Seth Guernsey Johnson, Sr.

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About Seth Guernsey Johnson, Sr.

Son of Joel H. and Annie P. Johnson. At age four the family was turned out of their home by the mob. The family fled, leaving bloody footprints behind them in the snow.

His mother died when he was 1 1/2 years of age and the family was driven from place to place until May 1848, when they started for the west. Seth was baptized on the journey. He accompanied George A. Smith on his mission to Iron county in 1850- 51, and took part in the founding of Cedar City and Summit in Iron county.

He was ordained a Teacher in 1856; Elder in 1857 and a Seventy in 1860. In 1861 he crossed the plains to the help gather the poor.

In 1861 married Miss Lydia Ann Smith, daughter of Thomas P. and Mary D. Smith. He helped to make a road to the Upper Rio Virgen Valley and in 1859, and crossed the plains again to gather the poor in 1863. In 1864 he sold out and moved south to Virgen City.

In 1866 moved to Toquerville where he held civil offices, such as justice of the peace and school superintendent.

In 1865 married Martha Jane Stratten.

In November 1872 moved to Hillsdale, Iron (Garfield) county, Utah where he taught school.

When Panguitch Stake was organized in 1877 he was ordained a High Priest by Orson Pratt and set apart as a High Councilor.

He was ordained a Bishop by Erastus Snow, Aug. 2, 1877 over the Hillsdale Ward.

In 1895 he was ordained a Patriarch by Francis M. Lyman.

His wife Lydia Ann bore him 14 children.

(See, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, 3: 428)

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Seth Guernsey Johnson, Sr.'s Timeline

March 16, 1839
Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, United States
August 1844
Age 5
March 21, 1857
Age 18
November 13, 1862
Age 23
Enoch (Fort Johnson), Iron, Utah, United States
November 9, 1864
Age 25
Enoch, Iron County, Utah Territory, United States
June 27, 1866
Age 27
September 13, 1868
Age 29