|Birth: ||Jul. 16, 1812|
|Death: ||Dec. 6, 1890|
Son of Curtis Bolton and Ann Booth
Married Eleanor Post, 15 Jun 1835, New York City, New York, New York
Married Rebecca Baks Bunker, 12 Sep 1839
Married Sarah Brettel Bolton, 2 Aug 1869
Davis Bitton, Guide to Mormon Diaries and Autobiographies (1977), pg. 35
Death of wife, leaving infant son, 1838. Moved to farm on Long Island. Married widow, Rebecca Bunker Merritt, 1839. Birth of daughter. Heard Mormonism preached, accepted baptism, 1842. Trip to Nauvoo, 1844. Met Joseph Smith. Stayed at his house for five weeks. Boarding steamboat to depart, saw Joseph Smith for last time. ("He was standing with his youngest boy in his arms at the brow of the hill on the west side of the Nauvoo House in the middle of the street. No one was near him. He was the most beautifully formed man, and was laughing pleasantly to the brethren on board the steam boat, who were leaving to go a preaching. I never in this life shall look upon his like again.") Returned to Long Island. Preached. Put on "feast and meeting" for Saints in the area. Heard of death of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
Moved to Nauvoo, 1845. Carpenter on temple. Called as clerk for temple committee. Wrote Church history for several months. Mob action against Mormons. ("I worked many a day in the temple with my rifle and sword hid in the shavings.") Member of posse that went after one McCauly. ("He was a mean contemptible coward.") Other incidents. Detailed account of battle of Nauvoo. Departure from Nauvoo. Sickness. Continued harassment. Hardships.
"Intense Relocated in Council Bluffs, 1847. Trip to New York to get son from grandparents. Return to Bluffs. Trek to Salt Lake Valley, 1848. ("Rebecca so very great coward that she made my journey a perfect hell to me.") Crop failure, 1849. Scarcity of food.
Called as missionary to France, October 1849. Noble reaction of wife. ("At first flush, she thought it hard that I should have to leave her in so destitute a situation as she then was. But a few moments after, burst into tears and said, 'Go in the name of Israels God and prosper and I will take care of myself.'") Detailed overland journey. Eighteen-day stay at Kanesville. Trip to New York via St. Louis, Pittsburgh. Philadelphia. Visited father and brother, Dr. Jackson Bolton. Ocean voyage, May 1850. Brief stay in England, then to Boulogne. Details on arranging hall, dealing with government authorities, discussions. Series of debates. ("I feel in my own bosom that we were most signally defeated.") Stay in Paris. Translated Book of Mormon into French. Highly emotional experience having to do with letter from home and relations with a French family. Some negative feelings toward John Taylor. ("He runs me to death.") Visited sugar factories.
French coup d'etat, 1851. Briefly withdrew from Paris for protection of Louis Bertrand. Observed barricades. First emigrants from France to Utah, the Vanlembroucks. Completed translation of Book of Mormon. ("It was almost impossible to combat the follies and weakness of the French language.") Author named president of French Mission, December 1851. Dreams. Misunderstanding with counselor Bertrand. Published a periodical, L 'Etoile. Visit to Jersey Island and to Guernsey. Several emotional incidents recounted. Return to Liverpool, February 1853.
Also some poetry and letters. Much genealogical and biographical information on family. BYU [Lee Library] has typescript version (fourteen pages) of entries from October to December, 1849 (M270 M82 vol. 9).
Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel
Curtis Bolton (1783 - 1851)
Ann Booth Bolton (1785 - 1847)
Rebecca Bunker Bolton (1810 - 1891)
Eleanor Post Bolton (1808 - 1837)*
Edwin Young Bolton (1845 - 1902)*
Jackson Bolton (1848 - 1898)*
Charles Gilbert Bolton (1849 - 1912)*
Matilda Bolton Murphy (1852 - 1914)*
Mary Rebecca Bolton Gordon (1857 - 1905)*
Curtis Edwin Bolton (1812 - 1890)
Jackson Bolton (1814 - 1866)*
Robert Coates Bolton (1815 - 1888)*
Sarah Bolton Alexander (1819 - 1875)*
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Jan 04, 2011
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