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George White Pitkin

Birthdate: (72)
Birthplace: Hartford, Windsor, Vermont, United States
Death: November 26, 1873 (72)
Millville, Cache, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Millville, Cache, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Paul Pitkin and Abigail Pitkin
Husband of Amanda Egglestone Pitkin and Sarah Ann Pitkin
Father of Lathrop Pitkin, d.s.p.; Martha Abigail Pitkin; Ammon Paul Pitkin; George Orin Pitkin; Mariah Laura Pitkin Garr and 6 others
Brother of Orrin Pitkin; Leonard Pitkin; Mary Pitkin; Laura Pitkin Kimball; Sophia Pitkin and 3 others

Occupation: Bodyguard to the Prophet Joseph Smith, farmer, school teacher
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About George White Pitkin


George White Pitkin, born 17 May 1801 in Hartford, Windsor County, Vermont, was the tenth and final child born to Paul Pitkin (11 October 1759 Bolton, Connecticut - 16 January 1823 Garrettsville, Ohio) and Abigail Lathrop. He was baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith on his birthday, 17 May 1831, and the remainder of his long life was shaped by public service and his stalwart support of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. George White Pitkin served as a sheriff of Portage County, Ohio, testified in court on behalf of Joseph Smith at Nauvoo in 1843, joined the Mormon migration westward to Salt Lake, and served in the upper echelons of LDS church leadership. George White Pitkin died at the age of 72 on 26 November 1873 at Millville, Cache County, Utah Territory, and is buried at Millville City Cemetery, Millville, Utah.


  1. Amanda Eggleston
    1. Lathrop Pitkin (1831Hiram, Portage County, Ohio - died in infancy)
    2. Martha Abigail Pitkin (1832 Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri - 1892)
    3. Ammon Paul Pitkin (b. 1835 Clay County, Missouri)
    4. George Orin Pitkin (1837 Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri - 1910 Logan, Cache County, Utah)
    5. Mariah Laura Pitkin (1841-1860)
    6. Pamelia Pitkin (1844-1845)
    7. John Pitkin (1846 Iowa Territory - 1847)
  2. Sara Ann Huffman (1827 - 1904) married 13 Feb 1847 Davis County, Iowa
    1. Harriet Vilate Pitkin (30 July 1848 Scotts Bluff, Nebraska - 11 March 1914 Tremonton, Box Elder, Utah)
    2. Jay Leonard Pitkin (11 October 1850 Ogden, Weber, Utah Territory - 5 February 1909 Hiram, Cache, Utah)
    3. Jacob W. Pitkin (22 Apr 1855 Waldo Hills, Marion, Oregon - 13 May 1855 Waldo Hills, Marion, Oregon)
    4. Martha Pitkin (born 1847), died young

Testimony Given Before the Municipal Court, Nauvoo, Illinois, 1 Jul 1843

George W. Pitkin sworn. Says that he concurs with the preceding witnesses, Hyrum Smith and Parley P. Pratt, in all the facts with which he is acquainted; that in the summer of 1838 he was elected Sheriff of the county of Caldwell and State of Missouri. That in the fall of the same year, while the county was threatened and infested with mobs, he received an order from Judge Higbee, the presiding Judge of said county, to call out the Militia, and he executed the same.

The said order was presented by Joseph Smith, Sen., who showed the witness a letter from General Atchison, giving such advice as was necessary for the protection of the citizens of said county. Reports of the mobs destroying property were daily received. Has no knowledge that Joseph Smith was concerned in organizing or commanding said Militia in any capacity whatever.

About this time he received information that about forty or fifty “Yauger rifles” and a quantity of ammunition were being conveyed through Caldwell to Daviess county, for the use of the mob, upon which he deputized William Allred to go with a company of men and intercept them, if possible. He did so, and brought the said arms and ammunition into Far West, which were afterwards delivered up to the order of Austin A. King, Judge of the Fifth, Circuit in Missouri.

It was generally understood at that time that said arms had been stolen by Neil Gillum and his company of volunteers, who had been upon a six months’ tour of service in the war between the United States and the Florida Indians. They were supposed to have been taken from the Fort at Tampa Bay, and brought to Richmond, Clay county, and that Captain Pollard or some other person loaned them to the mob.

He further says that whilst in office as Sheriff, he was forcibly and illegally compelled by Lieutenant Cook, the son-in-law or brother-in-law of Bogart, the Methodist priest, to start for Richmond; and when he demanded of him by what authority he acted, he was shown a bowie-knife and a brace of pistols; and when he asked what they wanted of him, he said they would let him know when he got to Richmond. Many of the citizens of Caldwell county were taken in the same manner, without any legal process whatever, and thrust into prison.

/GEORGE W. PITKIN. [Sworn to before the Municipal Court, Nauvoo, IL, 1 Jul 1843.]


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George White Pitkin's Timeline

May 17, 1801
Hartford, Windsor, Vermont, United States
March 5, 1831
Age 29
Hiram, Portage County, Ohio, United States
October 27, 1832
Age 31
Kaw Township, Jackson, Missouri, United States
April 26, 1835
Age 33
Clay County, Missouri, United States
August 19, 1837
Age 36
Caldwell County, Missouri, United States