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William Valentine Black

Birthplace: Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland
Death: April 01, 1927 (95)
Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Deseret, Cemetery, Millard, Ut
Immediate Family:

Son of William Young Black, Jr. and Jane Black
Husband of Almyra Ayers; Almyra Murry Black and Victoria Black
Father of Anna Aldonna Hyatt; Jane Lucinda Rappleye; Almira Murray Styler; William Valentine Black; Lucinda Catherine Curtis and 13 others
Brother of George Black; Joseph Smith Black; Priscilla Carpenter and Mary Black
Half brother of George Black

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Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...William Valentine Black (21 February 1832 – 1 April 1927) was a nineteenth century Utah pioneer, and one of the early settlers of Manit, Utah|Manti, Spring City, Rockville, and Deseret, Utah. He was also a close friend of Chief Kanosh the leader of the Pahvant band of the Ute Indians. He was also the first branch president of the LDS Church in Deseret, Utah.

"...Black "was one of several Irishmen instrumental in the formation of the dam and irrigation systems in Utah. He assisted in locating dams and canals at Abraham, Oasis, Hinckley, and Deseret and was also president of the Deseret Irrigation Company in southern Utah..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'William Valentine Black', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 5 February 2011, 08:26 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=William_Valentine_Black&oldid=412121671> [accessed 7 March 2011]


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Birth: Feb. 21, 1832

Death: Apr. 1, 1927

Family links:

  • William Black (1784 - 1873)
  • Jane Johnston Black (1801 - 1890)
  • Almira Murry Ayers Black (1834 - 1872)
  • Victoria Ayers Black (1839 - 1923)*
  • Mary Black (____ - 1862)*
  • Almira B Black Styler (1857 - 1938)*
  • George Ayers Black (1861 - 1908)*
  • Fannie Mikesell Black Ashman (1866 - 1919)*
  • Joseph Black (1873 - 1940)*
  • Clara Black Warnick (1874 - 1958)*
  • Victoria Black Stuart Christensen (1877 - 1933)*
  • Marietta Black Walton (1881 - 1967)**
  • Marion Black (1881 - 1973)*
  • Delores Lois Black Ewing (1883 - 1915)*

Burial: Deseret City Cemetery Deseret Millard County Utah, USA

William Valentine Black was a nineteenth-century Utah Pioneer, and one of the early settlers of Manti, Spring City, Rockville, and Deseret, Utah. He was also a close friend of Chief Kanosh, the leader of the Pahvant band of the Ute Indians. He was also the first branch president of the LDS Church in Deseret, Utah. Black was one of several Irishmen instrumental in the formation of the dam and irrigation systems in Utah. He assisted in locating dams and canals at Abraham, Oasis, Hinckley, and Deseret and was also president of the Deseret Irrigation Company in Southern Utah. William's brother, Joseph Smith Black, was only the second white man to explore Zion National Park, and the first white person to settle in the Park in 1861.

SOURCE: Wikipedia and the following sources listed there:

1.) Youngberg, Florence C., Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers (Salt Lake city: Agreka Books, 1999

2.) Young, Levi Edgar. "The Utah Pioneers and the Indians." The Young Women's Journal (Salt Lake City: The Deseret News, 1918), January 21, 1918 issue of the journal.

3.) McEntire, Almira. "William V. Black," 1990.

4.) Utah Genealogical Association, Genealogical Journal, Vol. 15, page 4

5.) Work Projects Administration. Utah" A guide to the State (New York: Hastings House, 1941

The following is from another source: http://www.blackfamilygenealogy.org/william-valentine-black/

William Valentine Black, born 21 Feb 1832 in Lisburn, Antrim, Ireland; died 1 Apr 1927 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States, son of William Young Black and Jane Johnston. He married Almira Murray Ayers on 28 Feb 1854 in Springdale, Utah. She was born 23 Jun 1834 in Branchville, Sussex, New Jersey, United States; died 14 Sep 1872 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States. Married Victoria Ayers on 1857 in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States ,Victoria Ayers, born 8 Nov 1839 in Stanhope, Sussex, New Jersey, United States; died 27 Mar 1923 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States.

Children of William Valentine Black and Almira Murray Ayers were as follows:

Jane Lucinda Black, born 16 Nov 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States; died 29 Dec 1948 in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States; buried 1 Jan 1949 in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States. She married on 1 Jan 1871 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States Ezra Tunis Rappleye, born 23 Nov 1851 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States; died 16 Sep 1917, son of Tunis Rappleye and Louisa Elizabeth Cutler.


Almira Murray Black, born 24 Jun 1857 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah, United States; died 12 Feb 1938. She married on 18 Aug 1884 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States.


William Valentine Black Jr, born 8 Feb 1860 in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States; died 16 Oct 1944. He married on 18 Aug 1884 Ann Rotherham.


Lucinda Catherine Black, born 19 May 1861 in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States; died 9 Oct 1950. She married on 11 Nov 1882 in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States Euria Erastice Curtis


Elizabeth Black, born 19 Feb 1863; died 12 Jun 1937.


Annie Eldona Black, born 28 Nov 1864 in Springdale, Washington, Utah, United States; died 4 Feb 1952 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States; buried in Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United States. She married on 3 Jun 1881 Homer Chancy Hyatt.


Fannie Vienna Black, born 24 Aug 1866 in Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States; died 22 Jul 1919. She married in 1885 in Oasis, Millard, Utah, United States Alfred Miksell.


Eleanor Black, born 17 Jul 1868 in Rockville, Washington, Utah, United States; died 25 Apr 1952. She married on 14 Sep 1889 in Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Hyrum James Walton.


Heber Marcellas Black, born 17 Sep 1870 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States; died 28 Jan 1952. He married on 22 Feb 1897 in Spanish Fork, Utah, Utah, United States Harriett Melvina Simmons.


Child Black, born 14 Sep 1872; died 14 Sep 1872.

Children of William Valentine Black and Victoria Ayers were as follows:

Mary Black, born 25 Nov 1858 in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States; died 25 Nov 1858.


George Ayers Black, born 3 Mar 1862 in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States; died 30 May 1908 in Guadalupe, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico; buried 31 May 1908 in Colonia Dublan, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. He married on 31 Dec 1885 in Saint George, Washington, Utah, United States Emily Partridge.


Agnes Black, born 11 Feb 1863 in Springdale, Washington, Utah, United States; died 9 Apr 1964. She married on 15 Sep 1881 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States William McLeod.


Minerva Black, born 25 Nov 1865 in Springdale, Washington, Utah, United States.


Ira Adlebert Black, born 10 Feb 1868 in Springdale, Washington, Utah, United States; died 11 Apr 1878.


Justin Black, born 20 Sep 1870 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States; died 14 Jan 1875.


Joseph Valentine Black, born 14 Sep 1872. He married on 24 Jun 1903 Jane Cahoon.


Clara Black, born 27 Sep 1874 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States; died 25 Feb 1958. She married on 3 Jan 1900 in Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States Fred Gilbert Warnick.


Victoria Black, born 27 Jan 1877 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States; died 24 Jul 1933 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States; buried 27 Jul 1933 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She married on 5 Jul 1902 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States George Marius Christensen. Marriage Source: Ibid., “VICTORIA BLACK; Female; Spouse: GEO M CHRISTENSEN; Marriage: 05 JUL 1902 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah;


Albert Caleb Black, born 12 Oct 1878 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States; died 28 Jul 1967. He married on 8 Jun 1910 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Elizabeth Helen Powell.


Marion Black, born 14 Jan 1881 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States; died 24 May 1973. He married on 18 Aug 1905 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States Stella Dameron.


Marietta Black, born 14 Jan 1881 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States; died 6 Jul 1967. She married on 29 May 1901 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States Joseph Walton


Delores Black, born 26 Apr 1883 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States; died 31 Jul 1915. She married on 13 Jun 1910 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Frank Ewuing.


William Alonzo Black, born 16 May 1886 in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States; died 18 May 1953. He married on 25 Dec 1911 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

William Valentine Black by Agnes McLeod and Joseph S. Black

William Valentine Black was born in Lisburn, Antrim, Ireland on 21 Feb. 1832. He was the second son and third child of William Young Black and Jane Johnston Black. At the age of six years with his parents he left his native country and immigrated to Manchester England.

It was there they heard of people called Latter Day Saints and then they were invited to go hear them speak they met in a room called Paul Harris cellar. It was there they met Elders William Clayton and Joseph Fielding and listened to them tell of the glad tidings of great joy. The little family believed what they heard and within a year they were baptized The father was ordained a teacher then a priest and was sent back to Ireland on a mission with John Taylor one of the Twelve Apostles where he spent one year, among his own Irish people. Then he was assigned a two year mission for the church in England.

In the year l841 he arranged for his family to join the Saints in America. The mother and her children embarked on the ship Kaas an old time sailing vessel which would require two months to make the voyage. The father remained in England and to finish his two year mission and labor in the two branches of the church there.

The port of embarkation of the ship Kaas was at Belfast. Soon after leaving the harbor a terrific storm developed. A ship was sunk in sight of the Kaas before they got out of the harbor and all aboard were lost. The little family realized their ship could only narrowly escape destruction. The Mother took her children to secluded place in the birth and on their knees they asked the Lord to deliver them in safety to America, then a strange and impressive experience came to them. William was only a twelve year old boy who had been deeply impressed by the gospel and was ever valiant in its defense, after that prayer on the ship he being impressed spoke in tongues, his mother interpreted. He said that within three days the ship would be blown back into the harbor that some of their members would desert the ship and would not make the voyage, but others would remain and have a prosperous voyage to America. They did arrive safely in America.

After their father joined them they acquired a city lot in Nauvoo and built a house. There they remained until the saints were driven from Nauvoo. The many hardships, exposures and discouragements they endured were surely a test for the most faithful. Sickness, stormy weather, shortage of food was common ill. It was there the quail by the thousand came to their camp and food was then abundantly supplied and the Lord sent honey dew, which they gathered from the bushes unti1 they had all the sweets they wanted.

About two months after entering the Salt Lake Valley in the Pace Company, President Brigham young requested William Black and family to go with a company already organized to San Pete. They settled in Manti. It was there the Indian troubles broke out and in July 1853 the Walker Indian began. William V now twenty one years of age served as a cavalry soldier in this war and was under arms two years. He learned to speak the Indian language and did much to bring about peace with them. Many years later he told his little granddaughter that at one time he with several men were in the mountains cutting down trees for Lumber when he was injured by a falling tree and was lying on a litter in a helpless condition when a band of Indians approached. All of the man scattered and hid among the trees leaving him there alone but he talked with the Indians, pacifying and calming them until they rode away. The granddaughter remembers going with him and other family members to the annual Black Hawk reunion held in Springville where those war veterans were honored.

In 1855 he was married to Allira Ayers daughter of Caleb and Lucinda Catherine Haggerty Ayers and two years later he married her sister Victoria Ayers.

In 1861 Elder Hyde called him to go to Dixie. The hardship of this mission is a volume of its own as many stories have been told but only those that have endured through them will ever know what a strenuous life it was.

In about 1866 he bought a saw mill on North Creek above Virgin City and proceeded very successfully in the lumber business, however when his children became of school age he realized his duty to them and abandoned his venture and moved to Kanosh in Millard County remaining there about three years. His wife Almira died when they were living in Kanosh. In 1875 he moved his fancily to Deseret. There he remained and assisted in the development of that valley.

He was a mainstay in the construction of the old dam which was the initial step in the great irrigation project. Many are the times the old dam has gone out and many are the times these sturdy pioneers have put it back. Year after year their crops burned up for want of water and they were only able to remain and try again by catching fish which were abundant, in the old Sevier River and in the Lake s which it fed. In 1877 the church organized a branch in Deseret; Brother William Valentine was sustained as presiding Elder. When the Deseret Ward was organized his brother Joseph was made bishop of the ward. William V. was loyal and loyal to his brother, serving as president of the Seventies and High Priests for many years.

When the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad was being constructed into this state William V. and Joseph took contracts for grading the road to the extent of about $100,000.00 which was a blessing to the people to whom they gave employment. William V. also did construction on the Park City railroad. He had contracts for construction of the grade on the line which runs between Salt Lake and Los Angeles through those parts , During his work on the construction of the D. & R. G. railway he developed what is known the Thomson Springs and was the first man to place the Stars and Stripes on Castle rock at Castle gate, Utah.

Always ready to help his brother Joseph when the U.S. Marshalls commenced to make raids upon those who had more than one wife William V waited outside town with a horse and buggy for Joseph when he was secretly going to Mexico with one of his wives. They parted with a handshake and he presented Joseph with his gloves and handkerchief Then  turned away unable to speak for deep emotion and sympathy , Joseph returned in 1886 then took an extended tour to the East with Andrew Jensen and Edward Stevenson but he hadn’t been home long from that tour when he was arrested by the U.S. Marshals and was sentenced to seventy five days in the penitentiary in Salt Lake City. William V. made frequent trips to Sal t Lake with other members of the family to cheer and comfort his brother.

William Valentine Black has been one of the sturdy Land marks which have gone hand in hand with the development of the west. During world war one he had one daughter and 10 grand sons serving their country. He left a large posterity. He lived to be ninety five years of age. He passed away at his home in Deseret, Millard County, Utah on April 1st, 1927.

The following information was found on Family Search.org.

William Valentine Black and Almira Murry Ayers:

This story was compiled by Joe H. Pew (a great-great-grandson) and Elizabeth Pew (his wife) from information found in a booklet entitled “The Biographical Sketch of William Young Black” (who was William Valentine Black’s father) by Henry J. Black in the possession of Joe H. Pew. Also used was a short biography compiled by Janell Nichols, a descendant of William Valentine Black. Note: Several generations of sons in the Black family were named William. William Valentine Black was born February 21, 1832, in Lisburn, Antrim, Ireland. He was the third child born to William Young Black and Jane Johnston Black. His father, William Y., was a hosier, having learned the trade from his father. The industrial age was blossoming in England, and this placed Williams Y.’s hosiery trade in Ireland in a precarious state. The textile mills in Manchester, England, soon became the center for cotton manufacturing, and the Black family moved to Manchester sometime in 1837 or 1838. In Manchester, friends invited William Y. and Jane to hear about a new religion being preached in the community. The couple believed what they were taught and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were baptized January 14, 1839. Joining the Church changed the life of their family forever. In 1840, William Y. was called on a mission, and Jane and three of the couple’s children immigrated to the United States. William Valentine was eight at this time. His sister Mary had immigrated earlier. During the boat trip to America, a tremendous storm arose and all on board felt they would perish. Jane gathered the children around her to pray. After the prayer, William Valentine arose and spoke in tongues. His mother was given the interpretation, which was that the boat would have a safe landing, which it did. When William Y.’s two-year mission was completed, he came to America and was reunited with his family. The family came to Nauvoo in the summer of 1843. There, in 1844, Parley P. Pratt baptized William Valentine. He was then twelve years old. Early in September 1846, William Y. had to journey to Canada to collect money from his pension. While he was gone, the Saints were driven from Nauvoo. The Black family had a wagon but no team. They pushed the wagon down to the river, where it was ferried across. Sickness, inclement weather, and a shortage of food were the common lot of all the people. However, it was here that quail came to the Saints’ camp by the thousands, supplying them with the food they so badly needed. On June 12, the Captain James Pace company—consisting of one hundred wagons—left Kanesville for the Salt Lake Valley. In the company was the Black family, consisting of William Y., Jane, William Valentine (age eighteen), another son Joseph, and a grandson that William Y. and Jane were caring for; there was also a young, widowed Irish girl living with the family at this time. For months, the family had been working tirelessly to help the company prepare for the journey. The family’s outfit consisted of one yoke of cows, one yoke of oxen, and five loose cattle. The family arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1850. About two months after they entered the valley, President Brigham Young called William Y. to take his family and go to San Pete County in central Utah with some other Saints. They settled at Spring City. They built homes as best they could, and after a good harvest in 1851 and 1852, they were comfortably settled. However, Indian trouble arose causing President Brigham Young to recall the families until the uprising was brought under control. William Valentine and his father and two brothers volunteered as part of the army to end the uprising, and William Valentine served for two years in the United States Cavalry. On February 28, 1854, he married Almira Murry Ayers in Salt Lake City, and three years later, he married her sister Victoria in Spring City, Utah. Little is known of Almira’s early years. She was born in Sussex, New Jersey, and had four sisters and two brothers. Her family started across the plains with the Saints, and her father died at Council Bluffs in 1852. Almira was seventeen at this time. The family continued across the plains with Allen Week’s company and arrived in the valley on October 12, 1852. Her mother remarried the next year, and Almira married William Valentine in 1854. William Valentine and Almira’s first child, a daughter, Jane Lucinda Black (the child we come through), was born in Salt Lake City in 1855. During that same year, the Indian war was settled, and with the coming of Johnston’s army to Utah, the families who had settled in San Pete County were allowed to return to their homes. In 1857, another daughter, born in Manti, Utah, was added to the family. The birthplace of their next two children, a boy and a girl, was Spring City, San Pete County. Orson Hyde was chosen by President Brigham Young to select a number of families from the southern and central counties of Utah to settle in the Rio Virgin and Santa Clara River valleys in southern Utah. William Valentine, his father, and his two brothers along with their families were called to go. In 1861, they became a part of the great colonizing program to Utah’s Dixie. Grapes, fruit, cotton, sugarcane, corn, and other crops grew in the mild climate, and this appealed to the families. William Y. was now seventy-six years old. Two more daughters were added to William and Almira’s family while they were living in Springdale, Washington County. Perhaps there was not enough land and water for all the families, because in a few years, the Blacks moved to Rockville, Washington County. Here two more girls were born to them. They now had seven daughters and one son. President Brigham Young released the four families—William Y., William Valentine, and William Y.’s other two sons—from the Dixie Mission in February 1869. William Valentine moved his family to Kanosh, Millard County. His father and mother chose to remain in Dixie. In Kanosh, Almira and William Valentine’s last two children were born. One was a son, born September 17, 1871. The last of their ten children, a stillborn baby, was born September 14, 1872. Almira died the same day. She was only thirty-eight years old. William Valentine had fourteen children by his second wife, Victoria. Two were born in Spring City, three in Springdale, three in Kanosh, and six in Deseret. Victoria died in 1924, and William Valentine died in 1927. He was eighty-five years old. Altogether, he had twenty-four children by his two wives. He and his wives were stalwart, rugged pioneers, and we wish more of their history had been recorded. William Valentine Black Note: Our wish for more information on William and Almira was granted, for while working on this book, we came across an old Tunis family newsletter written in April 1949 called the “Tunis Rappleye Clan News” that gave a story of Almira Murry Ayers Black that we had never seen before. We are printing it as it was written in the newsletter with just a few grammatical and spelling corrections to make it easier to read. The newsletter was authored by Jane Elliott of Compton, California, a descendent of Almira and William. As near as we can tell, she wrote the story herself using information she got from someone she called Aunt Tillie. “When Almira and William were married, they moved back to Salt Lake and their first child was born, a little girl who was the pride and joy of their hearts. They called her Jane. Later, Almira and William returned to San Pete County to a place that was first Spring Town, and the place where his father was first to settle. It is known today as Spring City. There he took up some land and upon his land was located the spring that gave this town its name. “William began to build a home for his family, but his trials were many. Indians were giving trouble and as the birth of the second child drew near, William took Almira to Manti to the safety of the Fort there, and she gave birth to their second daughter, Almira. “Later followed the birth of their first son, William, and another little girl, Lucinda, at Spring City. Life was going along about as all pioneer lives did, when William’s father’s family and Almira’s stepfather’s family were called to settle Dixie County, and they all moved down south to do as was asked of them. Their life had been hard before, but nothing to what they were called upon to bare now. This was in the year of 1861, and after staying at St. George for a period of time, they moved on to the Rio Virgin to the small settlement of Springdale, where two more children were born to them, Elizabeth and Annie Aldona. Later, they moved on to Rockville, where three more children were born, Fanny, Eleanor, and Heber. Almira was a gentle person and taught her children to honor their father to the fullest. No cross words were ever spoken in this home to mar the beauty thereof. Hard times to be sure, but whatever they had, Almira was always ready to share it with others. One time she was asked to lend a pan of flour to William’s second wife, Victoria. She gave it willingly, although it took all she had for her own family. But when asked why she did it, she answered, “The Lord will provide.” And, I guess He always did for Almira was always willing to share her last with another. “She had the first cook-stove in Springdale and how proud she was of it. It was called a stepe stove. “William had a saw mill up in the mountains at one time. [He wanted] Almira to be near him, [so] she moved up there and lived in a dugout with bare dirt floors, just to be near him. One night, while there, Almira felt something crawling over her arms. [She] laid very quiet for a time in order not to disturb whatever it might be. Upon arising, she found it to be a rattle snake curled up beside her bed. She reached for a gun and killed it, then went back to bed without a murmur. “That winter the family moved to Virgin City in order for the children to be able to attend school. It was a hardship to send your children to school in those days for it cost $3.00 a quarter for each child and only part of Almira and William’s children could attend. That, of course, fell to the three oldest children. “Later, the family moved to Kanosh, Utah, and there they stayed until Almira’s death in 1872. Their home at Kanosh was just a log cabin with dirt floors, but William had begun to build Almira a home as soon as he was able. There were eight children who lived in the log cabin and the ninth was born while they were still living there. Almira, as I have said before, was a lady braved with courage that few have lived to witness, let alone, to possess. She, in order to give her children more happiness, had dug a space of earth up and leveled it off and planted poppies, which grew to be a wonderful sight indeed, and a treasured memory among her children. “William began to build a home for Almira and her little family and how they all planned about that home and the happiness they would have there. Almira was a beautiful seamstress and took in sewing to help support the family. She would buy deer skins from the Indians and tan them herself and make beautiful gloves and pants, on which she would embroidery lovely designs with colored thread. They were things of beauty when she finished. Almira always worked hard and faithfully and William’s mother often said of her that she was a wonderful wife and mother and her favorite daughter-in-law. “One time [Almira%E2%80%99s] daughter Tinnie was trying to mend a pair of shoes that had been given her by her older sister, who had the good fortune to have a new pair. As Tinnie worked to mend a rip in the back of the shoes, the fork she was using to thread the buckskin to sew the shoe slipped and ran into her eye. Her mother heard a noise and ran to see what the matter was. As she lifted Tinnie’s head, she saw the bloody water running down her face. For a moment Almira fell upon the bed, cries from the depth of her heart began to rend the air, but not for long. She quickly regained her composure and found aid to help her stricken child. The child lost the sight in that one eye, but due to her mother’s tender nursing, regained her health, and was a happy, normal child. Almira was always a tender kind mother to her children, never using a harsh word to correct them but firmness in making them understand the art of being obedient. There was never discord found in this home. “Soon the new home was finished and how happy they all were to have a place of their own again. Almira knew too, that there was to be another little one coming along—her tenth, and she was happy to have her home to welcome it to. The home was only two rooms but it was theirs and it was comfortable. “William was away and Almira was walking to or from home one day, no doubt upon an errand of kindness or duty, when she fell from a flume she was crossing and her little body was picked up and carried home and laid upon her bed. Needless to say, her child was born, not living I believe. Almira lay there for days bordering on the shadows of death. Neighbors came and went helping all that they could, and while her need was great for the help, word came that Victoria was ill and needed help. Almira asked them to go to her for her need was greater. That was Almira, kind, considerate, and unselfish. “The Doctor was sent for, but before he could arrive, Almira called each of her little brood to her side and tenderly put her arms around each of them and blessed them with sweet comforting words. Jane and Almira, her oldest daughters, had been the ones to help care for the family and household chores for a long time passed now. Jane had been married for a short time though, and so to Almira (her second daughter) was given the responsibility to care for the little family. She asked them all to love and understand their father and to care for him, as she knew his heart would be broken upon her passing. Blessing each one again and leaving them with a tender kiss, she closed her eyes in death before the Doctor’s arrival. A sweet courageous soul, a great-grandmother I feel proud to say was mine. May I be worthy to meet with her some day.

Also from Family Search was the following obituary for his son, Joseph V. Black:

Joseph V. Black died at his home in Deseret on Wednesday, March 20, following a long illness. The cause of his death was carcinoma. Mr. Black was 67 years of age. Mr. Black was born in Kanosh, September 13, 1873, the son of William V. and Victoria Ayres Black. The family moved ealy to Deseret, where Mr. Black was educated, and later attended the BYU at Provo. He was married to Jane Cahoon on June 14, 1903, in the LDS temple in Salt Lake City

Mr. Black made his home in Deseret, where he farmed many years successfully, and was also interested in mining in Amasasa Valley in the House Range. For the past several years at the Uba Dam, where he was in charge.

Mr. Black was an active member of the Deseret ward, and was also a member of the seventies. He was highly regarded for his excellent qualities, being a man of integrity and principle, and a good citizen and neighbor.

He is survived by his widow and two daughters, Mrs. Don C. Moody, of Deseret, and Mrs. W. C. Cole of Delta; and one son, Rulon C. Black of Los Angeles, and by four grandchildren. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters; Marion Black of Deseret; Albert black of Midvale; Alonzo Black of Chicago, Mrs. Agnes C. McCloud, of Los Angeles; Mrs. Marietta Walker of Sacramento; and Mrs. F. G. Warnick of Provo.

Funeral services will be held in Deseret on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., and interment will be in the Deseret Cemetery.

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William Valentine Black's Timeline

February 21, 1832
Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland
November 16, 1855
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
June 25, 1857
Manti, Sanpete County, Utah Territory, United States
February 8, 1860
March 3, 1861
Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah Territory, United States
May 19, 1861
Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah Territory, United States
November 28, 1863
Manti, , Utah