Hyrum Spencer

Hyrum Spencer

West Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death Aug 1846 (aged 48)
Union County, Iowa, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 36024958 · View Source
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HYRUM SPENCER 1798 - 1846

Hyrum SPENCER was born on Nov 30, 1798 in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts. He died on Aug 12, 1846 in Near Mt. Pisgah, Ia. He was buried on Aug 12, 1846 in Near Mt. Pisgah, Ia. His memory is honored on the Spencer monument which stands in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, SLC, Utah.

From "Life Sketches" by Aurelia Spencer Rogers:

"Hyrum Spencer was a man of large stature and great physical power; and as void of fear as men are made. In 1838 a marvelous vision was given him, in which was shown the Southern Rebellion, and other troubles that were to come; with which manifestation he received an assurance of the truth of the Latter-day work, of which, from that time, he was enabled to testify. He embraced the gospel and moved to Nauvoo.

The day that Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred he was on his farm six miles east of Nauvoo, and was so influenced that he could not work; and he three times saddled his horse to go to Carthage, but rebuked himself for nervousness. He was among the first in that memorable exodus of the winter of 1846.

At the time he left the camp at Garden Grove the weather was very unfavorable. He rode fourteen days on horseback through that, then wilderness country, and not one twenty-four hours but what it rained. Arriving in Nauvoo he disposed of one farm for a hundred and ten head of cattle, and some wagons, to a citizen at Alton. A mob resident of Nauvoo hearing this, procured writs of attachment to the stock, until the second mob could arrive in Nauvoo, and give him a confiscation benefit, although at the time this man, Tod, owed the Spencers seventeen hundred dollars. ...

That same day the stock crossed sixty miles above Nauvoo, and it was a race (from that to the first Mormon camp) of what might be starvation and nakedness for the women and children in the wilderness, or comparative comfort.

Six days and a half, and six nights, in the heat and flies of early August, were these cattle driven and guarded by him, and his nephew Claudius, with only six hours sleep, except on horseback. The strain was too much; he rode until 4 o'clock on the afternoon of his death, when his nephew seeing him reel, rode to his side asking him what was the matter. The reply was, "Not much, only I cannot last through; help me down and I will die here."

That night at 11 o'clock his labors were ended and he lay, with the peaceful smile of a child, a few feet from the trail, with only one relative to hear his last words, to witness the heroism of a voluntary martyr's death.

There was not a groan or a murmur, "Say to my family, live and die with this work. Take Daniel's (his brother's) council." These were among his last words.

He left eight children by the wife of his youth, and two by his then living wife, formerly Miss Emily Thompson, whom he married in Nauvoo.

The two sons of Uncle Hyrum's now living, are Charles and Hyrum Sheron Spencer. The latter is now Bishop of Pleasant Green, Salt Lake County.

After Uncle Hyrum died, two or three men from a camp near by assisted Claudius in preparing for the burial. This was done by taking some boards from a wagon-box and forming a rude coffin, in which he was taken to Mount Pisgah, and interred in the burial ground of the Saints.

Hyrum Spencer

is listed on a monument erected AD 1888 at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Thayer, Union County, Iowa, USA, in memory of those members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who died in 1846, 1847, and 1848, during their exodus to seek a home beyond the Rocky Mountains.

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JAN. 30, 1798.
AUG. -- 1844.




  • Created by: Leena Rogers
  • Added: 18 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36024958
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hyrum Spencer (30 Jan 1798–Aug 1846), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36024958, citing Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Leena Rogers (contributor 46579230) .