William Allred, Jr.

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About William Allred, Jr.

The Allred family established itself in North Carolina, and expanded to Georgia and eventually Tennessee. Born to William Allred and his wife Elizabeth Thresher were four sons and four daughters. Three of the sons, William, James, and Isaac joined the Mormon Church and moved their families to Missouri to answer the call of the Prophet for the Saints to gather in one place.

William, the second, was born January 19, 1780 in Georgia. He was a significant figure in the early history of the Mormon Church. He knew and devotedly followed the Prophet Joseph, serving the Lord faithfully and volunteerism giving all his energy and worldly wealth to the church, and consequently life itself...

The gospel was introduced to William by his nephew William Ivie at his home in Tennessee in 1835. William went to Missouri, the same summer he was baptized, with two elders, to visit his relatives and learn more of the gospel. While he was gone he learned of the Word of Wisdom. When he came back he was keeping the Word of Wisdom and continued to do so until his death. The following year, he moved near James and Isaac in Missouri

William and his brothers owned extensive property in Tennessee consisting of several hundred acres of land in Bedford and Maury counties. They sold their holdings and William moved to Ray county, Far West. He bought out three families and then owned about six hundred acres of land in Ray and Caldwell Counties.

He served as a captain of the Far West Militia, he was in the war of 1812, he served time in jail with the Prophet Joseph and signed over all he possessed to the church. It can be said of him that, he lived to come to Utah and participate in the great migration to Salt Lake Valley, there is little doubt he would have had a significant role to play. In the "History of the Church", the narrative of the Prophet, taken from his Manuscript History of the Church there are a number of references to William Allred and the Allreds in general.

Captain William Allred took a company of ten mounted men and went to intercept a team with guns and ammunition, sent from Richmond to a mob in Davies County. They found the wagon broken down, and boxes of guns drawn into the high grass near by the wagon; there was no one present that could be discovered. In a short time two men on horseback came from towards the camp of the mob, and immediately behind them was a man with a wagon; they all came and were taken by virtue of a writ on the supposition that they were abetting the mob, by carrying guns and ammunition to them. The men were taken together with the guns to Far West; the guns were distributed among the brethren, for their defense, and the prisoners were held in custody. This was a glorious day indeed, the plans of the mob were frustrated in losing their guns, and all their efforts appeared to be blasted. Captain Allred under the civil authorities in Caldwell, who issued the writ for securing the arms and arresting the carriers. The prisoners were brought to Far West for trail. History of the Church, Volume III, pp. 74-76

About 60 were taken prisoners in Far West and delivered to Richmond Prison. Among those taken prisoners with the Prophet Joseph were William Allred and Martin C. Allred, the son of James Allred Sen.

William Alllred returned to his assignment in Pleasant Vale where a stake was started and a branch of the church organized. It is recorded that he died in Quincy in July of 1841. He left behind eleven children ranging in ages from one year to twenty-six years and a wife who was expecting a baby who died at birth in 1842. He and his brothers James and Isaac had joined the great latter day restoration of the Kingdom of God and had followed the Prophet to find a place where they could practice the principles of Mormonism in peace. William gave his life for that cause.

James Allred helped the William Allred family after William's death and married Sarah as his second wife. The Allreds under the leadership of James stayed together after the Nauvoo expulsion and most journeyed by wagon or handcart to the Salt Lake Valley.

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William Allred, Jr.'s Timeline

January 19, 1790
Franklin County, Georgia, United States
July 6, 1815
Age 25
December 4, 1817
Age 27
November 22, 1819
Age 29
Bedford County,Tennessee
September 1, 1821
Age 31
Bedford County, Tennessee, United States
September 16, 1823
Age 33
August 26, 1825
Age 35
Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States
December 30, 1827
Age 37
Farmington, Beds., TN
March 25, 1830
Age 40