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Ellot Willden

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Laughton en le Morthen, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: October 1, 1920 (87)
Beaver, Beaver, Utah
Place of Burial: Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles William Willden and Eleanor O Willden
Husband of Christiana Willden; Christiana Willden and Emma Jane Clews
Father of Eleanor Mae Ivie; William Ure Willden; Betty Violet Willden; Ellott Willden, Jr; Clarence Wildman Willden and 7 others
Brother of Charles Turner Willden; John Alexander Willden; Feargus O'Connor Willden; Ann Jane Bradwell; Maria Willden and 4 others
Half brother of Sarah Eleanor Willden and Alice Willden

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About Ellot Willden


Willden, Ellott (1833–1920), 23. Private, Company F, Fourth Platoon, Cedar City. Ellott Willden, along with Benjamin Arthur and Josiah Reeves, was sent to Mountain Meadows on Friday, September 4, 1857 by John M. Higbee to gather information from the emigrants that might justify an attack against them, as well as to encourage them to move further down the trail to where the attack was originally supposed to occur. After the first attack on the emigrants, Willden loaned his pair of flintlock pistols to William Stewart, who used them to kill William Aden on Monday, September 7. Willden also saw the bodies of two emigrants who were killed Tuesday night while on their way to Cedar City for help. On Wednesday, Willden said he was forced to dress in Indian apparel and run through emigrant gunfire. Lee recalled Willden amusing himself by sitting under a shade tree and shooting in the direction of the emigrant camp with a gun that did not have enough range to reach it. Willden, however, told Andrew Jenson in 1892 that he was unarmed during the massacre. Willden was one of nine men indicted in September 1874 for their roles in the massacre. He was arrested but never tried.


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Ellot Willden's Timeline

September 28, 1833
Laughton en le Morthen, South Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
January 7, 1858
Age 24
Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States
March 17, 1860
Age 26
Beaver, Beaver, Utah
April 13, 1862
Age 28
Cedar City, Iron, Utah, United States
July 27, 1864
Age 30
Cove Fort, Millard, Utah, United States
December 17, 1866
Age 33
Beaver, Beaver, Utah
December 4, 1868
Age 35
Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States
May 15, 1875
Age 41
Beaver, Beaver, Utah
October 12, 1876
Age 43
Beaver, Beaver, Utah