In December 1850 (or 1851) he married Margaret Gilmour (Gilmore) born 23 June 1831 in Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland, daughter of Thomas and Jane Patrick Laird Gilmour. This marriage took place in
5 October 1851,
at the age of 19 William Burt was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints. Margaret had been
baptized in December 1850. For the sake
of the gospel they came to
and on to America
in 1868. William Burt crossed the ocean
on the ship, Constitution, and landed in Utah New
Aug 1868. They brought their
seven children with them: William, John,
Willard, Margaret, Jean, Agnes and James.
Their next and last child, Peter McKeith was born in . Salt Lake City
At the time of the family’s arrival in
the old Salt Lake Theater was just being
built. There was a 120 foot ornamental
cornice to be run, but no one had been found who could do it. Someone who had heard of grandfather’s coming
here told the contractor of this plasterer from the “old country”. He was contacted to see if he were able to do
this intricate work. This was his first
job in Salt
Lake City . He and his helper ran the cornice in one
day. He was paid $100.00 for himself and
$20.00 for his helper. To earn $100.00
in one day in 1870 must have meant that he was a good plasterer. Later he did plastering in the Lion House. Salt Lake City
He bought a home on E. Street and
William Burt went to St. George to work on the
During the time of the building of this
of Charles and Eleanor Turner Willden, went to St. George to cook for the
temple hands. Here she met William Burt,
the plasterer. While working together
they came to know and love one another.
William and Louisa were married; we do not know their marriage date but
they came to temple
and were sealed in the Endowment House 7 January 1874. William’s first wife objected to this plural
marriage, nevertheless she went with them to the Endowment House and was sealed
to him when he was sealed to Louisa, but she, Margaret Gilmour Burt, never
lived with him afterward. Salt Lake City
William and Louisa had six children, all born in St. George, for William worked on the temple until it was completed. The father loved the gospel and taught his children of it. One of the oft-remembered things he taught them was to never speak against the leaders of the Church. He cautioned them to always seek good company, and to do good to others just as they would wish to be done by. He was a good public speaker, and often spoke in church meetings. He knew the scriptures and found joy in teaching from them. He had great faith in administration, and was often called to go to administer to the sick. He must have had a special gift in this because he could sometimes invoke the healing power of the Lord when other good men’s efforts had gone unrewarded. He administered to his own children, instilling great faith in their hearts.
Singing was important in their home. Lou (a daughter) remembers that her father’s favorite song was “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer”. Both the father and mother sang in the ward choir.
William’s second wife, Louisa, grew sickly. Heart trouble took this sweet mother on
the 28th of May, 1883, when she was just 29
years of age. The family then had to be
divided among relatives.
In 1884, William Burt went to
, to plaster on the Provo,
and the Brigham Young Academy . State Hospital
Sometime in the 1880’s William sent to
In 1885 when the
Daughter Lou remembers that her father was an ardent reader—always choosing good books. He loved to read the scriptures and lives and works of the Church leaders. Many nights he read until or . Nevertheless, he always arose early. In the summertime he was usually working in his garden by four or in the morning.
William Burt lived in Manti and did plastering work until the fall of 1899, when he went to
to live with daughters Nell and Lou.
There he worked with his son (from first wife, Margaret), John. Two of the buildings in which he plastered
were the Salt Lake City
and the Deseret News Building . He had been asked to do the head plastering
on the Studebaker
years before, but had work contracted in Manti and was too long in finishing
it. Salt Lake Temple
In August 1902, William had a stroke as he was walking along the street. The family didn’t know about it, but began a search for him when he didn’t come home. Lou’s husband found him and took him to their home where he died a week later
26 August 1902. He was buried at the side of his father in
the Burt lot, on the south side of 180 N and just west of Cypress Street, in the . Salt Lake City Cemetery
--Excerpts from history compiled by Ruth Love Turner, granddaughter, July 1955.