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WADSWORTH, Nathan, arranged a meeting for McLellin on Apr. 25, 1836, in Greenupsburg, Kentucky; McLellin’s brother-in-law. [McLellin]

Wakefield, Joseph H. (1792-1835), born at Dublin, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Married Eunice Sawyer, 1812. Resided in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York prior to joining the Latter-day Saints in 1831. Proselyting in St. Lawrence County, New York in 1832 where he baptized George A. Smith. Moved to Kirtland, Ohio in 1833 and a short time later left the church. In January 1834 he associated with a Kirtland anti-Mormon committee dedicated to the defamation of Joseph Smith’s character, and advocated the Spalding theory of Book of Mormon origins. Died at Willoughby, Ohio. [PJSv1]

Wakefield, Joseph H. Born about 1792. Lived in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, 1820-30. Baptized and ordained elder before May 1831. Appointed to preach with Parley P. Pratt in Western Reserve May 1831. Ordained high priest 3 June 1831. Appointed to preach gospel with Solomon Humphrey in "eastern lands" June 1831. Preached in St. Lawrence County, New York; there baptized George A. Smith September 1832. Owned property in Watertown 1833. Moved to Kirtland in summer of 1833. Influenced by dissident Mormons in Kirtland 1833-34. Claimed that because Joseph Smith came out from translating room and immediately engaged in playing with children, he was not true prophet. One of committee of Kirtland citizens who attempted to defame Joseph Smith and prove Book of Mormon written by Solomon Spaulding. Excommunicated by January 1834. [Cook]

Walker, Esquire, hosted appointments near Bluffdale, Greene County, Illinois, Apr. 1833. Possibly J. E. Walker, who was the first settler of Walkerville, Greene County, Illinois. Settled that town in 1835. It flourished but eventually died out. In Carrollton, he lost the 1849 election for trustee but won the 1850 election. Censuses also list several other Walkers. [McLellin]

Walker, Lorin (1822-1907), born at Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont. Joseph Smith’s nephew. After Lorin’s mother died in 1842, leaving ten children, Joseph Smith took the oldest four, including Lorin, into his home. Married Lovina Smith, daughter of Hyrum Smith, 1844. Stayed in Nauvoo, Illinois after death of Joseph Smith to help his widow Emma. After Emma married Lewis Bidamon in 1847, Lorin and his wife moved to Macedonia, Hancock County, where they lived with Katherine and Sophronia, Joseph Smith’s sisters, both widows. Migrated to Utah in 1860 and settled at Farmington, Davis County. Operated a carding mill. After death of his wife in 1876, he moved to Rockland, Idaho, where he died. [PJSv2]

Walker, William Holmes (1820-1908), born at Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont. Brother of Lorin Walker. Converted to Mormonism in 1835. After the death of his mother in 1842, he lived in the home of Joseph Smith at Nauvoo, Illinois. Married Olive Farr, 1843. Started west with Mormon pioneers in 1846 and joined the Mormon Battalion in the Mexican War. Missionary and mission president in South Africa, 1852-57. Resided in Utah until 1887, when he moved to Idaho. Died at Lewisville, Jefferson County. [PJSv2]

Warren, Calvin Averill (1807-1881), lawyer; born at Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York. Before 1832 he worked as a typographer and editor in Vermont and New York. Moved to Hamilton County, Ohio in 1832, studied law, and began practice at Batavia, Ohio. Married Viola Morris, 1835. Moved to Quincy, Adams County, Illinois in 1836, and on to Warsaw, Hancock County, where he engaged in the practice of law, brickmaking, land speculation, and merchandizing, and ran a hotel and livery stable. In 1839 moved back to Quincy, where he was master in chancery for many years and practiced law until his death. [PJSv2]

Warren, Peter (no information) [PJSv2]

Wasson, Lorenzo D. (c1818-1857), born at Amboy, Lee County, Illinois. Son of Emma Smith’s sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Benjamin Wasson. Came to Illinois with his parents from Broome County, New York in 1836. Converted to Mormonism in Illinois in 1842. Married Marietta Crocker, 1843. Appointed to the Council of Fifty, 1844. Died at Amboy. [PJSv2]

Waterman, Amelia. See Barrows, Amelia (Emily) Waterman

Waterman, John O. (1797-1876), farmer; born in Orange County, New York. Married Emeline Shepard. Living among the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, 1836. Bought land at Grove, Allegany County, New York in 1837, and sold it in 1842. Died insane at Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois. [PJSv2]

Watson hosted McLellin and appointments in or near Greene County, Illinois, in Mar. and May 1833. Possibly William Watson, born around 1800. One of the earliest settlers of Greene County. Moved there from Kentucky. Mercantilist and worked in real estate. Later in his life, he moved to Calhoun County, Illinois. Censuses also list other Watson families. [McLellin]

Watterman was living in Vandalia, Illinois, when McLellin delivered Mr. Rogers’s horse to him, May 22, 1833. Possibly H. C. Waterman. [McLellin]

Weaver, Russell (1788-1866), farmer, preacher, physician; born at Shaftsbury, Bennington County, Vermont. Married Lydia Cowell, 1808. In 1809 residing at Cambria, Niagara County, New York, where he died. [PJSv2]

Weaver, Russell (1789-1865), farmer, settled in Cambria, Niagara County, New York, by 1810; lived there all his life. [PJSv1]

Webb, Catherine Noramore Wilcox. See Wilcox, Catherine Noramore

Webb, Dr. F. B., hosted McLellin overnight in Crittenden, Kentucky, on May 29, 1836. [McLellin]

Webb, Edwin Densmore (1813-?), carpenter; born at Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York. Married Eliza McWithy at Kirtland, Ohio, 1835. One of the seventies in Kirtland, Ohio, 1836. Living in the Nauvoo, Illinois 1st Ward, 1842, and in Racine, Wisconsin, 1842-50. Crossed plains to Utah, 1853. Living at Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, 1860, and Sacramento, California, 1870-80. [PJSv2]

Webb, Edwin Densmore (1813-?), carpenter; born at Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York. One of the seventies in Kirtland, Ohio, 1836. Living in the Nauvoo, Illinois 1st Ward, 1842, and in Racine, Wisconsin, 1842-50. Crossed plains to Utah, 1853. Living at Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, 1860 where he probably died. [PJSv1]

Webb, Eliza Ann McWithey. See McWithey, Eliza Ann

Webb, John (1808-1894), wagon maker, farmer; born at Manham, Herkimer County, New York. Married Catharine Wilcox, 1836. Baptized in 1839. Living in Adams County, Illinois in early 1840s. The federal census lists him in Salt Lake Valley, 1850; Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, 1860; and Petersburgh, Millard County in 1870. In 1855 he was one of the pioneer settlers of Holden, Millard County. He died at Coyote, Garfield County, Utah. [PJSv1]

Webb, John (1808-1894), wagon maker, farmer; born at Manham, Herkimer County, New York. Married Catharine Wilcox, 1836. Baptized in 1839. Living in Adams County, Illinois in early 1840s. The federal census lists him in Salt Lake Valley, 1850; Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, 1860; and Petersburgh, Millard County in 1870. In 1855 he was one of the pioneer settlers of Holden, Millard County. He died at Coyote, Garfield County, Utah. [PJSv2]

Webster hosted McLellin and an appointment. Possibly Cornelius Webster. Father to Vardeman Webster. Other Websters are listed. Located in Boone County, Kentucky, May 1836. [McLellin]

Webster, Vardeman or Vardiman, Baptist preacher in Boone County, Kentucky, May 25, 1836. [McLellin]

Wells, Daniel Hanmer (1814-1891), farmer; born at Trenton, Oneida County, New York. Moved to Hancock County, Illinois in 1834. Married Eliza Robeson, 1835. Residing at Commerce when the Mormons arrived there and sold land to them. An officer in the state militia, constable, justice of the peace, alderman, and municipal court judge, while residing at Nauvoo. Baptized in 1846. Migrated to Utah in 1848. Elected general of the Nauvoo Legion, 1849. Second counselor to Brigham Young, 1857-77; counselor to the Quorum of Twelve, 1877-91. Mayor of Salt lake City, 1866-76. Presided over the European Mission, 1884-87. President of the Manti Temple, 1888-91. Died in Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Welton, Micah Baldwin. Son of Eliakim Welton and Loly Barnes. Born 13 August 1794 in Watertown, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Residing in Portage County by 1831. Married Wealthy Upson. Later married Keziah. Known children: Sarah Elizabeth and Rachel. Baptized 23 June 1831 at Northampton, Ohio, by John Smith (not the Prophet’s uncle). Ordained priest by Oliver Cowdery 25 October 1831 at Orange, Ohio. Ordained elder 17 November 1831 by Reynolds Cahoon. Appointed to preach gospel with Eden Smith 25 January 1832. Residing in Clay County, Missouri, 1836. After Mormon expulsion from Missouri, located in Pike County, Illinois, 1839. Ordained seventy on or before 6 May 1839 at Quincy, Illinois. Member of Third Quorum of Seventy in Nauvoo. Appointed to preach in Kentucky April 1844. Received endowment in Nauvoo Temple 29 January 1846. [Cook]

Weston, Samuel (188?-1846), carpenter, blacksmith; came to Missouri from Kentucky in 1824. One of the first settlers of the area that later became Independence in Jackson County. Operated a cabinet and blacksmith shop. Elected justice of the county court, 1829. Also served as deputy clerk of the circuit court, ex-officio recorder of deeds, and justice of the peace, 1830-32. Trustee of the Independence Academy, 1835. Died at Independence. [PJSv2]

Weston, William, hosted McLellin in Goshen, Ohio, May 11, 1836. His wife was LDS. Subscribed to Messenger and Advocate in 1836. [McLellin]

Whitcher, Mary (no information) [PJSv2]

White, James, was baptized with his wife Sophia by McLellin on Apr. 15, 1833, in Bluffdale, Illinois. Later hosted meetings in his home in May 1833. Possibly the man who led a faction to England, 1844. The group’s name was Jarael and later changed to House of Israel. [McLellin]

White, Lucinda. See Odel, Lucinda White

White, Sophia, was baptized by McLellin on Apr. 15, 1833, in Bluffdale, Illinois. Married James White. [McLellin]

White, William, hosted McLellin and appointments in Coles County, Illinois, in July and Sept. 1831. Censuses list several William Whites. [McLellin]

Whitlock, Harvey (1809-?), born in Massachusetts. Joined the Church and moved to Jackson County, Missouri, 1831. Victim of the expulsion from Jackson County, 1833. Excommunicated, 1835; rebaptized, 1836. Withdrew from Church, 1838. Living in Cedar County, Iowa in 1840. Medical doctor in Salt Lake City, 1850. Moved to California in 1864; joined the Reorganized Church. [PJSv1]

Whitlock, Harvey G. Born 1809 in Massachusetts. Married Minerva (born 1810 in Connecticut) by 1830. Eight known children: Almon, Sally, Sclota, Herman, Hamer, Oscar, Maloni, and Parintha. Baptized and ordained elder before June 1831. Ordained high priest 3 June 1831 by Joseph Smith. Appointed by revelation to travel to Jackson County, Missouri, with David Whitmer June 1831. Located family in Missouri 1831. Member of Whitmer Branch. Expelled from Jackson County, Missouri, 1833. Stripped of priesthood and membership 1835. In 1835 wrote, "I have fallen from that princely station whereunto our God has called me . . . I have sunk myself in crimes of the deepest dye." Revelation given 16 November 1835 counseled Whitlock to forsake sins, pursue virtuous life, and go immediately to Kirtland. On 30 January 1836 conference of First Presidency authorized Whitlock to be rebaptized and ordained high priest. Withdrew from Church during Missouri difficulties 1838. Residing in Cedar County, Iowa, 1840. Moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, by 1850; there listed as doctor. In February 1851 arrested as accessory to theft. Rebaptized about 1858. Moved to California by 1864; joined Reorganized LDS church. [Cook]

Whitlock, Harvey Gilman (1809-1874), medical doctor; born in Massachusetts. Married Minerva Abbot, 1830. Converted to Mormonism and moved to Jackson County, Missouri, 1831. Victim of the expulsion from Jackson County, 1833. Excommunicated, 1835; rebaptized, 1836. Withdrew from Church, 1838. Living in Cedar County, Iowa in 1840. Member of the "Grand Council" of the Rigdonite Church in 1846. Medical doctor in Salt Lake City, 1850. Resided for a time at Springville, Utah. In 1864 moved to California, where he joined the RLDS Church and served as president of the Pacific Slope. Excommunicated from the RLDS Church, 1868. Died at Bishop Creek, Inyo County, California. [PJSv2]

Whitlock, Harvey Gilman (1809-74), was born in Massachusetts. Was baptized in 1831. Was ordained a high priest on June 3, 1831. One of the LDS preachers McLellin heard in Paris, Illinois, in July 1831. Excommunicated in 1835; rebaptized in 1836. Left the Church again in 1838. In 1864, moved from Utah to California where he joined the RLDS Church. Excommunicated from the RLDS Church in 1868. Died in California in 1874. [McLellin]

Whitlock, Minerva (b. 1810), was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, on July 3, 1810. Married Harvey G. Whitlock by 1830, and they had eight children. Arrived in Zion in Aug. 1831. [McLellin]

Whitmer, Anne Schott (1801-1866), wife of Christian Whitmer. After the death of her husband in 1835 she married Francis Hulett. Following a divorce she returned to Fayette, Seneca County, where she died. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, Catherine. See Page, Catherine Whitmer

Whitmer, Christian (1798-1835), shoemaker. Born in Pennsylvania, the oldest son of Peter Whitmer. Married Anne Schott in 1825. Officer in the New York militia, 1825. One of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Moved to Ohio and Missouri, and was among those driven from Jackson County in 1833. Appointed to the Missouri high council, 1834. Died in Clay County, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, David (1805-1888), born near Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. One of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. First met Joseph Smith during a business trip to Palmyra, New York in 1828. Baptized in June 1829. Married Julia Ann Jolly, 1831. Appointed president of the Church in Missouri, 1834. In 1838 left the Church in Missouri and spent the rest of his life there. Operated a livery stable at Richmond, Ray County. Elected mayor of Richmond, 1867-68. [PJSv2]

Whitmer, David (1805-1888), born near Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. One of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. First met Joseph Smith during a business trip to Palmyra, New York in 1828. Baptized in June 1829. Married Julia Ann Jolly, 1831. Appointed president of the Church in Missouri, 1834. Left the Church in Missouri in 1838 and spent the remainder of his life there. Operated a livery stable at Richmond, Ray County. Elected mayor of Richmond, 1867-68. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, David (1805-88), was born on Jan. 7, 1805, in Pennsylvania. Was baptized by Joseph Smith in June 1829. One of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon. Was ordained an elder on Apr. 6, 1830. Moved to Kirtland by June 1831. One of the LDS preachers McLellin heard in Paris, Illinois, in July 1831. Living in Jackson County, Missouri, in Oct. 1831 but returned to Kirtland by Sept. 1834. Returned to Missouri and was rejected by the Saints there as a president of the Caldwell Stake on Feb. 5, 1838. Excommunicated on Apr. 13, 1838, in Far West, Missouri. Moved to Richmond, Missouri, where he upheld his testimony of the Book of Mormon until his death on Jan. 25, 1888. [McLellin]

Whitmer, David. Son of Peter Whitmer and Mary Musselman. Born 7 January 1805 near Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. One of Three Witnesses of Book of Mormon 1829. Baptized, and possibly ordained apostle, June 1829. Married Julia Ann Jolly, daughter of William Jolly, 9 January 1831 at Seneca County, New York. Two children: David J. (born in Missouri), and Julia A.E. (born in Ohio). Ordained elder 6 April 1830. Moved to Kirtland, Ohio, by June 1831. Ordained high priest 25 October 1831. Moved to Jackson County, Missouri, by October 1832. Chosen and ordained successor to Joseph Smith and President of the Church in Missouri 7July 1834. Chosen to receive "endowment" in Kirtland Temple 23 June 1834. Left Missouri for Kirtland by September 1834. Assisted in choosing twelve apostles 1835. Appointed as general agent for Literary Firm September 1835. Participated in Kirtland Temple dedication 1836. Paid personal property tax on one horse and one cow in Kirtland 1836. Expressed sympathy to apostate sentiments in Kirtland 1837. Returned to Missouri before 29 July 1837. Rejected by Missouri Saints as president of Church in Missouri 5 February 1838. Excommunicated from Church 13 April 1838 at Far West, Missouri, for apostasy. After leaving Church, located in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri; operated a livery stable. For fifty years maintained strict separation from Church. Recognized by peers as prominent citizen and businessman. Elected to fill unexpired term of mayor in Richmond 1867-68. Died 25 January 1888 at Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. [Cook]

Whitmer, Elizabeth Ann (1815-1892), daughter of Peter Whitmer, Sr. and Mary Musselman. Born at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, 1830. Married Oliver Cowdery, 1832; parents of six children, only one of whom grew to maturity. Living in Southwest City, Missouri in 1887. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, Elizabeth Ann Schott (1803-?), was born in Pennsylvania. Married Jacob Whitmer, 1825. Living with her family in Richmond, Ray County Missouri in 1850. Following the death of her husband in 1856, she was living with her daughter’s family (J.P. Bisbee) in Ray County in 1860. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, Jacob (1800-1856), shoemaker, farmer. Born in Pennsylvania. Married Elizabeth Ann Schott, 1825. One of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Engaged with the Latter-day Saints in Ohio and Missouri. Among those driven from Jackson County, 1833. Left the Church in 1838 and settled near Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, where he remained until his death. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, John (1802-1878), farmer, stock raiser. Born in Pennsylvania. Among the first converts to Mormonism. One of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Scribe to Joseph Smith. Appointed Church Historian, 1831. Wrote a history titled, "The Book of John Whitmer," covering the years 1831-38. Married Sarah Jackson, 1833. Appointed counselor to his brother, David, in the Missouri Church presidency, 1834. Editor of the Messenger and Advocate, 1835-36. Left the church in 1838; remained at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, where he died. [PJSv2]

Whitmer, John (1802-1878), farmer, stock raiser. Born in Pennsylvania. Among the first converts to Mormonism. One of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Scribe to Joseph Smith. Appointed Church historian, 1831. Wrote a history titled, "The Book of John Whitmer," covering the years 1831-38. Married Sarah Jackson, 1833. Appointed counselor to his brother, David, in the Missouri Church presidency, 1834. Editor of the Messenger and Advocate, 1835-36. Left the church in 1838; remained at Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, where he died. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, John (1802-1878), was born on Aug. 27, 1802, in Fayette, New York, to Peter Whitmer and Mary Musselman. Married Sarah Jackson on Feb. 10, 1833, and they had five children. Baptized in June 1829; ordained an elder in 1830, and a high pirest in 1831. One of the Eight Witnesses of the Book of Mormon. Served several brief missions. Called to be the first Church Historian. Excommunicated in 1838, but never denied his testimony of the Book of Mormon. Died July 11, 1878. [McLellin]

Whitmer, John. Son of Peter Whitmer and Mary Musselman. Born 27 August 1802 in Pennsylvania. Baptized June 1829 by Oliver Cowdery. One of Eight Witnesses of Book of Mormon June 1829. Assisted Joseph Smith in arranging and copying revelations July 1830. Ordained elder 9 June 1830. Served as scribe to Joseph Smith in translation of Bible. Called by revelation as Church historian 8 March 1831; ordained contrary to his wishes 9 April 1831 in Kirtland. Ordained high priest 3 June 1831 by Lyman Wight. Began history of Church, called "The Book of John Whitmer," which spanned years 1831-38. Appointed to accompany Oliver Cowdery to Jackson County, Missouri, with revelations for printing November 1831. Left Ohio 20 November 1831, stopped in Winchester, Indiana, for week, and arrived in Jackson County, Missouri, 5 January 1832. Member of Literary and United firms. Married Sarah Jackson 10 February 1833 in Jackson County, Missouri. Five children: Nancy Jane, John Oliver, Sarah Elizabeth, Jacob David Jackson, and Alexander Peter Jefferson. Ordained counselor to David Whitmer as one of presidents of Church in Missouri 8 July 1834. Chosen to receive "endowment" in Kirtland Temple 23 June 1834. Left Clay County, Missouri, for Kirtland 28 April 1835; arrived 17 May 1835. Appointed editor of Messenger and Advocate in Kirtland 18 May 1835, contrary to his wishes. Edited publication June 1835-March 1836. Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple 1836. Paid personal property tax on one horse and one cow in 1836 in Kirtland. Returned to Clay County, Missouri, by 25 July 1836. In 1836-37, together with W.W. Phelps, began to administer affairs of Church in Missouri independent of high council. With W.W. Phelps, located gathering place at Far West, Missouri; identified temple site; and purchased property in own names with Church funds-all without approval of Church high council or membership. (These actions created much confusion and difficulty for Church in Missouri and finally resulted in Whitmer’s excommunication.) Held title to hundreds of acres in Caldwell County, Missouri. Despite difficulties, upheld as counselor to David Whitmer November 1837. Rejected 5 February 1838. Excommunicated 10 March 1838 at Far West, Missouri. Left Far West 19 June 1838 and resided in Richmond until after Saints were forced out of Missouri 1839. Recognized as excellent farmer and stock raiser. Resided in Far West, Missouri, until death, 11 July 1878. [Cook]

Whitmer, Julia Ann Jolly. See Jolly, Julia Ann

Whitmer, Mary Musselman (1778-1856), a native of Germany, wife of Peter Whitmer, Sr. Five of her eight children were witnesses to the Book of Mormon. In addition to her own large family, she had the added charge of Joseph Smith, his wife, and Oliver Cowdery during translation work on the Book of Mormon at her Fayette, New York home. She claimed to have been shown the Book of Mormon plates by a divine messenger during this time. She died at Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, Peter, Jr. (1809-1836), tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. One of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Baptized in June 1830. Participant in the Lamanite mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830-31. Married Vashti Higley, 1832. Appointed to the Missouri high council, 1836. Died in Clay County, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Whitmer, Peter, Jr. (1809-1836), tailor. Born at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. One of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Baptized in June 1830. Participant in the Lamanite mission to Ohio and Missouri, 1830-31. Married Vashti Higley, 1832. Appointed to the Missouri high council, 1836. Died of tuberculosis in Clay County, Missouri. [PJSv2]

Whitmer, Peter, Jr. Son of Peter Whitmer and Mary Musselman. Born 27 September 1809 at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. One of Eight Witnesses of Book of Mormon June 1829. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery and ordained elder by 9 June 1830. Called by revelation with others September 1830 to preach gospel to Lamanites. Party of four left New York latter part of October 1830. Arrived in Kirtland, Ohio, area by 1 November 1830; there made numerous converts. Arrived in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, 13 December 1830; there employed as tailor. Left Missouri for Ohio after 4 August 1831. Arrived in Ohio 1 September 1831; there suffered few weeks of illness. Attended conferences of Church in Hiram and Portage, Ohio, 11 and 21 October 1831. Ordained high priest 25 October 1831. At conference said, "My beloved brethren ever since I have had an acquaintance with the writing of God, I have eternity with perfect confidence." Attended conferences in Hiram, Ohio, November 1831; there appointed to have inheritance in Zion for assisting Joseph Smith in bringing forth sacred writings, particularly revelations. Returned to Independence, Missouri, by 24 August 1832. Married Vashti Higley 14 October 1832 in Jackson County, Missouri. Ceremony performed by Oliver Cowdery. Three children: Emma, Kate, and Vashti P.; last child born 20 May 1837, after Whitmer’s death. Appointed to receive "endowment" in Kirtland Temple 23 June 1834. Arrived in Kirtland before 6 January 1836; appointed and set apart as high councilor for Missouri (to fill vacancy occasioned by death of brother Christian). Returned to Clay County, Missouri, by September 1836. Died of tuberculosis near Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, 22 September 1836. [Cook]

Whitmer, Peter, Sr. (1773-1854), born on Apr. 14, 1773, in Pennsylvania. Married Mary Musselman, and they had eight children. Strict Presbyterian until converted to Mormonism. The Church was organized on Apr. 6, 1830, at his farm in Fayette, New York. Was baptized on Apr. 18, 1830, by Oliver Cowdery. Moved to Kirtland in 1831. Living in Hiram, Ohio, by Dec. 1831. Hosted a council of elders on Dec. 30, 1831. Moved to Jackson County in 1832. Held a meeting in Missouri at George Seeley’s prior to McLellin’s arrival on Mar. 1, 1833. Turned away from the Church by 1838. Died on Aug. 12, 1854, in Richmond, Missouri. [McLellin, s.v. "Whitmer, Father"]

Whitmer, Peter, Sr. (1773-1854), farmer; born in Pennsylvania. Moved to Fayette, Seneca County, New York about 1809. Overseer of highways, 1826-27. He was among the first converts to Mormonism in 1830. The Church was organized in his log house at Fayette on 6 April 1830. Followed the Church into Ohio and Missouri, but fell away in 1838. Died at Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Whitney, Elizabeth Ann Smith (1800-1882), born at Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut. When her Aunt Sarah Smith left Connecticut in 1818 to make her home in Ohio, Sarah persuaded her brother Gibson to allow her neice, Elizabeth Ann, to go with her. The two women settled in Kirtland, Ohio where Elizabeth married Newel K. Whitney in 1822. She and her husband were converted by Mormon missionaries in November 1830. Appointed first counselor to Emma Smith at the organization of the Relief Society in Nauvoo, 1842. Her husband’s death in 1850 left her with a family of eleven. [PJSv1]

Whitney, Elizabeth Ann Smith (1800-1883), born at Derby, New Haven County, Connecticut. Married Newel K. Whitney, 1822. Converted to Mormonism in 1830. Appointed first counselor to Emma Smith when the Relief Society was organized at Nauvoo, Illinois in 1842, and second counselor in the Relief Society in Utah, 1866-83. Came to Utah with her family in 1848. Died in Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Whitney, Newel K. (1795-1850), merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Partner with Sidney Gilbert in a mercantile firm at Painesville and later, Kirtland, Ohio. Married Elizabeth Ann Smith, 1822. Appointed bishop at Kirtland, 1831; Nauvoo Middle Ward, 1839; Salt Lake City 18th Ward, 1849. Traveled with Joseph Smith to Missouri and New York, 1832. Elected alderman at Nauvoo, 1841. Crossed the plains to Utah, in 1848. Died at Salt Lake City. [PJSv1]

Whitney, Newel Kimball (1795-1850), merchant. Born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Partner with Sidney Gilbert in a mercantile firm at Painesville and later, Kirtland, Ohio. Married Elizabeth Ann Smith, 1822. Appointed bishop at Kirtland, 1831; Nauvoo Middle Ward, 1839; Salt Lake City 18th Ward, 1849. Traveled with Joseph Smith to Missouri and New York, 1832. Elected alderman at Nauvoo, 1841. Crossed the plains to Utah in 1848. Died at Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Whitney, Newel Kimball (1795-1850), was born on Feb. 5, 1795, in Marlborough, Vermont, to Samuel Whitney and Susannah Kimball. Married Elizabeth Ann Smith on Oct. 20, 1822. Campbellite until baptism in Nov. 1830. Operated a store in Kirtland. Called to raise funds for building Zion and called as bishop in Kirtland in 1831. Participated in laying the Kirtland Temple cornerstone. One of the founders of Nauvoo. Succeeded Bishop Partridge as Presiding Bishop. Died in Salt Lake City on Sept. 23, 1850. [McLellin]

Whitney, Newel Kimball. Son of Samuel Whitney and Susanna Kimball. Born 5 February 1795 at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Located in Painesville, Ohio, about 1817; there employed by merchant A. Sidney Gilbert. Later became junior partner to Gilbert at Kirtland. Married Elizabeth Ann Smith (born 1800 in Connecticut) 20 October 1822. Eleven children: Horace K., Sarah Ann, Franklin K., Mary Elizabeth, Orson K., John K., Joshua K., Ann Maria, Don Carlos, Mary Jane, and Newel Melchizedek. Associated with Sidney Rigdon in Campbellite movement before 1830. Baptized November 1830. Appointed by revelation to be ordained bishop’s agent in Kirtland area 31 August 1831. Ordained agent 1 September 1831. Appointed by revelation to be bishop in Kirtland 4 December 1831. Member of United Firm 12 March 1832. Appointed by revelation to travel with Prophet and others to Missouri March 1832. Left Kirtland 1 April 1832. Arrived in Independence 24 April 1832. Left for Ohio 6 May 1832. Detained four weeks in Indiana after breaking leg. Arrived in Kirtland July 1832. Appointed by revelation to take mission to Albany, New York City, and Boston 22 September 1832. Left Kirtland September 1832. Returned 6 November 1832. Attended School of Prophets 1833. Appointed to take charge of Peter French farm 4 June 1833. Left for New York City to purchase goods to replenish store 1 October 1833. Returned to Kirtland about 1 December 1833. Worked on Kirtland Temple. Received blessing 7 March 1835 for working on Kirtland Temple. Received patriarchal blessing 14 September 1835. Left for New York City with Hyrum Smith to purchase goods for store 7 October 1835. Returned late October 1835. Offered sumptuous feast for Prophet’s family 7 January 1836. Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple March 1836. Charter member of Kirtland Safety Society January 1837. Appointed by revelation to move to Missouri 8 July 1838. Left for Missouri in fall of 1838. Reached St. Louis; there learned of extermination order. Located family temporarily in Carrollton, Greene County, Illinois, 1838. Returned to Kirtland to finish up business during winter of 1838-39. Returned to Carrollton, Illinois, in spring of 1839. Settled in Nauvoo 1839. Appointed bishop of Nauvoo Middle Ward 6 October 1839. Elected alderman for City of Nauvoo 1 February 1841. Received endowment 4 May 1842. Member of Council of Fifty 11 March 1844. Appointed to assume responsibilities of trustee-in-trust for Church 9 August 1844. Married plural wife, Emmeline Belos Woodward, 24 February 1845. Two known children: Isabel Modalena and Melvina Caroline Blanch. Sealed to wife, Elizabeth Ann, on 7 January 1846. Married Olive Maria Bishop 7 January 1846. No known children. Married Anna Houston 7 January 1846. One child: Jethro Houston. Married Elizabeth Mahala Moore 7 January 1846. No known children. Married Elizabeth Almira Pond 7 January 1846. No known children. Married Abigail Augusta Pond 7 January 1846. No known children. Married Henrietta Keys 26 January 1846. No known children. Left Nauvoo for West 1846. Located in Winter Quarters 1846. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley 8 October 1848. Elected justice of peace 12 March 1849. Bishop of Salt Lake Eighteenth Ward. Died 23 September 1850 in Salt Lake City, Utah. [Cook]

Whitney, Samuel (1772-1846), father of Newel K. Whitney, was born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Married Susanna Kimball, 1792. Joined the Latter-day Saints, November 1835. Died at Kirtland, Ohio. [PJSv1]

Whitney, Samuel (1772-1846), father of Newel K. Whitney, was born at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont. Married Susanna Kimball, 1792. Joined the Latter-day Saints, November 1835. Died at Kirtland, Ohio. [PJSv2]

Whitney, Sarah Ann (1825-1873), born at Kirtland, Geauga, County, Ohio. Daughter of Elizabeth Ann and Newel K. Whitney. Plural wife of Joseph Smith, 1842. After death of the Prophet, married Heber C. Kimball. Came to Utah in 1848. Died in Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Whitney, Susanna Kimball. See Kimball, Susanna

Wiggins, Ebenezer Fairchild (1806-1858), farmer; born at Millersburg, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Owned a farm on the outskirts of Nauvoo, Illinois. Died at Ogden, Weber County, Utah. [PJSv2]

Wight, Lyman (1796-1858), farmer; born at Fairfield, Herkimer County, New York. Married Harriet Benton, 1823. Affiliated with the Campbellites in Kirtland, Ohio when converted to Mormonism in 1830. Among the Latter-day Saints driven from Jackson County, Missouri, 1833. The revelation that called missionaries to recruit volunteers for Zion’s camp listed Wight and Sidney Rigdon as companions. Member of the Clay County, Missouri high council, 1834. Imprisoned with Joseph Smith at Liberty, Missouri, 1838-39. Member of Council of Twelve, 1841-48. Moved to Texas, 1845. Excommunicated, 1848. Chief Justice of Gillespie County, Texas, 1850. Died at Dexter, Medina County, Texas. [PJSv2]

Wight, Lyman (1796-1858), farmer; born at Fairfield, Herkimer County, New York. Married Harriet Benton, 1823. Affiliated with the Campbellites in Kirtland, Ohio when converted to Mormonism in 1830. Among the Latter-day Saints driven from Jackson County, Missouri, 1833. The revelation that called missionaries to solicit volunteers for Zion’s Camp listed Wight and Sidney Rigdon as companions. Member of the Clay County, Missouri high council, 1834. Imprisoned with Joseph Smith at Liberty, Missouri, 1838-39. Member of Council of Twelve, 1841-48. Moved to Texas, 1845. Excommunicated, 1848. Chief Justice of Gillespie County, Texas, 1850. Died at Dexter, Medina County, Texas. [PJSv1]

Wight, Lyman. Son of Levi Wight and Sarah Cardin. Born 9 May 1796 at Fairfield, Herkimer County, New York. Served short time in War of 1812. Married Harriet Benton 5 January 1823 at Henrietta, New York. Six children: Orange Lysander, Anna Christinia, Rosina Minerva, Lyman Lehi, Levi Lamoni, and Loami Limhi. Moved to Warrensville, Ohio, about 1826; remained until 1829. Joined Sidney Rigdon and Campbellite movement May 1829. Entered into covenant of "common stock" with Isaac Morley and Titus Billings. Moved to Kirtland February 1830. Baptized 14 November 1830. Confirmed 18 November 1830. Ordained elder 20 November 1830. Ordained to High Priesthood 3 June 1831. Appointed to travel to Missouri with John Corrill June 1831. Arrived in Jackson County, Missouri, 12 August 1831. With others, mission to Cincinnati, Ohio, 26 January 1832; baptized approximately one hundred. Returned to Independence 14 July 1832. Appointed to preside over Branch Number Seven in Jackson County, Missouri, 11 September 1833. Moved to Clay County, Missouri, late 1833. On 1 January 1834 sent with Parley P. Pratt to Kirtland, Ohio, to counsel with Church leaders concerning Saints’ regaining Jackson County lands; arrived about 22 February 1834. Traveled with Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and others through Pennsylvania and New York to recruit for Zion’s Camp. In late March 1834 went with others to Michigan to gather additional volunteers for Zion’s Camp. On 5 May 1834, with nineteen men, left Pontiac for Missouri, reaching main body of Zion’s Camp in Monroe County, Missouri, 8 June 1834. On 23 June 1834 chosen to receive endowment in Kirtland. Member of Clay County high council 8 July 1834. Left for Cincinnati on mission 13 March 1835. Returned to Clay County 18 May 1835. Left for Kirtland September 1835; arrived 3 November 1835. Attended School of Prophets 1835-36. Received patriarchal blessing 29 December 1835. Sent on mission in early 1836 to raise money for Church. After returning to Kirtland February 1836, left to visit mother in New York. Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple 27 March 1836. Returned to Missouri in early May 1836. Mission to Illinois in fall of 1836. Moved to Caldwell County, Missouri, February 1837. Moved to Adam-Ondi-Ahman 1 February 1838. Appointed counselor in Adam-Ondi-Ahman Stake presidency 28 June 1838. Arrested for murder and treason November 1838. Incarcerated November 1838-April 1839 at Liberty Jail. No conviction. Escaped from law enforcement officers 16 April 1839. Located temporarily in Quincy, Illinois, in summer of 1839. Received assignment 5 May 1839 to gather affidavits concerning loss of life and damage sustained by Saints in Missouri. Mission to East, June-September 1839. Selected counselor in Zarahemla Stake presidency 19 October 1839 in Lee County, Iowa. Moved family to Augusta, Iowa, 15 November 1839. Appointed one of committee to build temple and Nauvoo House 19 January 1841. Ordained apostle 8 April 1841. Appointed to collect funds for construction of temple and Nauvoo House April 1841. Moved family to Nauvoo in fall of 1841. Traveled to Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana to collect money for temple and Nauvoo House during winter of 1841-42. Returned to Nauvoo from New Orleans with group of English Saints 15 March 1842. Initiated into Masonic Order 25 April 1842. Member of Nauvoo Legion and Nauvoo City Council. Assigned to travel east to preach and counter false reports propagated by John C. Bennett 1 September 1842. Met with several branches of Church in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania during next several months. Returned to Nauvoo 16 June 1843, having baptized "hundreds." On 22 July 1843 left with family and about one hundred fifty others for Black River (above LaCrosse, Wisconsin); there Nauvoo House committee had purchased pinery to provide lumber for homes, temple, and Nauvoo House. Preached to Indians while in Wisconsin. While on Black River, with others conceived idea of going to Texas to establish gathering place for southern converts. Returned to Nauvoo 1 May 1844. First attended a meeting of Council of Fifty 3 May 1844. Received endowment 14 May 1844. On 21 May 1844 left Nauvoo on mission to advocate Joseph Smith for President of United States. Preached and campaigned in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Baltimore. Arrived in Nauvoo 6 August 1844, after Prophet’s death. In accord with decisions of Council of Fifty of 1844-45, spent winter on Black River anticipating move to Texas in spring of 1845. With about one hundred fifty others, left Wisconsin 28 March 1845, traveling down Mississippi for Texas. Arrived in Davenport, Iowa, 13 April 1845; there made preparations for overland journey. Left for Texas 21 May 1845. Spent winter of 1845-46 at evacuated fort called Georgetown in Williamson County, Texas. In April 1846 moved south to point on Colorado River four miles north of Austin, Texas. During summer of 1846 relocated to area called Zodiac, four miles south of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas, on Perdinales River. Married first plural wife, Mary Hawley, 1845. Two children: Miamomento and Romanon. Married Mary Ann Otis. Three children: Carrina, Rollondo, and infant. Married Margaret Ballentine. One known child: John W. Sustained as member of Quorum of Twelve Apostles until 1848. Cut off from Church 3 December 1848 because of his pamphlet entitled An Address by way of an abridged account and journal of my life from February 1844, up to April 1848, with an appeal to the Latter-day Saints, scattered abroad in the earth . . . [Austin, Texas(?), 1848] which rejected leadership of Twelve Apostles. Elected chief justice of Gillespie County, Texas, 1850. In 1851, after floods destroyed colony in Zodiac, group moved to Hamilton’s Creek, about eight miles south of Burnet. In 1853 colony moved to site on Medina River, twelve miles south of Bandera, Texas. Called new location Mountain Valley. Died 31 March 1858 at Dexter, Medina County, Texas, about eight miles from San Antonio. Buried at Zodiac. [Cook]

Wightman, C., hosted McLellin and Lyman Johnson as well as appointments in Fairview Corners, New York, in May and June 1835. Possibly Charles Wightman, who was ordained an elder in Kirtland in 1836 and a seventy in Kirtland on Jan. 10, 1837. [McLellin]

Wightman, William (1807-1842), born at German Flats, Herkimer County, New York. Married Dolly Eaton, 1832. Lived for a while in Allegany County, New York before moving to Illinois. Platted the town of Ramus, Hancock County in 1840 and served as proprietor and land agent. Officer in the Nauvoo Legion at the time of his death in Nauvoo. [PJSv2]

Wilcox, Catherine Noramore (1809-1884), was born at Kremina, New York. In 1826 married Eber Wilcox, who died of cholera in Clay County, Missouri in 1834. Married John Webb, 1836. Lived in Illinois and Missouri. Crossed plains to Utah in 1848. By the 1860 census, Catherine had apparently separated from John Webb. [PJSv2]

Wilcox, Catherine Noramore (1809-1884), was born at Kremina, New York. Married Eber Wilcox in 1826, who died of cholera in Clay County, Missouri in 1834. Married John Webb, 1836. Lived in Illinois and Missouri. Crossed plains to Utah in 1848. By the 1860 census, Catherine had apparently separated from John Webb. [PJSv1]

Wilder, Levi B. (1806-83), was born on June 25, 1806, in Concord, Vermont, to Nathan Wilder and Mercy May. Married Caroline Osgood on June 11, 1829. Transported McLellin up the Connecticut River on Aug. 11, 1835. Was ordained a seventy on Jan. 10, 1837. Died on Sept. 9, 1883. [McLellin]

Wilhite hosted McLellin the night he left Paris, Illinois, for Jackson County, Missouri, July 30, 1831. [McLellin]

Williams, Frederick Granger (1787-1842), physician. Born at Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut. Married Rebecca Swain, 1815. Converted by Mormon missionaries who came through Kirtland, Ohio, in November 1830. Appointed clerk to Joseph Smith in July 1832. Counselor in the First Presidency, 1833-37. Participated in march of Zion’s Camp, 1834. Disaffected from the Church and later restored to fellowship, 1837-39. Died at Quincy, Illinois. [PJSv1]

Williams, Frederick Granger (1787-1842), physician. Born at Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut. Married Rebecca Swain, 1815. Converted by Mormon missionaries who came through Kirtland, Ohio, in November 1830. Appointed clerk to Joseph Smith in July 1832. Counselor in the First Presidency, 1833-37. Participated in march of Zion’s Camp, 1834. Disaffected from the Church, 1837, restored to fellowship, 1839. Died at Quincy, Illinois. [PJSv2]

Williams, Frederick Granger (1787-1842), was born in 1787 in Suffield, Connecticut, to Warren Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Married Rebecca Swain around 1815. Was baptized in Oct. 1830. Was ordained a high priest in Oct. 1831. Served a mission to the Lamanites with Oliver Cowdery, Parley Pratt, and others, 1830-31. Marched in Zion’s Camp in 1834. One of the trustees of the Kirtland School. A farmer, medical doctor, and justice of the peace. Served as scribe to Joseph Smith beginning in 1832. Served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency until he was rejected and later excommunicated in 1839. Rebaptized in 1840. Died in Quincy, Illinois, in 1842. [McLellin]

Williams, Frederick Granger. Son of William Williams and Ruth Granger. Born 28 October 1787 at Suffield, Hartford County, Connecticut. Moved with family to Cleveland, Ohio, about 1799. Worked as pilot on Lake Erie, transporting goods and passengers between Buffalo and Detroit. Married Rebecca Swain late 1815. Four known children: Lovina Susan, Joseph Swain, Lucy Eliza, and Ezra Granger. Located in Wartensville, Ohio, by 1816; there engaged in farming. Studied medicine and moved to Kirtland to practice by 1830. Owned 144 acres of land in Kirtland 1830; subsequently gave land to Church. Baptized November 1830. Ordained elder November 1830. Accompanied Lamanite missionaries to Jackson County, Missouri, late 1830. First met Joseph Smith in Jackson County, Missouri, August 1831. Returned to Kirtland by September 1831. Ordained high priest 25 October 1831. Began serving as scribe for Joseph Smith 20 July 1832. Ordained member of presidency of High Priesthood 18 March 1833. Member of United and Literary firms. Member of Zion’s Camp 1834. Attended School of Prophets and Hebrew School in Kirtland. Appointed to edit Northern Times (supportive of Democratic Party) May 1835. Worked on Kirtland Temple. Received blessing for working on Kirtland Temple March 1835. Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple March 1836. Elected justice of peace in Kirtland June 1836. Owned stock in Kirtland Safety Society 1837. Charged with misconduct May 1837. No decision in case. Out of harmony with Prophet over Kirtland Bank 1837. Moved to Far West, Missouri, 1837. Dropped from First Presidency November 1837; subsequently excommunicated. Rebaptized about July 1838. Expelled from Missouri 1839. Excommunicated in absentia 17 March 1839. Located in Quincy, Illinois, 1839. Extended hand of fellowship 8 April 1840. Died in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, 10 October 1842. Proxy sealing to Rebecca Swain 7 February 1846 in Nauvoo Temple. [Cook]

Williams, John D. (1808-1872), farmer, merchant. Native of Kentucky. Married Eleanor McCosky. Moved to Daviess County, Missouri in 1841. Served two terms in state legislature, 1850, 1854. Merchant in Old Pattonsburg for many years. Living in Gallatin, 1860. Died in Daviess County. [PJSv2]

Williams, Samuel. Son of Samuel Williams and Azubah Warner. Born 22 March 1789 at Russell, Hampden County, Massachusetts. Stonecutter by trade. Married Ruth Bishop (born 26 October 1789) 19 March 1810 in Westfield, Massachusetts. Seven known children: Mary A., Sally M., Alanson A., Samuel E., Charlotte W., Samuel E., and Newman B. Residing in Massachusetts 1830. Baptized before October 1839. Ordained elder 6 October 1839, in Nauvoo. Appointed by revelation to preside over elders quorum on 19 January 1841. Temporary member of Nauvoo high council. Received endowment 15 December 1845 in Nauvoo Temple. Ordained high priest 24 December 1846. Residing in Salt Lake City 1850. [Cook]

Williams, William Wheeler (1790-1852), farmer; born at Suffield, Essex County, Massachusetts. Brother of Frederick G. Williams. Married Lavina Dibble, 1814, and after her death two years later, married Nancy Sherman, 1817. Died at Newburgh, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. [PJSv2]

WILLS (Will), Thos., gave McLellin dinner and hosted a meeting on Feb. 26, 1833, near Paris, Missouri. [McLellin]

WILLS, Mrs., gave McLellin dinner and suggested he set up an appointment. Married Thomas Wills. [McLellin]

Wilson hosted an appointment in Greene County, Illinois, Apr. 26, 1833. [McLellin]

Wilson, Calves. Baptized before 25 October 1831. Ordained priest by Oliver Cowdery 25 October 1831 at Orange, Ohio. Appointed by revelation to preach gospel with Asa Dodds in "western countries" 25 January 1832 at Amherst, Ohio. (It is not known if Dodds accompanied Wilson on this mission.) In company with Lyman Wight in spring of 1832 in Cincinnati, Ohio, where scores were baptized into Church. Baptized John S. Higbee May 1832 in Cincinnati area. [Cook]

Wilson, Harmon T. (1815-1851), merchant; born in Virginia. One of early settlers of Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois. Elected Hancock County coroner, 1840; served as deputy sheriff. Involved in attempt to arrest Joseph Smith at Dixon, Lee County, Illinois, 1843. Member of the Carthage Greys, Hancock County militia. Married Helen Baldwin Williams, 1846. Proprietor of general stores at Warsaw and Carthage, 1847. Died at Warsaw, Hancock County. [PJSv2]

Wilson, Lewis Dunbar. Son of Bradley and Polly Wilson. Born 2 June 1805 in Milton, Chittendon County, Vermont. Residing in Richland County, Ohio, 1830. Married Nancy Waggoner (born 10 July 1810) 11 July 1830. Eleven known children: Lavina, Lemuel, Alvira, Oliver Granger, Aimeda, Lewis D., David, Mary, Nancy Melissa, George, and Samuel. Baptized 23 May 1836 through efforts of Oliver Granger in Green Township, Richland County, Ohio. Ordained priest September 1836. Ordained elder 4 September 1836. Visited Kirtland November 1836. Participated in solemn assembly in Kirtland April 1837. Took short mission with brother George 16 May 1837. Left Ohio for Far West, Missouri, 30 August 1837. Arrived 14 October 1837. Traveled to Ohio and back to Missouri August-November 1838. Ordained seventy 24 September 1838. Located in Illinois 1839. Appointed member of Nauvoo high council 6 October 1839. Member of Nauvoo high council 1839-45. Received endowment 15 December 1845. Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Patsy Minerva Reynolds (born 1829 in Missouri) 3 February 1846. Left Nauvoo February 1846. Located in Garden Grove, Iowa, 1846. Moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, May 1851. Wife Nancy died 20 July 1851. Married Sarah Waldo (born 14 December 1819) 28 September 1851. Two known children: infant and James Perry. Left Iowa for Salt Lake City 6 June 1853. Arrived 27 August 1853. Settled in Ogden, Utah. Married Nancy Ann Cossett 12 February 1854. Died 11 March 1856 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah. [Cook]

Wilson, Robert (1800-1870), born near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia. Moved to Franklin, Howard County, Missouri in 1820. Probate judge of Howard County, 1824-27. Married Peggy Snoddy, 1825. Clerk of the Randolph circuit and county courts, 1828-40. Wilson was a brigadier general in the 2nd brigade of John B. Clark’s 1st Division of Missouri militia during the Mormon conflict of 1838. Prominent lawyer of central and western Missouri. Represented Randolph County in the Missouri legislature, 1844-45, and later served two sessions in the state senate representing the district containing Andrew, Holt, and Atchison Counties. Appointed U.S. senator in 1862. Died at Marshall, Missouri. [PJSv1]

Wilson, Robert (1800-1870), born near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia. Moved to Franklin, Howard County, Missouri in 1820. Probate judge of Howard County, 1824-27. Married Peggy Snoddy, 1825. Clerk of the Randolph circuit and county courts, 1828-40. Wilson was a brigadier general in the 2nd brigade of John B. Clark’s 1st Division of Missouri militia during the Mormon conflict of 1838. Prominent lawyer of central and western Missouri. Represented Randolph County in the Missouri legislature, 1844-45, and later served two sessions in the state senate representing the district containing Andrew, Holt, and Atchison Counties. Appointed U.S. senator in 1862. Died at Marshall, Missouri. [PJSv2]

Wilton, Fanny, was baptized by Orson Hyde on May 11, 1835, in Westfield, New York. [McLellin]

Winship hosted an appointment near Gilead, Illinois, Mar. 12, 1833. Census records list three Winships. [McLellin]

Wissel was a poor man who hosted McLellin and Orson Hyde near Ellicottville, New York, May 20, 1835. Possibly David Wisel. [McLellin]

Witter, Daniel S. (180?-?), owned land at Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois as early as 1834. Operated a steam mill there. Engaged in land development scheme to encourage Mormon settlement in the area, 1841-42. [PJSv2]

Wood carried letters from McLellin to Kirtland on July 4, 1835, while McLellin was preaching with Brigham Young. Probably Jacob Wood, born on Nov. 4, 1804, in Ernestown, Canada, to Henry Wood and Elizabeth Demelt. Married Rebecca Simpkins. Attended a conference held in Kirtland on July 13, 1833, upon the return of Brigham Young from Canada with Canadian brethren. Excommunicated in 1835 in Loughborough, Ontario Canada. [McLellin]

Wood, Daniel (1800-1892), farmer; born in Duchess County, New York. Family moved to Canada in 1803. Married Mary Snider, 1822. Converted to Mormonism in 1833. Resided with the Latter-day Saints in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Migrated to Utah in 1848. One of the first settlers at Bountiful, Davis County. Died in Bountiful. [PJSv2]

Wood, Elizabeth, donated money to McLellin in Florence, Ohio, in Nov. 1834. [McLellin]

Wood, Father, was a Christian preacher near Stilesville, Indiana. Invited McLellin and missionaries to attend a preachers’ conference. Afterward, McLellin and his companions healed Wood’s grandson on Oct. 1, 1831. Possibly James Wood. [McLellin]

Wood, Gideon Durfey (1808-90), was born on June 30, 1808, in Hartwick, New York, to Jabez Wood and Lydia Stephens. Married Hannah Daley in Dec. 1830, and they had five children. Baptized either in Feb. 1832 or 1834 by Orson Hyde. Donated money to McLellin in Florence, Ohio, in Nov. 1834. Was ordained a seventy by Joseph Young, Feb. 1846. Farmer and school teacher. Died on Sept. 9, 1890, in Springville, Utah. [McLellin]

Wood, Nathan, uncle to McLellin. He fed breakfast to McLellin and showed interest in the missionaries. Probably located in Coles County, Illinois, Aug. 1, 1831. [McLellin]

Woodruff, Wilford (1807-1898), farmer, miller; born at Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut. Converted to Mormonism in 1833. Participated in the march of Zion’s Camp, 1834. Missionary in the southern states, 1834-36; New England, 1837-38; Great Britain, 1839-41. Married Phoebe Carter, 1837. Ordained an apostle in 1839. Presided over the European Mission, 1844-46. Returned to Utah in 1850. Member of the Utah territorial legislature. Appointed an assistant Church historian in 1856; president of the Quorum of Twelve, 1880; and president of the Church, 1889-98. Died at San Francisco, California. [PJSv2]

Woodruff, Wilford. Son of Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson. Born 1 March 1807 at Farmington, Hartford County, Connecticut. Baptized by Zerah Pulsipher 31 December 1833 at Richland, New York. Ordained teacher 25 January 1834. Directed by Parley P. Pratt to join Zion’s Camp 1 April 1834. Left Richland for Kirtland 11 April 1834. Arrived in Kirtland 25 April 1834. Member of Zion’s Camp 1834. Worked in Clay County, Missouri, June-November 1834. Ordained priest 5 November 1834. Mission to Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky November 1834-December 1836. Preached with Warren Parrish, Abraham O. Smoot, and David W. Patten. Ordained elder 1835. Ordained seventy 31 May 1836. Attended solemn assembly in Kirtland Temple April 1837. Charter member of and owned stock in Kirtland Safety Society 1837. Married Phoebe Whitmore Carter 13 April 1837. Nine children: Sarah Emma, Wilford, Jr., Phoebe Amelia, Susan Cornelia, Joseph, Ezra, Sarah Carter, Beulah Augusta, and Aphek. Received patriarchal blessing 15 April 1837. Mission with Jonathan H. Hale to Fox Islands May-October 1837. Left Kirtland May 1837. Arrived at North Fox Islands 20 August 1837. Left Fox Islands for Maine 2 October 1837. Parted company with Hale October 1837. Returned to Fox Island 1 November 1837. Revelation dated 8 July 1838 called Woodruff to apostleship. Helped Saints from Fox Islands prepare to gather to Missouri 1838. Left for Missouri October 1838; frustrated by Boggs’s extermination order. Located temporarily in Quincy, Illinois, in spring of 1839. Accompanied members of Twelve to Far West, Missouri, April 1839. Ordained apostle by Brigham Young 26 April 1839 at Far West, Missouri. Located family in Montrose, Iowa, 18 May 1839. Mission to England 1839-41. Left for England 8 August 1839. Arrived in Liverpool 11 January 1840. Left for America 20 April 1841. Arrived in Nauvoo 6 October 1841. Elected to Nauvoo City Council 30 October 1841. Mission to eastern states to collect funds for construction of Nauvoo House and Temple 7 July-November 1843. Sealed to wife, Phoebe, 11 November 1843. Received endowment 2 December 1843. Mission to eastern states May-August 1844 to campaign for Joseph Smith as President of United States. Returned to Nauvoo 6 August 1844. Appointed to preside over European mission 12 August 1844. Left Nauvoo 28 August 1844. Arrived in Liverpool 3 January 1845. Left Liverpool for United States 15 January 1846. Returned to Nauvoo 13 April 1846. Sealed to Mary Ann Jackson 15 April 1846. One child: James Jackson. Left Nauvoo for West May 1846. Reached Council Bluffs 7 July 1846. Crossed Missouri River to Nebraska 25 July 1846. To Salt Lake Valley July 1847. Returned to Winter Quarters late 1847. Mission to New England 1848. Left Winter Quarters 21 June 1848. Returned to Council Bluffs 16 May 1850. Left for Salt Lake Valley 21 May 1850. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley 14 October 1850. Accompanied First Presidency on tour of southern Utah in spring and summer 1852. Member of Utah Territorial Legislature. Sealed to Emma Smith 13 March 1853. Eight children: Hyrum Smith, Emma Manella, Asahel Hart, Ann Thompson, Clara Martisha, Abraham Owen, Winnifred Blanch, and Mary Alice. Sealed to Sarah Brown 13 March 1853. Eight children: David Patten, Brigham Young, Phoebe Arabella, Sylvia Melvina, Newton, Mary, Charles Henry, and Edward Randolph. Chosen president of Salt Lake Horticulture Society 13 September 1853. Appointed assistant historian of Church 7 April 1856. Played major role in compiling and writing Manuscript History of the Church. Sealed to Sarah Delight Stocking 31 July 1857. Seven children: Marion, Emeline, Ensign, Jeremiah, Rosanna, John Jay, and Julia Delight Stocking. Traveled to California to attend California State Fair 1872. President of Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society of Utah. Offered dedicatory prayer at St. George Temple January 1877. Appointed to preside over St. George Temple 1877. Mission to Arizona March 1879-March 1880. Appointed President of Quorum of Twelve Apostles 10 October 1880. Mission to Colorado 1883. Mission to Snake River and Teton Valley in Idaho 1884. President of Church 7 April 1889-2 September 1898. Traveled to California September 1890. Issued "Manifesto" 24 September 1890. Dedicated Salt Lake Temple 6 April 1893. Traveled to Alaska in summer of 1895. Left Utah for California 13 August 1898. Died 2 September 1898 at San Francisco, San Francisco County, California. [Cook]

Woolley, Edwin Dilworth (1807-1881), farmer, merchant; born at West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Married Mary Wickersham in 1831. Converted to Mormonism in 1837. Moved to Illinois in 1839. Crossed the plains to Utah with Mormon pioneers in 1848. For several years he was Brigham Young’s business manager. Member of the Utah territorial legislature, Salt Lake County recorder. Helped organize the Deseret Telegraph company. Bishop of the Salt Lake City 13th ward, 1853-81. He died in Salt Lake City. [PJSv2]

Works, Angeline Eliza (1814-1880), born at Aurelius, Cayuga County, New York. A sister to Brigham Young’s wife, Miriam. Married Ebenezer Robinson in Kirtland, Ohio, 1835. Died at Hamilton, Decatur County, Iowa. [PJSv1]

Works, Angeline Eliza (1814-1880), born at Aurelius, Cayuga County, New York. A sister to Brigham Young’s wife, Miriam. Married Ebenezer Robinson in Kirtland, Ohio, 1835. Died at Hamilton, Decatur County, Iowa. [PJSv2]

Wright, Polly, was baptized by McLellin on Aug. 4, 1835, near Lyman, New Hampshire. [McLellin]