History of William Jackson Moss


William Jackson Moss
William Jackson Moss

Born 15 Apr 1806, England

Pioneer of 1863

By Matilda (Millie) Moss Webley

William Jackson Moss was born on the 15th day of April 1806. His father’s name was John Moss and his mother was Catherine Jackson. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in London; Baptized in January 1851 by Elder William Bayless, and later became the Presiding Elder of that Branch.

He emigrated to America with most of his family about 1864 on the sailing ship "Hudson." He came to Zion for his religion. After obtaining work with the Jenkins Brothers Harness makers, which was grandfather’s trade before he came here, he and grandmother Ann McCluskey went to the Endowment House, on the 9th of November 1868, where they had their own Endowments.

They resided on 9th East between South Temple and 1st South, in the 11th Ward. He received a Patriarchal Blessing on the 11th of July 1870 at the hands of William J. Smith.

He was a very religious man and had the gift of healing and was in demand, far and near, to administer to the sick. He was also a very inspirational speaker and bore a powerful testimony of the gospel.

He took up temple work in the Logan Temple about 1884 where he did work for hundred of people, not only for his own relations, but for others and continued the work until the day of his death.

He married Maria Barrett in polygamy, but they had no offspring.

My grandparents celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, December 1st, 1886, in the 11th Ward meeting house. They had 15 children and 2 adopted children, and many grandchildren.

He celebrated his 86th birthday at my father’s residence, Thomas Moss, in the 21st Ward and though feeble in health he was spiritually active and bright and zealous to the cause as ever; having been a member of the church for 42 years.

He died 26 January 1893 at the home of his son, Thomas, and was buried from the 21st Ward meeting house, 29 January 1893. The speakers were George Reynolds and Angus Cannon.

This ends the record of William Jackson Moss.