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 Alma Elijah Spafford

Alma Elijah Spafford

Birth
Pike County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Jan 1921 (aged 80)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 75 Lot 2 Pos. 7
Memorial ID 62437 · View Source
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Alma's parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when Alma was a young child. In 1850, their family crossed the plains with the saints heading for Utah. When they reached the Platte River, several members of the family became ill and died of cholera. Alma Elijah was just a small boy of ten and was also very ill with the dread disease. While he was burning with a high fever, he crawled to the edge of the river and sat with his feet in the water all night. By morning, his fever had left, and he was apparently well. He often said this saved his life. He was the only member of the family to survive cholera.

Alma was enrolled on May 1, 1866, as a private in Cavalry Company for the Utah Indian Wars under the command of Captain Jesse P. Steele. This company was assigned to picket duty at Springville, and made an expedition against the Indians in Maple and Hobble Creek Canyons. He was honorably released October 1, 1866.

Alma was also enlisted on June 10, 1866 as a private in the Ut. Ter. Mil. for the Blackhawk War, also under the command of Captain J. P. Steele. He was discharged September 25, 1866.



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  • Maintained by: Melody Cope Tuft
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62437
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alma Elijah Spafford (27 Jun 1840–28 Jan 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62437, citing Historic Springville Cemetery, Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Melody Cope Tuft (contributor 48231614) .