WILLIAM DAVID OWEN - RHODA MOSS
1810 – 1903 1825-1907
William David was born on June 14, 1810, in Paddington, London, England, son of David Morgan Owen and Elizabeth Taylor. He was born an Englishman although his parents were Welsh, his father being from Glamorgan, Wales. Rhoda was born on September 1, 1825, in Friston, Suffolk, England, daughter of John Moss and Susanna Barber. They were married in London on July 16, 1842, he being 32 years old and she was 17. His late marriage might be attributed to his long service in the British Navy.
They were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about three years after their marriage. They were baptized together on March 16, 1845, he being baptized by James Albion and confirmed the same day by Henry Savage. They remained active in the church throughout their lives. He was ordained an Elder in the Melchezidec Priesthood before departing from England.
William and Rhoda had 13 children, but 7 of them died as infants or young children. All were born in England, except Rosina, who was born in Logan, Utah, but died a year later. Two children died the same year (1863) at ages 8 and 5, indicating some kind of illness. The remaining six children came to Utah with their parents.
They were preceded to Utah by their oldest son, William David Owen, Jr., in 1862. They followed about six years later, arriving on September 2, 1868, in Salt Lake City. They crossed the plains in the Oxcart Company of that same year.
He was a prominent man in the church most of his life, and was ordained to the office of High Priest on October 25, 1890 by George B. Wallace.
He is also known to have served nine years in the British Navy.
REFERENCE: Pioneers & Prominent Men of Utah.
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