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William Samuel Godbe

Birthplace: Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Brighton, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Thompson Godbe
Husband of Charlotte Ives Kirby; Mary Godbe and Rosina Godbe
Father of Anthony Hampton Godbe; May Godbe; Murray Charles Godbe; Ernest Godbe; Elva Godbe and 2 others
Brother of Anthony Peter Godbe

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About William Samuel Godbe

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...William Samuel Godbe (June 26, 1833 – August 1, 1902) was a British convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The LDS Church, also known as the "Mormons"). He is remembered for leading a faction of the LDS Church called the Church of Zion, better known as the "Godbeites"..."

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_S._Godbe

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Company Unknown (1851)

Age at departure: 18 Also Godbe Freight Train (1855), Age 22, Godbe Freight Train (1862), Age 28 and William S. Godbe Company (1865), Age 31

Find a Grave

Journalist. Born in London, England, he was converted to the LDS Church by Parley Pratt in 1851, he emigrated to what was then called the Territory of Utah, where he opened his Deseret Drug in 1855. Started his publishing career in 1867 with the Utah Magazine, which he co-founded with Elias L.T. Harrison. He was also a strong supporter of the development of mining in the Territory, and published an article endorsing it in his Magazine- for which he was promptly excommunicated from the Church (1869). Both his Utah Magazine and his Deseret Drug were forced out of business by the end of that year, both by Church organized boycotts. Disillusioned now with the Mormon Church, he made a clean break and started his own daily newspaper, the Salt Lake Daily Tribune and Utah Mining Gazette, in April of 1871, to compete with the Church owned Deseret Evening News. By 1883, the title of his newspaper had been shortened to The Salt Lake Tribune, under which name it is published today. (bio by: Donald W. Ball)

Family links:

  • Charlotte Ives Cobb Kirby (1836 - 1908)*
  • Rosina Colborn Godbe (1837 - 1929)*

Burial: Mount Olivet Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: O-34

Maintained by: Find A Grave Originally Created by: Donald W. Ball Record added: Mar 08, 2003 Find A Grave Memorial# 7243466

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William Samuel Godbe's Timeline

June 26, 1833
Middlesex, England
November 23, 1862
Age 29
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Age 31
Utah, United States
Age 34
Utah, United States
Age 34
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, USA
September 20, 1870
Age 37
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
April 28, 1872
Age 38
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, USA
Age 40
Utah, United States
February 8, 1903
Age 69
Brighton, Salt Lake, Utah, USA