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  • Name Laura PETERS 
    Born 16 Mar 1842  Festinog Merionethshire Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Jun 1916  Salt Lake City,Salt Lake Co.,Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Laura was born March 16, 1842 in Festinog Merionethshire, North Wales. Her father owned and a woolen factory and they were in comfortable circumstances. Their home was situated on the banks of a picturesque river which furnished the power to operate the mill. This was a favorite haunt of artists who frequented the premises to paint the beautiful mountains, green valleys and sparkling waters.

      Laura was only a small child, her parents heard the gospel preached by Elder Able John Evans, the famous Welch missionary who came to her father's factory. They were baptized June 21, 1848 by Elder Evans. They were the second and third persons to be baptized into the church in North Wales. Laura's mother was the first woman in North Wales to be baptized.

      From the time he was baptized, Laura's father had the spirit of gathering and wanted to leave for America. He did not want to take much lugggage, but his wife, being of practical mind, insisted that they were going to a new county and packed two steamer trunks, including clothing of alol kinds, slates for the two girls to write on, and a bolt of white linen.

      The factory was sold, and on March 5, 1849, they sailed from Liverpool on the "S.S. Hartley" there were 220 Saints on board under the leadrship of Elder Hulme. Their family consisted of father, mother, sister Sarah, Laura, and her cousin, Pete Edwards. Her father also paid the passage of five other Saints.

      After seven weeks of ocean life, they landed in New Orleans April 26, 1849. Then they traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis and from there to Council Bluffs.

      The river journey was sad for an epidemic of cholera raged and many bodies were left buried along the river bank. Laura's mother was ever busy caring for the sick and preparing the dead for burial. Finally she too was prostrated with the dreaded disease but was healed by faith and administration by Elder Scoville.

      They crossed the Plains in George A. Smith's Wagon Company. They made the trip by wagon with a team of oxen which they had bought at St. Louis.

      They finally reached Salt Lake City in Novemeber 1849after a continuous journey lasting nine months by land and sea. How good it seemed to reach a final destination and to have a home. They built their first home in Utah where the Denver and Rio Grand Depot now stands.

      In 1853, they called to go to Box Elder. It is said that this first home was sold for a yoke of oxen and a brrel of molasses. Then they moved to the north end of Three Mile Creek and took up land. Their settlement was called the Welch Settlement. The Indians were bad, so they moved in July leaving their crops and helped to build the old fort in Brigham City.

      As soon as the Indian conditiion had sufficiently improved, they left the old fort and went out to their farms, but the Indians still contued to scare the.

      In 1906, William became very ill with cancer of the Liver. Laura brought him to Salt Lake City for better care. Though nine different doctors were consulted, there was nothing that could be done for him. February 19, 1906 he was called to leave her. Laura buried her husband in Brigham City as she knew shcould not stay on the ranch with William gone and most of her children married. She did return to sell the stock and rent the ranch to a man named William Bloxam whom she had alsways known.

      She then went back to Brigham City, the home of her childhood, where her sisters and brothers all lived. She built a home in Brigham City. her son, Tom, settled with the renter in Idaho who was leasing their ranch and look after her owther business interests there. By now her brother, John, was the President of the Bank in Brigham City and he also took a personal interest in helping her to manage her affairs.

      Laura's health failed at the end of ten years in Brigham City. Even then she was a pleasant person to be with, and all her children loved her very much as well as her many friends as she cou
    Person ID I30452100  Hill Genealogy
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2000 

    Family William West WOODLAND,   b. 2 Jan 1832 
    Married 12 Jun 1862 
     1. William Nelson WOODLAND
     2. John David WOODLAND
     3. Laura Laretta WOODLAND
     4. Celia Jane WOODLAND
     5. Dicy Elizabeth WOODLAND
     6. Sarah Estella WOODLAND
     7. Lillian Devilla WOODLAND
     8. Polly Myrtly WOODLAND
     9. Thomas Morris WOODLAND
     10. Mary Rosina WOODLAND
     11. Damiel Peter WOODLAND
     12. Charlotte Roxey WOODLAND
     13. Pearl Trisse WOODLAND
     14. Hazel WOODLAND
    Family ID F14613227  Group Sheet