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Brigham Young
Birth: Jun. 1, 1801
Whitingham
Windham County
Vermont, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1877
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Religious Leader. Second President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS), also known as the Mormons. He is revered today by his followers for his wisdom and leadership in the building of the Mormon Church in Utah. He is controversial for his belief in plural marriage and his role in the late 1850s in a dispute with the Federal Government. Born the 9th child of 11 to a poor farmer in Whitingham, Vermont, his father, John Young, moved his family to upstate New York, where Brigham became an itinerant carpenter and painter. Raised a Methodist, he married Miriam Works in 1824, and moved to Cayuga County, New York, where he plied his trade of carpentry and painting. In 1829, he moved to Mendon, Monroe County, New York, where he saw the Book of Mormon for the first time. He quickly joined the LDS Church, being baptized on April 14, 1832. After his wife's death on September 8, 1832, he became more convinced of the correctness of his new religion, and began preaching and converting others to the LDS faith. In the fall of 1833 he moved to Kirtland, Ohio, and married Mary Ann Angell, who took care of his two children from his first wife, and bore him several additional children. In February 1835, he was named one of the first 12 Apostles of the LDS Church. In the next several years, he performed missionary missions in New York and Missouri, and working as a carpenter and painter helping to build the Kirtland Temple. In 1839, he went to Missouri to help the Mormons there move to Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1840, he went to England to perform missionary work, returning to Nauvoo periodically. While in New York in 1844, he learned of the death of Joseph Smith, Founder, first President and Prophet of the LDS Church, and he hurriedly returned to Nauvoo. Speaking powerfully to the dispirited people of Nauvoo, he rallied them and was quickly given authority as President of the Church. In 1846, the Mormons were forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and Brigham Young determined to lead them to a better land where they would not be persecuted. He and 147 others arrived in the Salt Lake valley on July 24 1847. Young was ill, and when he saw the valley for the first time, he stated, "This is the Place." Salt Lake City was built with his guidance. From 1851 to 1858, he served as the first Governor of Utah Territory. While in Utah, he had a vision that God would allow the Mormons to have multiple wives. Before his death, he had 29 wives and 56 children, for which he was highly criticized by many people. From 1856 to 1858, relations between the Mormons and the Federal Government deteriorated, with the eastern press playing up popular fear that the polygamous Mormons were about to declare their independence from the United States. President James Buchanan ordered the United States Army to Utah, to reestablish Federal control. This force, under command of Colonel (and future Confederate General) Albert Sidney Johnson, remained in Utah until the outbreak of the Civil War. Brigham Young established the LDS Church firmly in the West, seeing to its expansion, growth and stability. He laid the groundwork for Utah's eventual entrance into the Union as a state, and was a political force throughout the latter half of the 1800s. It can be truly said that he helped to build and settle the West. His dying words were reportedly a call to the first LDS Prophet, "Joseph! Joseph!" (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Young (1763 - 1839)
  Abigail Nabby Howe Young (1765 - 1815)
 
 Spouses:
  Miriam Works Young (1806 - 1832)
  Marion Wood Young (____ - 1844)*
  Rhoda Richards (1784 - 1879)*
  Eliza Roxcy Snow (1804 - 1887)*
  Louisa Beaman Smith Young (1815 - 1850)*
  Mary Harvey Pierce Young (1821 - 1847)*
  Margaret Pierce Young (1823 - 1907)*
  Rebecca Greenleaf Holman Young (1824 - 1849)*
  Harriett Elizabeth Cook Young (1824 - 1898)*
  Lucy Bigelow Young (1830 - 1905)*
  Mary Van Cott Young (1844 - 1884)*
  Mary Ann Angell Young (1803 - 1882)*
  Lucy Ann Decker Young (1822 - 1890)*
  Augusta Adams Cobb Young (1801 - 1886)*
  Clarissa Ross Young (1814 - 1858)*
  Susannah Snively Young (1815 - 1892)*
  Emily Dow Partridge Young (1824 - 1899)*
  Clarissa Clara Decker Young (1828 - 1889)*
  Emmeline Free Young (1826 - 1875)*
  Phebe Ann Morton Angell (1786 - 1854)*
  Zina Diantha Huntington Young (1821 - 1901)*
  Martha Bowker Young (1822 - 1890)*
  Margaret Maria Alley Young (1825 - 1852)*
  Sarah Malin Young (1804 - 1858)*
  Eliza Burgess Young (1827 - 1915)*
  Harriet Emeline Barney Young (1830 - 1911)*
  Harriet Amelia Folsom Young (1838 - 1910)*
  Lydia Farnsworth Mayhew (1808 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Young Ellsworth (1825 - 1903)*
  Vilate Young Decker (1830 - 1902)*
  Joseph Angell Young (1834 - 1875)*
  Mary Ann Young (1836 - 1843)*
  Brigham Young (1836 - 1903)*
  Alice Young Clawson (1839 - 1874)*
  Luna Caroline Young Thatcher (1842 - 1922)*
  John Willard Young (1844 - 1924)*
  Edward Partridge Young (1845 - 1852)*
  Heber Young (1845 - 1928)*
  Oscar Brigham Young (1845 - 1910)*
  Mary Eliza Young Croxall (1847 - 1871)*
  Moroni Young (1847 - 1847)*
  Ella Elizabeth Young Empey (1847 - 1890)*
  Fanny Decker Young Thatcher (1849 - 1892)*
  Miranda Hyde Young Conrad (1849 - 1883)*
  Emily Augustus Young Clawson (1849 - 1926)*
  Clarissa Maria Young Dougall (1849 - 1935)*
  Jeanette Richards Young Easton (1849 - 1930)*
  Zina Presendia Young Card (1850 - 1931)*
  Evelyn Louisa Young Davis (1850 - 1917)*
  Ernest Irving Young (1851 - 1879)*
  Caroline Partridge Young Cannon (1851 - 1903)*
  Royal Barney Young (1851 - 1929)*
  Hyrum Smith Young (1851 - 1925)*
  Mahonri Moriancumer Young (1852 - 1884)*
  Eudora Lovina Young Dunford (1852 - 1922)*
  Willard Young (1852 - 1936)*
  Nabbie Howe Young Clawson (1852 - 1894)*
  Dora Mary Young Hagan (1852 - 1921)*
  Julia Young Burton (1853 - 1889)*
  Joseph Ormal Sagers Young (1853 - 1917)*
  Emeline Amanda Young Crosbie (1853 - 1895)*
  Alfales Young (1853 - 1920)*
  Shamira Young Rossiter (1853 - 1915)*
  Phoebe Louisa Young Beatie (1854 - 1931)*
  Brigham Morris Young (1854 - 1931)*
  Louisa Wells Young Ferguson (1855 - 1908)*
  Arta DeCrista Young (1855 - 1916)*
  Jedediah Grant Young (1855 - 1856)*
  Joseph Don Carlos Young (1855 - 1938)*
  Sarah Emeline Young Burns (1855 - 1933)*
  Susa Young Gates (1856 - 1933)*
  Lorenzo Dow Young (1856 - 1905)*
  Miriam Young Hardy (1857 - 1919)*
  Albert Jeddie Young (1858 - 1864)*
  Alonzo Young (1858 - 1918)*
  Feramorz Little Young (1858 - 1881)*
  Clarissa Hamilton Young Spencer (1860 - 1939)*
  Josephine Young Young (1860 - 1912)*
  Ida Young Higham (1860 - 1927)*
  Charlotte Tallula Young Wood (1861 - 1892)*
  Ruth Young Healy (1861 - 1944)*
  Phineas Howe Young (1862 - 1903)*
  Laura Young (1862 - 1862)*
  Rhoda Mabel Young Sanborn (1863 - 1950)*
  Daniel Wells Young (1863 - 1863)*
  Ardelle Young Harrison (1864 - 1900)*
  Fanny Van Cott Young Clayton (1870 - 1950)*
 
 Siblings:
  Nancy Young Kent (1786 - 1860)*
  Fanny Young Murray (1787 - 1859)*
  Rhoda Young Greene (1789 - 1841)*
  John M. Young (1791 - 1870)*
  Susannah Young (1795 - 1852)*
  Joseph Young (1797 - 1881)*
  Phineas Howe Young (1799 - 1879)*
  Brigham Young (1801 - 1877)
  Lorenzo Dow Young (1807 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mormon Pioneer Memorial
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 40.76395, -111.89381
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 1137
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