About William Allen Aden
William A. Aden (1838-1857) - Born in Tennessee about 1838, Aden left Tennessee bound for California in 1857. An artist, William sketched scenery all along the route and on his arrival in Utah, went to Provo, about 47 miles south of Salt Lake City. There, he did some scenic painting for the Provo Dramatic Association. However, when the Fancher Train arrived, he decided to join them on their trek to California. He is considered to be the earliest victim of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre in Utah, although he did not die during the seige or in the Massacre itself that took place on 11 September 1857. On September 7, 1857, William along with another emigrant were looking for stray cattle near Mountain Meadows. They were attacked by white men at Leach's Spring and Aden was killed. However, his companion returned to camp, at which time the wagon train figured out that the Indians were being helped by or instigated by the Mormons.
William Aden's Timeline
Henry, TN, USA
September 7, 1857
Leach's Spring near Mountain Meadow, Washington, Utah Territory
Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial, Mountain Meadows, Washington, Utah, USA