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Samuel Alger
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Birth: Feb. 14, 1786
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1874
Saint George
Washington County
Utah, USA

Samuel Alger was the son of John & Elizabeth Humes Alger. He married Clarissa Hancock, daughter of Thomas & Amy Ward Hancock, on 25 Feb 1808 in Uxbridge, MA. They were the parents of ten children: Eli Ward, Samuel, Saphony, Fanny, Amy Saphony, John, Alva, Samuel H., Thomas & Clarissa Alger.
Samuel & Clarissa were among the earliest converts to the Mormon Church, being baptized 16 Nov 1830. They endured all the hardships and persecutions of the early church members in Ohio, Illinois,Missouri, Iowa and the trek across the plains to Salt Lake, arriving in the valley 22 Sep 1848 (in Brigham Young's second wagon train). He was a member of the 34th Quorum of Seventies (Book B.P. 259) and was ordained a High Priest 10 April 1853 by G.Y. Wallace and S. S. Sprague.
Samuel was an expert cabinetmaker and joiner by trade. He built a house for the father of Heber C. Kimball in New York when Heber was just 9 years old.
Samuel was a Lieutenant in the Ohio Militia in Chagrin, Ohio. "It was said in feats of strength he was a log-roller. He could lay out his strength on an elm log without apparent effort and could throw a strong man as easily as a child".
Samuel & Clarissa, along with their daughter Clarissa & her husband Francis Tuft Whitney and 28 other families were called by the Church to settle what is now Parowan, Utah. They arrived there, at Center Creek, 13 Jan 1851. They then returned to Salt Lake a few years later, where they resided for many years. They returned to Parowan in the mid 1860's to be near their daughter. Clarissa died in Parowan in July 1870, and is buried there. In the summer of 1873 Samuel went to St. George to live with his son John. Samuel died in St. George 24 Sep 1874 at the age of 88.
In addition to being an expert cabinetmaker, Sameul made hundreds of coffins for his deceased friends. He made his own coffin and kept it under his bed for years. He made several of these, but always gave them away in an emergency. When he died he was buried in a coffin not of his own making.
Upon his death it was said, "There passed away one of the stalwart sons of God."

(excerpts taken from biography by Ilene Hanks Kingsbury)

Family links: 
  Clarissa Hancock Alger (1790 - 1870)*
  Eli Ward Alger (1809 - 1890)*
  Frances Ward Alger Custer (1817 - 1889)*
  John Alger (1820 - 1897)*
  Clarissa Alger Whitney (1830 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint George City Cemetery
Saint George
Washington County
Utah, USA
Plot: A_J_183_1_NH
Maintained by: L. Finley
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 107789
Samuel Alger
Added by: Carl W. McBrayer
Samuel Alger
Added by: L. Finley
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