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William Morley Black

Birthdate: (89)
Birthplace: Vermilion, Richland, Ohio, USA
Death: June 21, 1915 (89)
Blanding, San Juan, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Blanding, San Juan, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Black and Mary Black
Husband of Anna Maria Black
Father of Miller Snow Black

Occupation: member of the 81st quorum of seventies: high priest; patriarch, Blackhawk Indian War veteran and a Miller.
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About William Morley Black

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 Unidentified Companies (1849) Age 23

Pioneer Information: Apparently, William started with a company that was headed to California in search of gold, and then he stayed in Utah.

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Birth: Feb. 11, 1826 Ohio, USA

Death: Jun. 21, 1915 Blanding San Juan County Utah, USA

William Morley Black was born on the 11 February 1826 at Vermilion, Richland Ohio to John Black and Mary Kline.

In 1848 William Morley ran for Sheriff on the Democratic ticket in Cuba, Ohio and was elected. News of the discovery of gold in California reached the town of Cuba, Ohio in 1849.

01 April 1849, William Morley with others formed a joint stock company in Cuba to go to the gold fields of California.

3rd April 1849, headed from Ohio towards the gold fields of California.

On the 24th of July 1849 William Morley entered the Salt Lake Valley. He came to Utah on the 24th of July 1849 in the ox team company.

25th of July 1849, William Morley sees Brigham Young and John Taylor at the Bowery in Salt Lake.

A few days later William Morley is baptized by Levi Jakeman.

William Morley worked on building the masonry foundation of the Council House, Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was called to Sanpete County to set up settlement.

During his life the mechanically talented William Morley Black built many saw mills and grist mills including; Sanpete, Utah Manti, Utah Nephi, Utah Ephriam, Utah Circleville, Utah Beaver, Utah Washington County, Utah Kanab, Utah Lehi, Utah Glendale, Utah Mexico: Casas Grandes, Mexico Juarez, Mexico

William Morley Black's six wives and children included;

1. William Morley married Margaret Ruth Banks,(1829-1884),on February 05, 1846. Margaret Ruth Banks was born on January 20, 1829,(daughter of Nathaniel B. and Barbarbara Banks of Illinois). She died on June 29, 1884. Children of William Morley Black and Margaret Ruth Banks included; Mary Elizabeth Martin Luther Martha Jane Sarah Emma William Kimball John Morley Isaac Edwin George Henry

2. William Morley married Amy Jane Washburn, (1832-1888) on October 26th 1851 at Manti, Utah. She was the (daughter of Abraham and Tamar Washburn of Manti, Utah. Amy Jane Washburn was born on July 28, 1832. She died on August 28, 1888. Children of William Morley Black and Amy Jane Washburn included; Tamer Jane Sarah Amelia William Grant Benjamin Daniel Mary Ann Charles Theadore Eva Minerva Margaret Ellen Orson Pratt

3. William Morley married Annie Maria Hansen on October 26, 1859 at Ephraim, Utah She was (daughter of Andrew Hansen and Abelona Knudsen of Ephriam, Utah. They were pioneers of the 1856 Oxteam Company. Maria Hansen was born on November 19, 1840 and died on March 1920. Children of William Morley Black and Annie Maria Hansen included; Joseph Andrew Rachel Ann Olive Myrtle William Sanford Miller Snow Hattie Druzilla David Patten Morley Larsen Abelona

4. William Morley Black married Emma Lynette Richarson, (c.1830-1874) in 1861 . She was born about. 1830. Home in Ephraim, Utah. Children of William Morley and Emma Lynette Richardson included; Daniel

5. William Morley Black married Louisa Ann Washburn in 1867 at Salt Lake City (daughter of Abraham and Clarinda Washburn of Ossining, N.Y., pioneers 1848 oxteam company. Children of Louisa Ann Washburn included; Cathrine Almeda William Washburn Parley Pratt Calista Hetta Clarinda Edward Webb Ella Lula Junius Exile

6. William Morley Black Married Sara Marinda Thompson Oct. 1874, Salt Lake City. Children of William Morley Black and Sarah Marinda Thompson included; Mary Bell Amy Jane Eliza Roxy Lewis

He had a few too many brushes with the law over his practice of polygamy. The Federal Marshalls were willing to put him in jail. Morley Larsen decided to go to the Mormon colonies in Mexico.

In 1889 Morley Larsen arrived at Diaz, Mexico.

On the 31st of July 1912 the Mexican factions were fighting and William Morley had to abandon Pearson enroute to El Paso. On the 10th of August 1912 Maria and William Morley got a train pass to go to Price, Utah.

William Morley Black died at 4:00 AM June 21st 1915, at Blanding, Utah. His funeral wagon hearse was led by a team of white horses to the Blanding Cemetery where he is interred.

William Morley Black was a member of the 81st quorum of seventies: high priest; patriarch, Blackhawk Indian War veteran and a Miller.

Family links:

  • John David Black (1797 - 1839)
  • Mary Cline Black (1802 - 1880)
  • Amy Jane Washburn Black (1832 - 1888)
  • Emma Lynette Richardson Conover (1841 - 1921)
  • Louisa Ann Washburn Black (1851 - 1904)
  • Sarah Marinda Thompson Black (1841 - 1914)
  • Anna Maria Hansen Black (1840 - 1920)*
  • Margaret Ruth Banks Black (1829 - 1884)*
  • Martin Luther Black (1848 - 1918)*
  • Martha Jane Black Gale (1849 - 1921)*
  • Tamar Jane Black Young (1852 - 1915)*
  • Sarah Amelia Black Young (1854 - 1950)*
  • John Morley Black (1856 - 1933)*
  • Isaac Edwin Black (1857 - 1931)*
  • William Grant Black (1857 - 1948)*
  • Benjamin Daniel Black (1859 - 1945)*
  • George Henry Black (1861 - 1923)*
  • Joseph Andrew Black (1861 - 1940)*
  • Rachel Ann Black Porter (1863 - 1906)*
  • Charles Theodore Black (1864 - 1924)*
  • Olive Myrtle Black Palmer (1865 - 1949)*
  • Eva Minerva Black Palmer (1866 - 1950)*
  • Miller Snow Black (1869 - 1953)*
  • Margaret Ellen Black Rowley (1869 - 1961)*
  • William W Black (1870 - 1884)*
  • Orson Pratt Black (1871 - 1946)*
  • Harriet Drucilla Black Guymon (1871 - 1965)*
  • David Patten Black (1874 - 1958)*
  • Morley Larsen Black (1875 - 1951)*
  • Mary Belle Black Carroll (1875 - 1955)*
  • Parley P Black (1875 - 1948)*
  • Amy Jane Black Carroll (1877 - 1959)*
  • Clara E Webb (1880 - 1966)*
  • Ella Civilla Black Talley (1888 - 1926)*

Note: There is a web site that contains a book Our Black Family in America that may be of some help in genealogy of the William Black family at http://www.archive.org/details/ourblackfamilyin00blac

Burial: Blanding City Cemetery Blanding San Juan County Utah, USA Plot: 1_47_2_7

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William Morley Black's Timeline

February 11, 1826
Vermilion, Richland, Ohio, USA
February 27, 1869
Age 43
Washington, Washington County, Utah Territory, United States
June 21, 1915
Age 89
Blanding, San Juan, Utah, USA
Blanding, San Juan, Utah, USA