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Samuel Whitney Richards
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1824
Richmond
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 26, 1909
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Son of Phineas Howe Richards and Wealthy Dewey

Married Mary Heskin Parker, 29 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Mary Ann Parker, 14 Feb 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Helena Lydia Robinson, 16 Feb 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Jane Elizabeth Mayer, 16 Feb 1856, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Ann Jones, 19 Mar 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Elizabeth Whitaker, 27 Jan 1859, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p. 718

Richards, Samuel Whitney, a veteran Elder in the Church, is the son of Phinehas Richards and Wealthy Dewey and was born Aug. 9, 1824, in Richmond, Berkshire county, Mass.

His mind was naturally religiously inclined and as a boy he took much interest in spiritual matters. When he was eleven years old, the fact that a new dispensation from God had come to man on earth in this day was first brought to his mind, by the visits of the "Mormon" Elders to his father's house. Samuel eagerly investigated their message, and at fourteen he yielded obedience to the principle of baptism and became a member of the Church. He was ordained to the Priesthood at the age of fifteen and sent out to labor as a missionary in parts of New York, Connecticut and Vermont. While on this mission he passed through many trials, but notwithstanding his youth and his lack of a collegiate education, he was able, with the assistance of the Lord, to present the gospel in a convincing manner to many of the honest in heart.

In 1842 he gathered with his father's family in Nauvoo, Ill., where he became personally acquainted with the Prophet Joseph, his brother Hyrum and the other general authorities of the Church. As a daily occupation he labored on the Nauvoo Temple as a carpenter till the completion of the structure. He was present at its dedication, and then began performing ordinance work therein, which work he continued till the final closing of the Temple.

In 1846 he left for Europe to perform his first foreign missionary labor. Since that time he has filled three other foreign missions, covering a period of nine years. Though his missionary work in Europe was performed mainly in Great Britain, it also extended to France. Italy, Switzerland and Germany. He has spent altogether sixteen years of his life as a missionary. In America he has labored in all of the New England States, and in eight of the Eastern and Middle States as well as in Canada.

For twenty years he held such civil offices in Utah as member of the first city council of Salt Lake City, alderman, police judge, president of the city council, U. S. commissioner for Davis county, justice of Salt Lake county, member of the Territorial legislature, etc., in all of which offices he conducted himself with credit and marked ability.

His military career commenced with the Nauvoo Legion, in which body he officiated as drill sergeant. Next he was commissioned in Salt Lake City as colonel of the 2nd regiment of infantry and did service as such till the Legion was disbanded by Gov. Shaffer. From his regiment he furnished and mostly fitted out at his own expense, a company to suppress the Indian uprising in Sanpete county.

In 1852-54, as president of the European mission, he edited and published the "Millennial Star." and also published a number of the standard books of the Church. He has also contributed many articles to the different Church periodicals during his long and useful career in the Church.

There are few men living who have had a more varied experience in the Church than Elder Samuel W. Richards; he has mingled with lords, peers and rulers of monarchial governments, as well as people in the humblest walks in life; he has faced mobs and tyrants who were trying to stop the progress of God's work; he has associated with Prophets, Seers and Revelators; he has seen angels and conversed with them; he has enjoyed heavenly visions of untold grandeur on many different occasions, in which he has been permitted to look deep into the future, and he has witnessed the manifestations of the power of God in the healing of the sick, the casting out of devils, the speaking in tongues, etc., almost during his entire life.

Elder Richards is still hale and hearty, considering his advanced years, and enjoys his labors in the Temple of God (in Salt Lake City), where he has been a worker for a number of years. He is always full of blessings and words of encouragement for the Saints and carries a heavenly smile on his countenance. The mere touch of his hand bespeaks a heart full of that sympathy and love which is characteristic of a true servant of God.

Utah Death Certificate 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Phinehas Howe Richards (1788 - 1874)
  Wealthy Dewey Richards (1786 - 1853)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Ann Parker Richards (1839 - 1914)
  Mary Heskin Parker Richards (1823 - 1860)
  Helene Lydia Robinson Richards (1835 - 1883)
  Elizabeth Whitaker Richards (1828 - 1880)*
  Jane Elizabeth Mayer Richards (1831 - 1867)*
 
 Children:
  Mary Amelia Richards Streeper (1849 - 1920)*
  Sylvester Alonzo Richards (1852 - 1852)*
  Ianhia Adelia Richards (1855 - 1856)*
  Phinehas Henry Richards (1857 - 1861)*
  Martha Helena Richards Groo (1857 - 1954)*
  Ianthus Parker Richards (1857 - 1949)*
  Elizabeth Sophia Richards Wright (1859 - 1946)*
  Wealthy Dewey Richards Ensign (1860 - 1934)*
  infant Richards (1860 - 1860)*
  Maria Ann Richards Spilsbury (1862 - 1944)*
  Jane Ida Richards Quimby (1862 - 1919)*
  Emma Silvia Richards (1864 - 1864)*
  Caroline Richards Bell (1866 - 1940)*
  Maud Richards Toomer (1866 - 1956)*
  Edwin Charles Richards (1872 - 1873)*
  Estella Richards White (1874 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Franklin Dewey Richards (1821 - 1899)*
  George Spencer Richards (1823 - 1838)*
  Samuel Whitney Richards (1824 - 1909)
  Maria Wealthy Richards Wilcox (1827 - 1909)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: F_13_14_2W
 
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Originally Created by: Judie Latshaw Huff
Record added: Aug 05, 2007
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Samuel Whitney Richards
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