William Watkins

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name William L. Watkins
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death_date Interwiki: Death date and age 1911091818270227++
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William L. Watkins was born on ::February 27, 1827 in Islington, ::London, England. He attended Lady Owens’ School from age 8 to 14.
Due to the missionary efforts of Lorenzo Snow, William joined the Mormon Church in 1841. A year later he and other converts left Liverpool on the ship Emerald for America. The voyage was 10 weeks.
Even though he was young, William was asked to distribute provisions for their company. He had complaints from a few of them. Because of the conflict, some sailors tried to drive a wedge between the converts and their leaders. William intervened on a number of occasions, so the sailors threatened to throw him overboard. The ship’s captain heard about the incidents and disciplined the sailors.
In 1843, William arrived in Nauvoo. He fell in love with Mary Hammonds, and they were wed at age 17. (William also married Teah Johnson in 1867.) William and Mary settled in Box Elder in 1861 where he taught school. Later, William served as City Recorder and Co-op Secretary.
When Lorenzo Snow sent William on a mission to England in 1875, Snow appointed two of his children to take his place. Within seven months, Snow brought William home because Co-op records were in shambles. William also campaigned in Kentucky in 1844 for religious leader Joseph Smith when he announced his candidacy for President of the United States. In 1911, William passed away.

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