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 William Earl McLellin

William Earl McLellin

Birth
Smith County, Tennessee, USA
Death 14 Mar 1883 (aged 77)
Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 10277 · View Source
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Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. M'Lellin (sometimes spelled McLellin) was first contacted by Elders Harvey Whitlock and Sidney Rigdon. Enthused by their message, he traveled to Independence Missouri, ordained an Elder four days after baptism.
Traveling with Hyrum Smith, M'Lellin left Independence for Tennessee and then for Kirtland. M'Lellin was ordained an Apostle on February 15, 1835, the only member of the original Twelve of the restoration who was not a veteran of Zion's Camp. Nevertheless, by summer of that year, he had been disfellowshipped for an insult which he had leveled at the School of the Elders and the way which Joseph and the Brethren had conducted the school. After a full confession and evidence of repentance M'Lellin was restored to full fellowship. Still the spirit of rebellion afflicted him and in 1836 publicly opposed Church leaders in 1838 at Far West, Missouri.
William E. M'Lellin was excommunicated for apostasy where he took up the practice of medicine and took an active part in the persecution of the Saints, robbing, pilfering, and threatening them in their person and their property.
This vile apostate attempted to organize a new Church in Kirtland in January of 1847. He failed. He then joined the Hedrickites on June 5,1869 but failed to find there that which he sought. He left the Hedrickites November 3,1869. His wife joined the Reorganized LDS Church and the family moved to Independence in 1870. He spent the remainder of his life trying to get David Whitmer to organize a new Church.

Bio by: Chad Stowell



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  • Added: 4 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10277
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Earl McLellin (18 Jan 1806–14 Mar 1883), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10277, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .