Ira Jones Willes (1812 - 1863)

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Birthplace: Berne, Albany, NY, USA
Death: Died in Lehi, Utah, UT, USA
Managed by: David Lott
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"...Willes, Ira Jones, (1812-1863) a member of the Mormon Battalion, Company B, was born Jan. 21, 1812, in the State of New York, a son of Eleazer Willis and Achsah Jones. Ira joined the Church in early days and was with the saints in many of their persecutions. Having arrived on the Missouri River as an exile, together with the rest of the saints from Illinois, he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion in July, 1846, and marched as a private in Company. B to California. In 1849 (May 13), after his discharge as a soldier and his arrival in Utah he married Malissa Lott Smith, a young widow of the Prophet Joseph Smith and moved to Lehi, where he purchased a farm and became actively engaged in farming. He was accidentally killed Dec. 5, 1863, while crossing Dry Creek, near Lehi, by a load of wood overturning and burying him in the ice, together with his nine year old son, Cornelius..."

SOURCE: LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p. 767. Retrieved from

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January 21, 1812
Berne, Albany, NY, USA
May 13, 1849
Age 37
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
December 15, 1863
Age 51
Lehi, Utah, UT, USA
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA