Ephraim Grant Luce

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Ephraim Grant Luce

Birthplace: North Haven, ME, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Cause of death: Old Age
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Malatiah Luce and Ruth Luce
Husband of Mary Luce
Ex-husband of Lydia Maria Markham and Susan Luce
Father of Esther Ann Hoagland; Andrew Grant Luce; Caroline Little Walker; Andrew Jackson Luce; Harriet Ellen Luke and 2 others
Brother of Stephen Thomas Luce; Nancy Mary Kent; Sarah Grant (Sally) Perry; Thomas Benton Luce; Elizabeth "Eliza" Grant Page and 6 others

Occupation: Gardner
Managed by: Nathan De Graw
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About Ephraim Grant Luce

Ephraim Grant Luce. He converted to Mormonism and was baptized 7 April 1838 by Wilford Woodruff (ECH). In 1839 he moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. He was ordained 9 April 1840 by Wilford Woodruff in England and belonged to the 4th Quorum of Seventies (ECH). Neither he nor his wife Lydia appear on the 1840 census of either Maine or Illinois, although it is clear that he was an early settler there. Probably he came at the same time as his parents, about 1841. He does not appear on the 1842 tax list at Nauvoo.

When the Mormons evacuated Nauvoo in 1846 he followed Brigham Young across Iowa to Winter Quarters at Florence, Nebraska. His young son Thomas Benton Luce died at Winter Quarters. According to some records this son was born during the trek across Iowa, and according to others he was quite a bit older, having been born in Maine. Ephraim's wife and children went across the plains to Salt Lake, probably in 1849 (Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database). Ephraim himself came to Utah in 1851, traveling in James W. Cummings' Company. He was recorded as "Ephraim Luce, 1 Soul, 1 Waggon, 2 Horses" (Alfred Cordon Emigrating Company, Journal, 1851 June-Sept.; McAllister, John Daniel Thompson, Journals, 1851-1906, reel 1, box 1, fd. 1, 6-7).

He appears on the 1851 census in Salt Lake City. In 1852 he was living in Salt Lake's 6th Ward (Registry). He was defendant in a replevin case filed 3 May 1856, Margaret Kaighin v. Ephraim Luce, Salt Lake County. He was endowed 24 September 1859 at Salt Lake (ECH).

He died either 2 March 1880 in either Salt Lake City or Spanish Fork.


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Ephraim Grant Luce's Timeline

September 3, 1799
North Haven, ME, USA
December 5, 1828
Age 29
North Haven, ME, USA
February 2, 1830
Age 30
North Haven, ME, USA
September 14, 1831
Age 32
Vinalhaven, Knox, ME
April 23, 1833
Age 33
North Haven, ME, USA
August 8, 1835
Age 35
Fox Island, Pierce County, Washington, United States
March 28, 1838
Age 38
Vinalhaven, ME, USA
March 12, 1843
Age 43