- Birth Date
- 11 February 1826
- Death Date
- 21 June 1915
William Morley Black
William first arrived in Utah with a party of '49ers headed for the California gold fields. (He had left a wife and two children in Illinois.) After brief exposure to the L. D. S. faith, Black converted. In Utah William met Bradford Leonard through his association with Brigham Young. Leonard had mill irons and leather for mill elevators that Young wanted William to take to Sanpets County. In Sanpete William lived in the home of Issac Morley for two years. After that he returned to Illinois to get his family. While in Illinois William received a letter from Leanord asking him to help transport "a large stock of goods" to Utah. William bought seven wagons and twenty yoke of oxen and with Leonard, some hired hands and his family headed for Zion.
He is seen crossing the plains once more in 1856 with the Philemon C. Merrill Company.
- Age at Departure: 22
- Age at Departure: 26
- Company Captain
- Head of Household
- Age at Departure: 30
- Black, William Morley, "Sketch of the Life of William Morley Black," 2-3.
- Black, William Morley, "Sketch of the Life of William Morley Black," 9.
- "Emigrants for Utah," Deseret News, 6 August 1856, 8.
- Esshom, Frank. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, (Salt Lake City: Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company, 1913), 49.
- Find a Grave (Website)
- Historian's Office Journal, 26 Dec. 1850.
- Historian's Office Journal, 28 Dec. 1850.
- Utah Death Certificates.