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Jacob Gates

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: St Johnsberry, Caledonia County, Vermont, United States
Death: April 14, 1892 (81)
Provo, Utah, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Provo, Utah, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Gates Sr. and Patty Plumley
Husband of Elizabeth Caroline Hutchings; Mary Elizabeth Ware; Emma Forsberry and Mary Minerva Gates
Father of Jedediah Morgan Gates; Franklin Forsberry Gates; William Milo Gates; Wellington Forsberry Gates; Claudius Ware Gates and 6 others
Brother of Lucinda Gates; Sally Bingham; John Gates; Betsey Jane Gilbert; Thomas Gates, jr. and 5 others

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About Jacob Gates

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Jacob Gates (May 9, 1811 – April 14, 1892) was an early Mormon leader and member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

[He] was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont and married Millie Snow in 1833..."

"...Gates served in the Utah Territorial Legislature, representing Washington and Kane counties, from 1864 to 1867. Gates practiced plural marriage and fathered 11 children. He died in Provo, Utah Territory.."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Jacob Gates', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 24 January 2011, 10:06 UTC, <> [accessed 16 February 2011]

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Gates, Jacob

Birth Date: 9 Mar. 1811 Death Date: 14 Apr. 1892 Gender: Male Age: 36 Company: Jedediah M. Grant - Willard Snow Company (1847)


Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) - polygamous

  • President Brigham Young called he and 35 others who to go on a mission and "blest under the hands of President B. Young and the Twleve with a promise that every word should come to pass" he left by horseback on October 19, 1849. GREAT personal written account of the trip!
  • After arriving at Salt Lace (Zion), he went on several more missions (New England States, England). In New Orleans, described it as "a mixt multitude assumbled from all nations and is full of all manner of abomination and wickedness."
  • upon marrying Mary, she went to live with his second wife Emma (his first wife was Mary Snow, a sister of apostle Erastus Snow).
  • They then had a call from President Brigham Young to join a group to locate in southern Utah to subdue the Indians and colonize that area.
  • Mary and the 2nd wife, Emma, lived together. Emma's health failed and her 6 children where raised in part by Mary.
  • Mary, Jacob and child Claudius were in Bellevue during the Mountain Meadow massacre.
  • "Brother" Brigham Young would "put-up" with them as he passed with his "favorite wife" on the way to St. George.
  • 15 years later (date?) the family, including 5 children, moved to Provo.
  • He was the First President of the Seventies organization of the LDS Church and seemed to be connected with higher church dealings.
  • He was arrested for "adultery" since he was not legally married to Mary and though he was ordered to not live with Mary, after three weeks, he continued to do so and that was the end of the trouble.
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Jacob Gates's Timeline

March 9, 1811
Caledonia County, Vermont, United States
June 18, 1833
Age 22
Confirmed by Zerubbabel Snow
June 18, 1833
Age 22
June 18, 1833
Age 22
Baptized by Orson Pratt
December 15, 1845
Age 34
July 30, 1854
Age 43
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
February 13, 1856
Age 44
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States