WING FAMILY HISTORY

WING FAMILY HISTORY
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Publication Information
Name of Publication:  The Owl
Date of Article:  September 1922, Vol. 23, No. 4, 
Page of Article:  Page 2222 - 2223
City of Publication:  Kewaunee
State/Country of Publication:  Wisconsin, USA
Article Data
Names found in the article: George Francis Wing, Joseph Smith Wing, John William Wing, Dr. Conway P. Wing, Mary Josephine Allen, Charles Wing, "Frank" McCurdy
Article Text
DR. JOSEPH SMITH WING
     Since the preparation of the article printed at page 2193, giving a sketch of the career of Dr. Joseph Smith Wing (4847), [(4887) - DNW] further particulars come to us from his son, George Francis Wing, now of Winkleman, Arizona, pertaining to his career. The son states that his father was married the first time while still living in Illinois and that his first wife was the mother of two children, Byron and Adelia, born in Pike County. When he set out for Utah in 1862 with his nephew, John William Wing, he was supposed to have taken his daughter Adelia with him. His first wife was later granted a divorce. Mr. Wing writes that his father and cousin were not Mormons, but passed as such when they joined an emigrant train going to Utah. A story is told by the younger children that he and his nephew baptized each other preparatory to joining the Mormon train and from then on passed as Mormons. He married Mary Josephine Allen in Utah, and by her had four sons. In 1875 he was divorced from his second wife and then married "Frank" McCurdy, by whom he had no children. Dr. Wing died at Kingston, Utah, and by his will left a small amount [end of page 2222 - DNW] of property to his oldest son Byron and to his youngest son George. He was very early interested in Wing genealogy, having been in correspondence with Dr. Conway P. Wing before the days of The Owl, and he is mentioned at some length at pages 141 and 1177 in "John Wing of Sandwich."
     Dr. Wing's career in Utah abounded in adventures. He first had his office in Salt Lake City in a log cabin at the south east corner of Second South and Main St. When Groosbecks build the Wasatch Block they set aside a room for him in accordance with an agreement made with him before he would part with the cabin. This room was always his, even though he was away several years at a time, and was never occupied by another. H was engaged in mining also, and at the time sold his interest in a mine in Little Cottonwood Canyon for a fortune. He later put most of his money into the ground, but never made another strike. He lived most of the time at Fairview, San Pete County, and Kingston, Piute County. He was for several years county physician for Piute County and held that position when he died.
     In the early days, he had been very highly respected by the Indians on account of his medical knowledge and at several times this fact was the means of saving the lives of his wife, Mary Josephine Allen, and his infant son Charles. When the Indians had killed several families at some ranches a few miles from Fairview, one Indian, a subchief, came to the cabin occupied by Mrs. Wing and son (the doctor being absent that day) and stood guard at the cabin door, keeping other Indians from doing any harm to occupants or cattle. At another time, Dr. Wing and family were going to Fairview when suddenly, they were surrounded by Indians on the war path. they had several bleeding scalps on poles, having killed a fomily a few hours before. They encircled the wagon and gave thier war cries, but when they recognized Dr. Wing they withdrew, but later killed an entire family at a nearby ranch. These Indians had a habit of cutting the legs off of cattle and leaving them to suffer.

[Note all spelling as in article. - DNW]
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Notes
 Extracted by Dale Wing - Aug 15, 2002
There is no mention of wife Sarah Alice Wright, who came to Utah with Dr. Joseph Smith Wing.
Submitted by
Dale N. Wing

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