William Coffin Rawson

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William Coffin Rawson

Birthplace: Randolph, Randolph, IN, United States
Death: April 26, 1891 (59)
Farr West, Weber, UT, United States
Place of Burial: Ogden, UT, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Horace Strong Rawson and Elizabeth Rawson
Husband of Eliza Jane Rawson
Father of Eliza Jane Jackson; Olive Ann Rawson; Sarah Emily Rawson; Nathan Cheney Rawson; Lenia Venette Rawson and 4 others
Brother of Daniel Berry Rawson; Chloe Ann Hancock; Arthur Morrison Rawson, Sr.; Cyrus Rawson; Horace Franklin Rawson and 7 others
Half brother of Sarah Smith Rawson

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About William Coffin Rawson

(Written by one of his children)

William Coffin Rawson, a son of Horace Strong and Elizabeth Coffin Rawson, was born January 13th at Randolph Co., Indiana. His parents accepted the gospel in 1831. Father was baptized at Nauvoo. In stature, Father, I think, was full six feet tall, of slender build, though with considerable breadth through the shoulders. His forehead projecting and high, his motion was rapid and easy, his memory was a vast storehouse of facts always at his command. His word was as good as his own or any other man's bond.

William Coffin Rawson, Father, was the fourth child of a family of thirteen children all of whom grew to mature years except two that died in infancy. He partook largely the traits of character of both parents. In early life he possessed strong powers of physical endurance and generally succeeded in accomplishing whatever he undertook. From youth, he was fond of books and writing, his natural inclination leading him to prefer old books and those upon antiquarian subjects. It became the leading study of his life to search old records and historical books to find all he could learn concerning his ancestors. In his youth he was informed by his parents that he was the eighth direct descendant of Edward Rawson, our first progenitor who came from England. This led him to collect facts concerning the Rawson family, and in particular Edward Rawson's


When Father was a young man, eighteen years old, he with his father's family, started for Utah in the spring of 1850 in the Wilford Woodruff Company. They arrived in Salt Lake City, October 16, 1850. He married my mother, Eliza Jane Cheney Rawson, October 12, 1856 in Farmington, Utah. Doesn't it seem like a coincidence with my father and mother, they crossed the plains the same year but not in the same company. They met several times on the road, but Father being five years her senior, never paid much attention to Mother until after they arrived in the Utah Valley. Their love began to grow stronger, and finally he wooed and won her. Soon after their marriage they moved to Payson where their first two children were born.

In the fall of 1857, Father was called to Echo canyon at the time of Johnson's army to help hold the army back. He was brought home very sick with rheumatics. About the year 1860 they moved to Ogden, Utah on 22nd Street and Adams Ave. He helped build the Ogden Tabernacle, the Odgen Canyon road, and many other things incident to the building of a new country. He was a very good carpenter and handy with whatever he could turn his hands to do. He worked for George A. Low Co. for a number of years selling the shuttler wagon and many other farm implements. He was a member of the school board and secretary of the Western Irrigation Company.

He held many important positions in the Church. He labored as Superintendent of the Sunday Schools for about ten years for what was known then as the First Ward. During the first winter of 1874-75, Father was called to take a short term genealogical mission to the North Eastern States. Elder Noah L. Shurtliff was called on the same mission at the same time. Hence he and Father were sole companions and bosom friends and did considerable work along ancestry lines.

In the late fall of 1876, during the smallpox rage in Ogden, Father moved his family of seven children out to a place called Harrisville where he had a small store and a farm. He intended to move back to Ogden as soon as the situation cleared up but during this time on June 8, 1877 my Father, William C. Rawson, was chosen as counselor to Bishop Plesant Green of Harrisville Ward hence they never moved back to Ogden. He held this position for 13 ½ years until the Harrisville Ward was divided. The ward was then divided into the Harrisville and Farr West Wards. William Andrew Taylor was chosen bishop and Father was his first counselor. This position he held until his death.

His health started to fail him in the early part of that winter. He died on April 26, 1891 ending a useful career. He died as he lived a faithful Latter-Day Saint. Those who knew him best loved him most. He was a good kind husband, a loving father, and a religious member of the Church. I will say God bless his memory. May it last forever.


He was at Winter Quarters. September 1846: Winter Quarters established.

Name transcribed from the Iowa Branches Members Index 1839 - 1859, Volumes I & II by Ronald G. Watt. Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1991. Copyright by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Note: Stated in record above, "15 years old"

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William Coffin Rawson's Timeline

January 13, 1832
Randolph, Randolph, IN, United States
August 9, 1841
Age 9
August 9, 1841
Age 9
August 31, 1857
Age 25
Payson, Utah County, Utah Territory, United States
October 20, 1858
Age 26
Payson, Utah, Utah
March 22, 1862
Age 30
September 11, 1862
Age 30
Ogden, Weber, UT, United States
Age 31
February 27, 1866
Age 34
Ogden, Weber, UT, United States