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Joseph Stacy Murdock
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Birth: Jun. 26, 1822
Death: Feb. 15, 1899

Joseph Stacy Murdock was an early Mormon pioneer and colonizer of the West. He was a contemporary of Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormon Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and served the prophet as a body guard. He had a long and eventful life and lived on the ragged edge of the Mormon frontier. Joseph Murdock and his family originated from Hamilton, New York and while living there joined the Mormon church and shortly thereafter moved with the body of the Church to Nauvoo, Illinois. At Nauvoo, he suffered scorn and abuse along with the Prophet and the other saints. After the Church was expelled from Nauvoo, he lived through the hard times at Winter Quarters and came west to Utah with the second pioneer band in 1847. In Utah Territory, he became a strong arm for Brigham Young and helped pioneer Davis County, White's Fort and American Fork. He served a special mission to bring mail from the Green River in Wyoming to Salt Lake City. Later, he settled the Carson Valley in Nevada, but had to abandon everything to return to Salt Lake City to fight in the Utah War. Afterwards, under the direction of Brigham Young, he was called to preside as the first Mormon bishop in the Heber Valley of Utah. During Utah's Black Hawk Indian War he served as a peacemaker by making a treaty with a band of the Ute Indians. He then was sent to colonize the Muddy River territory of Nevada - a terrible experience in which he and his family suffered greatly. During his days as a new member, Joseph Smith once stated that Joseph Murdock would one day have a large posterity - something he could not understand since he and his first wife were childless. But later he lived the Mormon practice of "plural marriage," and eventually have five wives - one of which was a full-blooded Shoshone Indian and many children. Today, his posterity is in the many tens of thousands; scattered across the Intermountain West and throughout the United States. The life of Joseph Murdock was one of adventure. The times in which he lived spanned an era from the first western settlements in the Great Basin area of the American west to the dawn of the twentieth century, from Indian villages to modern cities, from ox teams to gas powered automobiles. (adapted from "Advancing the Mormon Frontier: The Life and Times of Joseph Stacy Murdock," by George Thompson) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Murdock (1783 - 1843)
  Sally Stacy Murdock (1788 - 1864)
 
 Spouses:
  Adeline Louise Warner Fountain (1831 - 1903)*
  Eunice Sweet Murdock (1818 - 1872)*
  Eliza Clark Murdock (1830 - 1898)*
  Elizabeth Hunter Murdock (1839 - 1935)*
  Jane Sharp Murdock (1836 - 1922)*
  Pernetta Sweet Murdock (1842 - 1884)*
 
 Children:
  Pickett Albert Murdock (1841 - 1928)*
  Pernetta Sweet Murdock (1842 - 1884)*
  Sarah Ann Murdock Lindsay (1853 - 1934)*
  John Heber Murdock (1854 - 1941)*
  David Nathaniel Murdock (1855 - 1951)*
  Johathan Robert Murdock (1855 - 1909)*
  Joseph Thomas Murdock (1855 - 1922)*
  Nymphus Hyrum Murdock (1857 - 1881)*
  Alva Moroni Murdock (1857 - 1944)*
  Eliza Rocksina Murdock Brown (1857 - 1922)*
  Willard Milton Murdock (1858 - 1935)*
  Parley Alexander Murdock (1859 - 1952)*
  Ellen Charlotte Murdock Wright (1860 - 1941)*
  William Henry Murdock (1861 - 1942)*
  James Stacy Murdock (1861 - 1936)*
  George Calvin Murdock (1862 - 1894)*
  Betsy Eunice Murdock Blackley (1863 - 1933)*
  Mary Cecelia Murdock (1863 - 1864)*
  Alphonso Brigham Murdock (1864 - 1916)*
  Stanley Gibson Murdock (1865 - 1916)*
  Esther Melissa Murdock Lindsay (1865 - 1895)*
  Annie Elizabeth Murdock Coleman (1866 - 1950)*
  Margaret Ellen Murdock Murray (1867 - 1946)*
  Nelson Murdock (1868 - 1903)*
  Alma Albert Murdock (1869 - 1911)*
  Edward Teancum Murdock (1872 - 1937)*
  Eunice Clara Murdock Richens (1873 - 1900)*
  Sarah Jane Murdock McDonald (1874 - 1966)*
  Franklin Judson Murdock (1876 - 1959)*
  Joseph Gideon Murdock (1876 - 1877)*
  Royal Stacy Murdock (1878 - 1918)*
  Erastus Corridan Murdock (1879 - 1881)*
  Andrew Hunter Murdock (1881 - 1954)*
 
 Siblings:
  Betsey Bonny Murdock Greene (1810 - 1883)**
  Joseph Stacy Murdock (1822 - 1899)
  John Deans Murdock (1824 - 1846)*
  Nymphas Coridon Murdock (1833 - 1917)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Heber City Cemetery
Heber City
Wasatch County
Utah, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40.49522, -111.41373
 
Created by: Steve Murdock
Record added: Sep 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15699837
Joseph Stacy Murdock
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Joseph Stacy Murdock
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- Joyce
 Added: Oct. 19, 2014
It's amazing to know that i have a ancestor that served along side with our prophet Joseph Smith, and helped the church. He is truly a hero in my eyes.
- Maegan Murdock
 Added: Apr. 27, 2012
My Great Great Grandfather, and a Great Great man.
- Darryl Rasmussen
 Added: Oct. 23, 2011
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