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  • Moroni Clawson (1837 - 1862)
    Moroni Clawson Lncde: 8 Moroni Clawson was born 1 Jan 1837 in near Far West, Caldwell, Missouri. He died 17 Jan 1862 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah and was buried 1862 in Draper, Salt Lake, Utah. H...
  • Jason Reid Luce (1830 - 1864)
    He was a trader (1860) and a member of the Bill Hickman Gang, sometimes called Hickman's Hounds , a notorious LDS gang. He was executed by the State of Utah for the murder of Samuel Bunting in a knife ...
  • John Martin Luce (1836 - 1907)
  • Wilford Woodruff Luce, Sr. (1838 - 1906)
    He was a farmer, mail carrier (1860-1861), freighter (1869), wagon boss for Hooper & Knowlton, and laborer (1890). His parents converted to Mormonism in early 1838 and set out in the fall with a comp...
  • Lot Elisha Huntington (1834 - 1862)
    Lot Huntington , an outlaw, was killed by O. Porter Rockwell, near Ft. Crittenden, while attempting to escape from the officers. On the following day, while trying to effect their escape, John P. Smith...

The Danites were a fraternal organization founded by Latter Day Saint (LDS) members in June 1838, in the town of Far West in Caldwell County, Missouri. During their period of organization in Missouri, the Danites operated as a vigilante group and took a central role in the events of the 1838 Mormon War. Whether or not the Danites existed after the 1847 arrival of the LDS in Utah is still debated. However, they remained an important part of Mormon and non-Mormon folklore, polemics, and propaganda for the remainder of the 19th century, waning in ideological prominence after Utah gained statehood. Notwithstanding public excommunications of Danite leaders by the Church and both public and private statements from Joseph Smith referring to the band as being both evil in nature and a "secret combination" (i.e., a derogatory term used in the Book of Mormon) to which he attributed no part of, the nature and scope of the organization, and the degree to which it was officially connected to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are a matter of some dispute among historians. Earlier in the band's existence, Joseph Smith appeared to endorse the group's actions, but later turned against them as violence increased and the actions of the Danites inspired a hysteria in Missouri that eventually led to the Extermination Order.

Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danites

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