William Shepherd Baxter

12 September 1828–21 June 1865 (Age 36)
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William Shepherd

When William Shepherd Baxter was born on 12 September 1828, in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, his father, John Baxter, was 23 and his mother, Mary Shepherd, was 26. He married Harriet Eliza Merchant on 14 March 1858, in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1857. He died on 21 June 1865, in Salina, Sevier, Utah, United States, at the age of 36, and was buried in Salina, Sevier, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Shepherd Baxter
Mary S Copley
Marriage: 3 October 1863
James Shepherd Baxter

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 October 1863Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 2
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    Age 15
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    Name Meaning

    Northern English and Scottish: occupational name from Old English bæcestre ‘baker’, variant (originally a feminine form) of bæcere ( see Baker ).

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

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    Story Highlight

    Ship John J. Boyd 1863 Liverpool to New York. Knud Hansen Bruun a passenger

    A Compilation of General Voyage Notes: "DEPARTURE. -- The packet ship John J. Boyd, Captain J. H. Thomas, sailed for New York on the 30th ultimo, with 767 souls of the Saints on board. The company wa …

    Sources (13)

    • William Baxter in entry for James Sinitial Baxter, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • William Baxter, "United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941"
    • William Shepherd Baxter, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

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