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Lieut Ruel Barrus

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Lieut Ruel Barrus

  • Birth 11 Aug 1822 Chautauqua County, New York, USA
  • Death 10 Feb 1918 Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah, USA
  • Plot Blk O Sec 3 L-3 SP 1W
  • Memorial ID 17990756

Born at Villanova, Chautauqua, New York

Son of Benjamin Barrus and Betsie Stebbins

Married Ellen Martin, 10 Aug 1859, Grantsville, Tooele, Utah

Children - Ellen Priscilla Barrus, Betsy Ann Barrus, Zylpha Ann Barrus, Ruel Monte Barrus, Fanny Ida Barrus, Loana Barrus, Darius Martin Barrus, Royal Layton Barrus, Essie Glee Barrus

History - Ruel's ancestors on both sides fought in the Revolutionary war. His father also fought in the war of 1812 and was wounded at the burning of Buffalo. Ruel lost his father by death when an infant, and he was but seven years old when his mother died.

At the age of nineteen, he became a convert to "Mormonism" and went to live with his brother Alexander in Pennsylvania, but as his brother was unfriendly to the "Mormons," Ruel went to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1844, where he joined his brother, Emery, who had also become a convert to "Mormonism." In October, 1844, Ruel was baptized, and in 1845 he was ordained a Seventy in the Nauvoo Temple.

When the call was made for a battalion to participate in the Mexican war, Brother Barrus enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and became second lieutenant in Company B. He was with the battalion during the entire march to California, and on July 16, 1847, he re-enlisted and served the United States eight more months. When he joined the Battalion he had a team and wagon for which he had been offered $500; he gave it to the company with which he had been traveling.

After his release he accompanied Elder Parley P. Pratt on a two years' mission in Northern California, spent a year in the Santa Clara valley and came to Utah in 1857, locating at Grantsville, Tooele County.

After settling at Grantsville, Bro. Barrus engaged in cattle and sheep raising, in which he was fairly successful; he also followed farming to some extent.

At the time of the Johnston Army troubles, Bro. Barrus organized a company of militia, of which he became the major. Throughout his life he rendered his country and Church efficient service.

Bro. Barrus died Feb. 10, 1918, at the age of ninety-six and a half years.

Mormon Battalion, Company B





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  • Added: 19 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17990756
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Ruel Barrus (11 Aug 1822–10 Feb 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17990756, citing Grantsville City Cemetery, Grantsville, Tooele County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .