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 Lorenzo Pettit

Lorenzo Pettit

Birth
Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, USA
Death 18 Jul 1900 (aged 74)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot E_7_8_1E
Memorial ID 30743400 · View Source
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Son of James Pettit and Phoebe Pettit

Married Lucy Ann Merrill, 23 Nov 1845, Hempstead, Nassau, New York

Married Emma Smith Brower, 3 Nov 1881, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

History - Lorenzo and his parents emigrated to Nauvoo, Ill., where he was baptized in July, 1842; four years later (in 1846) he married Lucy Ann Merrill, and with his wife he started west in February, 1846, with the first company of exiles from Nauvoo bound for the Rocky Mountains. After spending several months at Winter Quarters, he continued the journey to G. S. L. Valley, where he arrived in October, 1848. He lived in the "Old Fort" about two years and cultivated the land upon which the City and County Building now stands. Later the Pettits moved west of the city, living on the present site of the Copper Plant for nearly forty years. Bro. Pettit's first wife died Feb. 6, 1879, and in November, 1881, he married Emma Smith Bower. Selling his Jordan River property in 1893, Bro. Pettit moved to his 3rd North Street residence, where he resided until the time of his death, which occurred July 18, 1900. He died as a faithful member of the Church who had lived conscientiously up to all its requirements. Anything that savored of ostentation was extremely distasteful to Bro. Pettit, who strove to keep his good deeds away from public eyes. While he never filled a foreign mission, he assisted many who did with means. He also assisted a number of poor Saints to emigrate from Sweden and England. In 1892 he contributed $750 toward the completion of the Salt Lake Temple. After his death many poor people missed his ever extended helping hand. His honesty and integrity were unsurpassed. He had no children of his own, but in the fall of 1855 he took two orphan brothers, Wm. E. and Jeremiah Langford, whom he raised as his own sons.


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  • Created by: SMSmith
  • Added: 21 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30743400
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lorenzo Pettit (26 Jul 1825–18 Jul 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30743400, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .