Jane Wilkie Hooper Blood


Early pioneers Jane Wilkie Hooper Blood and her husband William Blood were the parents of John Hooper Blood whose home was located on Locust or Center Street. Jane was a Kaysville suffragist whose participation helped to gain the vote for women in 1920, but sadly after her death in 1898. She was born in 1845 in Southhampton, Hampshire, England, and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was about nine years old. After Jane’s family settled in Kaysville, arriving in 1855, they settled into a dug out just in time for an extreme and devastating winter. Given a few years of hardship and pioneering activities she grew and married William in 1861. Her family had subsequently moved to Ogden, but Jane and William moved to Kaysville on a farm on the lake shore west of town. There they lived until 1867 when they moved into an adobe home which now stands across Locust/Center Street south of the tabernacle. While raising a family, Jane was involved in humanitarian and civic causes. In various leadership roles and membership capacities, she served in the Relief Society for women, the Primary for children throughout her life. She was an officer in the Columbian Club which was created under the direction of Salt Lake directors in the cause of promoting women and gaining suffrage and statehood. (DJW) In her diary she records voting in an 1880 election just seven years before Utah women lost the vote when the federal government disenfranchised the territory females.