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 William Bringhurst

William Bringhurst

Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 17 Feb 1883 (aged 64)
Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Springville, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot Blk. 69 Lot 2 Pos. 2
Memorial ID 85088 · View Source
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Son of Joseph Bringhurst and Elizabeth Evans

Married Ann Wollerton Dilworth, 25 Mar 1845, Chester County, Pennsylvania

Children - Charles Harper Bringhurst, William Joseph Bringhurst, Eliza Jane Bringhurst, Ann Dilworth Bringhurst, Deseret Bringhurst, Clara Oliva Bringhurst, John Frank Bringhurst

Married Ellen Wiscombe, 20 Sep 1875, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Children - Ferris William Bringhurst, Deborah Dora Bringhurst

History - William Bringhurst was the president of the Mormon Fort in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1855, President Brigham Young selected 30 men to create a mission in the Las Vegas Valley. The purpose was to raise warm weather crops, convert local Native Americans, build a fort, and establish a halfway settlement for travelers on the Mormon Road. The group arrived on June 14, 1855 and established the fort near the Las Vegas Springs. The mission was closed in February 23, 1857.

During the celebration of the Las Vegas Centennial, the Smith family living in the Las Vegas Valley was recognized in memory of William Bringhurst as one of the founders of Las Vegas.

Sketch - William Bringhurst was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Bringhurst, born November 8, 1818 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Sate of Pennsylvania. He was convinced of the truth of the gospel the first time he had the opportunity of hearing it proclaimed.

In the year 1844, he, in the company with others, were called to go to Washington to nominate Joseph Smith for President of the United States, but only got as far as Baltimore when they heard of the assassination of the Prophet.

He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in January 1845 by Apostle Orson Hyde and ordained an Elder in the same month after which he started on a mission through Chester and Union counties and succeeded in converting and baptizing a few members into the church. Among those baptized were Jacob and Christian Houtz.

Returning home, he was married to Ann Dilworth on the 25th of March 1845, and in May of that year, moved to Union County where he resided with Jacob Houtz for ten months, proclaiming the gospel whenever an opportunity presented itself.

In March 1846 he started to Nauvoo to gather with the saints. He arrived there the same month and in June moved to Winter Quarters. While in Winter Quarters, he made several trips to Missouri for provisions for the saints. In June 1847, he started to the valleys of the mountains in John Taylor's company, arriving there on the 8th day of October in the same year. In the spring of 1848 he moved to Big Cottonwood.

In the year 1850, he, in company with others, were called to settle Iron County with George A. Smith being president. He returned home in the spring of 1851 with the mail as there was no U.S. mail at that time. In the same year, he returned to Iron County with President Young and company. Being released from that mission, he again returned home and in 1856 was called to act as president of the Las Vegas mission, remaining there until the Johnson army came in the great Salt Lake when he was again called home. He was in the Echo canyon war acting as the quartermaster, and was one of many who escorted Governor Commings into Salt Lake City.

By request of President Young, he, in company with Jacob Houtz, went to Springville for the purpose of putting up a cotton factory for the manufacture of cotton yarn. In this pursuit, he was successful for a number of years. He next followed the occupation of stock raising and merchandising until cooperation was innaugerated.

In 1869, he, in company with R.F. Burton and W.W. Riter, was called an a mission to the Eastern states, returning in 1870. He was ordained Bishop of the Springville ward in the same year and held that position until God called him February 17th, 1883. While he never was called to fill a foreign mission, he was one of the sturdy pioneers in all the settling of our now wealthy territory.

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Jedediah M. Grant - Willard Snow Company (1847);
Age at Departure: 28




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85088
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