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William Geddes

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Newtown-Hamilton, Keady, Armagh, Irln
Death: August 24, 1899 (66)
Plain City, Weber, UT, United States
Place of Burial: City Cem., Plain City, Weber
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugh Geddes and Agnes Graham
Husband of Elizabeth Stewart and Martha Stewart
Father of William Stewart Geddes; Private; Hugh Stewart Geddes; Agnes Stewart Peterson; Mary Geddes and 6 others
Brother of Hannah Geddes; Mary Geddes; Joseph Geddes; John Geddes; Sarah Geddes and 4 others

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About William Geddes

William Geddes

Born: 14 Nov 1832, Newton Hamiltion, Keyte Parish, Armagh, Ireland

Parents: Hugh and Agnes Graham Geddes

Died: 24 Aug 1899, Plain City Weber, Utah

Arrived in Valley: 3 Oct 1854, Dan Garn Co.

Married: 1st: Elizabeth Stewart

Date: 3 Jun 1855, Salt Lake City, Utah

Born: 1 Mar 1831, Cathcart, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Parents: Archibald and Esther Lyle Stewart

Died: 6 May 1866, Plain City, Weber, Utah

Married 2nd: Martha Stewart

Date: 10 Jul 1856, Plain City, Utah

Born: 10 May 1838, Nitshill, Renfrew, Scotland

Parents: Archibald and Esther Lyle Stewart

Died: 11 Aug 1900, Plain City, Utah

Married 3rd: Emma Eliza Hope Stewart

Date: 21 Feb 1870, Plain City, Utah

Born: 17 Apr 1845, Burlage, Wiltshire, England

Parents: David and Eliza Stone Hope

Died: 21 Aug 1929, Moreland, Bingham, Idaho

William worked in the coal mines in Scotland as a youth. He joined the Church when he was 14 and was disinherited by is father for doing so. He became known as the “boy preacher” in Glasgow, Scotland.

When he was 16, he decided to see if his parents would allow him to return. His parents had relented so he was able to live at home, but they wouldn't accept the gospel until he contacted cholera and was dying. His father asked if there was anything he wanted and he asked for the elders. They blessed him that he would return to full health, and he did. His father eventually accepted the gospel but died before he could be baptized.

At the age of 22, William came to America with a group of saints and drove a team of oxen across the plains. He became a prominent builder in Utah. He went on a mission to Scotland, and was president of the Australian Mission. He was the husband of three wives and father of 23 children. He served in the Utah Militia and was captain during the Echo Canyon War.

William served six months in the penitentiary for polygamy even though he was married in name only to Martha. He had not lived with her for four years. His first wife had died previously. While there his health was impaired. He never regained his health and strength. He died of heart failure while bagging grain.

Taken From: “Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, Conquerors of the West” Sons of the Utah Pioneers

  • For much more on William Geddes, including many of his own words, see the book “William Geddes and Descendants” Compiled by Martha Geddes, 1966.
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William Geddes's Timeline

November 14, 1832
Newtown-Hamilton, Keady, Armagh, Irln
April 5, 1856
Age 23
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
August 11, 1857
Age 24
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
July 25, 1859
Age 26
Plain City, Weber, Utah, United States
September 18, 1861
Age 28
Plain City, Weber, Ut
September 20, 1865
Age 32
Plain City, Weber, Ut
February 18, 1867
Age 34
Plain City, Weber, Ut
February 9, 1869
Age 36
Plain City, Weber, Ut
January 17, 1871
Age 38
Plain City, Weber, Ut