Information about your Mormon Pioneers, family history and genealogy.

Esshom, Frank; Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah; Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company; Published 1913; Salt Lake City, Utah.

Yancey, Hyrum

Married:Harriett Wood (daughter of Daniel Wood and Mary Snyder, former a pioneer July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company).
Their children:
  1. John H. born March 25, 1856;
  2. Parley P. born November 5, 1857, died infant;
  3. Adam born April 6, 1859, married Alice Tolman October 2, 1879.

Yancey, Adam

(son of Hyrum Yancey and Harriett Wood). Born April 6, 1859, Bountiful, Utah.

Married:Alice Tolman October 2, 1879, Salt Lake Endowment House (daughter of Judson Adoniram Tolman and Sarah Lucretia Holbrook), who was born August 29, 1863, Bountiful, Utah.
Their children:
  1. Adam Adoniram born August 9, 1880, died September 2, 1892;
  2. Orville born September 12, 1882, married Mary Keeler;
  3. James Henry born July 24, 1884, married Effie Cobbley;
  4. Emron born July 25, 1886, married Dorthy Dean;
  5. Bertha Lucretia born August 21, 1888, married Joseph F. Jensen;
  6. Cyrus born December 3, 1890;
  7. Allice born October 8, 1892;
  8. Daniel born February 24, 1895;
  9. Sylvia May born May 1, 1897;
  10. Mary born September 3, 1898, died September 24, 1898;
  11. Nathan Orlie born July 23, 1900;
  12. Sarah Luella born January 2, 1903;
  13. William born February 24, 1909.

Yardley, John

Born July 24, 1817, Staffordshire, England.

Married:Mary Shean.
Their children:
  1. John born June 1852;
  2. Sarah born December 3, 1854, married Thomas Cartwright March 30, 1873;
  3. William Edward born November 8, 1859, married Janet Levi April 1, 1885, married Jane E. Gower;
  4. James Heber born January 21, 1862, married Harriet J. Anderson December 22, 1886;
  5. Daniel Alfred born December 6, 1865, married Emma Jane Robinson.

Family home Beaver, Utah. Died October 10, 1885.


Yardley, William Edward

(son of John Yardley and Mary Shean). Born November 8, 1859, Beaver, Utah.

Married:Janet Levi April 1, 1885, St. George, Utah (daughter of David Levi and Ann Gillespie of Beaver, Utah). She died January 14, 1888.
Their children:
  1. William Ray born January 18, 1886, died October 29, 1905;
  2. Janet Levi born January 5, 1888, married George Thomas Price November 8, 1906.

Family home Beaver.

Married:Jane Elizabeth Gower November 12, 1889 (daughter of Thomas Gower and Martha Ann Stockdale, pioneers in October, 1854, Joseph Field company, and widow of James M. Hamilton). She was born May 12, 1858.
Their children:
  1. Sarah Inez born September 10, 1890;
  2. Mary Violet born December 25, 1892;
  3. Gladys born September 10, 1894;
  4. Grace born September 10, 1894.

Family home Beaver, Utah.

Has attained the ordination of elder.


Yates, John


Mormon Pioneer of 1852.

Born in 1802 in Warwickshire, England. Came to Utah in 1852, John Tidwell company.

Married:Lucy Holick, who was born in 1805 and died in June, 1850, at Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Their children:
  1. Henry born March 4, 1827, married Ann____;
  2. William born 1830;
  3. John born 1833;
  4. Ann born 1836, married John Clark 1853;
  5. Harriet born 1838, married Andrew Quigley 1856;
  6. Thomas born May 17, 1840, married Jane Baty March 1866;
  7. Joseph born March 16, 1845, married Elizabeth Wilson Baty November 17, 1873.

Family home Farmington, Utah.

High Priest.


Yates, Joseph

(son of John Yates and Lucy Holick). Born March 16, 1845, at Warwick, England.

Married:Elizabeth Wilson Baty November 17, 1873, Salt Lake City (daughter of Thomas and Ann Baty, pioneers in 1861, Sextus Johnson company). She was born November 23, 1852, in Shropshire, England.
Their children:
  1. William born October 26, 1875, died;
  2. Esther Annie born April 2, 1877, married Orson J. Olsen;
  3. Thomas John born October 3, 1879, died;
  4. Henry born June 6, 1881, married Effie Moss 1903;
  5. Jane Wilson born May 21, 1883, married Norman Hanson 1902;
  6. Lucy born June 14, 1886, married Joseph A. Orme, 1906;
  7. Katherine born March 19, 1888;
  8. Harriet born June 12, 1889;
  9. Joseph born March 20, 1891;
  10. Willard Dobson born February 5, 1893, last four died.

Lived at Calls Fort, Box Elder county.

High Priest; missionary to England 1883; went across plains for company of immigrants in 1862. Justice of peace; school trustee.


Yates, Henry

(son of Joseph Yates and Elizabeth Wilson Baty). Born at Calls Fort, Utah.

Married:Effie Moss October 8, 1903, Salt Lake City (daughter of Nephi Moss and Rhoda Pace), who was born December 13, 1886, at Chesterfield, Idaho.
Their children:
  1. Joseph born June 19, 1904;
  2. Effie La Von born July 27, 1905;
  3. Elsie Elizabeth November 20, 1906;
  4. Willard born March 30, 1908;
  5. La Rue born August 4, 1909;
  6. Wynn Del born March 20, 1912.

Elder; Sunday school teacher.


Yates, William


Mormon Pioneer of 1863.

(son of Thomas Yates and Violet Owen of Wortley, Lancastershire, England). Born October 31, 1832, Wortley, England. Came to Utah in 1863.

Married:Mary Partington 1860, Upholand, Lancastershire, England. (daughter of Thomas Partington and Marguerite Otten of England, pioneers 1863). She was born September 18, 1840.
Their children:
  1. Marguerite, married William C. Bouck;
  2. Mary E., married Henry Player, married John Kirkwood, married Clarence Mentor;
  3. Martha A., married Samuel Lufkin, married Clarence Hendershot;
  4. William T., married Mary Evans;
  5. John O., married Lucile Zimmermann;
  6. Amanda, married Albert Kirkwood;
  7. Stephen E., married Sabina Chidester;
  8. Bertha A., married Walter C. Brown;
  9. Hattie, married Benjamin Richards;
  10. Carrie, married Henry Harmon, married Stephen Dangerfield.

Seventy at Mona, Utah; elder; choir leader. Veteran Black Hawk war. Farmer. Dead.


Yearsley, Thomas

(son of John W. Yeaman and Martha Yeaman). Born Toronto, Canada, September 7, 1836.

Married:Anne Garner, Huntsville, Utah (daughter of David and Eliza Garner).
Their children:
  1. John W. born February 6, 1859, married Anne Garner;
  2. Storing born May 4, ____, married Maria Grow;
  3. Thomas, Jr., born April 21, 1875, married Etta Brow;
  4. Michael born December 29, 1877, married Edith Meacham;
  5. George W. born February 22, 1881, married Mary Roberts.

Yearsley, Nathan


Mormon Pioneer of 1848.

(son of David Yearsley and Mary Ann Hoops of West Chester, Pennsylvania). Born November 8, 1835, in West Chester. Came to Utah in 1848.

Married:Ruthinda E. Stewart in January 1865 Salt Lake City (daughter of Mr. Stewart and Ruth Baker). She came to Utah with parents 1847. She was born 1844.
Their children:
  1. Nathan D., married Mary Ann Wight;
  2. Emma L., married Joseph A. Vance;
  3. May Elizabeth, died;
  4. Annie Ruthinda, married Henry Bowring;
  5. James Heber, married Rosy J. Howell;
  6. Hores Calvin, died;
  7. Charles William, married Henrietta Parkinson;
  8. Minnie Jenetta, married George Nichols.

Family home Brigham City, Utah.

High Priest; presiding elder Promontory 1885-89. Participated in Echo Canyon campaign in 1857; made two trips across plains for immigrants. Farmer and stockraiser. Died October 28, 1910.


Yearsley, Nathan D.

(son of Nathan Yearsley and Ruthinda E. Stewart). Born October 13, 1865, Ogden, Utah.

Married:Mary Ann Wight January 31, 1888, Brigham City, Utah (daughter of Stephen Wight and Emma Pulsipher of Brigham City). She was born 1867, died December 22, 1903.
Only child:
  1. Nathan Melvin born April 10, 1889.

Family home Woodruff, Idaho.

Married:Julia Ann Gibbs December 21, 1905, Logan, Utah (daughter of William H. Gibbs and Lettia John, who were married February 5, 1872, Salt Lake City, latter pioneer 1862). She was born December 22, 1875, West Portage, Utah.
Their children:
  1. Clifford L. born August 1, 1907;
  2. Carl G. born October 2, 1909;
  3. Ruthinda G. born January 15, 1911;
  4. Alta L. born April 10, 1912.

High Priest; bishop’s counselor 16 years; Sunday school superintendent Woodruff ward, Malad stake, six years. Pioneer dry farmer and stockraiser.


Yeates, George


Mormon Pioneer of 1861.

(son of John and Mary Yeates of Worcestershire, England). Born April 28, 1814, at Broad parish, Hampton. Came to Utah in 1861.

Married:Mary Chance (daughter of Thomas Chance and Sarah Oliver), who was born October 10, 1816.
Their children:
  1. Sarah Yeates born May 26, 1836, married Daniel Gamble;
  2. Frederick born January 11, 1838, married Sarah Webb November 9, 1862;
  3. Thomas born November 3, 1840;
  4. Esther born April 4, 1843, married John Scott;
  5. Ann born June 18, 1846.

Family home Millville, Cache County, Utah.


Yeates, Frederick


Mormon Pioneer of 1857.


(son of George Yeates and Mary Chance of Hampton parish, Worcestershire, England). Born January 11, 1838, in Broad parish. Came to Utah September 21, 1857, Jacob Hoffines company.

Married:Sarah Webb November 9, 1862 (daughter of Anthony Webb and Elizabeth Humphries), who was born January 3, 1840.
Their children:
  1. Frederick Thomas born July 31, 1863, married Annie Frances Jessop December 16, 1885;
  2. Eva Annie born September 28, 1864, married Frederick Eliason;
  3. Mary Elizabeth born October 26, 1865 married James Graham;
  4. Ephraim born March 3, 1867, married Cathrine Wright June 1, 1898;
  5. Eliza Ann born June 4, 1868, married James S. Cantwell;
  6. George Anthony born November 25, 1869;
  7. Mart-a-More born July 8, 1871, married Joseph S. Jessop;
  8. John born March 19, 1873, married Elizabeth Bailey;
  9. Esther Phoebe born October 15, 1874, married Joseph Eliason;
  10. Israel born July 24, 1876, married Marietta Hargraves;
  11. Sylvia Chance born February 7, 1878, married Ephraim Jessop;
  12. Alma born May 31, 1881.

Family home Millville, Cache county, Utah.

Married:Sarah Maria Spackman April 13, 1874, Salt Lake City (daughter of Henry Spackman and Ann Bond), who was born May 10, 1859, at Burbidge, Wiltshire, England.
Their children:
  1. James born May 18, 1875, died;
  2. William born May 10, 1876, died;
  3. Allie born April 3, 1877;
  4. Sarah Olive born October 12, 1879, married Ralph Mitchell;
  5. Roxana Stahia born March 4, 1882, married Sidney O. Stevens;
  6. Lula Annie born September 6, 1884, married Isaac Samuel Smith;
  7. Josephine born April 29, 1887, married Roy Rudolph;
  8. Joseph Ruthford born September 4, 1890. Lived in Millville, Cache

High Priest; seventy. Held many positions of trust. Is now working in the Logan temple.


Yeates, Frederick Thomas

(son of Frederick Yeates and Sarah Webb). Born July 31, 1863, in Salt Lake county.

Married:Annie Frances Jessop (daughter of Thomas Jessop and Eliza Jane Humphries) in the Logan temple.
Their children:
  1. Walter Yeates born December 12, 1886;
  2. Frederick Eugene born July 17, 1888;
  3. Nina born February 25, 1891, married Niels Orson Olson June 8, 1910;
  4. Thomas Leo born February 24, 1893;
  5. Mary Marvel born October 3, 1895;
  6. Eulalia born November 7, 1897;
  7. Annie Reva, born February 12, 1902;
  8. Eliza Elva born March 8, 1904.

Family home Millville, Utah.


Young, Brigham



Mormon Prophet and Church President, Leader of First Pioneer Group to Utah in 1847, First Governor of Utah, Noted Polygamist.

(son of John Young and Nabie Howe, the former a Revolutionary soldier, serving under the Immediate command of Washington). He was born June 1, 1801, Whittingham, Windham county, Vermont. He was one of ten children, and the youngest but one of five brothers, named in their order as follows: John, Joseph, Phineas, Brigham and Lorenzo. His sisters were Nancy. Fanny, Rhoda, Susan and Nabbie. The first four married and became respectively Mrs. Kent, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. John P. Greene, and Mrs. James Little. Nabbie died in her girlhood. In religion, the family were Methodists. Brigham’s early avocations were those of carpenter and joiner, painter and glazier. He came to Utah July 24, 1847, as captain of the first company of immigrants.

Married:Miriam Works October 8, 1824, who died September, 1832.
Their children:
  1. Vilate, married Charles Franklin Decker;
  2. Elizabeth T., married Edmund Ellsworth.
Married:Mary Ann Angell February, 1834.
Among their six children were:
  1. Brigham, Jr. born December 1836, married Katherine Spencer November 15, 1855;
  2. Luna C. born August 20, 1842, married George W. Thatcher April 4, 1861.
Married:Lucy Decker (daughter of Isaac and Hannah Decker of Holland, pioneers 1847, Brigham Young company), who was born May 17, 1821.
Among their children were:
  1. Shamira born March 21, 1853, married William J. Rossiter October 9, 1877;
  2. Clarissa H. born July 23, 1860, married John D. Spencer January 19, 1882.
Married:Clarissa C. Decker (daughter of Isaac and Hannah Decker), who was born July 22, 1828.
Among their children was:
  1. Nabbie born March 22, 1852 (d, 1894), married Spencer Clawson February 15, 1876.
Married:Sarah Malin April 18, 1848 (daughter of Elijah and Hannah Malin of Chester county, Pennsylvania), who was born January 10, 1804.
Married:Ellen Ackland Rockwood (daughter of Albert Perry Rockwood and Nancy Haven), who was born March 23, 1829.
Married:Clarissa Ross (daughter of William Ross and Phoebe Ogden of New York), who was born June 16, 1814.
Their children:
  1. Mary, married Mark Croxall;
  2. Clarissa Maria, married William B. Dougall;
  3. Willard, married Harriet Hopper;
  4. Phoebe L. born August 1, 1854, married W. J. Beatie January 7, 1872.
Married:Mary Jane Bigelow (eldest daughter of Nahum Bigelow and Mary Gibbs, pioneers 1850, William Snow oxteam company).
Married:Lucy Bigelow (daughter of Nahum Bigelow and Mary Gibbs).
Married:Mary Van Cott (daughter of John Van Cott, born September 7, 1814, Canaan, New York, and Lucy L. Sackett, born July 17, 1815, pioneers September 25, 1847.
Married:September 15, 1835, in New York). She was born February 2, 1844, and died January 5, 1884.
Married:Eliza Babcock (daughter of Adolphus Babcock and Jerusha Jane Rowley of New York, pioneers 1847, oxteam company).
Married:Harriet Amelia Folsom (daughter of William H. Folsom and Zerviah E. Clark of New Hampshire and Massachusetts).
Married:Emily Dow Partridge.
Their children:
  1. Mary Eliza born June 8, 1847, married Mark Croxall;
  2. Caroline born February 1, 1851, married Mark Croxall 1868;
  3. Joseph Don Carlos born May 6, 1855, married Alice Naomi Dowden September 22, 1861.
Married:Elizabeth Robison (daughter of Peter Robison and Mary Ashly, pioneers 1850), who was born April 29, 1850.

Family home Fillmore, Utah.

Married:Sarah Ann McDonald (daughter of William McDonald and Seriah Shirts of Crawford, Burn, County Down, Ireland). She was born March 3, 1856.

There were other wives, whose genealogies are not printed here.

Whitney’s History says of Brigham Young: It was at Aurelius, Cayuga county, New Hampshire, in 1824 that he first saw the Book of Mormon, a copy of which had been left at the house of his brother Phineas, in the neighboring town of Victor, by Samuel H. Smith, a brother to Joseph Smith, the Prophet. Deeply Impressed with the principles of Mormonism, he, in company with Phineas and his friend Heber C. Kimball, visited a branch of the church at Columbia, Bradford county, Pennsylvania, from which state had -previously come several Mormon elders, preaching the doctrines of their faith in and around Mendon. Subsequently proceeding to Canada, where his brother Joseph was laboring in the Methodist ministry, Brigham presented to him the claims of Mormonism. He then returned with him to Mendon, where they both Joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was baptized on the 14th of April, 1832, by Elder Eleazer Miller, who confirmed him at the waters edge and ordained him an elder the same evening. About three weeks later his wife Miriam was baptized. His first meeting with the founder of Mormonism was in the fall of the same year, when he visited Kirtland, Ohio, the headquarters of the Latter-day Saints. Joseph Smith, it is said, prophesied on that occasion that Brigham Young would yet preside over the church. A year later he removed to Kirtland.

He was chosen one of the Twelve Apostles the council or quorum second in authority in the Mormon church February 14, 1835, and forthwith he entered upon his eventful and wonderfully successful career. With his quorum he traversed the eastern states and Canada, making proselytes to the faith and gathering funds for the completion of the Kirtland Temple and the purchase of lands in Missouri, where Mormon colonies from Ohio and the East were settling. When disaffection arose and persecution threatened the existence of the church and the lives of its leaders, he stood staunchly by the Prophet, defending him at his own imminent peril. Finally the opposition became so fierce, that he as well as the Prophet was compelled to flee from Kirtland.

He next appears at Far West, Missouri, the new gathering place of the Saints, where after the apostasy of Thomas born Marsh and the death of David W. Patten (his seniors among the Apostles), he succeeded to the presidency of the Twelve. This was in the very midst of the mob troubles that culminated in the expulsion of the Mormon community from that State. In the absence of the first presidency, composed of the Prophet, his brother Hyrum Smith, and Sidney Rigdon, who had been thrown into prison. President Young, though not then in Missouri, directed the winter exodus of his people, and the homeless and plundered refugees twelve to fifteen thousand in number fleeing through frost and snow by the light of their burning dwellings, were safely landed upon the hospitable shores of Illinois.

His next notable achievement was in connection with the spread of Mormonism in foreign lands. As early as July, 1838, he and his fellow Apostles had been directed by the Prophet to take a mission to Europe, and “the word of the Lord” was pledged that they should depart on a certain day from the Temple lot in Far West. This was before the mob troubles arose, before the Mormons had been driven, and before there was any prospect that they would be. But all was now changed, the expulsion was an accomplished fact, and it was almost as much as a Mormon’s life was worth to be seen in Missouri. The day set for the departure of the Apostles from Far West (April 26, 1839) was approaching, but they were far away, and apostates and mobocrats were boasting that the revelation pertaining to that departure would fail. Before daybreak, however, on the morning of the day appointed, Brigham Young and others of the Twelve rode into the town, held a meeting on the Temple lot, and started thence upon their mission, their enemies meanwhile wrapped in slumber, oblivious of what was taking place. Delayed by the founding of their new city, Nauvoo, in Hancock county, Illinois, and by an epidemic of fever and ague that swept over that newly settled section, they did not cross the Atlantic until about a year later, and even then this indomitable man and his no less indomitable associates arose from sick beds, leaving their families ailing and almost destitute, to begin their journey.

Landing at Liverpool penniless and among strangers, April 6, 1840 Mormonism’s tenth anniversary they remained in Great Britain a little over a year, during which time they baptized between seven and eight thousand souls and raised up branches of the church in almost every noted city and town throughout the United Kingdom. They established the periodical known as “The Millennial Star,” published five thousand copies of the Book of Mormon, three thousand hymn books and fifty thousand tracts, emigrated a thousand souls to Nauvoo, and founded a permanent shipping agency for the use of future emigration. The British Mission had previously been opened, but its foundations were now laid broad and deep. The first foreign mission of the Mormon church, it still remains the most Important proselyting field for the energetic elders of this organization.

Brigham Young, soon after his return from abroad, was taught by the Prophet the principle of celestial or plural marriage, which he practiced as did others while at Nauvoo. He married among other women, several of the Prophet’s widows. It was not until after the settlement of Utah, however, that “polygamy” was proclaimed. Brigham Young was in the eastern states, when Joseph and Hyrum Smith were murdered in Carthage jail, June 27, 1844. The business which had taken him and most of the Apostles from home was an electioneering mission in the interests of the Prophet, who was a candidate for the presidency of the United States. As soon as they heard the awful tidings of the assassination, they hurried back to Nauvoo.

Their return was timely. The Saints, grief-stricken at the loss of their leaders, needed the presence of the Apostles, but not merely as a means of consolation. Factions were forming and a schism threatened the church. Sidney Rigdon, who had been the Prophet’s first counselor in the first presidency, was urging with all his eloquence for he was an eloquent and a learned man his claim to the leadership, contending that he was Joseph’s rightful successor: notwithstanding that for some time he had absented himself from Nauvoo and the society of the Saints, manifesting a disposition to shirk the trials patiently borne by his much suffering associates. Brigham Young, with little learning and less eloquence, but speaking straight to the point, maintained the right of the Twelve Apostles to lead the church in the absence of the first presidency, basing his claim upon the teachings of the martyred Seer, who had declared: “Where I am not, there is no first presidency over the Twelve.” He had also repeatedly affirmed that he had rolled the burden of the “Kingdom” from his own shoulders upon those of the Twelve. The great majority of the people sustained President Young, and followed him in the exodus from Illinois, leaving Elder Rigdon and other claimants at the head of various small factions which have made no special mark in history. Brigham, by virtue of his position in the quorum of the Twelve, was now virtually president of the church, though he did not take that title until nearly two years later, when the first presidency was again organized. The exodus began in February, 1846.

Expelled from Nauvoo across the frozen Mississippi, armed mobs behind them, and a savage wilderness before, the homeless pilgrims, with their oxteams and heavily loaded wagons, halted in their westward flight upon the Missouri river, where, in the summer of the same year they filled a government requisition for five hundred men to serve in the United States in its war against Mexico. Thus originates the famous Mormon Battalion, whose story is told in another place.

President Young and his associates, after raising the Battalion and witnessing its departure for the West, set about preparing for the journey of the pioneers to the Rocky Mountains. This company, including himself, numbered one hundred and forty-three men, three women and two children, meagerly supplied with wagons, provisions, firearms, plows, seed-grain and the usual camp equipment. Leaving the main body of their people upon the Missouri, with instructions to follow later, the pioneers started from Winter Quarters (now Florence, Nebraska), early in April, 1847. Traversing the trackless plains and snow-capped mountains, they penetrated to the very heart of the “Great American Desert,” where they founded Salt Lake City, the parent of hundreds of cities, towns and villages that have since sprung into existence as Brigham Young’s and Mormonism’s gift to civilization. The date of their arrival in Salt Lake Valley was July 24, a day thenceforth “set among the high tides of the calendar.”

Flinging to the breeze the stars and stripes, these Mormon colonizers took possession of the country, which then belonged to Mexico, as in the name of the United States, and after the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, by which, in February, 1848, the land was ceded to this nation, they organized, pending the action of Congress upon their petition for a State government, the Provisional State of Deseret, of which Brigham Young was elected governor. March 11, 1849. They thoroughly explored the surrounding region, placated or subdued the savage tribes (President Young’s policy was to feed the Indians rather than fight them), battled with crickets, grasshoppers and drought, instituted irrigation, redeemed arid lands, built cities, established newspapers, founded schools and factories, and made the whole land hum with the whirring wheels of industry. They were emphatically what they styled themselves, “the busy bees of the hive of Deseret.”

There was but one branch of industry that they did not encourage. It was mining. In the midst of one of the richest metal-bearing regions in the world, their leader discountenanced mining, advising his people to devote themselves primarily to agriculture. “We cannot eat gold and silver,” said Brigham Young. “We need bread and clothing first. Neither do we want to bring in here a roving, reckless frontier population to drive us again from our hard earned homes. Let mining go for the present, until we are strong enough to take care of ourselves, and meantime let us devote our energies to farming, stock-raising, manufacturing, etc., those health-giving pursuits that He at the basis of every State’s prosperity.” Such, if not his precise language, was the substance of his teachings upon this point. It was the premature opening of the mines, not mining itself, that he opposed. Congress denied Deseret’s prayer for Statehood, but on the 9th of September, 1850, organized the Territory of Utah, of which Brigham Young became governor, by appointment of President Millard Fillmore, after whom the grateful Mormons named the county of Millard and the city of Fillmore, originally the capital of the Territory. Governor Young served two terms, and was succeeded in 1858 by Governor Alfred Cumming, a native of Georgia, Utah’s first non-Mormon executive.

Just prior to Governor Cumming’s installation occurred the exciting but bloodless conflict known as “The Echo Canyon War,” but officially styled “The Utah Expedition.” It was the heroic crisis of Brigham Young’s life, when, on the 15th of September, 1857, he, as governor of Utah, proclaimed the Territory under martial law, and forbade the United States army then on our borders (ordered here by President Buchanan to suppress an imaginary Mormon uprising) to cross the confines of the commonwealth. His purpose was not to defy the national authorities, but to hold in check Johnston’s troops (thus preventing a possible repetition of the anti-Mormon atrocities of Missouri and Illinois) until the government which had been misled by false reports could investigate the situation and become convinced of its error. Governor Young, backed by the Utah militia, fully accomplished his design and the affair was amicably settled.

Though no longer governor of Utah, Brigham Young remained president of the Mormon church, and as such was the real power in the land. Under his wise and vigorous administration the country was built up rapidly. The settlements founded by him and his people on the shores of the Great Salt Lake formed a nucleus for western civilization, greatly facilitating the colonization of the vast arid plateau known as the Great Basin, Idaho, Montana, the Dakotas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada (once a part of Utah), Arizona and New Mexico, owe much in this connection to Utah and her founders.

It was presumed by many that the opening of the great conflict between the northern and the southern states, would find Brigham Young and his people arrayed on the side of secession and in arms against the Federal government. What was the surprise, therefore, when, on the 18th of October, 1861, at the very threshold of the strife, with the tide of victory running in favor of the Confederacy, there flashed eastward over the wires of the Overland Telegraph line, just completed to Salt Lake City, the following message signed by Brigham Young: “Utah has not seceded, but is firm for the constitution and laws of our once happy country.” At this time also the Mormon leader offered to the head of the nation the services of a picked body of men to protect the mail route on the plains, an offer graciously accepted by President Lincoln. Early in 1862, Utah applied for admission into the Union.

The prevailing prejudice, however, was too dense to be at once dispelled. Hence, notwithstanding these evidences of loyalty, springing not from policy but from true patriotism, a body of Government troops the California and Nevada Volunteers, commander by Colonel Patrick E. Connor were ordered to Utah and assigned the task of “watching Brigham Young and the Mormons,” during this period of national peril. The insult implied by the presence of the troops who founded Fort Douglas on the bench east of Salt Lake City was keenly felt, and considerable friction arose, though no actual collision occurred between the soldiers and the civilians in general. Gradually the acerbities wore away and friendly feelings took their place. In after years, when President Young was summoned to be tried before Chief Justice McKean, who should offer to become one of his bondsmen but General Patrick Edward Connor, ex-commander at the Fort, who was then engaged extensively in mining, of which industry he was Utah’s pioneer.

It was twenty-two years after the settlement of Salt Lake Valley when the shriek of the locomotive broke the stillness of the mountain solitudes, and the peaceful settlements of the Saints were thrown open to the encroachment of modern civilization. A new era then dawned upon Deseret. Her days of isolation were ended. Population increased, commerce expanded and a thousand and one improvements were planned and explained. Telegraphs and railroads threw a net-work of steel and electricity over a region formerly traversed by the slow-going oxteam and lumbering stage coach. The mines, previously opened, were developed, property of all kinds increased in value, and industry on every hand felt the thrill of an electric reawakening. Tourists from East and West began flocking to the Mormon country, to see for themselves the “peculiar people” and their institutions, trusting no more to the wild tales told by sensational traducers.

In the midst of it all, Brigham Young remained the master mind and leading spirit of the time. He had predicted the transcontinental railroad and marked out its path while crossing the plains and mountains in 1847, and now, when it was extending across Utah, he became a contractor, helping to build the Union Pacific grade through Echo and Weber canyons. Two and a half years earlier he had established the Deseret Telegraph line, a local enterprise constructed entirely by Mormon capital and labor under his direction. In the early “seventies” he with others built the Utah Central and Utah Southern railroads, the pioneer lines of the Territory, and of the first-named road he was for many years the president.

But while in sympathy with such enterprises and anxious to forward them, he was not to be caught napping by the changes that he knew would follow. Just before the coming of the railroad he organized Zion’s Co-operative Mercantile Institution, a mammoth concern designed to consolidate the commercial interests of his people. In this and in other ways he successfully met the vigorous and in many respects unfriendly competition that surged in from outside.

With the increase of the Gentile population came the formation of rival political parties, the first that Utah had known. Non-Mormon churches and newspapers also multiplied, religious and political agitators made the air sulfurous with their imprecations against “the dominant power,” and Congress at regular intervals was asked to exterminate the remaining “twin relic of barbarism.” Still, Mormonism, personified in Brigham Young, continued to hold its own.

Under the anti-polygamy statute enacted by Congress in July, 1862, but one attempt was made to prosecute the Mormon leader. This was in March, 1863, when a plot was said to be forming to arrest him by military force and run him off to the States for trial. He forestalled the success of the scheme if such a scheme existed by surrendering to the United States Marshal and going before Chief Justice Kiriney in chambers, where he was examined and held to bail, but subsequently discharged, there not being sufficient evidence to justify an indictment. The charge in this case was that of marrying a plural wife, the only act made punishable by the law of 1862, which was silent as to the maintenance of polygamous relations. Thenceforth that law remained a dead letter, no attempt being made to enforce It, the Mormons regarding it as unconstitutional, as it trenched upon a principle of their religion, and many non-Mormons, including noted editors, jurists and statesmen, sharing the same view. In 1874 a test-case was instituted, under President Young’s sanction, to secure a decision from the Supreme Court of the United States, but that decision, sustaining the law’s constitutionality, was not rendered until eighteen months after his death.

But while measurably safe from prosecution under the anti-polygamy act, the Mormon leader and his compeers were not free from judicial harassment. In the fall of 1871 President Young and others were prosecuted before Chief Justice McKean under a local law enacted by the Mormons themselves against the social evil, adultery and other sexual sins, and never intended to apply to polygamy or association with plural wives, which was the head and front of their offending. These prosecutions, with others, were stopped by the Englebrecht decision of April, 1872, in which the court of last resort held that the grand jury which had found the indictments was illegal.

A few years later Judge McKean had the Mormon leader again in the tolls. Under his fostering care had arisen the case of Ann Eliza Young vs. Brigham Young, in which the plaintiff, one of the defendant’s plural wives, sued him for divorce and alimony. The judge in his zeal went so far as to give Ann Eliza the status of a legal wife, deciding against all law and logic that the defendant should pay her alimony pendente lite, to the amount of nearly ten thousand dollars. Failing to promptly comply with this demand which set the whole country in a roar the venerable founder of Utah was imprisoned by order of court in the Utah penitentiary. Sentence was passed upon him March 11, 1875 the term of imprisonment being twenty-four hours and just one week later the storm of censure resulting from this act culminated in McKean’s removal from office.

In the autumn of the same year President Grant visited Utah, the first executive of the nation to set foot within the Territory. The most interesting incident of his visit was a cordial interview between him and President Young, who with a party welcomed the chief magistrate at Ogden and rode in the same train with him and his suite to Salt Lake City. This was the first and only time that Brigham Young met a president of the United States.

The closing labors of President Young’s life, following a vigorous and partly successful effort to re-establish the “United Order” (a communal system introduced by the Prophet Joseph Smith), comprised the dedication in January and April, 1877, of the St. George Temple the first Temple erected by the Saints since leaving Nauvoo; also a reorganization of the Stakes of Zion, beginning with St. George Stake on April 7th, and ending with Box Elder Stake on August 19th of that year. To effect the latter organization, he made his final trip beyond the limits of Salt Lake City.

President Young died at his residence, the historic Lion House, August 29, 1877. He left an estate valued at two and a half million dollars, most of which was divided among the members of his family. These were numerous, but their number, for sensational effect, has been grossly exaggerated. His children at his death numbered about forty. Six of his widows survive. The majority of his families dwelt in the Lion and Bee-hive houses, where each wife with her children had separate apartments, and where, contrary to facetious reports, all dwelt together in amity. The Gardo House, a handsome and stately modern mansion, surnamed by non-Mormons the “Amelia Palace,” and pointed out to tourists as the “home of the favorite wife” was in reality the president’s official residence, erected mainly for the entertainment of distinguished visitors.

The best known of President Young’s sons are:
  1. Brigham Young, president of the Twelve Apostles;
  2. Honorable, Joseph A. Young, deceased;
  3. John W. Young, once a member of the first presidency, now a noted business man
  4. Colonel Willard Young, of the United States Army, who commanded a regiment of volunteer engineers during the war with Spain.
Among the president’s grandsons are:
  1. Laurence H. Young, well known as a business man.
  2. Major Richard W. Young (like his Uncle Willard a graduate of West Point) who recently won laurels in the Philippines. He commanded the Utah Light artillery at the capture of Manila, and was subsequently one of the judges of the supreme court at that place.
  3. Brigham S. Young, is a member of the Salt Lake Board of Education;
  4. John Willard Clawson, the painter;
  5. George W. Thatcher, Jr., musician.
  6. Elder Seymour B. Young, of the First Council of Seventy;
  7. Judge LeGrange Young;
  8. Brigham Bicknell Young, vocalist;
  9. Dr. Harry A. Young, killed in the Philippines,
Other Relatives include:
  1. Private Joseph Young, who died in the same cause, are among the president’s nephews.
  2. Corporal John Young, slain in battle near Manila, was his grand-nephew.

Two of President Young’s daughters have been mentioned. In addition might be named Mrs. Luna Thatcher, Mrs. Emily Clawson, Mrs. Caroline Cannon, Mrs. Zina Card, Mrs. Maria Dougall; Mrs. Phebe Beatie, Mrs. Dora Hagan, Mrs. Eva Davis, Mrs. Nettle Easton, Mrs. Louisa Ferguson, Mrs. Susa Gates, Mrs. Mira Rossiter, Mrs. Clarissa Spencer, Mrs. Miriam Hardy, Mrs. Josephine Young, Mrs. Fannie Clayton and others. The most noted grand-daughter is Emma Lucy Gates, the singer.

Brigham Young, like Joseph Smith, was a warm friend of education. Among the monuments left to perpetuate his memory are two noble institutions of learning, namely the Brigham Young academy and the Brigham Young college, the former at Provo, 50 miles south, and the latter at Logan, 100 miles north of Utah’s capital. He also projected the Young university at Salt Lake City, but died before perfecting his plans concerning it. Believing that man, in order to be fully educated, must be developed mentally, physically, morally and spiritually, he provided that religion and manual training should be included in the curriculum of the institutions he founded. In the trust deed endowing the Brigham Young college with 10,000 acres of land (worth now about $200,000) it was prescribed that no text book should be used which misrepresented or spoke lightly of “the divine mission of our Savior or of true Prophet Joseph Smith.” The founding of these institutions was not the sum of President Young’s labors in the cause of education. The entire school system of the state, crowned with the University of Utah, is largely the result of his zealous efforts in this direction. Among the president’s many talents was a genius for architecture, some of the evidences of which are the St. George, Logan, Manti and Salt Lake temples, and the Salt Lake tabernacle. As early as 1862 he built the Salt Lake theatre, at the time of its erection the finest temple of the drama between St. Louis and San Francisco. The Brigham Young memorial building, one of a group of structures belonging to the Latter-day Saints university, founded by the church at Salt Lake City, was erected with means raised from the sale of lands whereon he proposed placing the Young university; said lands being donated by his surviving heirs for that purpose.

A mere sketch, this, of the life and character of Utah’s illustrious founder. You who would peruse him more fully, pore over the annals of Mormonism during its first half century; you who would witness his works, look around you they are manifest on every hand. He was not only a Moses, who led his people into a wilderness, but a Joshua who established them in a promised land and divided to them their inheritance. He was the beatitude heart, the thinking brain, the directing hand in all the wondrous work of Utah’s development, and to a great extent the development of the surrounding states and territories, transformed by the touch of industry from a desert of sagebrush and sand, into an Eden of fertility, a veritable “Garden of the Lord,” redolent of fruits and blossoming with flowers. Brigham Young needs no monument of marble or bronze. His record is imperishably written upon the minds and hearts of many tens of thousands to whom he was a benefactor and friend. His name and fame are forever enshrined in the temple of history, in the Pantheon of memory, in the Westminster Abbey of the soul.

“In regard to the Mountain Meadow Massacre, Brigham Young testified that he knew nothing of it until some time after it occurred, and then only by a floating rumor. The first official report was from John D. Lee, two or three months after it occurred.”

“He personally donated $1,000 for the relief of the people left destitute by the fire in Chicago in 1871. And with donations from the Salt Lake City corporation, the receipts tendered by the management of the Salt Lake theater, and personal donations, the amount aggregated about $20,000.”

“At the annual conference of the church in April, 1873, he resigned the office of trustee-in-trust, which he had held for about 25 years, and George A. Smith was chosen to succeed him. At this conference he chose five additional counselors to aid him in the presidency of the church. They were: Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young, Jr., Albert Carrington, John W. Young and George Q. Cannon.”

“His last public address was Sunday afternoon, August 19, 1877, at Brigham City. The occasion was the organization of Box Elder stake.”

Died August 29, 1877, at Salt Lake City.


Young, Brigham, Jr.


Member of first Mormon pioneer company ariving in Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847. President quorum of Twelve Apostles of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a son of Brigham Young Mormon prophet.


(son of Brigham Young and Mary A. Angell of Nauvoo, Illinois). Born December, 1836. Came to Utah July 24, 1847, with father.

Married:Katherine Spencer November 15, 1855, at Salt Lake City (daughter of Orson Spencer and Katherine Curtis of Nauvoo, latter died on plains en route to Utah, children came 1848). She was born October 6, 1836.
Their children:
  1. Alice, married Charles Hopkins;
  2. Brigham, married Lottie Claridge, married Marie Johanson;
  3. Howard O., married Jennie Moore;
  4. Lawrence H., married Eliza Brinton;
  5. Mabel, married Charles T. Held;
  6. Joseph A., married Ella Lewis;
  7. George S., married Martha Rigby;
  8. Florence, married Robert S. Bradley;
  9. Eugene H., married Eva Little;
  10. Katherine, married H. L. Jennings;
  11. Cora, married James Rogers.

Family home Salt Lake City.

Seventy; president quorum of Twelve Apostles of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; missionary. Deceased.


Young, Lawrence H.

(son of Brigham Young, Jr., and Katherine Spencer). Born August 17, 1861, Salt Lake City.

Married:Eliza Brinton May 6, 1886, Salt Lake City (daughter of David Brinton and Harriet Dilworth of Brinton, pioneers 1848). She was born March 30, 1864.
Their children:
  1. Louise born April 7, 1888, married Joseph C. Jack;
  2. Lawrence H., Jr. born September 13, 1891;
  3. Hebe Brinton born March 8, 1893;
  4. Katherine born February 3, 1900;
  5. Francis born July 31, 1903.

Family home Salt Lake City.

Missionary to England 1884-86. Engaged in real estate and insurance.


Young, Joseph Don Carlos

(son of Brigham Young, Sr., and Emily Dow Partridge). Born May 6, 1855. Salt Lake City.

Married:Alice Naomi Dowden September 22, 1881, Salt Lake City (daughter of Edwin Dowden and Naomi Debenham of Salt Lake City).
Their children:
  1. Don Carlos, Jr. born August 5, 1882, married Teckla Louise Hagman;
  2. Kirtland Dowden born September 6, 1885;
  3. Naomi, married J. Lesley Spence;
  4. Constance, married F. C. Smith;
  5. Katie Clair;
  6. Gladys;
  7. George Cannon;
  8. Edward Partridge;
  9. Edwin Dowden;
  10. Sydney.

Family home Salt Lake City.

Missionary to southern states 1895-97; high priest. Architect.


Young, Don Carlos, Jr.

(son of Joseph Don Carlos Young and Alice Naomi Dodwen). Born August 5, 1882, Salt Lake City.

Married:Teckla Louise Hagman June 27, 1912, Salt Lake City (daughter of John Hagman of Salt Lake City) She was born May 7, 1883.

Family home Salt Lake City

Member 10th quorum seventies; missionary to Switzerland and Germany 1909-11. Architect.


Young, Le Grande

(son of Joseph Young and Jane Adeline Bicknell). Born December 27, 1840, Nauvoo, Illinois. Came to Utah September, 1850, Captain Snow company.

Married:Grace Hardie April 18, 1863, Salt Lake City (daughter of John Hardie and Janet Downey of Edinburgh Scotland, pioneers September, 1856, McArthur company) She was born December 14, 1842, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Their children:
  1. Joseph Hardie, married Katherine Lawrence Grace, married Kenneth Kerr;
  2. Lucille, married William Reid;
  3. Afton;
  4. Marcus Le Grande, married Fern Scott;
  5. Jasmine, married Lester J. Freed

Family home Salt Lake City.

Member 3d quorum seventies; missionary to New York and Illinois 1869-70; high priest. City councilman 2 terms Judge 3d district court. Lawyer.


Young, Levi Edgar


He was one of the seven presidents of the Seventy from 1909 until his death. Earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.

(son of Seymour B. Young and Ann Elizabeth Riter). Born February 2, 1874, Salt Lake City.

Married:Valeria Brinton June 18, 1907, Salt Lake City (daughter of David Brinton and Susan Huffaker of Cottonwood, Utah, pioneers 1847, Jedediah M. Grant company). She was born December 13, 1876.
Their children:
  1. Harriet Wollerton born July 17, 1909;
  2. Jane Seymour born May 16, 1911.

Family home Salt Lake City.

Seventh president 1st council seventies; missionary to Germany 1901-04; and president Swiss and German mission 1902-04. Professor of history in University of Utah. Representative from the state of Utah to the International convention on school hygiene held at Nuremberg, Germany, 1904. Graduate University of Utah, and did advance work at Harvard university, Columbia college of New York City; and holds degrees of B. S. and M. A.


Young, Ebenezer Russel


Mormon Pioneer of 1858.

(son of Ebenezer Russel Young and Margaret Lockwood of Richmond county, New York). Born at Port Richmond, New York, November 14, 1814. Came to Utah October 1, 1858, E. R. Young company.

Married:Margaret Holden at Westport, Connecticut, May 1, 1836 (daughter of Robert Holden, Westport, Connecticut, and Martha Shaltcross, Manchester, England). She was born April 17, 1813.
Their children:
  1. Margaret, married John Taylor;
  2. Mary, married W. I. Appleby;
  3. Ebenezer Russel, married Matilda Wikoff Shreve;
  4. John W., married Ida C. Harter;
  5. Esther E., died;
  6. Esther A., married L. H. King;
  7. Robert, married Anne Taylor Shreve;
  8. George W., married Mary Leota Gibson.

Family home Paterson, New Jersey.

Missionary. Miller; lumberman; merchant. Died November 23, 1890, at Wanship, Utah.


Young, Robert


Mormon Pioneer of 1858.

(son of Ebenezer Russel Young and Margaret Holden). Born June 25, 1851, at Paterson, New Jersey. Came to Utah October 1, 1858, E. R. Young company.

Married:Anne Taylor Shreve January 21, 1877, at Wanship, Utah (daughter of Edwin Agustus Shreve and Elizabeth Homes Wikoff of Hornestown, New Jersey, who came to Utah September 9, 1861, Martindale company). She was born September 1, 1856.
Their children:
  1. Robert S. born October 25, 1877;
  2. Anne Ray born September 22, 1882, married Nathan F. Vernon;
  3. Elizabeth S. Young born August 18, 1887;
  4. William S. Young born June 20, 1890;
  5. Edwin Russel Young born October 4, 1893.

Family home Wanship, Utah.

Railroad construction contractor.


Young, James


Mormon Pioneer of 1847.

Came to Utah July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company.

Married:Elizabeth Seeley.
Their children:
  1. Mary, married Henry Wilcox;
  2. Annie, married Thorit Peck;
  3. John, married Susannah Wishaw;
  4. Sarah, married Thorit Peck;
  5. Hannah, married Joseph Moore;
  6. Elizabeth, married Alma Staker.

Family resided Salt Lake City and Pleasant Grove, Utah.

Died, aged 96.


Young, James

(son of George Young and Ann Willshire, both of Northill Bedfordshire, England). Born September 23, 1848, at Caldecota Beds.

Married:Francessa Campkin June 4, 1877, at Brigham City, Utah, Apostle Lorenzo Snow conducting ceremony, received endowment at Salt Lake endowment house (daughter of Isaac Campkin and Martha Webb, of Bedfordshire, England, former died in St. Louis, Missouri, latter pioneer 1858, handcart company). She was born October 1, 1850.
Their children:
  1. Lilly Annedia born July 4, 1878, married Oluf Johnson January 11, 1899;
  2. Fanny Maud born November 10, 1880, married John G. Watt November 1906;
  3. Wilford James born December 31, 1881, married Sarah Shipley June 18, 1908;
  4. Harvey George born November 15, 1883;
  5. Elizabeth Ann born April 19, 1886, married Almon N. Wight February 1908;
  6. Isaac Albert born September 11, 1887;
  7. Henry Leslie born May 13, 1889;
  8. Lawrence Alfred born April 5, 1891;
  9. Joseph Thomas born March 20, 1893.

Family resided Harrisville, Harrisville, Brigham City and Perry, Utah, and Preston, Idaho.

High Priest; choir leader. Justice of peace; notary public; school trustee.


Gravestone shows year of birth as “1849” while Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah shows “September 23, 1848”.


Young, John


Mormon Pioneer of 1847.

(son of John Young and Nabbie Howe of Hopkinton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts). Born May 22, 1791, Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Came to Utah in September, 1847, in command of four companies.

Married:Theodocia Kimball 1813.
Their children:
  1. Charlotte;
  2. Caroline, married Martin Harris;
  3. Louisa, married Lyman O. Littlefield;
  4. Clarissa;
  5. Candace.
Married:Mary Ann Guernsey 1847.
Married:Sarah McCleve October, 1853, Salt Lake City (daughter of John McCleve and Nancy Jane McFern of Belfast, Ireland).
Their children:
  1. Lydia Ann born November 7, 1854, married Marion Merrill;
  2. John McCleve born August 7, 1856, married Chloe Louise Spencer;
  3. Joseph born June 23, 1859, died March 8, 1865.
Married:Ann Oliver 1857, Salt Lake City.

Missionary in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, 1834-36; president high priests quorum; president Kirtland stake. Farmer. Died April 27, 1870.


Young, John McCleve

(son of John Young and Sarah McCleve). Born August 7, 1856, Salt Lake City.

Married:Chloe Louise Spencer August 7, 1883, Salt Lake City (daughter of Daniel Spencer and Elizabeth Funnel of Salt Lake City). She was born March 16, 1866.
Their children:
  1. John Groo born July 31, 1884;
  2. Spencer born September 7, 1886;
  3. Sarah Irene born December 18, 1888;
  4. Dorothy born August 20, 1897;
  5. Waldemar Van Cott born March 21, 1905.

Missionary to Australia 1875-77 and to England 1909-11; president YMMIA; member 16th quorum seventies. City marshal 1890; member legislative council 1888. Clerk.


Young, John R.


Mormon Pioneer of 1847.

Came to Utah October 21, 1847.

Married:Albina Terry (daughter of William Reynold Terry and Mary Phillips).
Their children:
  1. Frank A. born January 6, 1861, married Karen Metthea Rasmussen;
  2. Silas Smith, married Mary Ann Young;
  3. Ferra Little, married Nancy Loella Green;
  4. William R., married Lydia Bradley;
    1. Royal, married Elizabeth Wilcox;
  5. Joseph W., married Loella Zufelt.

Family resided Orderville and Lyman, Utah, and Fruitland, New Mexico.


Young, Frank A.

(son of John R. Young and Albina Terry). He was born January 6, 1861, Payson, Utah.

Married:Karen Metthea Rasmussen October 23, 1891, Manti, Utah (daughter of Larse Rasmussen and Christane Sorensen, of Jordan, Utah). She was born June 2, 1875.
Their children:
  1. John Alvin born December 17, 1892;
  2. Fern Aibina born April 15, 1894;
  3. Sidney Coons born March 29, 1896;
  4. Melvin LeRoy born February 18, 1898;
  5. Iven Wayne born January 26, 1900;
  6. Lee Erastus born June 12, 1901;
  7. Mary Metthea born July 26, 1903;
  8. Ella Christane born March 27, 1905;
  9. George Earl born July 14, 1907;
  10. Floyd Rasmussen born January 22, 1910.

Family home Huntington, Utah.

Ward teacher; counselor elders quorum. Counselor YMMIA, Orderville, Utah. School trustee. Farmer.


Young, Jonathan


Mormon Pioneer of 1851.

Came to Utah 1851.

Married:Sarah Toomer 1851, at Portsmouth, England. She was born July 26, 1816. Came to Utah in 1851.
Their children:
  1. Brigham J. born December 23, 1853, married Sarah Ann McDonald;
  2. Sarah Ann born 1855, married Robert Montgomery;
  3. David born 1857, married Mary McDonald;
  4. Fannie born 1859, married John Clyde.

Family resided Salt Lake City and Payson, Utah.

High Priest. Sailor; gardener. Died October, 1866, Heber City, Utah.


Young, Brigham J.


Mormon Pioneer of 1851.

(son of Jonathan Young and Sarah Toomer). Born December 23, 1853. Came to Utah 1851.

Married:Sarah Ann McDonald April 11, 1875, at Heber City, Utah in Endowment House three months later (daughter of William McDonald and Sariah Shirts of County Down, Ireland, pioneers). She was born March 3, 1855.
Their children:
  1. Sarah Sariah born December 18, 1875, married John H. Duke;
  2. Brigham D. born December 8, 1877, married Sarah McMullin;
  3. Margeret born August 4, 1879, married John Van Wagenen;
  4. Fannie born April 30, 1881, married Joseph Peterson;
  5. Mary born March 11, 1883, and Eliza born March 11, 1883, died;
  6. William G. born April 22, 1884, married Edna Wilson;
  7. Blanche born March 11, 1886, married Moroni McAffee;
  8. Bernice born November 27, 1888, married Hyrum Anderson;
  9. Cloe Violet born January 7, 1890, married Adolphus Sessions;
  10. Angeline born November 25, 1892, married Augustus Johnson;
  11. Ray born November 8, 1894, died;
  12. Arthur born June 6, 1896, died;
  13. Walter born April 7, 1898;
  14. Alma born September 21, 1901, died.

Family home Heber City, Utah.

High Priest; ward teacher; superintendent Sunday schools, Riverdale ward, four years. Road supervisor 1894-1902. Settled in Wasatch county 1864, where he assisted in building up the country. Farmer and cattle raiser.


Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah wrongly states that Brigham J. Young came to Utah in 1851. He was acutally born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1853.


Young, Joseph


Mormon Pioneer of 1850.

(son of John Young and Nabbie Howe, of Quincy, Illinois, where former died 1839). He was born April 7, 1779, Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Came to Utah in September, 1850, with Wilford Woodruff company.

Married:Jane Adeline Bicknell, at Kirtland, Ohio, 1834 (daughter of Calvin Bicknell and Chloe Seymour, both of Geneseo, Ohio, where they died). She was born August 14, 1814.
Their children:
  1. Jane Adeline, married Charles B. Robins;
  2. Joseph, died 1858;
  3. Seymour B., married Elizabeth Ann Riter, married Abbie C. Wells;
  4. Le Grand, married Grace Hardy;
  5. John Calvin, died;
  6. Mary Lucrecia, died;
  7. Vilate J. A.;
  8. Chloe, married Francis Denton Benedict;
  9. Rhoda, married Thomas J. Mclntosh;
  10. Henriette;
  11. Brigham B., married Alisa Muzzacotta.

Family home Salt Lake City.

Married:Lucinda Allen in 1846, at Nauvoo, Illinois, who was born 1824 and came to Utah 1848, Brigham Young company.
Their children:
  1. Josephine, married Oliver Free;
  2. Phineas Howe;
  3. John C., married Cyntha Chrismon;
  4. Willard L., married Shurtliff.
Married:Lydia Flemming (widow) 1846, at Nauvoo, Illinois.
Their children:
  1. Isaac, married ____Neff;
  2. Caroline, married William Statie.
Married:Mary Ann Burnham (widow) 1846, at Nauvoo, Illinois.
Their children:
  1. Elmyra, married Robert Russell Clarentine, married Jasper Conrad.
Married:Sarah Jane Kinsman (widow) 1868, at Salt Lake City Endowment house (daughter of James Snow of Provo, Utah).
Their children:
  1. Edward;
  2. Sarah Kinsman, died.

Senior president all quorums of seventies. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; missionary to eastern states 1844; minister of Gospel. Died July 16, 1881.


Young, Seymour B.


Mormon Pioneer of 1850.


(son of Joseph Young and Jane Adeline Bicknell). Born October 3, 1837, Kirtland, Ohio. Came to Utah 1850, Wilford Woodruff company.

Married:Elizabeth Ann Riter, April, 1867, at Salt Lake City Endowment house (daughter of Levi E. Riter and Rebecca Dalworth, of Chester county, Pennsylvania, pioneers October 2, 1847, Jedediah M. Grant company). She was born 1847, at Winter Quarters, in Nebraska. Came to Utah with parents.
Their children:
  1. Seymour B., married Louine Clawson;
  2. Lillie, married Melvin D. Wells;
  3. Florence Pearl;
  4. Joseph born, died;
  5. Ada L., married Thomas J. Lambert;
  6. Louis C., died;
  7. Elma;
  8. Levi Edgar, married Valina Brinton;
  9. Clifford Earl, married Edith Grant;
  10. Bernice, married Orson Rogers;
  11. Irene;
  12. Hortense C.
Married:Abbie C. Wells April, 1884, at Salt Lake City Endowment house (daughter of Daniel H. Wells and Hannah C. Free, of Salt Lake City, pioneers in 1848, Daniel H. Wells company). She was born in September, 1852.
Their children:
  1. Hannah L., married Allen Clark;
  2. Alice, died.

Senior president first council of seventies; missionary to Great Britain 1857 and in 1870. City health officer Salt Lake City four years; veteran Union army 1862; corporal, Lot Smith company, in Black Hawk war, and at Western Tooele and Cedar Mountains. Physician and surgeon.


Young, Lorenzo Dow


Member of first Mormon pioneer company ariving in Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847.


(son of John Young of New Hampshire). He was born October 9, 1807, Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Came to Utah July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company.

Married:Persis Goodall (daughter of Noel Goodall and Mary Swain, of England). She was born March 15, 1806.
Their children:
  1. William Goodall, married Delia Clark;
  2. Joseph Watson, married Katy ____, married Loretta Eldredge, married Julia T. Adams;
  3. Harriet Maria, married Joseph Gurnsey Brown;
  4. John R.;
  5. Perry Le Grand, married Abbina Terry, married Tamar Jane Black;
  6. Franklin Wheeler, married Nancy Leonard Green, married Anna ____;
  7. Lorenzo Sabisky, married Sarah Amelia Black.

Family home Salt Lake City.

High Priest; bishop 18th ward, Salt Lake City, 1850. Farmer; stock and wool grower. Died October, 1895.


Young, Lorenzo Sabisky


Member of first Mormon pioneer company ariving in Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847.

(son of Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall). He was born March 9, 1841, Winchester, Illinois. Came to Utah July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company.

Married:Sarah Amelia Black July 15, 1872, Salt Lake City (daughter of William Black and Emma Jane Washburn, of Illinois, pioneers in 1849). She was born July 13, 1854.
Their children:
  1. Joseph Watson born January 22, 1873, married Delight McConnel;
  2. Persis Amy born October 15, 1874, married Orville Claud Roberts;
  3. Lorenzo Dow born May 18, 1877, married Rose Bassell;
  4. Howard William born February 2, 1880, married Lucy Thomas;
  5. Sabisky Grant born April 16, 1882, died aged 19;
  6. Gurnsey Brown born January 3, 1884;
  7. Charles Ray born September 1, 1886, married Christina Gilbert;
  8. Benjamin Franklin born May 17, 1889;
  9. Angus born April 14, 1891;
  10. Tamar born December 1, 1893;
  11. Chillas born August 18, 1897;
  12. Orville Harry born January 26, 1900.

Family home Huntington, Utah.

Early settler in “Dixie” country. High priest. Farmer.


Young, Perry Le Grand

(son of Lorenzo Dow Young and Hannah Hewitt). Born November 1, 1858, Salt Lake City.

Married:Elinor Telle Young February 1, 1883, at Salt Lake City (daughter of Phineas Young and Elinor Maria James, of Salt Lake City, pioneers July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company). She was born October 4, 1858.
Their children:
  1. Lorenzo Clifford born January 20, 1884, married Susie Colton;
  2. Lyle Le Grand born February 16, 1886;
  3. Brigham Willard born November 5, 1888;
  4. Dallas Huber born January 6, 1892.

Family home Vernal, Utah.

High priest. Deputy marshal Vernal, Utah; postmaster at Vernal three years. Farmer; stockraiser; contractor.


Young, H. Phineas


Member of first Mormon pioneer company ariving in Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847.

(son of John Young and Abigail Howe, Hopkinton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts). Born February 16, 1799, Hopkinton. Came to Utah July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company.

Married:Clarissa Hamilton September 28, 1818, at Auburn, New York.
Their children:
  1. Brigham H., married Cedenia Clark;
  2. Abigail.

Family home Auburn, New York.

Married:Lucy Cowdery.
Their children:
  1. Harriet, married Edwin C. Williamson;
  2. Adelaide, married Abner Bevan;
  3. Phineas and Sarah, died young.

Family home Nauvoo, Illinois.

Married:Phoeba Clark.
Their children:
  1. Cedenia, died infant;
  2. Celeste, married James Pack;
  3. Virgin, married James Carrigan;
  4. Seraph, married Henry White;
  5. Julia, married Frederick Chandler;
  6. Phineas, married Helena ____;
  7. Seymour, died young;
  8. William, married Margret Stanley.
Married:Elinor Maria James 1856, at Salt Lake City (daughter of William James and Mary Williams, of Lugwardine, Herefordshire, England, latter pioneer). She was born November 27, 1827.
Their children:
  1. Elinor Tillie, married Perry La Grande Young;
  2. Marian Ross, married Alonzo Mitchell;
  3. Emeline Free, married Leon Pack;
  4. May Isobel, married Dan Lambert.

Last two families resided Salt Lake City.

Bishop of 2nd ward at Salt Lake City; missionary to England and Canada. Early printer in Salt Lake City; mall contractor and saddler. Died October 10, 1876.


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Young, Robert D.

(son of Archibald M. Young of Kirkintolloch, born 1822, and Mary Graham of Glasgow, Scotland, born 1832, at Glasgow). Born July 24, 1867, at Kirkintolloch. Came to Utah 1872.

Married:Mary S. Parker October 28, 1891 (daughter of Joseph E. Parker and Mary Ross, former pioneer 1851, latter 1852). She was born August 18, 1872, at Kanosh, Utah.
Their children:
  1. Robert Orval born October 30, .1892;
  2. Rodney Dixon born June 6, 1894;
  3. Mary Velma born March 25, 1896;
  4. Archibald Bryant born February 26, 1899;
  5. Lauretta born February 16, 1901;
  6. Beatrice Sonoma born September 28, 1906;
  7. Huldah Isabell born July 27, 1908;
  8. Joseph Llewellyn born November 21, 1910.

Missionary to Australia 1901-03; counselor to stake president, stake president. City councilman three terms. Superintendent Western Construction Company; manager Richfield Implement Company.


Young, Thomas Cunningham


Mormon Pioneer of 1852.

(son of Robert Young and Catherine Cunningham of Renfrew, Scotland). Born October 31, 1825, at Renfrew. Came to Utah August, 1852, Captain Jepson company.

Married:Mary Hay October 8, 1856, Salt Lake City (daughter of William Hay and Margaret Frazer of Paisley, Scotland), who was born April 21, 1821.
Their children:
  1. Thomas born September 14, 1857, married Emma Susannah Bowen;
  2. William Hay born December 31, 1858;
  3. Margaret born November 22, 1860, married D. J. Bowen;
  4. Catherine born March 9, 1862;
  5. Robert Cunningham born July 25, 1863 (died November 10, 1901), married Bianca Osborne, married Selma Danfelson;
  6. Isabella Mary born February 25, 1865 (died November 10, 1901), married Myron John Richards.

Family home Perry, Utah.

Elder. Died May 6, 1868.


Young, Thomas Cunningham, Jr.

(son of Thomas Cunningham Young and Mary Hay). Born September 14, 1857, Perry, Utah.

Married:Emma Susannah Bowen July 10, 1884, Logan, Utah (daughter of David Bowen and Annie Shackleton, of Salt Lake City, Utah. Father came to Utah September 26, 1856, Edmund Ellsworth handcart company).
Their children:
  1. Ernest Thomas born May 11, 1885;
  2. Le Roy Bowen born April 19, 1887;
  3. Annie born February 25, 1892, died infant;
  4. Mary born February 22, 1894;
  5. Stella born February 12, 1897;
  6. Ora Ellen born August 23, 1899, died infant;
  7. David Bowen born December 11, 1903, died infant.

Family home Perry, Utah.

Elder; seventy; missionary to New Zealand May 26, 1888-91; president Houraki district of that mission.


Young, William Lowe


Mormon Pioneer of 1860.

(son of Benjamin and Sarah Lowe Young, of England). Born February 4, 1830. Came to Utah, September 1, 1860, John Smith company.

Married:Helen Bunting September 30, 1850 (daughter of James and Ann Bunting, former died in England, latter pioneer 1860, John Smith company). She was born September 6, 1827.

Family resided Spanish Fork, Salt Lake City, Kaysville and Preston, Utah.

Married:Julia Widdisen Reeves August 8, 1870, at Salt Lake City (daughter of Abraham Reeves and Bessie Widdisen, pioneers 1868).
Their children:
  1. William Francis Lowe born July 23, 1871, died April 10, 1878;
  2. Eunice Elizabeth born November 23, 1872, married James D. Dawson October 1900, died January 15, 1910;
  3. George born March 10, 1874, married Rosetta Barf us May 15, 1901;
  4. Urban born October 17, 1876, married Annie Michelson December 31, 1908;
  5. Ernest born May 17, 1877, died in Windsor, Canada, married Mary Draper;
  6. Nathan born June 4, 1879, died September 14, 1880;
  7. Julia born March 28, 1881, died August 16, 1881;
  8. William Henry born February 4, 1883.

Family resided Kaysville, Utah, and Preston, Idaho.

Veteran Black Hawk war. Helped survey townsite of Preston, Idaho. Helped build first railroad in Utah.