Sophia Whitaker

Brief Life History of Sophia

When Sophia Whitaker was born on 21 April 1825, in Blakedown, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Whitaker III, was 33 and her mother, Sophia Turner, was 37. She married John Taylor on 23 April 1847, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Utah, United States in 1870. In 1880, at the age of 55, her occupation is listed as keeping house in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. She died on 28 February 1887, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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John Taylor
Sophia Whitaker
Marriage: 23 April 1847
Harriet Ann Whitaker Taylor
James Whittaker Taylor
Hyrum Whittaker Taylor
John Whittaker Taylor
Helena Whitaker Taylor
Moses Whitaker Taylor
Nettie Jones Taylor
Frederick Whitaker Taylor

Sources (72)

  • Sophia Taylor, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nauvoo Marriages, Proxy Sealings, 1843-1846: Sophia Whitaker
  • Sophia Taylor, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States


Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

1842 · Relief Society Organized

The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on March 17, 1842. Emma Smith was the first Relief Society president. It was established as a way to help strengthen and serve other women.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): habitational name from Whitacre in Warwickshire or High Whitaker in Lancashire, both of whose names derive from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + æcer ‘field’. The name may also be derived from Wheatacre in Norfolk or Whiteacre in Waltham (Kent), both of which derive from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + æcer ‘field’. Compare Whittaker .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Life of Sophia Whitaker, Fifth wife of President John Taylor, by Florence T. Miller

SOPHIA WHITAKER TAYLOR In the home of Sophia Whitaker Taylor, our story centers around the Fifth wife of President John Taylor, an English lady of strong convictions, capable in every respect, port …

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