William Quayle (1839-1923)

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William Quayle
William Quayle
Born: 24 Jul 1839 Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: 19 Jun 1923 Montpelier, Idaho
Father: John Quayle
Mother: Catherine Killip
Siblings: John Quayle
Thomas Quayle
Catherine Quayle
William Quayle
Joseph R. Quayle
Charles Quayle
Eleanor Quayle
James Quayle
Marie Quayle
Henry Quayle
Mary Ann Quayle
Sarah Jane Quayle
Spouse: (1) Mary Jane Cook
Married: 1863 Cedar Fort, Utah
Children: William Randolph Quayle
John F. Quayle
Alfonso Quayle
Abigail Quayle
James Oron Quayle
Eleanor Quayle
Sophronia Quayle
Jeanette Quayle
Morette Quayle
Ma Dora Quayle
Catherine Quayle
Seth Thomas Quayle
Blanche Quayle
Spouse: (2) Elizabeth Ann Dayton

5 Oct 1896

Dingle, Bear Lake, Idaho
Children: William Earl Quayle
Sarah Sophronia Quayle
Ella Quayle
Norma Norene Quayle
Genevieve Quayle
Joseph Dayton Quayle

William Quayle a long time resident of Bear Lake County, Idaho, was born in Douglas, England, July 24, 1839. He was the son of John and Catherine Killip Quayle. They emigrated from Great Britain in 1841. They had a great belief in the new development in the west and wanted to be a part of the great enterprise.

In the spring of 1846 they left Nauvoo and traveled through a trackless wilderness to a point of what is now called Council Bluffs in the State of Iowa and here they went into Winter Quarters and there remained until the spring of 1847. They became members of the John Taylor Company, which was one of the first to take the long wearisome trip and dangerous journey across the plains to Salt Lake City in the fall of that year. While en route they met Brigham Young and some others who had entered the Valley earlier and who were returning to Iowa, this meeting occurred on the Sweet Water River. Upon entering the Valley of Salt Lake they found little improvement, in fact all was sage brush but a little plot of ground just north of the old fort. They obtained logs and built a crude cabin.

The first bread from wheat that they ate in Utah was made by cutting the wheat before it had matured. They separated the wheat from chaff by rubbing it through their hands they dried the grain and ground it in coffee mills.

During the winter of 1847 and part of year of 1848 they lived on rations belonging to the community and for thirty days they had to content themselves with 3 pints of flour a day for 7 people. This meal, when cooked, made a sort of gruel and kept life in their bodies until the earth gave forth its fullness.

While in the valley for some time after their arrival they wore clothing made from hides of animals and as they would become hard from getting wet whenever it rained and they were near the Jordan River they would protect their clothing by burying it in the sand and would lie in the river until the shower passed away. This was a novel way to keep from getting wet but necessity demanded this method and the boys took advantage of conditions to have a good swim.

Educated in Salt Lake until he was 14 years of age, he decided to make his own way in life as he felt his father had too much responsibility to care for them all. He went to California where he spent two years in various occupations.

William wanted to help build up the land of Deseret by furnishing supplies. He engaged in freighting operations which he prosperously conducted for ten years, during this time making ten trips across the plains with ox teams, encountering many privation, hardships and dangers and experiencing many adventures. At one time when the Indians attacked him in Rawlins, Wyoming, his horse was shot from under him and his brother, John, was killed. With the help of others, he was able to escape.

Desiring a quieter and less eventful life, he began ranching in Cedar Fort, Utah and continued there for seven years and then moved to Salt Lake City. He was married in 1863 at Cedar Fort to Mary J. Cook whose father was a bishop in the Church for many years. She died in 1895 and he later married Elizabeth Dayton. He had eighteen Children and fifty-eight Grandchildren.

On Sept 1, 1874 he came to Dingle, Idaho and engaged in a stock raising operation. William was acknowledged a leader in this line and even maintaining the grade of his stock at a high standard. His industry and foresight and practical ability brought him many of the better things of life and his genial unselfish and courteous nature won him many friends.

He was twice elected as County Treasurer discharging his duties to the best of his ability becoming recognized as a capable and faithful official.

He improved a ranch of seven hundred acres in Dingle Valley. He also owned a general store at Dingle and a flour mill at the mouth of Montpelier Canyon which was later owned and operated by John Quayle. He had a mercantile store down on the corner of Washington and 8th street for many years. He lived in Dingle until September 1914. He then moved to Montpelier to his home on the corner of 5th and Washington. He resided there until his death June 19th 1923 at eighty-five years of age.


  • Birth: FamilySearch IGI, record of a deceased member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
William Quayle
Born: 24 Jul 1839 Douglas, Isle of Man, England
Father: John Quayle
Mother: Catherine Killup
  • Birth variant: 4 Mar 1838 [History of Bear Lake Pioneers]
  • Immigration: FHL Film #2289, New York City, New York, Passenger Lists, Ship Rochester, 20 April 1841, 178:
John Quail, 40, male, Taylor, Isle of Man, U.S.
Wm Quail, 2, male, Isle of Man, U.S.
  • Utah Arrival: FHL Film #298442, Utah Immigration Card Index, 1847-1868:
Quail, John Sen. (46) Utah Pioneers of 1847
William (8) 1847:
Members of Capt. Edward Hunter's Hundred [also known as John Taylor's Company] part of which arrived in G. S. L. Valley Sept. 26, 1847 (Journal History June 21, 1847, p.21)
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Utah Co., Cedar Fort, Cedar Fort Post Office, Page #5, Dwelling #33, Family #30, Enumerated 3 Sep 1870:
Quail, William, 30, male, white, Stock Raiser, 700/2000, Eng
Mary, 26, female, white, Keeping House, Mich
William, 30, male, white, Laborer, Utah, Father Foreign
John, 20, male, white, Laborer, Utah, Father Foreign
Alfonzo, 8/12, male, white, Utah, Father Foreign, OCT
  • 1880 Federal Census, Idaho Territory, Bear Lake Co., Cottonwood and Dingle Dell twp., Page #30, Dwelling #243, Family #251, Enumerated 29, 30 Jun 1880:
Quayle, William, white, male, 38, married, Stock Man, Isle of Man
Jane, white, female, 36, wife, married, Keeping House, MI, NY, NY
William R., white,male, 13, son, single, at home, Ut, Eng, NY
John, white, male, 12, son, single, at home, Ut, Eng, NY
Alphonzo, white, male, 10, son, single, Ut, Eng, NY
Abbey, white, female, 8, daughter, single, Ut, Eng, NY
Oren, white, male, 7, son, single, Ut, Eng, NY
Nellie, white, female, 5, daughter, single, Ut, Eng, NY
Lydia, white, female, 1, daughter, single, Ut, Eng, NY
Note: The Quayles were living next door to the Daytons both in 1870 and in 1880-SDR
Last Name: Quayle
First Name: William
Cemetery: Dingle, Idaho
Birth Date:
City Born: Douglas, Isle of Man
State Born:
Date Died: 6/19/1923
City Died: Montpelier
State Died: ID
Father: John Quayle
Mother: Catherine Killip
Mary Jane Cook md 1863
Elizabeth Ann Dayton md 1896
Sources: Headstone, Ancestral File
County Born: England
County Died:
Best Known Birth Date: 24 July 1839/38
Best Known Death Date:
  • Life Sketch: Haddock, et al. History of Bear Lake Pioneers, pp. 641-643
  • Ordinances: TIB card
  • IGI, Family Records
Dingle Cemetery