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John Losee Van Cott

Birthplace: Canaan, Columbia, New York, United States
Death: February 18, 1883 (68)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Losee Van Cott and Lovinia Jemima Van Cott
Husband of Caroline Amelia Van Cott; Laura Christina Van Cott; Caroline Caisa Van Cott; Jemima Van Cott and Lucy Lavina Sackett
Father of Oscar M Van Cott; Orson Van Cott; Viola W Madsen (Van Cott); Anson Van Cott; Ray Van Cott and 21 others
Brother of Jemima Ambler (Van Cott) and Sarah Ann Clarke

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About John Losee Van Cott

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1122

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

John Van Cott (September 7, 1814 – February 18, 1883) was a prominent member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving as a member of the Quorum of the Seventy, as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy, and also as president of the Scandinavian Mission..."

"...John Van Cott was descended from a Dutch settler named Claes Cornelissen Van Cott who came from Holland to what is now New York [Nieuw Amsterdam] in 1662. His father died of consumption when he was 10 years old..."

"...He first heard of The Book of Mormon and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from his cousin LDS Apostle Parley P. Pratt who was seven years his senior. (John's mother, Lovina Pratt and Parley's father, Jared, were siblings.) Some accounts put this first introduction as early as 1833 but, unlike his cousin, he did not join for some time. In 1835 he married Lucy Sackett and they had four children in Canaan, New York..."

"...As a Mormon pioneer, John made the "trip across the plains" multiple times. In 1847 he, his wife, two children (their two other children died in New York), and 59 year old mother traveled with the Daniel Spencer/Perrigrine Sessions Company, wherein John was appointed to be a "captain of 10" and a marshall. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 25..."

"...In 1862 Van Cott was sustained as one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy. He died at his home a short distance south of Salt Lake City, February 18, 1883, after a lingering illness of several months...."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Van Cott', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 January 2011, 02:54 UTC, <> [accessed 18 February 2011]

Wikipedia Summary of Marriages and Children

"...Like several church leaders of his time, John Van Cott was instructed to practice plural marriage. He had 5 wives and many children. His oldest child was born in 1844, his youngest in 1878. Some did not live to see adulthood, others did and some became prominent members of their communities. There are 25 children listed here, but many narratives say had had 28. He has thousands of descendants.

His wives and children with each of them...."

Lucy Lavina Sackett

July 17, 1815 Stephentown, Columbia, NY USA – January 31, 1902 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut USA.

  • Mary Van Cott February 2, 1844 Elmira, New York, USA – January 15, 1884 Salt Lake City, UT (married Brigham Young)
  • Martha Van Cott February 29, 1838 in Canaan, Columbia, New York, USA - 25 Mar 1908, Salt Lake city, Salt Lake, Utah, USA (Married William Price)
  • Fannie Van Cott April 18, 1850 Salt Lake City – December 21, 1930 Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua * Lucy Van Cott December 16, 1839 in Canaan, Columbia, NY – September 9, 1843 Canaan, Columbia, New York, Buried near her Brother, John Losee Van Cott, and their grandfather, Losee Van Cott.
  • John Losee Van Cott January 16, 1842 in Canaan, Columbia, New York, USA - November 6, 1843, Canaan, Columbia, New York. Buried there near the Van Cott family farm.
  • Losee Van Cott August 23, 1847 Independence, Rock, Wyoming – March 18, 1851, Salt Lake City, * Byron Van Cott March 2, 1852 Salt Lake City – November 19, 1853.

Jemima Morris

August 4, 1831 North Coleford, Gloucestershire, England – March 23, 1851 Salt Lake City

  • Morris Van Cott

Laura Lund

February 26, 1843 Amaya, Denmark – December 1, 1913 Salt Lake City

  • Waldemar Van Cott December 11, 1859 Salt Lake City – January 15, 1940 Salt Lake City
  • Frank Victor Van Cott August 7, 1863 Salt Lake City – August 17, 1938
  • Lucy May Van Cott May 5, 1869 Salt Lake City – September 28, 1957
  • Ernest Van Cott December 18, 1875 – August 27, 1924.

Caroline Amelia Pratt

June 20, 1840 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USA – October 10, 1915 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut USA.

  • Orson Van Cott April 21, 1859 Salt Lake City – May 8, 1859.
  • Viola Van Cott June 19, 1860 Salt Lake City – May 17, 1931 in Salt Lake City
  • Oscar Van Cott September 17, 1863 Salt Lake City – June 7, 1955 Salt Lake City
  • Marlon Van Cott October 10, 1867 Salt Lake City – July 29, 1941 Salt Lake City
  • Ray Van Cott October 27, 1869 Salt Lake City – March 18, 1944
  • Harold Van Cott Jul 1873 Salt Lake City – May 15, 1934
  • Edith Van Cott March 25, 1875 Salt Lake City – August 22, 1941 Los Angeles, CA
  • Lovina Van Cott January 15, 1877 in Ephraim, San Pete, UT – October 27, 1964 Salt Lake City

Caroline Lena Cassia Erickson

June 27, 1833 Brevik, Skaraborg, Sweden – November 14, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Ut USA.

  • Selma Van Cott November 12, 1863 Salt Lake City – December 5, 1935 Salt Lake City (married William Whitaker Taylor, son of John Taylor)
  • Albert Van Cott December 25, 1868 Salt Lake City – November 10, 1959 Salt Lake City
  • Olive (or Olivia) Van Cott April 27, 1875 Ephraim, San Pete, UT – August 27, 1935 Salt Lake City
  • Enoch Van Cott Jan 1878 Salt Lake City – August 12, 1952.

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'John Van Cott', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 January 2011, 02:54 UTC, <> [accessed 18 February 2011]

Biographical Summary:

JOHN VAN COTT, was born at Canaan, Columbia County, N. Y., Sept. 7, 1814. Some sixteen years after his marriage to Lucy L. Sackett he espoused the Mormon faith, and the same year (1847) sold his farm and all his belongings in Dutchess County, and with his faithful wife and their family of children, joined one of the pioneer bands that had resolved to migrate to Salt Lake City, Utah, which place they reached Sept. 15, of that year. In the course of a few years John Van Cott had taken to himself four additional wives, named respectively, Jemima, Caroline, Laura L. and Lena, who became the mothers of 22 of his sons and daughters. Several of these sons became men of prominence in the Mormon church and others in the professional and business life of Salt Lake City, while the daughters are said to have married "the best citizens of the state."

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Birth: Sep. 7, 1814 Canaan Columbia County New York, USA

Death: Feb. 18, 1883 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA

One of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies [of the L.D.S. (Mormon) Church] from 1862 to 1883... embraced the fulness of the gospel under the administration of Parley P. Pratt at Nauvoo, Ill., in September, 1845. He was ordained a Seventy Feb. 25, 1847, by Joseph Young, and was one of the early pioneers of Utah, arriving in Great Salt Lake valley Sept. 25, 1847. In 1852, agreeable to call, he went on a mission to Europe, and after reaching England, he was sent to Scandinavia to succeed the late Willard Snow in the presidency of the Scandinavian mission. He presided in that capacity nearly four years, and returned to his mountain home in 1856, after a most successful ministry. In 1859 he was called on a second mission to Scandinavia and again presided over the mission, this time about two and a half years. He returned home in 1862. On these two missions he became very much endeared to the Scandinavian Saints, whose sterling qualities and integrity he learned to appreciate. He also acquired the Danish language to a considerable degree of perfection. After his return home from his second foreign mission, he was chosen as one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies, being first sustained in that capacity at the October conference, 1862. Soon afterwards he was called on a special mission to the Scandinavian Saints in Utah, and while laboring in that calling made his home temporarily in Sanpete county. He continued his labors among the Seventies with zeal and fidelity until his death, which occurred at his home a short distance south of Salt Lake City... after a lingering illness of several months. In an obituary notice published in the "Deseret News," the editor of that paper says: "It would be difficult to find a more exemplary or conscientious man than Brother Van Cott. He was a good man in the broad sense, not negatively so, but as a producer of the good fruits of a well spent life. He was one of those whose character and motives appeared so far beyond reproach that we doubt if they have ever been the subject of even suspicion. * * * At home and abroad, whenever Brother Van Cott adjourned, he was regarded with esteem and regard, his very presence and appearance inspiring sentiments of that nature." (LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.198-199)

Family links:

  • Caroline Caisa Erickson Van Cott (1833 - 1901)
  • Caroline Amelia Pratt Van Cott (1840 - 1915)
  • Laura Christina Lund Van Cott (1843 - 1913)*
  • Lucy Lavina Sackett Van Cott (1815 - 1902)*
  • Martha Van Cott Price (1838 - 1908)*
  • Mary Van Cott Young (1844 - 1884)*
  • Marlon Van Cott (1867 - 1941)*

Burial: Salt Lake City Cemetery Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA Plot: B-14-5-1E

Created by: Carl W. McBrayer Record added: Oct 28, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 30953887

(son of Losee Van Cott and Lovina Pratt of Canaan, Columbia county, New York). Born September 7, 1814, Canaan. Came to Utah September 25, 1847.

   Married:	Lucy L. Sackett September 15, 1835, in New York (daughter of Calvin P. Sackett and Hannah Douglas of New York), who was born July 17, 1815.
   Their children:
           Martha born February 29, 1838 (died March, 1908); married William Price;
           Lucy born December 16, 1839, died September 9, 1843;
           John Jr. born January 16, 1842, died November 16, 1843;
           Mary born February 2, 1844 (died January 5, 1884), married Brigham Young;
           Losee born August 23, 1847, died March 18, 1851;
           Fannie born April 18, 1850, married A. F. McDonald;
           Byron born March 2, 1852, died November 19, 1853.
   Married:	Jemima Morris May 2, 1849, Salt Lake City.
   Their child:
           Morris born March 14, 1851, died March 16, 1851.
   Married:	Caroline Pratt February 2, 1857, Salt Lake City (daughter of Anson Pratt and Sarah Barber).
   Their children:
           Viola, married Joseph Madson;
           Oscar M., married Ida Quayle;
           Marlon, married Sarah Gabbott;
           Edith, married Ezra T. Palmer;
           Harold, married Ella Sheets;
           Lavina, married Mr. White;
           Orson, died child;
           Anson, died child.
   Family home Salt Lake City.
   Married:	Laura Lund February 2, 1857, Salt Lake City (daughter of Lars Peter Lund and Magdalene Olsen of Copenhagen, Denmark, pioneers 1856). She was born February 27, 1843.
   Their children:
           Agnes Lund born May 9, 1858, died January 16, 1859;
           Waldemar born December 11, 1859, married Ella Quayle;
           Frank Victor born August 7, 1863, married Annie Mary Anderson;
           Lucy May;
           Roy born January 12, 1873, died 1877;
           Ernest born December 18, 1875, married May Siddoway.
   Family home Salt Lake City.
   Married:	Lena Erickson November 22, 1862, Salt Lake City (daughter of Eric Erickson of Sweden, pioneer 1862). She was born July 17, 1833.
   Their children:
           Selma born November 12, 1863, married William W. Taylor;
           Nephi born February 25, 1865, died 1865;
           Albert born December 25, 1868, married Margaret South;
           Enoch born January 7, 1873, married Clara Bailey;
           Olivia born April 27, 1875, married Thomas Davis.
   Family home Salt Lake City.

Missionary to England 1852-53; president Scandinavia, mission 1853-56, also 1859-62; one of the presidents of seventies. Member of house of representatives 1864-65; street supervisor. Farmer. Died February 18, 1883, Salt Lake City. Sources: article: John_Van_Cott profile: 6000000004361442830
   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1222
   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 89
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John Losee Van Cott's Timeline

September 7, 1814
Canaan, Columbia, New York, United States
February 28, 1838
Age 23
Canaan, Columbia County, New York, United States
December 16, 1839
Age 25
Canaan, Columbia County, New York, United States
January 6, 1842
Age 27
Canaan, Columbia County, New York, United States
February 2, 1844
Age 29
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, United States
August 23, 1847
Age 32
Alcova, Natrona County, Wyoming, United States
April 18, 1850
Age 35
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
March 2, 1852
Age 37
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
December 11, 1859
Age 45
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States