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Samuel Ensign

Birthplace: Westfield, Hampden, MA, United States
Death: June 24, 1885 (80)
Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Isaac Ensign and Lydia Ensign
Husband of Mary Everett Ensign and Ruth Kelson
Ex-husband of Clarissa Maxwell Degraw
Father of Julia Sirls Ensign; Samuel Lozene Ensign; Mary Jane Kelson Rugg and Horace Sobreski Ensign
Brother of Noble Ensign; Horace Datus Ensign; Noble Ensign; Lydia Ensign; Salley Ensign and 7 others
Half brother of Isaac Ensign, II; Charles Ensign; Charles Ensign; Elias Ensign and Solomon / Salmon Ensign

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About Samuel Ensign


The life of Samuel Ensign has a particular poignancy to conclude this narrative of intrepid Mormon pioneers and colonists. Per source -- "Samuel was baptized in the Mormon Church in 1843. Samuel accompanied his wife, parents, and his (half) sister Julia (perhaps accompanied by husband Orrin Sackett) to Nauvoo, IL in 1844. He worked on the Nauvoo Temple as a carpenter. He made the window sash and assisted in the finishing work of that edifice. The window sash has been called models of neatness and durability.....He and his wife (Mary Everett, nee Gordon), with their young daughter and son, made the trek across the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City on Sept. 22, 1847.....Upon becoming established in Salt Lake City, Samuel Ensign took as his second wife on Mar. 2, 1853 Clarissa DeGraw and, as his third wife on Dec. 27, 1857 Ruth Kelson.".....The crowning achievement and most tangible legacy of Samuel Ensign's life was his role as head mason during the construction of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Per source -- "Last labors of his life performed upon famous Salt Lake Temple, where he was head mason. Met his death by falling from walls of Temple on June 24, 1885. Only life lost in the entire forty years of construction of this building. Funeral services held in Tabernacle. 3,000 people attended".

Adapted from "The Pitts Family Chronicles" / Chapter 4

Charles Phillip Pitts, M.A. / 2012

Son of Isaac Ensign and Lydia Noble

Married Mary Everett Gordon, abt 1832, Connecticut

Married Clarissa Degraw, 2 Mar 1853, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Ruth Kelson, 27 Dec 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company (1847)

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Samuel Ensign's Timeline

May 24, 1805
Westfield, Hampden, MA, United States
September 16, 1833
Age 28
New Hartford, Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States
January 24, 1836
Age 30
Westfield, Hampden MA
February 6, 1845
Age 39
December 20, 1845
Age 40
April 6, 1848
Age 42
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States