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John Price CLIFFORD (Wriston)

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Pond River Farm, Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky
Death: Died in Mound Valley, Bannock, ID, USA
Place of Burial: Mound Valley, Bannock, Idaho, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Henry Rush CLIFFORD and Elizabeth PRICE Clifford
Husband of Mary Lois VAN LEUVEN Clifford
Father of Mary Ellen Hansen; John Price Clifford; Thomas Clifford; Adah Matilda Sant; Annetta Lucinda Wilson and 3 others
Brother of Martha Wriston Dees; Elihu Clifford, Died young; William Wriston Clifford; Stieman Wriston; Tillman Berry Clifford and 5 others

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About John Price Wriston CLIFFORD

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868

Clifford, John Price

Birth Date: 13 Apr. 1823 Death Date: 4 Mar. 1899 Gender: Male Age: 24 Company: Mormon Battalion Sick Detachments (1847)

Pioneer Information: AKA John P. Wriston, He was raised by a stepfather named Wriston and as a result he and his siblings took the name of Wriston. After the family arrived in Utah, Brother Kimball advised them to use their original family name of Clifford. Church and civil records after that time (1852) are under the name of Clifford.


A history found in the library of the University of Wyoming and copied by Ed Hoyt Parkison reads as follows:

Riston, John Price (Clifford)

A member of the Mormon Battalion, Company "A" was born April 13, 1823 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, a son of John Clifford and Elizabeth Price. He was baptized February 16, 1845 in Illinois by James Olive. He came to Nauvoo in 1845, was in exodus of 1846, joined the Battalion and wintered at Pueblo and arrived in the "Valley" in Captain Brown's detachment on July 29, 1847.

He spoke Shoshone, Blackfoot and Bannock dialects and acted as interpreter and president of the Indian Mission in the north in 1859. He came to Cache Valley that same year and located in Gentile Valley about 1880. On his Indian missions, he averted dangers threatening the settlers in Cache valley. Being raised in the East by the name of Wriston, he took that name, but his real name was John Price Clifford.

He met his wife Mary Lois Van Leuven in North Ogden and was married there on December 15, 1852. They settled in Brigham City, Utah for a few years and their eldest daughter Mary Ellen was born there June 7, 1854 and his only son John Price Jr., was born September 1, 1856 in the same place.

History of Box Elder states:



Born in Kentucky on April 13, 1823. While en route to Utah joined the Mormon Battalion. After receiving his discharge he came to North Ogden where he met and married Mary Lois Van Leuven on December 15, 1852. They moved to Box Elder in 1853. He acted as interpreter whenever trouble with the Indians arose. He died March 4, 1899 and was buried in Gentile Valley.

John Price Philip CLIFFORD or RISTON b. 13 Apr 1823 in Pond River Farm, Christian Co, KY d. 4 Mar 1899 in Mound Valley, Bannock (now Franklin Co.) ID and was buried on 4 Mar 1899 in Mound Valley, Bannock (now Franklin Co.) ID. He joined the Mormon Battalion in 1846. It was when he was married at the Endowment House in Salt Lake City that Brigham Young advised him to never use the name Riston again, as his real name was Clifford. In the battalion, he was John P. CLIFFORD but the monument to the Mormon Battalion lists him as John RISTON. He is buried in Gentile Valley (Mound Fort), ID. He joined the battalion in Council Bluffs, IA. He and his brother, Isaac, went to Mexico on 20 July 1846. They marched until Jan 1847. John then went to Pueblo, CO., then back to Utah. He grew potatoes in Utah but he was a surveyor by trade and practiced this in Utah and ID. John was baptized on 16 Feb 1845 in IL by James Olive. He was in Nauvoo in 1845 but left with most others in 1846. He "wintered" in CO and arrived in the "Valley" in Capt. Brown's detachment on 29 July, 1847. He lived among Native American people and spoke Shoshone, Blackfoot and Bannock acting as an interpreter. He then was the President of the Indian Mission in the north in 1859. He located in Cache Valley in 1859 and moved to Gentile Valley around 1880. He was known as a Clifford but took the name, RISTON though his real name was Clifford. John and Mary Lois lived in Box Elder in 1853.

Alternate Name

Birth Name John Price Wriston Also Known As John Price Clifford Residence 1850 Davis county, Davis, Utah Territory 1880 Oxford, Oneida, Idaho, United States Custom Event Pension from 1846 to 1848 United States Immigration 29 Jul 1847 Obituary 1899 Idaho, United States

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John Price Wriston CLIFFORD's Timeline

April 13, 1823
Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky
Age 26
Davis, UT, USA
Age 26
Davis, UT, USA
June 7, 1854
Age 31
Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah Territory, United States
September 1, 1856
Age 33
Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah Territory, United States
June 24, 1860
Age 37
Providence, Cache, UT, USA
June 24, 1860
Age 37
Providence, Cache, Utah, USA
Age 36
Cache, UT, USA
Age 36
Cache, UT, USA