DANIEL WOOD

WOODS CROSS DAVIS COUNTY

Woods Cross Davis County was named for the subject of this sketch Daniel Wood who came to Utah the first year of the settlement and was himself the first settler in this particular part of Davis County. He was born October 16, 1800 in Dutchess County, New York and the son of Henry and Elizabeth Demelt Wood. In his youth he was educated for the ministry in a Methodist seminary. Later he embrace the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After becoming a member of the Church he moved to Kirtland, Ohio and later went to Missouri. From Missouri he moved with his family to Pike County, Illinois and later lived in Nauvoo. In 1846 he came to Winter Quarters and the next year left with the first companies for Utah. He was a captain of ten wagons. When he arrived in Salt Lake Valley he took up a large tract of land in Davis County and his was the third family to settle north of.Salt lake City. He was in Canada on a mission when the railroad was built into Salt Lake City and the track was laid through the middle of his land. A depot was built in the field and the station was called Woods Cross. Later the farm was divided and a road opened up west of the railroad tracks. Mr. Wood was active in building up Davis County being identified with a number of industrial enterprises in the early days. He died at his home in Woods Cross on April 26, 1892.

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