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Shadrach Roundy

Also Known As: "Shadrack"
Birthplace: Rockingham, Windham County, Vermont, United States
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Uriah Roundy and Lucretia Roundy
Husband of Betsey Roundy
Father of Lauren Hotchkiss Roundy; Julia Rebecca Roundy; Lorenzo Wesley Roundy; Lauretta Roundy Beck; Jared Curtis Roundy and 5 others
Brother of Lucy Hotchkiss; Uriah Roundy, Jr.; Almira Williams; Daniel Roundy; Hannah Roundy and 5 others

Occupation: Bodyguard, Farmer, Police Captain, Soldier
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About Shadrach Roundy

Shadrach Roundy (1789 - 1872) , son of Uriah Roundy (1756-1813) and Lucretia Needham (1760-1848), was born 1 January 1789 at Rockingham, Windham County, Vermont, the eldest of eleven children. He married Betsey Quimby, daughter of Moses Quimby (1755-1840) and Hannah Kennedy (1762-1805), on 22 June 1814 at Rockingham, Windham County, Vermont. Shadrach died at the age of 83 on 4 July 1872 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Children of Shadrach and Betsey Roundy

  1. Lauren Hotchkiss Roundy (1815 - 1900)
  2. Julia Rebecca Roundy Whitney (1815 - 1837)
  3. Lorenzo Wesley Roundy (1819 - 1876)
  4. Lauretta Roundy Beck (1821 - 1907)
  5. Samantha Roundy Parker (1824 - 1906)
  6. Jared Curtis Roundy (1827 - 1895)
  7. Almeda Sophia Roundy Parker (1829 - 1912)
  8. William Felshaw Roundy (1831 - 1839)
  9. Nancy Jane Roundy Foss (1834 - 1885)
  10. Malinda Roundy (1838 - 1842)

Biographical Sketch

Shadrach and Betsey moved to Onondaga County, New York by 1815, where the first of their ten children, Lauren Hotchkiss Roundy, was born. Records show that Shadrach was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 23 January 1831; no baptism was recorded for Betsey at that time but she was confirmed as a Church member on 1 January 1832.

The family accompanied LDS Church prophet and founder Joseph Smith to Kirtland, Ohio by 1834, where Shadrach began serving as bodyguard to Joseph Smith. They moved to Far West, Missouri, by 1838 and were expelled from Missouri in 1839, along with the rest of the Church.

Expulsion from Missouri

On October 27, 1838, three days after Missouri and Mormon militias engaged in the Battle of Crooked River, Governor Boggs issued his infamous extermination order. To his military leaders, it decreed, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exter­minated or driven from the state, if necessary for the public good.” Some ten thousand Latter-day Saints engaged in a mass exodus, many going to Quincy, Illinois. The Saints’ seven-month struggle to survive the winter of 1838–39 in Missouri and to leave there by spring 1839 was difficult, dramatic, sometimes harrowing, and only partly organized.

"Mormon Thoroughfare: A History of the Church in Illinois, 1830–39 describes the terrible difficulties faced by Church members during the winter of 1838 - 1839: "Under these deplorable circumstances, many Saints who had the means and ability fled the state individually as soon as possible. “Those who did not or could not leave Missouri in November and December crowded together in Far West and nearby cluster settlements, sharing roofs, yards, outbuildings, clothing, and food. Hundreds of refugees stood in need of help."

"During this time, Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball stepped forward in Joseph Smith’s absence and exhibited remarkable leadership ability. By January 1839 Thomas B. Marsh, the original President of the Quorum the Twelve Apostles, had apostatized. David W. Patten, the next in seniority, had been killed at the battle of Crooked River in October. That meant that Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball were now the senior Apostles. On January 16, 1839, Joseph Smith and his two counselors, Sidney Rigdon and Hyrum Smith, wrote from Liberty Jail to Elders Young and Kimball and told them that “the management of the affairs of the church devolves on you."

"On January 29, the Saints met again. On this occasion, Brigham Young made the motion “that we this day enter into a covenant to stand by and assist each other to the utmost of our abilities in removing from this state, and that we will never desert the poor who are worthy, till they shall be out of the reach of the exterminating order of General Clark, acting for and in the name of the state."

"Those who were at the meeting created a seven-man committee on removal, which had the responsibility of supervising the exodus of “the poor from the state of Missouri.” The chair of the committee was William Huntington, and the other six members were Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theodore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrach Roundy, and Jonathan Hale. They then drew up a formal covenant, which asked the subscribers to commit all of their “available property, to be disposed of by a committee...for the purpose of providing means for the removing from this state of the poor and destitute who shall be considered worthy, till there shall not be one left who desires to remove from the state.” Remarkably, over the next two days, Brigham Young was able to persuade at least 380 people to sign the compassionate document. On February 1, four more people were added to the removal committee: Elias Smith, Erastus Bingham, Stephen Markham, and James Newberry."

Locating temporarily in Warsaw, Illinois, the Roundys moved to Nauvoo about 1840. They traveled separately to Utah; Shadrach arrived in Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, Betsey and the children arrived two months later. Shadrach became a member of the first high council and the Territorial legislature. He was the first bishop of Salt Lake City's Sixteenth Ward, serving from 1849-56. He crossed the plains five times to assist poor immigrants. He was one of the founders of Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Association. Shadrach Roundy died in Salt Lake City on 4 July 1872, at age 83.


  • LDS Biography: "...Roundy, Shadrach (1789-1872) – (13th Ten Pioneer Company) Born Jan. 1, 1789, Rockingham, Windham Co., Vt., to Uriah and Lucretia Needham Roundy. He married Betsy Quimby in about 1814. After hearing the gospel preached, he traveled to Fayette, N.Y., in the winter of 1830-31 to meet Joseph Smith, after which he was baptized. He gave of his resources to build the Kirtland Temple. He later moved to Missouri. He was captain of the police in Nauvoo and once intercepted an attempt to kidnap Joseph Smith. He was appointed a major in the first pioneer company. A member of the advance party, he was one of three men to plow the first furrows in the Saint's newfound home. While returning to Winter Quarters, he met his son, Lorenzo Wesley, enroute to Salt Lake Valley in the company of Orson Spencer. So father and son traded places and Shadrach spent the winter of 1847-48 in the Salt Lake Valley. There he became a member of the first high council and the Territorial legislature. He was the first bishop of the Sixteenth Ward and served from 1849-56. He crossed the plains five times to assist poor immigrants. He was one of the founders of Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Association. He died in Salt Lake City on July 4, 1872, at age 83..."
  • Wikipedia biography
  • Updated from MyHeritage Match via father Uriah Roundy by SmartCopy: Oct 10 2014, 23:55:31 UTC
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Shadrach Roundy's Timeline

January 1, 1789
Rockingham, Windham County, Vermont, United States
May 21, 1815
Age 26
Spafford, Onondaga, New York, USA
April 5, 1817
Age 28
June 18, 1819
Age 30
Spafford, Onondaga, New York, USA
September 26, 1821
Age 32
Spafford, Onondaga, New York, United States
June 2, 1824
Age 35
Onondaga, New York, United States
January 25, 1827
Age 38
Ohio, USA
March 7, 1829
Age 40
January 23, 1831
Age 42