Solomon Joseph DeSpain

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About Solomon Joseph DeSpain

Solomon Joseph Despain was born to Nancy Bell and Captain Solomon DeSpain. When a young boy, he moved with his parents into Tennesee; afterwards he lived in Kansas and later in Calhoun, Illinois, where Solomon married Ruth Amelia Newell on June 30, 1842, in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. Soon after he married he joined the Campbellites, with whom he remained until August 30, 1851, when he and his wife were baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was ordained a Priest November 16, 1851. He served a mission in Arkansas until April 11, 1854, and he visited relatives in that state and baptized quite a few of them. Agreeable to the counsel of Orson Pratt, Solomon moved his family to Arkansas and continued to work in the church.

In 1861, he emigrated with his family to Utah, crossing the plains with David H. Cannon's Company, which arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah August 17, 1861. He settled in Granite Ward, Salt Lake County, Utah. On May 17, 1862 he married Susan Dean; later he married Charlotte Lundstedt. In 1877, he was chosen Bishop of the Granite Ward, which he held until 1886, when he removed to Arizona and located at Thatcher where he resided until his death. He was the father of twenty-seven children seventeen boys and ten girls.

Solomon had a business partner John Mills Wooley who died in 1864 and left a widow (Caroline) with children -- she never remarried. It is accepted that Solomon was sealed to her to provide for her needs only. There was never a spousal relationship.

Obituary from the Weekly Deseret News, March 16, 1895: Solomon J. Despain died at Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona, February 17, 1895, of bronchitis, formerly Bishop of Granite, Salt Lake county, Utah. Bro. Despain was born in Lauderdale Beach, Alabama, December 3, 1823. He moved to Illinois and joined the Church in 1851. In the year 1853 he went to Arkansas and Tennessee and filled an eight years mission in those states; moved to Utah in 1861 in the first independent train under Captain David Cannon and settled in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and when the Granite ward was organized he was chosen as Bishop, which position he honorably filled until 1886, when he was released. He then moved to Arizona, where he resided until his death. Elder Despain was the father of twenty-seven children, four of whom are dead; eighty-four grandchildren, seventy-six living, and twelve great-grandchildren, four of whom are dead. He was noted for his integrity to his faith and died int he full hope of a glorious hereafter.




Caroline Patience Harrar Woolley (1832 - 1901)


Ruth Amelia Newell Despain (1822 - 1901)


Susan Dean Despain (1843 - 1922)


Charlotta Albertina Lundstedt Lambert (1857 - 1940)



William Joseph Despain (1843 - 1918)


Hyrum Smith Despain (1846 - 1905)


Henry Waters Despain (1847 - 1925)


Orson Augustus Despain (1851 - 1927)


Amanda Caroline Despain Wixom (1854 - 1928)


Ella Eugena Despain Boyce (1858 - 1936)


David Alvin DeSpain (1861 - 1936)


Martha Eliza Despain Thomson (1863 - 1899)


Oscar Newell Despain (1863 - 1946)


Lewis Edgar Despain (1864 - 1948)


Clara Louisa Despain Thomson (1866 - 1910)


Effie Elzina Despain Park (1866 - 1924)


George Francis Despain (1869 - 1946)


Anna Laura Despain Butler (1871 - 1939)


Charles Roy Despain (1873 - 1900)


DeBart Despain (1875 - 1957)


Frank Parley Despain (1879 - 1948)


Angus Ray Despain (1880 - 1949)


Mark Lorenzo Despain (1882 - 1965)


Walter Gustav Despain (1883 - 1958)


Ida Ethel Despain Jensen (1883 - 1965)


Ina Pauline Despain Haws (1887 - 1956)


Francis Otto Despain (1889 - 1958)

Created by: Rhonda

Record added: June 15, 2007

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Solomon Joseph DeSpain's Timeline

December 3, 1823
Lauderdale Beach, Lauderdale, Alabama, USA
April 9, 1843
Age 19
Calhoun Co., Illinois
April 9, 1843
Age 19
Carlin Twp.,Calhoun,IL
May 7, 1846
Age 22
Calvin, Calhoun, IL, USA
September 28, 1847
Age 23
March 27, 1849
Age 25
Calhoun Co., Illinois
March 8, 1851
Age 27
Belleview Precin,Calhoun Co.,IL
August 30, 1851
Age 27
Illinois, USA
August 30, 1851
Age 27