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Isaac Morley, Sr

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
Death: June 24, 1865 (79)
Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Manti, Sanpete County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas E. Morley, Sr. and Editha Marsh
Husband of Eleanor Morley; Lucy Morley; Abigail Leonora Morley; Hannah Blakesley Morley; Hannah Knight Carter (Libby) and 2 others
Father of Luther Terry Tuttle; Philena Morley; Lucy Diantha Morley; Editha Ann Whiting; Calista Morley and 8 others
Brother of Arathusa Keney; Horace Morley; Tirza Morley; Editha Morley; Thomas Morley and 3 others

Occupation: Post Master - Sanpete, UT, Immigrant Mormon Farmer
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About Isaac Morley, Sr

He listed his occupation as "farmer" on several census records. However, he served in senior positions of the LDS church, was a civic leader, built many structures in every settlement where he lived, and seemed to be a developer of communities. A man of many hats and skills.

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Isaac Morley (March 11, 1786 – June 24, 1865) was an early member of the Latter Day Saint movement and a contemporary of both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. He was one of the first converts to Smith's Church of Christ. Morley was present at many of the early events of the Latter Day Saint movement, and served as a church leader in Ohio, Missouri and Utah Territory.

"...Morley was born on March 11, 1786 in Montague, Massachusetts, one of nine children of Thomas E. Morley and Editha Marsh. He served in the War of 1812 from 1812-15, and later held the position of captain in the Ohio militia.

In June 1812, he married Lucy Gunn in Massachusetts. The couple had seven children. Some years after becoming a member of the LDS church in 1830, he practiced plural marriage, taking Leonora Snow (the older sister of Lorenzo and Eliza R. Snow) and Hannah Blakesley (also found as Blaixly or Blakeslee) as his second and third wife in 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois. Blakesley bore him an additional three children. Other wives included Hannah Knight Libby and Harriet Lucinda Cox, married 1846 in Nauvoo, Hannah Sibley and Nancy Anne Bache (also found as Back)..."

"...Morley emigrated to the Great Salt Lake valley in 1848, and is considered the founder of Manti, Utah..."

"...Morley served as a senator in the general assembly of the provisional State of Deseret. In 1851, 1853 and 1855, he represented Sanpete county in the legislative council of the Utah Territory..."

"...He died on June 24, 1865 in Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah..."


In the 1830s, not long after the "plates" were found, Isaac (a prosperous farmer) settled a "common stock" Mormon settlement called Morley Settlement in Kirkland, OH near the Chagrin River valley. All things were held in commons and all farming was by united labor forming a Mormon society. Isaac welcome new converts to his farm "promised land" and was quickly overrun by the great influx of people who rushed to be a part of the new society. As a group they owned farms and mills and had about 8 families working the land.

In Illinois, Isaac Morley was a Justice of the Peace Hancock County, IL. During that time, there was an Anti-Mormon movement by citizens and military encampments whose goal was to drive the Mormons out of their county to Nauvoo, MO. It was called "wolf hunts" where opposing citizens would harm, run off Mormons by burning houses, or destroying their homes/belongings, crops, up to and including killing them. They tried intimidating through mob activities. This group even threatened the governor, saying the governor was just as easily hit as the Mormons.

This persecution began the westward movement. From Nauvoo, Ill, to Pottawattamie County (now Council Bluffs), IA and eventually to Salt Lake, UT. Isaac served on the High Council, as a Patriarch, President and other positions within the LDS church administration.

In 1844, Isaac served as a Col. in the Nauvoo Legion to defend against mob activities to destroy the Saints. . .

In 1852, a new settlement in Juab county, Nephi City contained 20 families. After the first crops of wheat, corn, oat and potatoes were raised and the survey of Nephi was done, the community held a feast and President Isaac Morley was among the dignitaries invited. President Isaac Morley gave remarks according to Deseret News. (The reference to President was related to a position in the church).

In Jan 1856, The Senate of the US approved an act granting Benj. Johnson and Isaac Morley the right of controlling the district of Summit Creek and Weber Valley for timber/herding and use under the church's incorporation and free from taxation. Much of Utah was assigned to the church in this way to develop and settle the territory.

The son of Thos. E. Morley, Isaac served his country in the War of 1812 and in June of 1812 he married Lucy Gunn.

When Oliver Cowdery and companions passed through Ohio in 1830 Isaac was converted and he was ordained a High Priest June 3, 1831, by Lyman Wight, and as a counselor to Bishop Partridge. This office he held until the death of Partridge in 1840. He was also appointed by revelation to travel to Missouri with Ezra Booth, "preaching by the way."

In 1835, Isaac traveled to the East on a mission with Partridge. On their return to Kirtland the Prophet Joseph wrote: The word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Behold I am well pleased with my servant Isaac Morley and my servant Edward Partridge, because of the integrity of their hearts in laboring in my vineyard..."

He attended the dedication of the Kirtland Temple and went to Missouri where he helped to locate Far Wesy. On Nov. 7, 1837, he was ordained Patriarch of Far West and remained at Far West until the infamous extermination order and was one of those taken and marched to Richmond to await trial.

He located in Illinois near Lima, Hancock county; naming the settlement Yelrome (some have suggested Yelrom). The fall of 1845 his property was burned by a mob, and he was driven to Nauvoo, where he remained until the exodus.

At Winter Quarters he buried Lucy and in 1848 he emigrated to the Valley. In 1849 he settled Sanpete valley. The winter was very severe and the food was barely sufficient.

The last decade of his life he devoted himself to his calling as a Patriarch, conferring blessings upon thousands.

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Isaac Morley, Sr's Timeline

March 11, 1786
Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts, United States
March 2, 1813
Age 26
Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio
October 4, 1815
Age 29
Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio, USA
January 25, 1818
Age 31
Kirkland, Geauga, Ohio, United States
May 11, 1820
Age 34
Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio
Age 34
Kirtland, Lake, OH
Age 34
Kirtland, Lake, OH
November 28, 1823
Age 37
Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio, United States
July 18, 1825
Age 39
Kirtland, Lake, OH