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About Thomas Tanner
"...Tanner, Thomas – (3rd ten) Born March 31, 1804, in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, to William and Judea Tanner. He immigrated to America in 1831, married in 1834 and was baptized in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1841. He was assigned to be captain of the artillery in the first company, and placed in charge of the cannon crew. On the way across the plains, he often drilled his crew and occasionally fired the piece, especially if Indians were around. A blacksmith, his forge was useful in welding broken iron wheels and axles. After arriving in Salt Lake Valley, he built a blacksmith shop of adobe brick and worked as a blacksmith until he became foreman of the Church public works blacksmith shop. He died after a fall in Salt Lake City on Aug. 2, 1855, at age 51..."