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Absalom Woolf - history

Absalom Woolf 1832-1910 Absalom Woolf was born February 4, 1832, in Pelham, Westchester County, New York. He was the oldest of twelve children born to John Anthony and Sarah Ann DeVoe Woolf. John Anthony and Sarah Ann joined the Latter-day Saints Church in 1841; in 1843, with their six children, they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. Here their son, Andrew, was born. They remained in Nauvoo until 1846, when they came to Utah in the Edward Hunter Company, which arrived in the Salt Lake Valley October 6, 1847. By this time, Absalom, affectionately called Appy, had witnessed and suffered many of the hardships, which the Saints went through during those days of the Church. Appy’s father brought four wagons across the plains – three of them drawn by oxen and one by a team of horses. Appy drove one of the ox teams. After a five-year stay in Salt Lake City, the family, by request of Church Authorities, went south to help settle parts of Juab and Iron Counties. Appy was a bold and fearless young man, and for years kept a horse and saddle ready for service in the “Minute Man” organization. He was a member of the Utah Militia, and took part in the Walker and Echo Canyon Wars. For about two years, he carried the mail by horseback from Nephi in Juab County to Fillmore in Iron County, where hostile Indians were part of the West. Appy was ordinarily able to make his own decisions, but not when he met and fell in love with two young women who also lived in Nephi. The two girls, Lucy Hambleton, and Harriet Wood, both expressed love for Appy. With the advice and consent of his bishop, Edward Hunter, Appy took both of them to Salt Lake City and was sealed to them in the endowment House on April 19, 1857. They set up housekeeping in Nephi where they remained for four years. They moved to Millville in Cache County in 1861; and in 1865 they moved to Hyde Park, where they spent the remainder of their lives. This union proved most ideal. Lucy had twelve children and Harriet had ten. Each reared nine – six sons and twelve daughters. Both wives taught their children to be frugal; all could spin, weave, make hats and do fancy work. They also made butter, soap, and candles. Harriet taught school and was an active politician. Lucy was a registered midwife and assisted in delivering many babies in Logan, Hyde Park, and surrounding towns. The descendancy from this dual marriage is in excess of 2,200 and extends into the eighth generational Absalom was a farmer and stockman. He was a lover and breeder of fine draft horses. His father owned the first fine stallion in Cache County; its descendants were known as “Woolf Stock.” Georgie Woolf, his grandson, rode many racehorses to victory on “Seabiscuit”, “Whirlaway”, “Azucar”, and others. [Not “Woolf Stock”] Absalom’s Golden Wedding Anniversary celebration in Hyde Park was a great and gala affair. Two hundred descendants filled the old Hyde Park Hall, where grandchildren and great grandchildren furnished the program. Absalom died February 16, 1910. Harriet died on their wedding anniversary, April 19, 1912. Lucy died October 19, 1920. All three are buried in the Hyde Park Cemetery.

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