|Birth: ||Dec. 25, 1824|
|Death: ||Jul. 23, 1846|
Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia
Boley, Samuel, a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company B, was one of the first men who enlisted and was also the first man to die on the march; he died July 23, 1846, on the Missouri River.
WILLIAM HYDE QUOTE
(fourth day out of Council Bluffs, Iowa)
*Private Samuel Boley was taken sick soon after he left the camp of the saints, and I tried to prevail upon him to abandon the idea of trying to perform the expedition, but his desires were so great to continue with the company that I submitted. He was buried Thursday, the 23rd (July 18 46) at ten minutes before 7 in the morning. --William Hyde
Graves of the Mormon Battalion Men
Heart Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, Vol.2, p.204
Samuel Boley, a private in Company B, died shortly after taking up the march. This occurred between 12 and 1 o'clock on the 23rd of July, 1846, on the Missouri River. The assistant surgeon, Dr. Wm. L. Mclntre, kindly nursed and doctored him, but to no avail. Elder Jesse C. Little pre viously addressed the men and eulogized Brother Samuel Boley for his integrity and energy. A rough lumber coffin was made for him and his burial shroud was his blanket.—Gleaned from Tyler's History.
Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol.4, p.453
Samuel Boley was a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company "B." He was one of the first men to enlist. Elder Jesse C. Little said of him: "He was a man of integrity and energy. On the morning of July 23, (1846) we had to perform the painful duty of burying Brother Samuel Boley, who died between the hours of twelve and one o'clock in our ranks. He was wrapped in his blanket and buried in a rough lumber coffin, which was the best we could get. During his illness he was kindly nursed by our assist ant surgeon, Dr. Wm. L. McIntyre." His death occurred on Mosquito Creek on the Missouri River.—D. U. P. Files
Our new analysis of the Battalion's route would suggest Boley died and was buried near present-day Bartlett, Fremont County, Iowa. There were two "roads" in the area leading south; one down on the Missouri River bottoms near the bottom of the bluffs, the other up on the prairie east of the bluffs. The descriptions given by the men would suggest they were still on the river bottoms at this time.
Though the exact location of their camp for the night of July 22-23 is not know with certainty, our new analysis would suggest a site in the vicinity of latitude 40.883°, longitude -95.757°
* Mormon Battalion members
Created by: Schott Family
Record added: May 30, 2009
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