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 Hosea Cushing

Hosea Cushing

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 17 May 1854 (aged 28)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 65732 · View Source
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Son of Philip A. Cushing and Mary C. Rundlett

Married Helen Jeanette Murray, 4 Feb 1847, Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska

Children - William Ellis Cushing, Hosea Philip Cushing, Samuel Roswell Cushing

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 2, p. 579

Hosea Cushing kept a journal for a short time after joining the Latter-day Saint Church. From its almost undecipherable pages comes this information concerning his part in the pioneer trek and arrival in the Valley:

"I, Hosea Cushing, son of Phillip and Mary Cushing was born in Boston, Massachusetts, April 2, 1826. I spent my infancy in Boston and then my family moved to Hingham, Massachusetts. In the year 1842 I was sent to Boston to serve as an apprentice in the carpenter trade, which apprenticeship was to last until I was twenty-one years old. I also learned the joiner and ship builder trade. Soon after I arrived in Boston I heard Elder J. Adams of the Church of Jesus Christ preach. I was much impressed and investigated this doctrine and found it to agree with the doctrine taught anciently. I believed it true. I was baptized in February 1844 by Elder J. Adams ... On the 23rd of July 1844 I was ordained an Elder by Brigham Young and Lyman White at a conference in Boston.

"About a month later I went with Elder Lloyd to preach the Gospel at Hingham, where we were very successful. Having stayed there sometime I was counseled by Brother Wilford Woodruff to come to the city of Nauvoo. I obeyed and arrived there April 8th, 1845 where I worked on the temple ... I continued to work on the temple until August 1st when I went to work on Brother Heber C. Kimball's home. On the 10th of January I received my endowments in the House of the Lord. Soon after I was adopted by Heber C. Kimball in the City of Joseph, Hancock county, Illinois.

"February 15, 1846 I crossed the Mississippi on the first part of my journey toward the west. I drove Heber C. Kimball's family."

According to the journal of Helen Janet Murray, Hosea became engaged to her before his journey across the plains with the original pioneer company. He returned to Winter Quarters that same season and they were married. In the spring of 1848 he brought his bride to the valley where he erected a small log house for her a block north of the temple grounds. Hosea, being a good carpenter, was kept busy during the early days.

During the time of the Walker War, Hosea and another man named Ging, were lost on the desert three days without food or water. When found he was in a serious condition. Every possible care was given him in the Kimball home but he never fully recovered from the effects of this terrible ordeal. He died in the early spring of 1855 at the age of twenty-nine years.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p. 698

Cushing, Hosea, one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born April 2, 1826, in Boston, Mass., a son of Philip and Mary Cushing. He arrived in Great Salt Lake Valley safely with the pioneer company, but died of consumption in Salt Lake City May 17, 1854.

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Gravesite Details Information for this memorial was obtained from the 1900 register of the cemetery and from the families of those buried here.




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 65732
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Hosea Cushing (2 Apr 1826–17 May 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65732, citing Kimball-Whitney Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SMSmith (contributor 46491005) .