WING FAMILY HISTORY
Name of Publication:
|| The Owl
Date of Article:
|| September 1922, Vol. 23, No. 4,
Page of Article:
|| Page 2222 - 2223
City of Publication:
State/Country of Publication:
|| Wisconsin, USA
|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
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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There is no mention of wife Sarah Alice Wright, who came to Utah with Dr. Joseph
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