It's very hard to get reliable information about the Mormon Massacre of a troop of Arkansawers at Mountain Meadows in 1857. History is being re-written. Will Bagley's book, THE BLOOD OF THE PROPHETS, has been scathingly attacked in order to protect the carefully re-written history. It seems clear that in a few minutes of slaughter some hundred emigrants from Arkansas were killed, including several under ten years of age and some two dozen between 10 and 20 years old. Why was the massacre ignored at the time? It was, of course, crowded out by news from Kansas and Nebraska as the nation moved toward civil war. And then details were purged and a smooth array of alternative explanations palliated the deliberate ferocity of the massacre.
My interest began when I received HISTORY OF BOONE COUNTY, ARKANSAS, "with a narrative by Roger V. Logan, Jr." If the wagon train was composed of people from north central counties of Arkansas in 1857, then surely some of my Cokers family would have been among the massacred. And so I discovered by checking three names from the list of the murdered. I posted a string of horrors a little earlier, starting with no knowledge that Coker cousins had been killed, but making discoveries fast. This is a clean up sweep of obvious items found on Google.
MOUNTAIN MEADOWS MASSACRE
SOME FAMILIES & THEIR BACKGROUND
by Margaret A. Butler (email@example.com)
SOLOMON WOOD, born ca. 1837, probably in Marion Co., AR
William and Solomon were brothers. I'm fairly sure Solomon was a single man but not sure about William. Both were sons of George W. and Nancy Jane (COKER) WOOD of George's Creek, Yellville, Marion Co., AR. (George's Creek was named after George W. Wood.)
George W. Wood was born ca. 1804-05 in SC, and was the son of Marion County Judge William Obadiah "Dancin Bill" Wood and his wife, Hannah (AUSTIN) Wood. The Judge was born ca. 1775 in NC, moved to AR ca. 1818, and settled at Yellville ca. 1828, residing near Crooked Creek.
Nancy Jane (Coker) Wood was born ca. 1809-13 in Knox Co., TN. She was the daughter of Arkansas pioneer, William Dempsey "Buck" COKER. Buck's wife's name was allegedly Nancy (LEE) COKER. Buck moved into the White River area around 1813, then eventually settled near Lead Hill (which was first situated in Marion County and then Boone County).
Genealogy of Each Family
Mary Baker Ledbetter researched and constructed the genealogies for each of the families that traveled in the Baker/Fancher Wagon Train. Red ink signifies the individuals who died at Mountain Meadows. Blue ink represents the children who survived the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
Click on the Surname to view the corresponding genealogy:
COKER FAMILY - PART XI
NANCY JANE COKER
Submitted by: Margaret Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
NOTE !! This is a compilation of information only, and the reader must allow for errors. Because of past courthouse burnings, a large majority of coker information comes only from stories handed down through families and acquaintances. This genealogy is meant to be used simply as a guide. For additional information on the Cokers, look at the book on Marion County, AR families at the Marion County library.
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NANCY JANE COKER, dau. of Buck Coker
born between 1810 and 1813, Knox Co., TN
married about 1832 to George W. WOOD,
son of William & Hannah (Austin) Wood
Some believe that Nancy, who married George W. Wood, was the daughter of Edward "Ned" Coker, son of Buck (a Marion Co., AR history book states this fact). However, Ned was born in 1801 and this Nancy was born no later than 1813. Ned would have been no older than 13 when this Nancy was born. She couldn't have been his daughter; rather, she was his sister.
Taken from S.C. Turnbo's "A Bear Resembles a Huge Snowball While Rolling Down a Mountainside:"
George Wood, son of "Dancin" Bill Wood married Nancy Coker, youngest daughter of Buck Coker, and lived at the Big Spring on East Sugar Loaf Creek now called the Blackwell Spring; here in 1854 Woods built a mill and settlers who lived far and near patronized this mill. Some years before he erected his mill he was hunting in the close vicinity of Short Mountain and the dogs chased two panthers and the panthers soon took the advantage of a tree and sit on the limbs and glared at the dogs. When Woods reached the tree he shot both panthers which were a male and female. The former was 11 feet in length, the latter was 9 feet. Woods cut off the forepaws of each animal and carried them home and hunters who saw them pronounced those of the male panther unusually large."
"Georges Creek [near Yellville, Marion Co.] took its name from George Wood who built the mill at the Big Spring on East Sugar Loaf Creek in 1854." Taken from Turnbo's "A Few Items of Early Times."
Nancy is first found on the 1850 Marion Co., AR federal census. She is listed as "Jane" in household No. 161:
George Wood 45 Tenn
Jane 40 Tenn
Dice 22 Ark.
Winney 20 Ark.
William 19 Ark.
Hannah 18 Ark.
Elisabeth 16 Ark.
Jane 15 Ark.
Solmon R. 13 Ark.
Malinda 11 Ark.
George W. 9 Ark.
John Hardin 7 Ark.
Nancy C. 6 Ark.
Sarah Ann 4 Ark.
Martha 3 Ark.
Bellrada 1 Ark.
NANCY COKER'S KNOWN CHILDREN:
1. DICEY WOOD, born about 1828, probably Marion Co., AR. Allegedly married James LAREMORE. Listed on the 1860 Sugar Loaf Twp., Marion Co., AR census. Children in household: Belbrady, Martha Jane and William H.
2. WINNEY WOOD, born about 1830, AR; married Charles/Charlie STALLCUP, son of Samuel and Jane Stallcup. Charles, born abt 1832 in Indiana, was a member of a doomed wagon train that was attacked in Utah on its way to the gold fields in California. He died in September 1857 during the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Some records say that Winney died also; however, she's listed on the 1860 Sugar Loaf Twp., Marion Co., AR census. Children of Winney & Charles: Rachel Ann, George Samuel, and James M. Stallcup.
3. WILLIAM WOOD, born about 1831, AR; married Minerva Jane HUDSON, dau. of Jesse and Matilda (Everett) Hudson who lived on Georges Creek. William was also a member of the doomed wagon train that was attacked in Utah. He died in September 1857 during the Mountain Meadows Massacre. (Some "Hudsons" were among the doomed wagon train members. Whether they were related to Jesse & Matilda is unknown.)
4. HANNAH MELVIRA WOOD, born about 1832 in AR.
5. ELISABETH WOOD, born about 1834 in AR.
6. JANE WOOD, born about 1835 in AR. (Some say Jane, who married Dud Coker, was the daughter of Ned Coker, but Turnbo refers to Dud as George Wood's son-in-law.) Jane, wife of Strother/Strander Dudley "Dud" COKER, married him in 1856. Dud was murdered by bushwackers in 1864-65. Dud and Jane had two known children: Charity J. (b. 1857), William C. Coker (b. 1859), and Rebecca (b. 1862). Directions to Dud's grave: "Cross Sugar Loaf Creek above the old Geo Wood farm, pass on up a hollow on the west side of the creek to the graveyard." [Was Dud a son of Leonard Coker?]
7. SOLOMON R. WOOD, born about 1837 in AR. Solomon was also a member of the doomed wagon train that was attacked in Utah. He died in September 1857 during the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
8. SUSAN MALINDA WOOD, born about 1839 in AR.
9. GEORGE WASHINGTON WOOD, born about 1841 in AR.
10. JOHN HARDIN WOOD, born about 1843 in AR.
11. NANCY C. WOOD, born about 1844 in AR. Another source states her birthdate was January 26, 1844 in Marion Co., AR.
12. SARAH ANN WOOD, born about 1846 in AR.
13. MARTHA "PATSY" WOOD, born about 1847 in AR; never married.
14. BELLRADA/BELBRADY WOOD, born about 1849 in AR.
OTHER CHILDREN ALLEGEDLY BELONGING TO NANCY:
15. Eveline R. Wood, born about 1850-51 in AR. [Questionable?]
16. Joseph C. Wood, born about 1853 in AR. [Questionable?]
17. Matilda A. Wood, born about 1855 in AR. [Questionable?]
18. Amanda M. Wood, born about 1860 in AR. [Questionable?]
19. Edward Wood, b. 1851 [Very questionable?]
20. Charity Wood, b. 1853 [Questionable?]
21. John E. Wood, b. 1856 [Questionable?]
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MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE
By S. C. Turnbo
Re: MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE SURVIVORS
Posted: 8 Sep 2001 3:41AM GMT
Edited: 18 Sep 2002 4:29PM GMT
Re: MOUNTAIN MEADOW MASSACRE SURVIVORS
Posted: 8 Sep 2001 1:50PM GMT
Edited: 6 Feb 2006 4:30PM GMT
Rebecca 9,Louisa 7, Sarah 4, daughters of Jessie Dunlap
PevdenceAngline 7,Gorgina 4, daughters of L.D. Dunlap
William 4, son of G.W. Baker
Elizabeth 8,Sarah 6, C.G. 9, Tryphonia 5, children of Capt Alexander Fancher .
John 9,Mary 7, Joseph 4, of Joseph Miller
Milam and William, sons of Plesant Tackett
F.N. 4,Saphonia 7, of J.M. Jones of Marion Co.
The Mormons apparently kept them for two years before returning them to Carroll Co.
This book is not indexed so I do not know if there are any Cokers mentioned in it. I checked the cemetery listings in the book and didn't find anyone with those names.
- There were, if fact, Coker grandchildren slaughtered—not with last name of Coker.