Stephen Markham

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About Stephen Markham

"...Markham, Stephen – (Captain of the 1st Hundred; 12th ten) Born Feb. 9, 1800, in Avon, Livingston Co., N.Y., to David and Dina Merry Markham. After the death of his father, his mother moved to Geauga Co., Ohio. He later followed the Church to Nauvoo. During the exodus, he became captain of 200 families en route to Council Bluffs, Iowa. In the spring of 1847 he was named captain of a hundred in the first pioneer company. He took charge of the first company during a brief absence of Brigham Young and other apostles. He was also a colonel in the company. During the journey, he often joined the apostles in speaking to the men. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley with the advance company and was soon put it charge of supplying fresh teams for plowing land along City Creek. He returned to Winter Quarters that fall and was immediately placed in charge of 140 people at Council Bluffs. He returned to Utah in 1850 in charge of a company of 50 wagons. In the fall of 1851, he and 17 other families settled in Spanish Fork, Utah Co., Utah, and formed a settlement of which he became president. A year later he as ordained the bishop of the settlement of Palmyra. He remained on his farm for the rest of his life. He served as a colonel during the Walker Indian War, and in 1856 was sent to Fort Supply in Wyoming. He died in Spanish Fork on March 10, 1878, at 78 years of age..."


  • Stephen Markham was a bodyguard to Joseph Smith.

(I have attached his FindaGrave memorial. If you go to the website and click on the photos tab, you will see an image of a warrant that was issued for all those who were helping Joseph Smith. You will also see a photo of his cane that is on display in Salt Lake.)

Bodyguard to the Prophet Joseph Smith.

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Stephen Markham's Timeline

February 9, 1800
Rush, Ontario (now Avon, Livingstone), New York
July 30, 1824
Age 24
Chester, Orange, New York
February 1827
Age 26
Chesterland, Geauga, Ohio
January 1829
Age 28
Chesterland, Geauga, Ohio
November 9, 1835
Age 35
Chesterland, Geauga, Ohio
May 23, 1851
Age 51
Davis County, Utah, United States