|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1823|
|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1853|
Son of John Badger and Lydia Chamberlain
Married - Nancy Garr, 9 Mar 1845, Laharpe, Hancock, Illinois
Children - Nancy Maria Badger, Rodney Carlos Badger, George William Badger, Charlotte Louisa Badger
Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p. 628
Rodney Badger was twenty-three years of age, a strong athletic type young man, well trained as a woodsman, frontier scout and excellent swimmer when he accepted the assignment to accompany the pioneer company to Utah. He came to Utah July 24, 1847, Brigham Young company.
Shortly before the death of his father in 1838 he, with other members of his family, accepted the principles of Mormonism. Left with the sole support of his invalid mother and two brothers and sisters, Rodney early learned the lessons of responsibility. He assisted in moving the family to Nauvoo, Illinois and here the mother died.
When the Pioneer band reached the Green River in what is now Wyoming, several men were chosen to go back and help the oncoming Saints who had left Winter Quarters in June. Rodney was among this number. Provisions were scarce, their supplies consisting of 8 lbs. of flour, 9 lbs. of meal and six lbs. of beans. Any additional food needed was expected to be procured as they went along. The men traveled as fast as possible taking little time out to hunt and consequently were in dire need of food when they at last encountered the pioneer camp. Rodney was reunited with his wife and child at the Sweetwater river in Wyoming, and came with them into the valley on the 2nd of October.
The next few years were busy ones for Rodney Badger. He was sustained a member of the bishopric of the 15th Ward; served in the Nauvoo Legion, and was sheriff of Great Salt Lake county. During the five years following their arrival three children were born to them.
Rodney was fearless in the execution of his duties and took part in several Indian raids in protecting the early settlers. It was this fearless quality that cost him his life.
The following is a copy of a letter written by William H. Hooper to Mrs. Badger.
Weber, April 30, 1853
It becomes my melancholy duty to impart to you the supposed loss of your worthy husband. Yesterday in attempting to ford the Weber, an emigrant who was traveling in our train with his own wagon and family, made the attempt after one of our wagons had crossed safely; his wagon being light, our wagon-master with Mr. Badger, Allen Taylor and John Hess, insisted on his taking out the family, but he refused, and had I been present I should have advised the same; the cattle became unmanageable, and the wagon went into deep water, and the bed with his wife and six children floated off. Mr. Badger, without hesitation heroically threw himself into the stream, and risked and lost his own life to save others. The accident occurred yesterday at 2 o'clock, and yet the search has been and yet is making—he has not been found. To offer you condolence for such a loss would be useless, as my feelings while I write overpowers me, and what must be yours, his wife, to lose a husband who was beloved by all men who knew him and as a proof of his worth and goodness of heart, risked his life for strangers. It is useless to say the shock to me is great and the camp is in gloom.
* Rodney Badger was the first Utah law enforcement officer to lose his life during the performance of his sworn duties. He died on April 29, 1853 trying to rescue a family whose wagon had overturned in the Weber River. He successfully rescued four children and their mother and died while trying to rescue two other children.
John Badger (1800 - 1838)
Lydia Chamberlain Badger (1798 - 1844)
Nancy Garr Stringham (1822 - 1900)*
Nancy Maria Badger Ashby (1846 - 1917)*
Rodney Carlos Badger (1848 - 1923)*
George William Badger (1850 - 1931)*
Charlotte Louisa Badger Richards (1852 - 1930)*
Rodney Badger (1823 - 1853)
John Chamberlain Badger (1825 - 1888)*
Lydia Ripley Badger Remington (1831 - 1906)*
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
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Record added: Jan 13, 2008
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