Ira Nathaniel Hinckley

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About Ira Nathaniel Hinckley

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 David Evans Company (1850) Age 21

Departure: 15 June 1850 Arrival: 13-17 September 1850

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Birth: Oct. 30, 1828 Ontario, Canada Death: Apr. 5, 1904 Utah, USA

Built historic Cove Fort and is grandfather of current President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ira left his home in Coalville, UT, in 1867 for his new assignment, his family to come later. Tradesmen from central Utah settlements worked together, along with Hinckley to construct the fort in seven months. The fort bustled with activity for years. Daily, two stagecoaches arrived with a variety of weary travelers who were anxious for rest and food. On the many trips of President Brigham Young back and forth from Salt Lake City to St. George and the southern settlements, Cove Fort was always a stopping place. The kitchen and dining room were bustling with activity. It was not unusual for Mrs. Hinckley to feed 75 people daily. Cowboys tended to the church's tithing herds and a blacksmith was kept busy reshoeing the horses and oxen of travelers and repairing wagon wheels. With a telegraph office at the fort and the Pony Express riders passing through, news of the great, growing West kept the Hinckleys from feeling isolated. The fort served an important function for nearly twenty years, but as times changed, so did the need for the fort. After 1900, the Church sold it to a private owner and in 1989 the Hinckley family purchased the fort and made a gift of it to the Church as a historic site. Shortly thereafter efforts were begun to restore the fort to it's original condition. In 1994 President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Historic Cove Fort Complex. Visitors are welcome free of charge.

Family links:

 Angeline Wilcox Hinckley Noble (1831 - 1912)*

 Amelia Clarissa Hinckley (1863 - 1865)*
 Harvey Noble Hinckley (1865 - 1866)*
 Bryant Stringham Hinckley (1867 - 1961)*
 Nellie Hinckley Robison (1870 - 1962)*
 Arza Alonzo Hinckley (1870 - 1936)*
 Elmer Eugene Hinckley (1873 - 1954)*
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Burial: Provo City Cemetery Provo Utah County Utah, USA

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Ira Nathaniel Hinckley's Timeline

October 30, 1828
Bastard, Leeds, Johnston Dist.,, Ontario, Canada
July 1, 1843
Age 14
August 17, 1848
Age 19
July 16, 1849
Age 20
March 6, 1852
Age 23
December 11, 1853
Age 25
August 13, 1854
Age 25
Salt Lake City,Salt Lk,UT
July 22, 1855
Age 26
Salt Lake City,S-Lk.,UT
March 31, 1856
Age 27
Salt Lake City,Salt Lake,UT
December 8, 1856
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA