family died, including Delight's Grandparents. At some point on the trail, Delight and several members of their party became very sick As an act of faith she asked her father to baptize her. Her father thought the ordinance would only hasten her death, but she insisted She was baptized the first time and had to be helped out; baptized again and she walked out on her own power, baptized a third time and she was almost instantly healed On seeing this, the other sick were also baptized in this manner and the disease was checked A large Indian also tried to steal Delight. He was in the camp and made a grab for her, but she quickly scrambled under a wagon and spread the alarm. Upon arriving in the valley in 1850, the family lived in West Jordan briefly and then became one of the original settlers of Fort Herriman. At that time parents often betrothed their children at an early age. In Nauvoo Delight had been promised to Wilford Woodruff. In Harriman, when any young men came to see Delight, her step mother compelled them to sit nearby so she could hear every word they said When her father saw the young men calling, he said that the time had come for marriage. He hitched up the team and took Delight to Salt Lake. Wilford Woodruff and Sarah Delight were married by Brigham Young in the Endowment House on July 31, 1857. Delight was 19, Wilford 50. She was Wilford's 5'h wife.

She learned quickly the role of a plural wife. Delight lived at the Valley House, Salt Lake's first Hotel, with Wilford's other wives. She shared a stove with the oven going through the wall with another wife. It is said that Delight made good bread and when she put the bread in the oven to bake the other wife would sometimes pull it out on her side and eat it. In 1860, Wilford bought a house in Ft. Harriman, where he moved his wife Sarah Brown. Delight gave birth to Marion in 1861 in Salt Lake City. In July of 1862, Delight moved to Ft. Herriman to help tend Wilford's cattle interest there and to be closer to her father. However, she was back in Salt Lake in 1865. Delight gave birth to 6 more children: Emeline (1863), Ensign (1865), Jeremiah (1868), Rosanna (1871), John Jay (1873) and Julia Delight (1878). In addition she also cared for an Indian boy. In 1875 Wilford bought Delight a house and 10 acre farm on 3'd East, near W South (today it is 13'h South). The next few years were difficult for all of Wilford's families as he was in hiding because of Polygamy laws for several years. His first wife died during this persecution. When he was able to come out he was only seen publicly with Emma, his second wife. However, he was conscientious in writing to, caring for and attending to the needs of all his wives and children. All of his descendants honored his name. Delight kept herself busy with her family. She found time for church duties particularly in Relief Society and M.I.A. The farm was subdivided and sold in 1892 to become the North Waterloo Addition. On Wilford's death in 1898, she received her share of the estate. When her youngest daughter married, she made her home with her unmarried son, John She was a sweet woman, with a good disposition, modest and unassuming She passed away at the age of 67. [Alan J. H311, 7-4-99]


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Sarah Delight Woodruff's Timeline

July 26, 1838
Canton, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
June 1, 1861
Age 22
Age 22
July 26, 1863
Age 25
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Age 26
Salt Lake City (Salt Lake) Utah
Age 29
Age 32
Age 34
June 28, 1878
Age 39
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States