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Josiah Arnold
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Birth: Oct. 1, 1801
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 2, 1859
West Jordan
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Son of Enoch Arnold and Naomi Fox

Married Martha McDuffie, 1826.

Children - Marette Arnold, Mary Arnold.

Married Elizabeth Bliss, 1 Sep 1831.

Children - Margaret Elizabeth Arnold, Caroline Arnold, Orson Pratt Arnold, Joseph Smith Arnold.

Married Clarissa Lora Jones, 21 Jul 1854, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah.

Children: Maria Tryphena Arnold, Hyrum Chester Arnold.

Places of Residence: Arnold, Josiah (Male) Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA Amboy, Oswego, NY, USA; 1837-1838 Chenango, Forks/or Bridge, Broome, NY, USA; 1840 Winter Quarters, Douglas, NE, USA; 1847 Vocations: Arnold, Josiah (Male) Policeman; Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA

History: Josiah and his first wife and two daughters died in New Yourk, He and his second wife, Elizabeth Bliss, joined the LDS Church and moved to Illinois in 1840. Here two sons were born, Orson Pratt and Joseph Smith Arnold. In 1848 the family came to Utah, but Josiah went on to California. Josiah returned to Ogden, Utah, where he married a widow, Clarissa Jones Canfield in 1854. They located in West Jordan (Midvale) and Josiah was one of the original land owners. At first they lived in a dugout on the east side of the Jordan River. Later their property extended east of the river and south of Center Street.

Comments: Arnold, Josiah (Male) Josiah was a member of the Nauvoo 3rd Ward.

Josiah paid Nauvoo City taxes sometime between 1841-1844. Josiah had a Nauvoo property transaction in 1846.

Josiah prevented assassins from seeing Joseph Smith, Jr. This was a conspiracy involving William Law in 1844.

Josiah was a captain of ten in an exploration south out of Great Basin led by Parley P. Pratt. Josiah was present when Joseph Smith, Jr., met with Governor Ford in Carthage.

Josiah was made a 4th Sergeant in the Nauvoo Police in 1843.

His marker is a monument that represents 11 individuals who are family or friend connected. The monument is engraved with the SNELL surname. Those names scribed are:

* Clara Elizabeth Quilley Read Cook Snell, daughter of Samuel George Read and Elizabeth Georgina Quilley. Wife of William Greenley Cook and John Snell.;
* Ella Miriam Hanks, daughter of Ephraim Knowlton Hanks and Thisbe Quilley Read, niece of Clara Elizabeth Quilley Read Cook Snell;
* Milbrough Alicia Cook Richards Weyher, daughter of Clara Quilley Read Cook Snell and William Greenley Cook;
* Charles Madison Drown, shot by some unknown person, 28 Aug 1859, friend of Josiah Arnold;
* Samuel Willard Richards (son of Elizabeth Georgina Cook Richards Crawshaw and grandson of Clara Elizabeth Quilley Read Cook Snell);
* John A. Borlase, step-bro-in-law to Josiah Arnold, died St. Mary's hospital, born in Cornwall, England, died 5 Jan 1881, cause of death is homicide, shot by D. Jenkins;
* Josiah Arnold, father-in-law to Alicia Quilley Read Arnold, shot by some unknown person along with Charles Drown;
* Hyrum Chester Arnold, son of Josiah Arnold;
* John Snell, second husband to Clara Quilley Read Cook Snell;
* William Greenley Cook, first husband to Clara Quilley Read Cook Snell;
* Georgina Arnold, baby daughter to Alicia Quilley Read and Orson Pratt Arnold, niece of Clara Elizabeth Quilley Read Cook Snell. (Georgina's head marker is where her parents are buried but Georgina is buried where the Snell marker is placed).

NOTE: A restoration of the grave was done May, 1997. The monument had been broken by the large tree branches. Steel dowels were drilled into the center piece, then glued and the monument moved two feet to the east; HISTORIAN: Sherry Smith.

Deseret News Article, August 31, 1859, No. 26, Vol 1X, Page 1

Another Horrid Murder - It seems that crime in this city is on the increase, and that there is no end as yet to the shedding of blood.

After the murder of pile on 11th last there was no fatal assault made upon anyone within the limits of the corporation, so far as our knowledge extends, till Saturday evening last, when between the hours of nine and ten, a company of five or six went to the house of Mr. Eddy, in the rear of Martin's meat market, East Temple street, where Mr. Charles M. Drown, and Josiah Arnold, with their wives, who reside some twelve miles south of the City, had put up to spend the night and coming Sabbath, and called for Mr. Drown to come out doors. Suspecting, as we are informed, that all might be right, from some threats that had been previously made, Drown did not choose to obey the call. An assault was then made upon the house by the crowd, some fifteen or twenty shots fired into the front room through the door and the window, one of the balls passing through the body of Drown inflicting a mortal wound of which he died the next day. Mr. Arnold was also shot through one thigh, but fortunately it is only a flesh wound. (Josiah died September 2, 1859 of gangrene as a result of this wound). There were several other persons in the adjacent room at the time including Mrs. Drown, Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Eddy, who escaped unhurt. Arnold having a pistol upon his person, fired into the crowd. When one of them exclaimed "let us go, I am shot," whereupon they immediately fled without detection, the whole having been done in a few seconds. So far as we have been informed, no arrest have as yet been made, but we understand that Drown was visited by Judge Sinclair, immediately after the fatal affray, and that an affidavit was made by the dying man in which certain facts are alleged that will in all probability lead to the detection, and arrest of those who thus committed one of the most outrageous and diabolical acts of which man can be guilty, and so far as we have heard, without any provocation whatever.

There is a strong possibility that one of the party died of the wound received by the firing of Arnold's pistol in a short time after the occurrence, but nothing very definite is known of the matter. The citizens had nearly all retired to rest, and the night was so dark that it would have been hardly possible to have recognized a person passing through the streets, and no more favorable opportunity could have been had for committing a deed of the kind, and getting away undetected, than was taken by those who in violation of law, both human and divine, must have coolly resolved on taking the life of a fellow human being, and then consummated the hellish deed as related.

We hope that the affair will be thoroughly investigated, and the offenders brought to condign punishment. if those who assume to exercise exclusive jurisdiction in such matters, would do their duty faithfully, such occurrences would soon cease to disgrace this once peaceful and happy territory.

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Family links: 
  Elizabeth Bliss Arnold (1799 - 1850)
  Clarissa Lora Jones Arnold (1815 - 1892)
  Margaret Elizabeth Arnold (1833 - 1840)*
  Caroline Arnold (1835 - 1847)*
  Orson Pratt Arnold (1838 - 1912)*
  Joseph Smith Arnold (1840 - 1919)*
  Maria Tryphena Arnold Goff (1855 - 1932)*
  Hyrum Chester Arnold (1857 - 1864)*
*Calculated relationship
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: F_7_10_1_F
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Apr 04, 2007
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Josiah Arnold
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Josiah Arnold
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- Jennifer Bennett Powers
 Added: Jan. 10, 2010
Rest in Peace, my 4th great grandfather.
- knrivers
 Added: Jul. 1, 2007

- Libby Talley
 Added: May. 30, 2007
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