EMMA MARIA ELLIS WOOD

Emma Maria Ellis Wood, daughter of William C. Ellis and Maria Croul Ellis was born 12 July 1824 at Plymouth, England where she spent her childhood and early girlhood. She received her education and became a school teacher and taught school at the age of nineteen. She taught for eight years.

In 1849 she heard the LDS elders preach and was deeply interested. She began attending the meetings in company of her mother who was so thrilled to hear the true gospel and on 25 February 1851 was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Elder Charles Phelps. Her mother was also baptized-at this time, but her father never embraced the gospel.

Emma Maria and her mother came to the Salt Lake Valley in 1853. They both lived at Daniel Wood's home and helped the two wives Mary and Peninah, with all household tasks. Mother Maria was a seamstress and Emma did beautiful knitting and crocheting as well as teaching Daniel's children, which was a great blessing in the busy Wood household. She no doubt proved to Daniel the necessity of education for his young growing family.

Emma Maria Ellis accepted plural marriage after living at the Wood home one year and became the third wife of Daniel Wood in 1854 with her mothers blessing and full consent. The plan was for mother Maria Ellis to remain and live at the Daniel Wood home which she did and enjoyed her long life there until her death 20 September 1889. She died one year after the death of her daughter Emma Maria who had died the year before on 23 September 1888. Mother Maria is buried in the Daniel Wood Cemetery beside her daughter Emma Maria E. Wood and grandson Nathan, son of Daniel and Emma Maria Wood. Daniel and Emma Maria were endowed and sealed on 12 June 1867 in the Endowment House.

Daniel's house was of adobe built in 1850, it was sixteen feet wide, thirty-two feet long and two stories high. There was a kitchen, workroom and living room on the first floor and bedrooms upstairs. In 1854 he built a large schoolroom on the back of his home where Emma Maria his new wife became the school's first teacher with six pupils. There was Daniel C., Heber C., five years old, and three Lamanite children, Lucy, Mary Utah and Thomas, others unknown. The three,Indian children were given to Daniel to care for and raise in the fall of 1849, and they received the same care of his own children.

Emma Maria taught school for three years until Charles Pearson who was an English convert and emigrant and a graduate lawyer came to live at the Daniel Wood home, and was hired to be teacher of the Wood School. It was know as Twelfth District where neighboring children all attended. Daniel adopted Charles as his son four years later so he remained the permanent teacher for many years.

Six children were born to Daniel and Emma Maria. They were Celestine Jenette born 7 March 1855, Edwin Theodore born 8 May 1856, Nathan born 9 December 1857, Daniletta born 1 December 1860, Emma Adelade born 28 October 1862 and Elizabeth Jane born 29 September 1864.

Nathan was instantly killed when he fell from the farm wagon 27 October 1858, bringing grief and sorrow to the Wood family. He was the first child of Daniel's to depart this life in Salt Lake Valley and the Wood Cemetery was marked off at this time to include the two graves of his grandchildren born to his daughter Harriet and Hiram John Yancey, her husband. Harriet was born to Daniel and Mary Snyder Wood.

Emma lived a long faithful life, a member of the Wood household, beloved and admired by all. She was kind, good, industrious, intelligent and faithful to the end of her days, and never complained. In 1883 her health failed and she requested to be moved up closer into what is now Bountiful, where she could easily walk to church in the Bountiful Tabernacle or to the Co-op Store and so on. Daniel kindly granted her wish and moved her into a three room adobe house on what is now Second North and Main Street where she quietly restfully spent her last four years of life. Her daughter and Daniel spent part times in turn with her. She departed this life a splendid saintly woman 23 September 1888 and was buried beside her small son in the Daniel Wood cemetery As she had requested.

A tribute taken from Relief Society minutes dated 14 January 1889 meeting held at the tabernacle with President Lusina Sessions, counselors Nancy Willey, and Pamelia Thompson:

OBITUARY

Died at East Bountiful, Davis County, Utah after an illness of two months, September 23, 1888--Emma Maria Ellis Wood, beloved wife of Daniel Wood. Deceased was born July 1824 at Plymouth, England. Baptized February 25, 1851 by Charles Phelps. She embraced the order of plural marriage was the mother of six children and 23 grandchildren at the time of her death.

Sister Wood was a faithful member of the Relief Society and labored in.the capacity of a teacher for many years was always faithful to her meetings and fulfilled her duties honorably and died in full faith of the gospel and in the hope of a glorious resurrection and as teachers of the Relief Society, we feel to offer to her memory the following:
 

RESOLUTION OF RESPECT

Whereas in the providence of our Heavenly Father he has seen fit to take from our Society our Sister Emma Maria Wood, and whereas our departed friend and Sister was worthy of our warmest affection, we feel that proper recognition of her goodness and virtue be had among us. Therefore be it resolved that we as members of the Relief Society of East Bountiful deeply mourn the loss of our Sister and hold her name in affectionate remembrance. Resolved that we extend our sympathy to her family and that we try to live that we may be prepared to meet her when we have finished our work here below. Resolved that these resolutions be put on record, and also a copy be sent the Women's Exponent.

Ann Dustin
Jane Holt
Ester Sessions--Committee

This was faithfully carried out.

Retyped from typed copy by
Norma Jean M. Wood
24 February 1990 1