Burial: Ogden City Cemetery, Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
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Written by Rebecca Stimpson Thompson
Filed by Murrelle Hunter Cornish – 18 Nov 1982
990 West 4400 South
Ogden, Utah 84403
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
William Cope Parker was a resident of Utah almost a half century, and in looking back to the time he left his native home, a young man in years and full of hope, courage and determination, he could see many wonderful changes that were wrought, partly through his instrumentality, and all for the betterment of the up building of his home and family.
His journey from England to Utah was fraught with many horrors; death stared him in the face almost daily, and when he finally reached his destination, he found a wild and bleak country, over-run with savage Indians – a people he had never seen, but with whose habits he was destined to become well acquainted. The white settlers endured every manner of privation and want with a heroism that could but stimulate his own ambition and encourage him to fresh efforts. He has passed through all that, and finally became one of the solid and substantial citizens of Weber County, respected and trusted wherever known.
William Cope Parker was born in England on March 21, 1827, the son of George and Jane Parker. He was raised in the town of Harthill, and after leaving school, served an apprenticeship as a miller. In 1850 he became a convert to the teachings of the Mormon missionaries, and was the first member of the Harthill Branch of the Church. Filled with a desire to make his home among the people whose cause he had espoused, he crossed the ocean in 1854 on the ship Windemere, bound for New Orleans. Small-pox broke out on board ship, and William was among the victims, and when the vessel reached port he was quarantined for a number of days and then the passengers were sent to an island in the Missouri River, near St. Louis, where they remained until the quarantine was raised.
After being allowed to proceed on his journey, William went up the river to where Kansas City now stands, but which was then but a small cluster of log houses, and from there the camp was moved to McGee’s Park, where a number died of Cholera.
In the fall of 1854, William crossed the plains in the Robert Campbell Company, reaching Salt Lake City on October 28, 1854.
He worked for a time on the Church Farm, digging beets for the sugar factory, which proved an unprofitable speculation, and then worked on the second sawmill to be built in the Big Cottonwood Canyon. He came to Ogden in the spring of 1858 and took charge of Taylor’s Mill on the Weber River. Upon the approach of Johnson’s Army that year, he took the machinery down and went to Provo, where Elder Taylor bought the Higby and Smith Mill, which William Cope Parker ran until the return of the people from the south, upon the cessation of hostilities. When the machinery was again put in operation in the Ogden Mill and William was put in charge, continuing in that work until 1871.
He had bought forty acres of land in Riverdale, and in 1871 began life as a farmer and fruit raiser, and continued in that until his death on April 27, 1917.
His farm grew to seventy acres, most of it being devoted to fruit, having an almost endless variety of small fruits, and for some years he and his son Edwin were engaged in shipping to the north and east, building up a very profitable business. They also spent some years in tomato culture, and since the advent of the sugar factory, turned their attention largely to raising sugar beets, in which they met with fine success.
William Cope Parker had a keen sense of the value of good irrigation and for some years was a director of the Davis-Weber County Canal Company, and acted for six years as a Superintendent of the Councils. He took an active part in the project to build the reservoir in Morgan County and liberally supported all matters tending to better irrigation for Weber County. For some years he was president and secretary of the Riverdale Canal.
William Cope Parker was married in 1855 to Miss Sarah Edgley, daughter to William Edgley and Sarah Bebbington Edgley. Of the thirteen children born to this marriage, six grew to maturity. Sarah passed away on May 13, 1899 and in May 1900 he married again, this time to Miss Lydia Elizabeth Stratton Brewer.
Politically, he was a believer in the principles of the Democratic Party. He served two terms as Justice of the Peace and two terms as School Trustee; he was also Deputy Road Supervisor, and quite active in all municipal matters.
During the early days of railroad building in Utah, he took quite a prominent part in that work, having worked on the construction of the Utah Central, Utah Northern and other lines.
In the Church he was ordained an Elder in England in 1853, and on February 23, 1857, he was made a member of the Tenth Quorum of Seventies. After that he presided over the Mass Quorum of Seventies in Riverdale and Uintah. In 1875 he filled a short mission to England, and has filled a number of home missions since that time. For thirty years he was First Assistant Superintendent of the Riverdale Sunday School. In 1887 he was ordained a High Priest by Miles F. Jones, which position he held for some years.
WILLIAM COPE PARKER
3875 Madison Avenue.
Ogden, Utah 84403
H. George Parker - Jane Cope
Born: March 3, 1799 Born: February 23, 1806
Bickerton, Chestershire, England Tallenhall, Chestershire, England
They were married about 1826
William Cope Parker was born March 21, 1827 in Bulkily, Chestershire England. He came to Utah October 28, 1854 with the Robert Campbell company. He drove an ox team across the plans for Thomas Bebbington. He married Sarah Bebbington Edgely of Nantwich England, on May 13, 1855. Their family home was in Riverdale, Weber County, Utah. They were the parents of 13 children.
Mr. Parker was always keenly alive to the value of good irrigation and was for some years a Director in the Davis and Weber Canal Company and acted six years as Superintendent of the Canals.
He took an active part in the project to build the East Canyon reservoir in Morgan County and liberally supported all matters tending to better irrigation for Weber County. For some years he was President and later Secretary of the Riverdale Canal.
He also served two terms as Justice of the Peace, two terms as school trustee, and was Deputy Road supervisor and quite active in municipal affairs.
During the early years of the railroad building in Utah he took quite a prominent part in that work, having contracted for construction work on the Idaho Central, Utah Northern and other lines.
He was ordained an Elder in England in 1853 and on February 23, 1857 was made a member of the Tenth Quorum of Seventies, and for several years thereafter presided over the Mass Quorum of Seventies in the Riverdale Sunday School. In 1887 he was ordained a High Priest by Miles F. Jones.
Sarah died on May 7, 1899 and William married Lydia Brewer on December 13, 1899. Lydia was a native of Beltshire, England, and a daughter of William and Elizabeth Stratton Brewer. Shortly after their marriage they took a two-year-old girl, Ethel Hill to raise whom they later adopted. She married Edward Hess.
His last years of life were filled with sickness, pain and suffering and he died on April 27, 1917 at 90 years of age.
Taken from what looks like a book – no other information provided.
PARKER, WILLIAM COPE (son of George Parker, born March 3, 1799, Bickerton, Chestershire, England, and Jane Cope, born February 23, 1806, Tattenhall, Chestershire—married about 1826). Born March 21, 1827, Bulkeley, Chestershire. Came to Utah October 28, 1854, Robert Campbell company. He drove an ox team across the plains for Thomas Bebbington.
Married Sarah Bebbington Edgely May 13, 1855 (daughter of William Edgely of Nantwich, England). She was born February 19, 1835. Came to Utah October 28, 1854. Robert Campbell company.
Sarah Jane born April 22, 1857, married Frederick Stimpson October 21, 1876;
Thomas born December 31, 1860, married Jennett Mitchell July 5, 1883;
Joseph born August 3, 1866, married Laura Burch June 18, 1890;
Edwin born June 18, 1870, married Ella Maud Elmer November 27, 1891;
Daniel born April 22, 1877, married Pearl Taylor April 4, 1900.
Family home Riverdale, Weber County, Utah.
Justice of peace 4 years at Riverdale.
Married Lydia Brewer December 13, 1899, Salt Lake City (daughter of William Brewer and Elizabeth Stratton of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England), who was born December 17, 1859, at Trowbridge. Their adopted child: Ethel Elizabeth born December 23, 1897.
Seventy; high priest, missionary to Great Britain 1871; Sunday school teacher; member of Sunday school superintendency 25 years. Miller. President Riverdale Canal Company; superintendent Davis and Weber counties Canal Company Helped to build first railroads in Utah.
Picture with “Our Gallery of Pioneers” over the article.
WILLIAM COPE PARKER
That fertile, productive section lying between Layton and Riverdale, known for years as the sand ridge, was always potentially a wealth yielding area, but it might have lain dormant indefinitely but for the vision of men who foresee great things, men inflexible in purpose to conquer the wilderness and make the desert to blossom. Water was the one thing the sand ridge needed to make of it a veritable garden, and men there were who saw the opportunity. It took courage, it took co-operation, united effort. More than one must have credit, but amongst them is William Cope Parker. He was president of the Riverdale Canal company and superintendent of the Davis and Weber Counties Canal company, which poured the life giving water on to the parched soil. He was also a pioneer railroad builder and, a miller. Truly a useful life he lived. And in Church activities, too, he was a leader, stalwart and devoted, with an unswerving loyalty to principle. He was a seventy, a high priest, a missionary, to great Britain, a Sunday school teacher and a member of a Sunday school superintendency. He was a son of George Parker, born in England in 1827. He was a Utah pioneer of 1854, arriving in October of that year in the Robert Campbell company. His home was in Riverdale, where he rounded out a long life of service to his fellowmen.
Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory, taken from ancestry.com search for William Cope Parker
Name: William Cope Parker;
Birth Date: 21 March 1827;
Birth Place: Bulkeley, Malpas, Cheshire, England;
Parent1: George Parker;
Spouse: Sarah Bebbington; Lydia Brewer;
Marriage Date: 13 May 1855; 13 December 1899;
Marriage Place: Salt Lake City, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah;
Departure Date: 14 July 1854;
Departure Place: Kansas City, Missouri;
Travel Company: Thomas Bebbington, Harriet Bebbington, Elizabeth Pass Bebbington, Sarah Bebbington;
Party: Captain Robert L. Campbell;
Arrival Date: 28 October 1854;
Arrival Place: Salt Lake City, Utah;
Occupation: Miller, Farmer;
Death Date: 27 March 1917;
Death Place: Riverdale, Weber, Utah;
Burial Place: Ogden City Cemetery;
Sources: Birth date from Malpas Parish Records, Marriage date from Endowment house records when Sealed 29 August 1863, Death date from Tombstone, Ogden Cemetery;
Comments: Sailed from Liverpool on the Ship Windermere 22 February 1854, Arrived at New Orleans. After a Mission to England, Sailed 15 September 1875 on Ship Wyoming;
Sub Name: Vance Parker; Sub Date: 20 August 1990.
Sarah Jane, the teller of this story is JoAnn’s great grand aunt.
William Cope Parker
William Cope Parker (son of George Parker, born March 3, 1799, Bickerton, Chestershire, England and Jane Cope, born February 23, 1806, Tattenhall, Chestershire, England) was born March 21, 1827, Buckeley, England. He came to Utah October 28, 1854, Robert Campbell Company. He drove an ox team across the plains for Thomas Bebbington.
He married Sarah Bebbington Edgeley 13 May, 1855. She came to Utah October 28, 1854, Robert Campbell company. Family home was Riverdale, Weber, Utah. William was Justice of Peace 4 years at Riverdale.
He was a Seventy, High Priest, missionary to Great Britain 1871; Sunday School teacher, member of Sunday School superintendency 25 years Miller, President Riverdale Canal Co.; superintendent Davis and Weber Counties Canal Co. Helped to build first railroads in Utah.
"Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah" by Frank Esshom
United States Census, 1880 for William C. Parker
Name: William C. Parker
Residence: Riverdale, Weber, Utah
Relationship to Head: Self
Spouse's Name: Sarah Parker
Spouse's Birthplace: England
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 53 years
NARA Film Number: T9-1339
Page Character: D
Entry Number: 3354
Film number: 1255339
Household, Gender, Age
William C. Parker, M, 53
Spouse, Sarah Parker, F, 45
Child, Thos. Parker, M, 19
Child, Joseph Parker, M, 15
Child, John Parker, M, 13
Child, Edwin Parker, M, 9
Child, Daniel Parker, M, 3
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Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956 for William Cope ParkerName: William Cope Parker
Titles and Terms:
Death Date: 27 April 1917
Death Place: Riverdale, Weber, Utah
Estimated Birth Year: 1827
Death Age: 90 years 1 month 6 days
Race or Color:
Father's Name: George Parker
Father's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Name: Jane Cope
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Film Number: 2229749
Digital GS Number: 4121273
Image Number: 1550
Certificate Number: 154
Cause of Death: Chronic nephritis and prostatitis, senility
Contributory: chronic disease prostate
Age at death; 90 years, 1 month, 6 days
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William Cope Parker
Came to Utah 28 October 1854 in Robert Campbell Company. He drove an ox team across the plains for Thomas Bebbington. He married 2nd 13 December 1899 Lydia Brewer, daughter of William Brewer and Elizabeth Stratton of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. He was a seventy, High priest; missionary to Great Britain in 1871; Sunday school teacher, member of Sunday school superintendency for twenty-five years; miller; president Riverdale canal Company; superintendent Davis and Weber Counties Canal Companies; helped to build first Railroads in Utah.
Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1087, picture on page 411 (more dates, information on second marriage same page.
Found in Book of Remembrance of Velda Stagge
My Great Grandfather's Life Story
William Cope Parker son of George Parker and Jane Cope was born March 21, 1827 in Bulekely, Chestershire, England. He came to Utah October 28, 1854 with the Robert Campbell Company. He drove an ox team across the plains for Thomas Bebbington. He married Sarah Bebbington Edgely May 13, 1855. She was the daughter of William Edgely. She was born February 19, 1835.
He had thirteen children and one adopted girl.
He was Justice of peace for four years at Riverdale, Utah. He married again in December 13, 1899 at Salt Lake City. His second wife was Lydia Brewer daughter of William Brewer and Elizabeth Stratton.
He went on a mission to Great Britain in 1871. He was a Sunday School teacher and a Sunday School superintendency for 25 years. He was superintendent of Davis and Weber Counties Canal Company. He was the miller for President John Taylor's Mill. He also helped to build the first railroad in Utah.
He died in April 27, 1917.
Written by Velda May Stagge in her Book of Remembrance
Romance of Family History
My great grandfather and grandmother crossed the plains in 1854. They fell in love and were married shortly after they reached Utah. He worked for her uncle and aunt who were raising her. They moved to Jordan and later to Riverdale. He worked in a mill there which belonged to John Taylor who later became President of the Church. John Taylor was with Joseph Smith when he was shot and killed. He would have been killed too if it hadn't been for a watch that he was carrying.
John Taylor blessed my grandfather Joseph Parker. His parents were William Cope Parker and Sarah Bebbington Edgely.
Written by Velda May Stagge in her Book of Remembrance
REMEMBRANCES OF GRANDPARENTS - WILLIAM COPE PARKER AND SARAH EDGELEY BEBBINGTON
As a company, they rode a boat that came up the Missouri River to where a lot of the Saints got off the boat. In that area there were men who were getting outfits ready to sell to these people that got off the boats. They were outfits that they could cross the plains with. So this man, Bebbington, outfitted two outfits with four horse teams. He told my Grandfather, "If you want to drive one of those wagons, that will earn you a ride across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley." So he took that job and he drove one of those schooners.
We hear a lot of sad stories of other families crossing the plains; but we never did hear of any bad times that they had coming across the plains. It may have been that the reason that we didn't hear of any bad times, was because my grandfather and Sarah Edgeley were having a romance all the way. She rode on the wagon that William Cope Parker was driving, mostly. One time when they stopped for their noon break, they had had a lover's quarrel and Sarah wasn't riding with William any more for a while. He had unhitched his horses and was letting them graze along there by the bank of a stream. He went over there by a tree and went to sleep. It had been a few days that had passed by at that time and Sarah hadn't been riding with him, because of this quarrel. While he was asleep there by a tree, she slipped over there and woke him up with a kiss, and then they weren't mad at each other anymore. Sarah rode with William the rest of the way across the plains on that wagon.
When they reached the Salt Lake Valley, they were married. They were only there a short while, and John Taylor (who was to become the President of the Church in later years) found out that William was a knowledgeable mill operator. So John Taylor hired William to run the mill that he had on the Jordan River. He worked there for some time and then John Taylor built a mill up in Riverdale, near Ogden. He took a stream of the Weber River, so as to give power to, the mill. It was run by water. William ran that mill until he retired from the milling business. Then he bought a farm out on the West side of Riverdale, next to the hill where it goes up over and onto the airport. That is where he lived the rest of his life. Our family and Uncle Joe Parker's family would go over there, like on Thanksgiving or something like that for a big family dinner.
William Cope Parker, organized the people in Riverdale to make a canal from Weber Canyon, down and around the west side of Riverdale. This gave irrigation water to the community of Riverdale. They made William Cope Parker the president of that, because he promoted that project. As time went on, his boys Thomas and Joseph moved out over the hill into what is now called Clinton. At that time they called it the Basin. So William was interested in seeing water get out to Clinton, too. So he was instrumental in organizing and getting the canal made for the Davis and Weber Canal Company. He was the first president of that company. Now that canal extends clear down to Kaysville. He, with others, was also instrumental in locating the site for the East Canyon Darn that has supplied the Davis & Weber canal with water for all of these many years.
When William Cope Parker got here after crossing the plains, along with others, he was a member of what they called the Utah Militia. They had this for protection. The family still have his equipment: The side gun that he wore and a rifle and a sword that he carried on his side. He was a short man and that was a long sword. I remember that we had that sword in our home for many years. I remember that the metal of that sword was worn flat on one side because it dragged the ground most of the time, as he marched along, as a member of the militia. They had some uprisings of one kind or another and this militia helped keep things calmed down so people could live peaceably.
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