Lewis Dunbar Wilson (1805 - 1856) MP

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Birthplace: Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
Death: Died in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States
Occupation: LDS High councilor, Cooper
Managed by: Richard Aaron Wilson
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About Lewis Dunbar Wilson

Wilson, Lewis Dunbar. Son of Bradley and Polly Wilson. Born 2 June 1805 in Milton, Chittendon County, Vermont. Residing in Richland County, Ohio, 1830. Married Nancy Waggoner (born 10 July 1810) 11 July 1830. Eleven known children: Lavina, Lemuel, Alvira, Oliver Granger, Aimeda, Lewis D., David, Mary, Nancy Melissa, George, and Samuel. Baptized 23 May 1836 through efforts of Oliver Granger in Green Township, Richland County, Ohio. Ordained priest September 1836. Ordained elder 4 September 1836. Visited Kirtland November 1836. Participated in solemn assembly in Kirtland April 1837. Took short mission with brother George 16 May 1837. Left Ohio for Far West, Missouri, 30 August 1837. Arrived 14 October 1837. Traveled to Ohio and back to Missouri August-November 1838. Ordained seventy 24 September 1838. Located in Illinois 1839. Appointed member of Nauvoo high council 6 October 1839. Member of Nauvoo high council 1839-45. Received endowment 15 December 1845. Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Patsy Minerva Reynolds (born 1829 in Missouri) 3 February 1846. Left Nauvoo February 1846. Located in Garden Grove, Iowa, 1846. Moved to Pottawattamie County, Iowa, May 1851. Wife Nancy died 20 July 1851. Married Sarah Waldo (born 14 December 1819) 28 September 1851. Two known children: infant and James Perry. Left Iowa for Salt Lake City 6 June 1853. Arrived 27 August 1853. Settled in Ogden, Utah. Married Nancy Ann Cossett 12 February 1854. Died 11 March 1856 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah. [Cook]

Came to Utah with the Daniel A. Miller/John W. Cooley Company in 9/17 Sep 1853.

Lewis Dunbar Wilson Sr.

A short sketch of the life of Lewis Dunbar Wilson after he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints until he arrived in Salt Lake Utah in 1853 written by himself.

I, Lewis Dunbar Wilson Sr, born in Chittenden, Co., Vermont, 1805, was the son of Bradley and Mary Wilson. Bradley was the son of Deliverence Wilson and Sarah Smith. Deliverence was the son of Joseph Wilson. I married Nancy Ann Wagoner. She was the daughter of David and Irene Wagoner, David. was the son of John and Nancy Wagoner, My wife and I were baptized on the 23 of May 1836. I became a deacon and was ordained a priest in September. A little later, I was ordained an elder by Elder Joseph Smith. Later I was ordained a seventy, 24 of September 1839; I labored in Kirtland, Ohio for two months then returned home. We visited Kirtland to attend the solemn assembly in April. I preached by the way on my return home. On May 15, 1837, Elder George Wilson and myself started a short mission to the west.

On the 30 of August 1838, we started for the land of Zion. On the 14 of October, we were at Caldwell Co., Missouri, On the 21st of October, we landed on land of our own. I built a cabin, On November 20; the Saints were in great confusion, as Governor Boggs had ordered the Saints to leave Missouri. We were mobbed and driven from our homes. We started for Nauvoo and reached there on the 26. I was chosen as one of the high councilmen at the corner stake of Zion at the October 6 conference. After the organization of the church, I was chosen in the same revelation the Apostles were chosen D, C, section 121. I was ordained to the high counsel by Hyrum Smith, patriarch, I worked faithfully in that office until the Saints were driven from Nauvoo. On September 20, 1844, my wife and I received our sealings and blessings in the everlasting covenant. On, September 20, I baptized Willard Darrow into the church. After I baptized some weeks in the temple, January 19, 1846, Nancy and I were sealed in the house of the Lord. I then worked for several weeks longer in the temple. After enduring all the trials of Nauvoo from the rise to the downfall, my wife, family and myself left Nauvoo in the first company. We had a dreadful, tedious journey of about two months. We passed through more rain and mud than I had ever seen in my life before. We reached Garden Grove February 7.

We were the parents of nine children at this time. Lavina was born in Richland Co., Ohio, October 22, 1832; Alvira was born in Green Town Ship, Richland Co., Ohio, April 21, 182.4. Oliver Grange was born in Green Town Ship, Richland Co., Ohio, July 1. Almeda was born in Caldwell Co., Missouri, April 12, 1838; Lewis Dunbar Jr. was born September 21, 1840 in Nauvoo city Illinois. David was born June 22, 1842, Nauvoo, Illinois. Mary Malinda parted this life November 8, 1846 at Garden Grove, living one year 9 months and 18 days. Malissa was born at Garden Grove 22 of February 1847. Lavina was baptized July 26, 1840 at Nauvoo, Illinois, in the Mississippi river. George Miles was born at Garden Grove the 13 of May, 1849 in the midst of afflictions and distress, While we were fleeing out of civilization on account of our religion, I was chosen captain over ten men at Garden Grove. To organize the Saints in that place and plant crops for the Saints that were to follow.

We also went back to Bonaport and labored among the farmers to procure a load of bread stuff. Five of my children did not have shoes or a change of clothing. We returned to Bonaport and obtained another load of flour. In the winter of 1848, we commenced to make clothing, September 1850, Lewis Dunbar Jr, and David were baptized in the church by their father, They were baptized in the Mississippi river.

Lewis Dunbar Jr. was 10 years old at this time. May 13, 1851 we left Garden Grove for Counsel Bluff a distance of 160 miles, crossed six streams and endured more hard rains than was ever heard of in that time since the flood, and such thunder and lighting until the Saints fasted and prayed that the heavy rains would cease. After that, the rains were light. We settled on Michito Creek, planted corn and potatoes and started to build a house. I went twelve miles to get a load of lumber. When I returned, I found my wife very ill, after giving birth to a son July 19, 1851, who was named Samuel. His Dear Mother only lived ten hours after his birth. She had been in the church 15 years, and had been a member since she was 26 years old. During this time, she had attended every ordinance of the Gospel offered in her day. She did the work for her father's family in the Nauvoo temple. She received her washings and anointings to become queen and priestess, after which she attended one other ordinance which was the washing the feet of her husband that she night have claim of him at the resurrection. She knew and died in triumph of faith in the Gospel of the Son of God after having lived and obeyed all the laws and ordinances of the church that had been given in her day. She died full in the faith of a glorious resurrection with the Just and was buried on the Missouri Bluff, just above Kainsville. She left a husband and nine children to mourn her loss.

Being left with a family of children, I married Sarah Waldo, September 28, 1851, she, being the daughter of Samuel and Alpha Waldo. A son was born to us in 1852 who we named James Perry Wilson.

On June 6, 1853, we started across the plains in the company of Captain Daniell Miller and John Cooley from Winter quarters, After many hardships and experiences with the Indians, the landed in Salt Lake August 29, 1853.

We settled west of Ogden for a little while. Wilson Ward was named after the Wilson families. We soon moved to Ogden where we built a comfortable home and commenced to gain in the way of property.

[Lewis Dunbar Sr. died on March 11, 1856 after a strenuous life. But he lived and died a faithful Latter Day Saint and his family was left in the care of Lewis D, Wilson Jr., the oldest one at home, The wife he married on the way deserted the family after his death and went east to her people.]

Wilson, Lewis Dunbar, Sr., Reminiscence and diary, 1846-1854, 9-10.

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On June 6th, we left the states for the valley of Great Salt Lake in company of Daniel Miller and J.W. Cooley & Co. Traveled with them four or five weeks and made such poor progress that G[eorge].C. Wilson—B[radley]. B[arlow]. Wilson, two of my brothers and myself, went ahead, and traveled about double the distance a day that we had been in the habit of traveling and passed on for several weeks with out any thing strange occuring. We killed some game along the way and enjoying ourselves first rate being all well and making good progress on our journey. We saw no indians on the road for several weeks. At length we began to come across some of the red men of the west who appeared very civil until we met a band of them who were moving. They passed us civily all but G.E. Wilson’s pony. He had gone back for an antilope that some of the boys had killed. When they went to pass him and his wife in the pony wagon, some of them cut some of their capers and scared the ponies. They spun and slipped the neck yoak [yoke] ring right off of the tongue and both got on one side of the tongue and jerked my brother right off the fore end of the wagon and run over him with the waggon. His wife caught hold of one of the lines and held on to it until they ran around on a small circle when some of the boys ran and caught them as they came around. After all there was not much injury sustained. It hurt my brother some. So we passed on for some days with out any more molestation. Later we came up to a large camp of them. They came out and formed a line across the road and called us to stand and required some provisions. After giving some little sugar and coffee they consented to let us pass but they followed us and shook their fists and whooped and tried to scare our teams but didn’t succeed. They followed us to where we camped, some hundred and fifty of them. We had to get supper for about fifty of them to get rid of them. While we were getting supper ready they stole all of our spare [text missing]. From that time on we passed on quite well until we accomplished our journey. We reached the City of the Great Salt Lake Aug. 29th 1852 [1853] and found it a general time of health and prosperity with the exception of a little Indian fuss.

Source: Mayhew, Elijah, Diary, 1853 June-Sept. Full Text: At a meeting in the evining Bro. [Lewis] Dunbar Wilson was appointed—Chaplain—

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Lewis Dunbar Wilson's Timeline

1805
January 2, 1805
Milton, Chittenden, Vermont, United States
1830
July 11, 1830
Age 25
Richland, Ohio, United States
1831
July 15, 1831
Age 26
Perrysville, Richland, Ohio, United States
1832
October 22, 1832
Age 27
Green, OH, USA
1834
April 21, 1834
Age 29
Green Township, Ohio, United States
1836
May 23, 1836
Age 31
Ohio, United States
May 23, 1836
Age 31
July 1, 1836
Age 31
Green, OH, USA
1838
April 12, 1838
Age 33
Tenney's Grove, Ray, Missouri, United States
1840
September 21, 1840
Age 35
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States