William Huntington

William Huntington

Grantham, Sullivan County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 9 Aug 1846 (aged 62)
Pisgah, Harrison County, Iowa, USA
Burial Thayer, Union County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 8251317 View Source
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This name is listed on a "monument erected AD 1888, 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."Son of William Huntington and Prescendia Lathroupe

Married Zina Baker, 28 Nov 1805, Meriden, Sullivan, New Hampshire

Children - Zina Diantha Huntington, Oliver Boardman Huntington, Chauncey Dyer Huntington, Nancy Huntington, Baby Boy Huntington, John Dickenson Huntington, William Dresser Huntington, Dimmock Baker Huntington, Adaline Elizabeth Huntington, Prescendia Lathrop Huntington

Married Lydia Clisbee (Partridge), 14 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

History - William Huntington was presiding Elder at Mount Pisgah, Iowa when he died.

In 1804 he moved with his parents to Watertown, Jefferson county, New York, being among the first settlers of that county. In 1806, he returned to New Hampshire and married Zina Baker. Soon after his marriage he moved to Watertown, New York, where he lived and prospered in temporal blessings until 1811, when he sold out, and the following year war was declared with Great Britain, which proved fatal to his prospects, and coupled with much sickness in the family reduced them very low in pecuniary circumstances. His services in the army were done with the fife. He was in one battle, that of Sacketts' Harbour.

In the winter of 1832-33 he first heard of "Mormonism," read the Book of Mormon, believed it with all his heart and preached it almost every day, to his neighbors and everybody he could see, or had the privilege to chat with, until 1835, when he and wife with two of their children were baptized. After that his house was a meeting house and a home for all Saints. He arrived in Kirtland in 1836 and bought a farm. In the breaking up of Kirtland the apostates harassed him with law suits until he saw his children often go to bed crying for bread. For nearly two weeks he lived on greens. His house was a hiding place for Father Joseph Smith, Hyrum, Samuel and Don Carlos, while they were trying to escape from the persecutions in Kirtland. The Egyptian mummies were also hid in his house for a long time, and many of the pursued and persecuted Saints found a retreat there and a hiding place from apostates' persecution.

May 21, 1838, he started for Far West, Missouri, where he arrived about two months later, and, by counsel, moved to Adam-Ondi-Ahman, where he was chosen commissary for the brethren who armed for defence; and after the mob had driven and hemmed in the scattering brethren, he was commissary for all the people of that place and had charge of all the provisions of the town. After the surrender of the Church in Far West, Missouri, he was foreman of the committee chosen to confer with the committee chosen by the mob. These two committees were representatives of and authorized to transact all business for their respective committees. He was also one of a committee chosen to see to the poor and get them moved out of the State of Missouri, which they did to the complete satisfaction of the whole Church, though with no ordinary exertion, and remained himself until about the last man and family.

His was one of the first families that moved to Commerce (afterwards Nauvoo) where he arrived May 14, 1839. About the 1st of July his whole family was taken sick, and on the 8th his wife died of sickness caused by hardships and exposure. At this time he suffered for the comforts of life. At a conference held in October 1839, he was again chosen to the office of High Counselor.

As a member of the High Council he helped to lay one of the corner stones of the Nauvoo Temple April 6. 1841. He commenced immediately upon the walls of the Temple and worked until the basement was done: then he cut stone until the top stone was laid; and by particular request the stones which he cut were laid in a column from the basement to the top of the chimney of the southwest corner. As soon as the Temple was ready for giving endowments he administered therein until the building was closed. He continued a member of the High Council until the expulsion from Nauvoo.

In the move from Nauvoo he was appointed captain of a company of fifty wagons which he helped to make, and to fit up for the company, but which was subsequently disorganized. He was then appointed a captain of ten in Amasa M. Lyman's company, until the settlement of Mt. Pisgah was located, where he was left to preside over that Stake of Zion, or branch, with Charles C. Rich and Ezra T. Benson for his counselors. In this place his labors were extreme and unremitting for the good and welfare of the people, and the comfort of the sick of which there were a great many. He was taken sick with the chills and fever of which he died.

In life he was beloved by all the Saints. His love and zeal for the cause of God were unsurpassed by any. His judgment was respected and his conduct never questioned; he never had a trial or difficulty with any person in the Church.

Cemetery Record of William D. Huntington, Nauvoo Sexton

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