Uintah Stake, Utah LDS Church Wards and Branches

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Utah Church Records go to Uintah County Church Records go to Uintah Stake, Utah LDS Church Wards and Branches

This page includes the boundaries of wards and branches around 1930's, a timeline history, and how to obtain the records.

Source for this page: Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 895.

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Uintah Stake

Stake boundaries as of about 1930
See Encyclopedic History..., p. 895.[1]


  • Headquarters in (town): Vernal, Utah
  • Boundaries of stake:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in Ashley Valley, Uintah Co., Utah, and vicinity. The stake extends to Daggett County, Utah, on the north, to the Utah-Colorado boundary line on the east, to Green River on the south, and to the Roosevelt Stake on the West.


History Timeline up to about 1930

  • 1886 - The stake was a part of Wasatch County, Utah, until 1880, and the Latter-day Saints who located in Ashley Valley originally belonged to Wasatch Stake. The jurisdiction of Wasatch Stake was continued until July 11, when the east part of the Wasatch Stake was partially organized as the Uintah Stake.
  • 1887 - At a special meeting held May 9, the Uintah Stake was more fully organized.

This timeline (arranged by year) includes events that affected records, record-keeping, and movements of Mormons in this area.


Other History Resources
Many wards or branches appointed members to compile a history. Copies may be in the ward library or in homes of members. Some contain biographical sketches of members of the ward at the time of compilation.

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Wards and Branches

Ashley, Davis, Jensen (formerly Jensen), Lapoint, Maeser (formerly Mill), Naples (formerly Merrill),Tridell, Vernal 1st(formerly Ashley Center, Vernal 2nd.

Ashley Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 32-33.[2]

Boundaries:

Consists of Latter-day Saints residing in a tract of country comprising a farming district lying northeast of Vernal. The center of the ward is about three miles northeast of Vernal and the ward extends north to Daggett County, Utah, east to the Utah-Colorado boundary line, south to the Vernal 1st Ward and west to the Maeser Ward. It includes the site of the old town of Ashley, once the county seat, but as Vernal progressed the prosperity of Ashley diminished.

History timeline

  • 1915 - On Jan. 24, the Ashley and Union districts were severed from the Vernal 1st Ward and organized as the Ashley Ward

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Davis Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 175.[3]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in the southeast part of Ashley Valley. North the ward extends to the Naples Ward, east to the Jensen Ward, south to Green River and west to the mountains.

History timeline

  • 1900 - Davis Ward is an outgrowth of Naples Ward. For some time the locality was known as the Pleasant View District, where a Sunday school was organized.
  • 1912 - On Dec. 17, the Davis Ward was organized.


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Jensen Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 374-375.[4]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing at and near the junction of Ashley Creek with Green River. It includes settlers living along Green River for about 4 1/2 miles; also families at the mouth of Brush Creek. The center of the ward (where the L. D. S. meeting house stands) is an elevation known as Burns’ Bench, about 2 1/2 miles northeast of the junction of Ashley Creek and Green River and about 15 miles southeast of Vernal.

History timeline

  • 1885 - Aug. 23, Riverdale was organized as the Riverdale Branch.
  • 1887 - On May 9, the branch was organized as the Riverdale Ward.
  • 1894 - On Aug. 7, the Riverdale Ward was divided and the lower part of the same organized as the Jensen Ward and the north part of the Riverdale Ward was organized as the Merrill Ward..

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Lapoint Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 414.[5]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in a farming settlement scattered along Deep Creek, a tributary of the Uintah River. The meeting house, a brick structure erected in 1930, is about 18 miles southwest of Vernal.

History timeline

  • 1905 - Lapoint, thus named from the southernmost point of a spur of the Uintah Range, was founded as one of the settlements on the Uintah Indian Reservation when that section of country was opened for settlers.
  • 1916 - On Sept. 10, the Lapoint Ward was organized from a part of the Liberty Ward.

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Maeser Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 459.[6]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in that part of Ashley Valley lying west of Vernal.

History timeline

  • 1880 - An Elder was appointed to preside over the saints in the upper end of Ashley Valley, which included the Mill District, and part of the later Glines Ward.
  • 1883 - The Mill Ward was organized.
  • 1910 - Some time previous to this the name of the Mill Ward had been changed to Maeser.

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Naples Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 560.[7]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in Ashley Valley.The Ward Meeting house, completed in 1904, is located about four miles southeast of the Center of Vernal.


History timeline

  • 1884 - Saints in the south part of Ashley Valley and the district became known as Merrill.
  • 1887 - The Merrill Ward was organized.
  • 1909 - Previous to this date the name Merrill Ward was changed to the Naples Ward.


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Tridell Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 611.[8]

Boundaries:

Consists of Latter-day Saints residing in that part of Ogden city which is bounded on the north by Harrisville and North Ogden, east by Washington Avenue, south by 7th St. (which separates it from the Ogden 10th Ward), and west by Slaterville Ward.

History timeline

  • 1924 - Became Ogden 15th Ward Jan. 1, when the name was changed from Lynne to that of Ogden 15th Ward, the boundaries were the same as before.

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Vernal 1st Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 611-612.[9]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in a tract of country lying immediately west of Weber River. The ward extends to the Weber River on the north and east, to 33rd St. of Ogden city on the south, and to the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks on the west. It contains an area of about a mile and a half square.


History timeline

  • 1915 - Ogden 16th Ward is an outgrowth of Wilson Ward. It was organized as a separate ward Jan. 10, and called the West Ogden Ward.
  • 1926 - The name of the West Ogden Ward was changed to the Ogden 16th Ward Oct. 10.

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Vernal 2nd Ward

See Encyclopedic History..., p. 659-660.[10]

Boundaries:

Consists of the Latter-day Saints residing in Plain City, which, as its name implies, is situated on a plain lying about ten miles northwest of Ogden. The town is situated 1 1/4 miles north of the Weber River, four miles southwest of the Utah Hot Springs, and about four miles from the nearest point of the Great Salt Lake


History timeline

  • 1859 - Plain City was settled by Latter-day Saints in 1859, and in May of that year, a branch of the Church was organized.
  • 1877 - The branch was organized as a ward.

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References

  1. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 895.
  2. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 32-33.
  3. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 175.
  4. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 374-375.
  5. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 414.
  6. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 459.
  7. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 560.
  8. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 611.
  9. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 611-612.
  10. Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1941). p. 659-660.