Adam Lightner (1810 - 1885)

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Birthplace: Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, USA
Death: Died in Minersville, Beaver, UT, USA
Cause of death: Tuberculosis and consumption
Occupation: Cabinetmaker
Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Adam Lightner

"...Adam Lightner, Jr., (14 Apr. 1810–19 Aug. 1885). Carpenter, merchant, hotelier, farmer; born at Lancaster, Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Adam Lightner and Mary Trout. Married Mary Elizabeth Rollins, 11 Aug. 1835, at Liberty, Clay Co., Missouri. Never member of LDS church. Lived in Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1837. Defense witness in Joseph Smith preliminary hearing, 7 Sept. 1838. Moved to Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky, 1839. Moved to Alton, Madison Co., Illinois, 1839. Lived at Montrose, Lee Co., Iowa Territory, 1840. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, Jan. 1842; to Pontoosuc, Hancock Co., by 1843; to Galena, Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, spring 1846; t o St. Croix Falls, St. Croix Co. (later Polk Co.), Wisconsin Territory, 1847; and to Stillwater, Wisconsin Territory (later in Washington Co., Minnesota Territory), fall 1848. Returned to St. Croix Falls, by Aug. 1850. Moved to Marine, Washington Co., Minnesota, by June 1860. Moved to Hannibal, Marion Co., Missouri, by Aug. 1860. Returned to Minnesota and Wisconsin before migrating to Utah Territory, May–Sept. 1863. Located at Minersville, Beaver Co., Utah Territory, 1863. Died at Minersville..."

SOURCE: http://beta.josephsmithpapers.org/person?lastFirst=Lightner%2C%20Adam%20Jr.

From Ancestry.com: Obituary - Description of Adam Lightner's death in Minersville, Utah:

Lightner – At Minersville, Utah, August 29th, 1885, of consumption, Adam Lightner, aged 75 years, 4 months and 16 days. He has been among the Latter-day Saints for 50 years, though not a member of the church; he made no profession of religion, but he believed in doing to others as he would like to be done by. When Zion’s Camp went up to Missouri, he belonged to a company called the “Liberty Blues”. This company was called to guard Joseph, Hyrum and the twelve to Jackson County and back.

He opened the first store in Far West; was of great assistance to the people in their troubles in that place, and risked his life in trying to aid them. When the troops came against Far West the Governor gave orders for Mr. Lightner and his brother-in-law, Mr. Cleminson, with their families to be allowed to leave there before sacking the town.

A flag of truce was sent for them and they and their wives went out of the town to meet Colonel Pomeroy, who begged them to go. Mrs. Lightner asked if he would let all the women and children go, and he refused. She then asked if he would let her brothers and sister go. He said no, it was against orders. Mr. Lightner returned to Far West, and not until the Prophet Joseph and others were taken Prisoners would he leave, and when he did so he lost all his property in that place.

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Adam Lightner's Timeline

1810
April 14, 1810
Lancaster, Lancaster, PA, USA
1835
August 11, 1835
Age 25
Liberty, Clay, MO, USA
1837
June 18, 1837
Age 27
Far West, MO, USA
1840
October 18, 1840
Age 30
Lee County, Iowa, USA
1842
March 22, 1842
Age 31
Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
1844
March 23, 1844
Age 33
IL, USA
1847
February 9, 1847
Age 36
Galena, Jo Daviess, IL, USA
1849
April 3, 1849
Age 38
Stillwater, MN, USA
1851
April 9, 1851
Age 40
Willow River, Wisconsin, USA
1853
March 25, 1853
Age 42
Hudson, WI, USA