Lorenzo Wesley Roundy

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About Lorenzo Wesley Roundy

Lorenzo Wesley Roundy, third child and second son of Shadrach Roundy (1788 - 1872) and Betsey Quimby Roundy (1793 - 1880), was born 18 June 1819 in Spafford, Onondaga County, New York. According to LDS records, he was baptized in 1837. Lorenzo married Adeline (Adaline) Whiting (1822-1846) on 1 May 1843, in Nauvoo. They had two sons, but Adeline died of complications of childbirth soon after the birth of the second, on May 27, 1846. Six month later, Lorenzo married Susannah Wallace (1820-1892) 16 May 1847. A month after the wedding, they set off for Utah. On 22 April 1857, in Salt Lake City, Lorenzo took as a plural wife Priscilla Parrish (1833-1914). Altogether, Lorenzo fathered 18 children, the last just a year prior to drowning in the Colorado River, Arizona, in 1876. He was buried at Kanarraville Cemetery, Kanarraville, Iron County, Utah Territory.

Marriages and Children

  1. Adeline Whiting (1822-1846) married 1 May 1843 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois
    1. Myron Shadrach Roundy (8 February 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois - 11 February 1902 Kanarraville, Iron County, Utah)
    2. George Whiting ( born 13 May 1846 - died 30 July 1846 Bethlehem, Iowa)
  2. Susannah Wallace (1820 - 1892) married 16 May 1847 Winter Quarters
    1. Wallace Wesley Roundy (1848 - 1918)
    2. Malinde Elizabeth Roundy Pollock (1849 - 1916)
    3. Napoleon Bonapart Roundy (1851 - 1928)
    4. Matilda Ann Roundy (1852 - 1919)
    5. Celestia Almeda Roundy Willis (1854 - 1934)
    6. Mary Isabelle Roundy Williams (1857 - 1938)
    7. Lorenzo Wesley Roundy (1861 - 1904)
  3. Priscilla Parrish (1833 - 1914) married 22 April 1857 Endowment House, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory
    1. Fannie Jane Roundy (born 21 December 1858 Centerville, Davis County, Utah Territory) married Mr. Willis
    2. Sarah Roundy (born 17 September 1861Centerville, Davis County, Utah Territory) married Mr. Berry
    3. Samuel H Roundy (24 December 1862 Centerville, Davis County, Utah Territory -1940)
    4. Joel Jesse Roundy (20 November 1864 - 1949)
    5. Annie Isadore Roundy (1867 - 1949) married Mr. Davis
    6. David Alonzo Roundy (1869 - 1870)
    7. Lydia Annis Roundy (1872 - 1946) married Mr. Reeves
    8. Heber Lorenzo Roundy (1875 - 1953)

Church Service

According to the Early Church Information File Lorenzo was ordained a Seventy 8 April 1854 by Lewis Robbins and served in the 2nd Quorum of the Seventy, yet other LDS records claim he became a High Priest in May of 1845. When he was endowed in the Nauvoo temple on 22 January 1846 he was listed as a Seventy. Lorenzo received his Patriarchal blessing from Patriarch John Smith on 30 December 1845 in Nauvoo, his lineage "House of Joseph".

Called as one of a group of missionaries to labor in the Southern Utah Native American Mission in October of 1853, Lorenzo became an able leader much depended upon by Brigham Young. Lorenzo was the founder of "Upper Kanab", helped build the first sawmill in Washington County, and was a leader during periodic troubles with the Indians. He helped investigate the circumstances of the Mountain Meadow massacre, and was called to serve as a member and leader of exploration trips into northern Arizona. Lorenzo hosted Brigham Young while on his annual visits to Southwest Utah, helped locate and build several settlements and was a bishop at Kanarraville.

According to a brief sketch Jared Curtis' wife, Elizabeth J. D. Roundy, provided George Knapp Collins for his Spafford, Onondaga County New York, Lorenzo was "a member of the (Utah) Nauvoo Legion....He was superintendent of the Co-operative Mercantile Institution in Kanarra, Iron County, Utah, was two or three time elected to the Legislature, was ordained Bishop in 1860, and was finally made President of the Southern Colony of Mormons".


  • Although Lorenzo's marriage to Susannah Wallace is listed as having taken place in Nauvoo in his bio-sketch in the appendix of The Roundy Family in America, it is well-documented elsewhere that Lorenzo and Susannah had already spent several months in Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
  • The exact date of his death is uncertain. Depending on which written source one reads, his death by drowning occurred on 24 May 1876, 25 May, 27 May, 28 May, or 24 September 1876.


  • An extensive history has been written for Lorenzo.
  • Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868. Roundy, Lorenzo Wesley; Birth Date: 18 June 1819; Death Date: 24 May 1876; Gender: Male; Age: 28; Company: Abraham O. Smoot - Samuel Russell Company (1847). Sources: Journal History, 21 June 1847, p. 44; New FamilySearch; Pioneer Pathways 5 (2002): 98.
  • Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846. Name: Lorenzo Wesley Roundy; Birth Date: 1819; Birth Place: New York; Death Date: 1876; Death Place: Arizona; Father: Shadrack Roundy; Mother: Betxy Quimby; Wives(children) : Parrish, Priscilla (8); Wallace, Susannah (8); Whiting, Adeline (2); Quorum: Q2; Nauvoo Data: Baptized 1837; Endowed Nauvoo Temple 1/22/46 (Seventy); High Priest May 1845; Post-Nauvoo Data: Centerville UT; Farmer; Sources: M37:783; N512; Q2+.Source Information: Ancestry.com. Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: Black, Harvey B. Seventy Quorum Membership, 1835–1846: An Annotated Index of Over 3,500 Seventies Organized into the First Thirty-Five Quorums of the Seventy in Kirtland, Ohio, and Nauvoo, Illinois. Provo, Utah: Infobases, Inc., 1996. Private Donor.
  • Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011. Name: Lorenzo Wesley Roundy; Spouse: Susannah Wallace; Marriage Date: 1847; Marriage Place: Coconino, Arizona; URL: http://abish.byui.edu/specialC... Source Information: Ancestry.com. Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Western States Marriage Index. Brigham Young University–Idaho. http://abish.byui.edu/specialCollections/westernStates/search.cfm.
  • 1850 United States Federal Census. Name: Lorenzo W Roundy; Age: 31; Birth Year: abt 1819; Birthplace: New York; Home in 1850: Davis, Utah Territory; Gender:Male; Family Number: 151; Household Members: Lorenzo W Roundy 31; Susannah Roundy 30; Miron S Roundy 7; Wesley Roundy 3; Melinda Roundy 1; Warren Roundy 0. Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: , Davis, Utah Territory; Roll: M432_919; Page: 12B; Image: 29. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • Utah Census, 1850-90. Name: Lorenzo W. Roundy; State: UT; County: Davis County; Township: Centerville Ward; Year: 1856; Page: 95; Database: UT 1856 Statehood Census Index. Source Information: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Utah Census, 1850-90 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  • 1860 United States Federal Census. Name: Lorenzo W Roundy; Age in 1860: 41; Birth Year: abt 1819; Birthplace: New York; Home in 1860: Centerville, Davis, Utah Territory; Gender: Male Post Office: Centerville; Household Members: Lorenzo W Roundy 41; Susanah Roundy 40; Percilla Roundy 26; Myron Roundy 16; Wallace W Roundy 12; Malinda Roundy 9; Napoleon B Roundy 7; Matilda Roundy 3; Almeda Roundy 6; Mary Roundy 4; Betsy Roundy 1; Fanny Roundy 1; Jno Rigby 28. Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Centerville, Davis, Utah Territory; Roll: M653_1313; Page: 367; Image: 378; Family History Library Film: 805313. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards. Name: Lorenzo Wesley Roundy; Spouse: Susannah Wallace, Priscilla Parish, Priscilla Parish; Birth Date: 18 Jun 1819; Birth Place: Spafford, Onandago, N.Y.; Death Date: 24 May 1876; Death Place: Lee's Ferry, Coconino, AZ; Pioneer: before 1869; Chapter: B.Y.U.; Donor: Russell R. Margaret C. Rich. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Sons of Utah Pioneers Memorial Gallery Index Cards [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001. Original data: Card index created by the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 23400536
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Lorenzo Wesley Roundy's Timeline

June 18, 1819
Spafford, Onondaga, New York, USA
February 8, 1844
Age 24
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
May 13, 1846
Age 26

Baby George only lived to be two and a half months old; his mother died a week after his birth. His grandmother, Betsey Roundy, took care of George until he died, and continued caring for his older brother Myron Shadrack Roundy, until their father married Susannah Wallace.

May 27, 1846
Age 26
Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
July 30, 1846
Age 27
March 16, 1848
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Age 29