Other early settlers
of South Jordan included Isaac Wardle, as well as his brother and father,
John and William Wardle. Isaac had been a member of the ill-fated Martin
Handcart Company of 1856. Frederick A. Cooper, Henry Tempest, John W.
Winward, and George Shields settled in the same year of 1859 or soon
thereafter. Robert Holt traveled to South Jordan from Dorsetshire, England
in, 1863. His sons Matthew and Edward also came. Other families who
came to South Jordan in the early years were those of James Oliver,
Thomas Alsop, James Wood, Jesse Vincent, George Soffe, and David Jenkins.
All were Mormons.
The South Jordan
Branch of the West Jordan LDS Ward was organized in 1863 with James
Woods as president. In 1867 he was succeeded by William A. Bills, who
served for 33 years. Ann Holt was the first Relief Society president.
She served for more than thirty years in that capacity and also delivered
over 500 babies as a midwife in the area.
South Jordan meetinghouse was constructed of adobe in 1864, and it served
as a schoolhouse. A larger building was erected in the 1870s to meet
the needs of the growing hamlet. It was made of granite rock and adobe
and measured 30 feet by 14 feet. Today, many chapels of three LDS stakes
dot the landscape in South Jordan. There are many families of other
faiths living in the area, but no other religious congregation holds
meetings within the city limits.