Autobiography Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine 1883-84

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Autobiography Tullidge's Quarterly Magazine 1883-84

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    [Image and signature of Wilford Woodruff]
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. No. I. OCTOBER, 1883. VOL. III. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF [Column 1] CHAPTER I. FAMILY SKETCH. MY EARLY DAYS AND MINISTRY. In tracing the history of my fathers, I find it difficult to obtain a satisfactory account of the Woodruff family for more than three generations. My great grandfather, Josiah Woodruff, lived nearly one hundred years, and pos- sessed an iron constitution, and per- formed a great amount of manual labor nearly up to the time of his death. His wife's name ...
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    November 11, 1778 July 31, 1792 November 29, 1801 November 29, 1802 December 22, 1804 March 1, 1807 March 1, 1807 June 11, 1808 November 9, 1810 November 29, 1811 April 11, 1814 March 12, 1816 June 1, 1816 June 19, 1818 April 22, 1820 June 19, 1821 November 25, 1827 July 1, 1838 October 18, 1838 August 4, 1841
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] ing the Farmington Mills, until I was twenty years of age. In April, 1827, I took the flouring mill of my aunt, Hellen Wheeler, which I at- tended three years. In May, 1830, I took charge of the flouring mill of Mr. Col- lins, the ax manufacturer, in South Can- ton, Connecticut. At the end of one year it was demolished to ...
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    December 29, 1833 December 31, 1833 January 2, 1834 February 1, 1834
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] April 11th, 1834—With my horses and wagon I took Brothers Harry Brown and Warren Ingles and started for Zion. I met with Orson Pratt, John Murdoch and other elders on the way, and ar- rived in Kirtland on the 25th day of April, 1834. The Prophet Joseph invited me to make his house my home; I accepted his offer, and staid with him about one ...
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    April 11, 1834 April 25, 1834 May 1, 1834 May 6, 1834 May 7, 1834 June 19, 1834 June 24, 1834
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] Zion's Camp to Missouri, and we had passed through all the trials of that jour- ney, and had buried a number of our brethren, as recorded in history, the Prophet called the Camp together, and organized the Church in Zion, and gave much good counsel to all. He advised all the young men, who had no families, to stay in Missouri, and not return to Kirtland. Not having any family, I stopped with
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    [Column 1] give us a piece of bread, lied to us about the road, and sent us across the swamp, and we wallowed knee-deep in mud and water till ten o'clock at night in trying to follow this crooked river. We then left the swamp, and put out into the prairie, to lie in the grass for the night. When we came out of the swamp, we heard an Indian drumming on a tin pail and singing. It was very dark, but we traveled towards the noise ...
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] eat. That was the hardest day's work of my life. The man's name was Williams. He was in the mob in Jackson County: and after the Saints were driven out, he, with many others, went south. We got up in the morning and walked in the rain twelve miles to the house of a man named Bemon, who was also one of the mob from Jackson County. They were about sitting down to breakfast as we came ...
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] A mob was soon raised, and warning sent to us to leave immediately or we would be tarred and feathered, ridden on a rail and hanged. I soon saw where the serpents were. My companion wanted to leave; I told him no, I would stay and see my dream fulfilled. There was an old gentleman and lady, named Hubbel, who had read the Book of Mormon and believed. Father Hub- bel came to see us ...
    Dates:
    March 11, 1835 March 24, 1835 March 27, 1835
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] riages, clothed in broadcloth, and had large salaries, and would see this whole world sink to perdition before they would wade through one hundred and seventy miles of mud to save the people. The landlord wanted a little fun, so he said he would keep me if I would preach. He wanted to see if I could preach. I must confess that by this time I be- came a little mischievous, and pleaded with him not to set me preaching. The more ...
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    April 4, 1835 August 15, 1835
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] pointment at the house of Brother Tay- lor, the step-father of Abraham O. Smoot. I had to cross Bloody River, which I had to swim in, in consequence of heavy rains. While crossing, my horse became entangled in a tree-top, and almost drowned; but I succeeded in getting him loose. We swam to the shore separately. He reached the shore first, and ...
    Dates:
    October 20, 1835 November 16, 1835 November 17, 1835 November 18, 1835 December 19, 1835 December 20, 1835 February 26, 1836
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] min L. Clapp priests. I also ordained one teacher and two deacons. After conference I took Brothers Smoot and Clapp with me to preach. The former traveled with me constantly till the 21st of April, when we had the privilege of meeting with Elder David W. Patten, who had come direct from Kirtland, and who had been ordained one of the Twelve Apostles. It was ...
    Dates:
    April 21, 1836 May 27, 1836 May 28, 1836 May 31, 1836 June 9, 1836 June 19, 1836 June 22, 1836
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] surrounded by the mob, but the brethren had escaped through the mercy of God. I was invited to hold a meeting at a Baptist meeting house on the 27th of June. On my arrival I met a large con- gregation; but, on commencing meeting, Parson Browning ordered the meeting to be closed. I told the people I had come ten miles to preach the gospel to them, and was willing to stand in a cart, on a pile of wood ...
    Dates:
    June 27, 1836 July 18, 1836 July 31, 1836 September 2, 1836 April 13, 1837 April 15, 1837
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] we were joined by Elder Milton Holmes. There we went aboard the steamer San- dusky, and made our way to Buffalo, and proceeded thence to Syracuse, by way of the Erie Canal. We then walked to Richland, Oswego County, New York, where I met my two brothers, whom I had not seen for several years. After spending one night there, we continued our journey to ...
    Dates:
    June 11, 1808
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] After visiting with my father a day or two, I returned to Avon, where most of my relatives lived, and held meetings with them, and on the 12th of June, 1837, I baptized my uncle, Ozem Wood- ruff, his wife Hannah, and his son John, and we rejoiced together, for this was in fulfillment of a dream I had in 1818, when ...
    Dates:
    June 12, 1837 July 15, 1837 July 19, 1837 July 20, 1837 August 1, 1837 August 8, 1837 August 18, 1837 August 20, 1837
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] earth I ever saw. It would be difficult for any person to describe it. It is about ten miles in length by five in width, and is one universal mass of rocks, formed into shelves, hills, and valleys, and cut up into necks and points to make room for the coves and harbors that run through and through the island. The population was 1,000. The in- habitants got their living entirely by fishing. There is no chance for farming upon ...
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] us to the meeting-house, where we met a large congregation, none of whom knew who we were, or anything about our profession, except the minister. Elder Hale and I went to the stand, and I arose with peculiar feelings and addressed the congregation for one hour, taking for my text Galatians i. 8–9. This was the first time that I or any other elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had (to my knowledge) attempted to ...
    Dates:
    September 3, 1837 September 17, 1837
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE [Column 1] remarks against the Book of Mormon and our principles. I spoke two and a half hours, and an- swered every objection against the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, or our prin- ciples. I had good attention and the people seemed satisfied. At the close of the meeting Elder Hale administered the ordinance of baptism. Mr. Newton, in order to save his cause, went to the mainland and brought over several ministers with him ...
    Dates:
    September 6, 1837 October 2, 1837 October 9, 1837
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] We retired to a grove and knelt down and prayed together, and had a good time, and, after commending each other to God, we parted, he to return to Kirt- land and I to Fox Islands. I spent fourteen days visiting the Saints and friends, and holding meetings among them, and on the 28th of Octo- ber I took leave of Father Carter and and ...
    Dates:
    October 28, 1837 November 1, 1837 November 5, 1837 December 13, 1837 December 20, 1837 December 26, 1837 December 27, 1837 December 28, 1837 January 1, 1838 January 13, 1838
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    TULLIDGE'S QUARTERLY MAGAZINE. [Column 1] the North Island. Here I found that the seed I had sown was bringing forth fruit. Six persons were ready for bap- tism. But my mission to these islands was not an exception to the general rule: success did not come without many obstacles presenting themselves. Those who rejected the word were frequently inspired by the evil one to make an attempt at persecution. Some of those who felt to oppose me went down to the harbor ...
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    February 15, 1838 February 21, 1838
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    AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. [Column 1] and he felt impressed to say, "Walk in, gentlemen." There is probably no other chapter in the whole book that would have the same influence in causing any one to feed a person who professed to be a servant of God and asked for bread. After becoming acquainted with his circumstances I thought it providential that we were led to his house, for al- though he was a professor of religion and a Methodist, he was in a state of ...
    Dates:
    March 1, 1838 March 5, 1838 March 22, 1838 March 28, 1838