Polly Juliana Woodland

29 April 1819–7 February 1891 (Age 71)
Albion, Edwards, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Polly Juliana

When Polly Juliana Woodland was born on 29 April 1819, in Albion, Edwards, Illinois, United States, her father, John Woodland, was 43 and her mother, Celia Stapleford, was 17. She married John Nelson Wakley on 5 July 1839, in Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 9 daughters. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1848 and lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850. She died on 7 February 1891, in Woodland, Bannock, Idaho, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Nelson Wakley
Polly Juliana Woodland
Marriage: 5 July 1839
David Woodland Wakley
John Nelson Wakley Jr
William Henry Harrison Wakley
Lovina Henrietta Wakley
Hyrum Wakley
Eli Wakley Triplet
Levi Wakley
Eva Wakley
Polly Juliana Wakley
George Nathan Wakley
Celia Susannah Wakley
Nancy Louisa Wakley
James Andrew Jackson Wakley
Dicey Bernettie Wakley
Margaret Ann Wakley
Elizabeth Elnora Wakely
Amey Jane Wakley
John Wakley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 July 1839Adams, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1820 · Making States Equal
    Age 1
    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
    1832 · Black Hawk War
    Age 13
    "The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 20
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

    Name Meaning

    English (Somerset): from Middle English wodeland (wode ‘wood’ + land(e), lond(e) ‘land’, Old English wuduland). The surname may be topographic, for a person who lived at or near a wood or woodland, or habitational, for a person from any of various places so named, such as Woodland (Devon), Woodlands (Dorset), and Woodlands in Almondsbury (Gloucestershire).

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

    Story Highlight


    Written by Ida Wakley Brown, youngest daughter of John N. Wakley John Nelson Wakley was born December 26, 1819 in the Township of Bastard, County of Leeds, district of Ontario, Canada. He was the …

    Sources (54)

    • Polley Woodland in entry for Polly J Collins, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Polly Wakeley in household of John N Wakeley, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Polly in entry for John Nathan Wakely, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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