William Nicol Fife

Brief Life History of William Nicol

When William Nicol Fife was born on 16 October 1831, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, his father, John Fife, was 24 and his mother, Mary Meek Nicol, was 22. He married Diana Davis on 9 July 1854, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Tulliallan, Perthshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1841. He died on 21 October 1914, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Nicol Fife
Diana Davis
Marriage: 9 July 1854
Sara Jane Fife
William Wilson Fife
Diana Davis Fife
Phoebe Fife
John Daniel Fife
Walter Thompson Fife
Agnes Ann Fife
Emma Fife
Robert Nicol Fife
James S Fife
Barnard Fife

Sources (41)

  • William Fife in household of May Nicol, "Scotland Census, 1841"
  • William Nicholl Fife, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
  • William Nicol Fife, "Arizona, Cochise County, Voting Records, 1882-1932"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


Historical Boundaries: 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Weber, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Weber, Utah, United States

1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the province and former kingdom of Fife in East Scotland, a name of obscure etymology. Tradition has it that the name is derived from an eponymous Fib, one of the seven sons of Cruithne, legendary founding father of the Picts.

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

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The following is from the "Barnard White Family Book" Daniel Davis or Davies and his wife Sarah Thomas were in the first company of Welsh Saints to leave for Zion in 1849. Though small in stature, …

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