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"...Isaac Russell (April 13, 1807 – September 25, 1844) was a leader in the early Latter Day Saint movement. Russell held a number of positions of responsibility, including being one of the first missionaries to England, with Heber C. Kimball, Willard Richards, Orson Hyde, Joseph Fielding, and J. E. Goodson. He also organized the Alston Church in 1837.
Isaac Russell, was born 13 April 1807 at Windy Haugh, near Alston, Cumberland, England to William Russell and Isabella Peart. He was the youngest of thirteen children. In 1817 the family emigrated from England to Upper Canada settling.
Russell and his family were baptized into the Church of the Latter Day Saints on May 21, 1836 by Parley P. Pratt, along with the families of John Taylor (3rd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)), Joseph Fielding and many others. He would join the body of the Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio in 1837.
As the Latter Day Saints were fleeing Missouri in the winter of 1838–39, Russell claimed to have received revelations directing him to remain in Missouri by leading the church into Indian Territory where the Three Nephites would join them to convert the Lamanites. His organization was called the Alston Church. He was alleged to have said that Joseph Smith had "fallen" and that he, Isaac, was now the prophet.
On April 26, 1839, Russell, along with most, if not all, of his followers were excommunicated.
After accusing Isaac of usurping authority over a small group of his converts and behaving as their prophet, most of these Alston saints immigrated to Nauvoo by the winter of 1843.
Russell stayed in Far West among anti-Mormon mobs, never rejoined the Church, and died in 1844 on his farm near Richmond, MO, of "swamp fever." His youngest child, Isabella Russell, born a year before his death, later wrote his biography. In 1861, Mary Russell, Isaac's widow, moved her children to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory and rejoining with the LDS Church..."