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Some did Not Return: 10 Missionaries P3

Some didn’t return home from their missions.  Check these ten missionaries out.


Thomas Jeremy.  Mission: Wales.  DOB: 1815.  Age in 1852: 37.  From: Wales.  DOD: 1891.  Fellow missionary Dan Jones baptized his family.


Dan Daniels.  Mission: Wales.  DOB: 1807.  Age in 1852: 45.  From: Wales.  DOD: 1879.  Fellow missionary Dan Jones helped him emigrate to Utah.


Andrew Lamoreaux.  Mission: France.  DOB: 1813.  Age in 1852: 39.  From: Canada.  DOD: 1855.  Died on his return from his mission in St. Louis.


George Mayer.  Mission: Germany.  DOB: 1805.  Age in 1852: 47.  From: ??.  DOD: 1896.  Imprisoned and expelled for preaching in Germany.


Jacob Secrist.  Mission: Germany.  DOB: ??.  Age in 1852: ??.  From: Illinois??.  DOD: 1855.  Wife was pregnant when called to a mission.  Also imprisoned and expelled for preaching in Germany.  Died while leading a pioneer group to Utah on the way home from Germany.


George C Riser.  Mission: Germany.  DOB: 1818.  Age in 1852: 34.  From: Germany.  DOD: 1892.  President of German mission.  Arrested and imprisoned for preaching the gospel.


Orson Spencer.  Mission: Capital of Prussia.  DOB: 1802.  Age in 1852: 50.  From: Massachusetts.  DOD: 1855.  Daniel Spencer is his brother.  Former Baptist preacher.  Head of the University of Nauvoo.  1843 mission to New Haven, CT.  President of the British mission 1847-1848.  Editor of the Millennial Star.  Assistant editor of the Deseret News.  Chancellor of the University of Deseret 1850.  After a week in Berlin police forced him to leave.  Died on a mission to Cherokee Nation from malaria.


Jacob Houtz.  Mission: Capital of Prussia.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 38.  From: Pennsylvania.  DOD: 1896.  Farmer.


Moses Clough.  Mission: Capital of Prussia.  DOB: 1828.  Age in 1852: 24.  From: New Hampshire.  DOD: 1903.  


Eric G M Hogan.  Mission: Norway.  DOB: 1802.  Age in 1852: 50.  From: Norway.  DOD: 1876.  Originally emigrated to Illinois to improve his financial situation then became a Mormon later.  

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Death, Births, & The War of 1812: 10 Missionaries P2

Death, Births, & The War of 1812.  Here are ten more missionaries called to serve in 1852 and their back stories.  Please feel free to comment and correct information.  I will continue to update.


Benjamin Brown.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1794.  Age in 1852: 58.  From: New York.  DOD: 1878.  Father belonged to Society of the Friends of Quakers.


Perregrine Sessions.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 38.  From: Maine.  DOD: 1893.  Mother was a midwife at 3,977 births.  Future founder of the Utah city of Bountiful.


James Pace.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1811.  Age in 1852: 41.  From: Tennessee.  DOD: 1888.  Father served with General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812.


Levi Nickerson.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 38.  From: Pennsylvania.  DOD: 1853.  Died in Council Bluffs, Iowa on his way to serve his mission.


William Woodward.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1833.  Age in 1852: 19.  From: England.  DOD: 1908.  Arrived from England in 1850.  Was part of the Willie Handcart Company.  


James G Willie.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 38.  From: England.  DOD: 1895.  Led the Willie Handcart company.


Daniel D McArthur.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1820.  Age in 1852: 32.  From: New York.  DOD: 1908.  Daughter born the day he was called on a mission.  Led the company just ahead of the Willie and Martin handcart companies.


William Empy.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1808.  Age in 1852: 44.  From: ??.  DOD: ??.  Emigration agent??.


Elias Gardner.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1807.  Age in 1852: 45.  From: New York.  DOD: 1891.  One of his wives was pregnant when he received the call.


Dan Jones.  Mission: Wales.  DOB: 1810.  Age in 1852: 42.  From: Wales.  DOD: 1862.  Jones was with Joseph Smith at Carthage jail.  He missed the martyrdom when he left on June 27 to deliver a letter.  Before he died, Joseph Smith told Dan Jones that he would return to Wales to serve a mission.  He had great success and baptized thousands.  1852 was his second mission to Wales. 

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Ten 1852 Missionaries: P1

Ten 1852 Missionaries and their Backgrounds

The clerk called 107 names to serve serve missions at the August 28, 1852 special conference in Salt Lake City.  I created a database with their names, where they were called, date of birth, where they were born, date of death, and facts that caught my eye.

As I get confirmations for these elders, I will add it to the post.  Please feel free to add information and primary documentation as you have it.

Daniel Spencer.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1794.  Age in 1852: 58.  From: Massachusetts.  DOD: 1868.  Last mayor of Nauvoo.

Charles A Harper .  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1817.  Age in 1852: 35. From: Pennsylvania.  DOD: 1900.  Grew up Quaker.

John Van Cott.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 38. From: New York?? (need to verify).  DOD: 1903.  Cousin of Parley P Pratt.

David Grant.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1816.  Age in 1852: 36.  From: Scotland.  DOD: 1868.  Wife died trying to reach Utah.

Edward Martin.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1818.  Age in 1852: 34.  From: England.  DOD: 1882.  Led the Martin Handcart Company.

John S Fulmer.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1807.  Age in 1852: 45.  From: Pennsylvania.  DOD: 1883.  Inclined as a Baptist in his youth, with the Prophet Joseph Smith in Carthage Jail.

John Oakley.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1819.  Age in 1852: 33.  From: New York.  DOD: ??.  Wife would divorce him upon his return.

William Clayton. Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 38.  From: England.  DOD: 1879.  Penned the words to “Come Come Ye Saints” (popular Mormon pioneer song).

William Pitt.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1814.  Age in 1852: 39.  From: England.  DOD: 1873.  Directed the Nauvoo brass band.

Thomas W Treat.  Mission: Europe-England.  DOB: 1811.  Age in 1852: 41.  From: New York.  DOD: 1860.  Grew up Quaker.

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Special Conference III: Called without Warning

S pecial Conference: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA August 28-29, 1852

On August 28, 1852 Brigham Young, a carpenter, blacksmith and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called 98 men without previous warning to serve missions throughout the world. India, Siam, China, as well as England, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Capital of Prussia, Norway, Gibralter, Nova Scotia, West Indies, British Guiana, Texas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Iowa, Washington City, Australia, and the Sandwich Islands.

In October ten more men were called. Among them, our missionary to Siam, Elam Luddington.

[The figure 108 comes from articles I read, however, looking at the primary source that I have, the minutes of the October conference, it seems to give a less specific number.  Does anyone know where the 108 number comes from?  From my understanding there are 98 called in the August conference which would mean 10 more in the October conference.]

[Update 8/29/2013: I found the discrepancy.  The primary source reads, “The clerk read 98 names of individuals who had been proposed to foreign missions.”  Then after the conference was adjourned they reconvened at 2pm.  Then it reads, “The following elders were then appointed to their several missions:”.  107 names are then listed with their mission locations.  Why the discrepancy?  The number 108 may come from an additional elder called not on the list.  Perhaps that person was Harlow Redfield who is mentioned in General Epistle #7 but not in the list from the conference.]

The elders met in the “Tabernacle”
The Mormons did not meet in the Tabernacle currently in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. A gabled roof, or A-line, building made of adobe was completed right as their April 1852 conference concluded.

What does “tabernacle” mean? The word tabernacle comes from the Hebrew scriptures and is used to denote the tent or dwelling place of deity. Later the Israelites built the Temple in Jerusalem to replace their tabernacle.

What did the Mormons use the Tabernacle for? Brigham Young directed Truman O. Angell to design a structure to house large audiences for conferences.

Related Post: The newspaper announcing the conference Special Missionary Conference II: Getting the Word Out

Source: Deseret News, –Extra. Great Salt Lake City, U.T., September 14, 1852. pg 10. Digitized by the Internet Archive. “Minutes of conference a special conference of the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assembled in the…” Accessed at: http://archive.org/stream/minutesofconfere04unse#page/n1/mode/2up on 3/9/2013.
Source: Grow, Stewart L. “Buildings on the Temple Block Preceding the Tabernacle” in The Tabernacle: “An Old and Wonderful Friend,” ed. Scott C. Esplin (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2007), 107-136. Accessed at: http://rsc.byu.edu/archived/tabernacle-old-and-wonderful-friend/thesis/3-buildings-temple-block-preceding-tabernacle on 6 March 2013.
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Special Missionary Conference of 1852: I

I am researching the Special Missionary Conference of 1852 in Salt Lake City, UT.  From this conference the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) called about 100 men to serve missions all over the world.  In the next few posts I will share with you what I’m learning.  We have the minutes of the conference so we know who spoke and what they said.  Now I’m piecing together what it looked and felt like to be there.  If you have your own questions, comments, reactions, please post.

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