Avon in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Birthplace of Wilford Woodruﬀ
1 March 1807- 2 September 1898
Wilford Woodruff, fourth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born 1 March 1807 in a section of Farmington, Connecticut, known as Northington (now Avon). He and his parents, Aphek and Beulah Thompson Woodruff, lived in a modest home approximately three-fourths of a mile west of this site on the north side of Old Farms Road on Avon Old Farms School property. Their farm of about 40-acres had a saw and grist mill and a kiln for drying corn.
Well-educated and well-read for his time, Woodruff attended school until he was eighteen, including four years at the prestigious Farmington Academy. Inquisitive, industrious, and with a love of learning, he was also a serious student of the Bible and religion who searched for light and truth.
He was baptized into the Church on 31 December 1833 after accepting the message of Latter-day Saint missionaries. Woodruff’s contributions to his church and country were numerous, and the impact of his vision and leadership were far-reaching.
He was a man of many talents, much energy and compassion. He served missions for the Church in the United States, Canada,
His understanding of compromise and of when to stand firm in the principles of his beliefs made him a valued member of church and community. He served in Nauvoo, Illinois, City Council in 1841, joined Brigham Young’s pioneer company to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, sat in the lower house (1851) and in 20 sessions of the upper house of the Utah territorial legislature, and helped Utah become the forty-fifth state of the nation in 1896.
Woodruff served as president of the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Association; organized the General Church Board of Education to direct Church schools, academies, and colleges; and in 1894 incorporated the Genealogical Society of Utah, which would become the largest repository of family research in the world.
Of all his many accomplishments and personal characteristics, he was, most of all, a humble man of God.
Erected 1998 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Location. Touch for map. Located next to the parking lot closest to the Farmington River. Marker is in this post office area: Avon CT 06001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canal Junction (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Farmington Aqueduct (approx. 1.3 miles away); Canal Aqueduct (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Farmington Canal (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Farmington Canal in Avon (approx. 2½ miles away); Constitution Oak (approx. 2½ miles away); 1st Company Governor's Horse Guards (approx. 2.6 miles away); Avon (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Avon.
Also see . . .
1. Hartford Connecticut Temple history and photo. (Submitted on February 3, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
2. Groundbreaking Service for the Temple. (Submitted on February 3, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
3. Angel Moroni. (Submitted on February 3, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
4. The plan on youtube. (Submitted on February 3, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 3, 2016, by Alan M. Perrie of Unionville, Connecticut. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.