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David Leonard Savage

Birthplace: Leeds, Johnstown, Ontario, Canada
Death: April 26, 1886 (75)
Snowflake, Navajo County, AZ, United States
Place of Burial: Snowflake, Navajo County, AZ, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Roger Savage and Phoebe Savage
Husband of Susannah Savage; Mary Abigail Savage; Mary Ellen Heap and Theodocia Savage
Father of Mary Theodocia Wilcox; Annie Eliza Teeples; John Roger Savage; Margaret Elizabeth Savage; Isabella Savage and 5 others
Brother of Morris Savage; Asher C. Savage; Daniel Savage; Horatio Savage; Jehial Savage and 1 other

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About David Leonard Savage

Birth: Jul. 25, 1810 Ontario, Canada Death: Apr. 26, 1886 Snowflake Navajo County Arizona, USA

David Leonard Savage was born to Phoebe Stevens and Roger Savage in Johnston County of Leeds, Upper Canada. David married Theodocia Finch February 1834. Her parents were from Nova Scotia. The only child born to this couple was Polly Amanda in 1836 at Leeds, Canada, his wife, Theodocia died two months later.

When Amanda was five years old her father took her to Walnut Grove, Illinois and stayed with his brother, Jehial Savage, where David heard the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was baptised and met Mary Abigail White and married her on October 14, 1841 at Walnut Grove, Illinois.

In the summer of 1842 they moved to LaHarp, Illinois, 25 miles from Nauvoo, where their first child, John Rodgers, was born on December 3, 1842 and died October 17, 1843. Then Father David went on a mission. The prophet Joseph Smith was killed while he was on this mission. When the great western move was started David was called to help one of the leader's families 200 miles on their journey. This journey was one of extreme hardship, the snow being so deep it took six weeks to make the trip. To add to his discouragement one of his horses died and David didn't know how he was going to move his own family from the terrors of the mob but a way was provided. . .

David knew how to speak the Indian Language and often stopped an Indian attack by talking peacefully with the Indians. His daughter Amanda Polly also knew the Ute and Piute language and when the Indians had trouble communicating would ask for the Savage's Papoose, meaning Amanda, who had no trouble conversing with them.

David also had several other wives: Margaret Jones(Evans), married October 9, 1860 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Susannah Jacaway(Black), married February 9, 1878 in St. George, Washington, Utah; Mary Ward (Heap), married April 2, 1858 in Parowan, Iron, Utah; Maria Cook; and Mary Ellen Cook.

In 1886, David died after an illness of two months of asthma, being nearly 76 years old. He died firm in the Faith of the Gospel. He was always kind and liberal. He left 3 wives and was the father of 19 children, seventeen of whom are living and all are married and have families.

Children not listed below: Amanda P. Savage Cook, Agnes Savage Whetten

Family links:

 Mary Ward Heap Savage (1829 - 1883)
 Mary Abigail White Savage (1823 - 1904)*
 Susannah Jacaway Black/ Savage (1833 - 1908)*

 Amanda Polly Savage Cook (1836 - 1915)*
 Mary Theodocia Savage Wilcox (1847 - 1936)*
 Annie Eliza Savage Teeples (1856 - 1940)*
 Isabella Savage King (1859 - 1927)*
 Agnes Belzora Savage Whetten (1861 - 1939)*
 Albert William Savage (1865 - 1951)*
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Burial: R V Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery Snowflake Navajo County Arizona, USA

Created by: Rhonda Record added: Jun 04, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 19727407

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF DAVID LEONARD SAVAGE, As taken from the Kingston United Journal on file in the Church Historians Office

Biography of David Savage, son of Roger & Phoebe Stevens Savage, born July 25th 1810. I was united in matrimony to Theodocia Finch, daughter of George & Betsy Finch, February 5, 1834. Our daughter Polly Amanda was born August 23rd 1836 and my wife Theodocia died October 23, 1836.

I first heard the Gospel in Canada, but embraced it while at Walnut Grove, Knox Co., Illinois, in July, 1840 under the hands of Jehial Savage who ordained me an Elder. I was united in matrimony with Mary Abagail White, daughter of John G. & Lucy White, October 17, 1841. December 5th, 1842 our son John Rogers was born. In August 1843 I filled a mission to Michigan returning in time to attend April conference held at Navuoo April 6, 1844. I baptized nine persons on this mission at this conference I was called to go & electioneer for the Prophet Joseph as President of the United States. I traveled in Michigan and Indiana and continued preaching, after the Prophet’s Martyrdom, in those regions till called in by the Twelve that presided at Nauvoo . I baptized a number on this mission, the Lord working some mighty cures under my hands. October 17, 1844, our son John Rogers died. Our daughter Margret Elizabeth was born January 1, 1845. After my return to Nauvoo I worked upon the Temple at which place I was ordained a Seventy in the Second Quorum. In the winter of 1846 Mary A. & I received our endowments in this temple. Soon after this I went to help some of the brethren away from Nauvoo, especially a brother Bent who was in danger of being indicted for the practice of plural marriage. I was away from home six weeks being detained at Sugar Creek. In May 1846, I moved my family to Benton's Fort on the Des Moines River where I made up an outfit to come west with and from there to Suap Creek where we wintered. I was placed to preside over the little Branch there. At this place our daughter Margret Elizabeth died October 24, 1846. Our daughter Mary Theodocia was born February 18, 1847. It being a very hard winter, I lost part of my team. May 1st we left for Winter Quarters, stopping awhile at Mosquito Creek, arriving at the place of our destination about the first of June. And with the first companies of families we started for the Valleys traveling in Bro P.P. Pratt's company arriving at S.L. City September 24, 1847. Here our son David was born July 11, 1849, and we lived here till 1850 when I moved to Lehi where our daughter Sarah Maranda was born April 24, 1851. In the winter of 1853 & 1854, I stopped in Salt Lake City and worked upon the public work. While here our daughter Ellen Maria was born March 4, 1854. In the fall following being called I moved to Cedar and labored through the winter following upon the tithing office. In the winter of 1855, I managed a pack train of mules carrying provisions for a man by the name of Leach down on the Muddy and the Clara of whom I took a contract to carry the mail to California, making a trip from San Bernardino to Salt Lake City once every two months. The Indians were very hostile and it was thought to be as much as a mans life was worth to [go] through that region of the country but I escaped unharmed. This contract lasted about 8 months, after which I made several trips to California freighting till 1857. I was called to take charge of a company to go to San Bernardino to aid the saints to move to the valleys, meeting many difficulties, hardships and loss returning to Holden in April. In February 1859, Mary Ward Heap of Parowan and I concluded to walk life's ways together. In the spring of 1860 I was called to go and help Bro. Chas C. Rich and son Joseph and Bro Amasa Lyman and son F.M. on their mission to England and I accompanied them as far as Omaha. On my return I brought a threshing machine also some poor families who were not able to help themselves. Among the passengers was Margret Evans Jones to whom I was united October 9, 1860. My daughter Agnes Belzora by Mary A. was born at Holden June 29th 1861. In the spring of 1862 I moved to Cedar Fort Utah Co. In the fall of 1863 I was called by Chas C. Rich to go and explore and settle Bear Lake Valley. I settled at Paris where I lived for five years. Here our daughter Lucy was born December 8th 1865. I moved to Hiram 1868. Then to Goshen Utah Co. 1869. Then moved in 1870 to Holden Millard Co. where I lived till I came here. I was called October 8th 1874 to go on a mission to Canada and the U.S. To which I responded and I was away from home some 13 months and while away I collected my genealogies back for 225 years preaching as opportunity presented.

(son of Roger Savage and Phoebe Stevens). Born July 25, 1810, Johnstown, Leeds County, Canada. Came to Utah September 24, 1847, Parley P. Pratt company.

   Married:	Theodocia Finch 1834 in Canada, who was born in 1811.
   Only child:
           Amanda born August 23, 1836, married Phineas W. Cook December 17, 1853.
   Family home Salt Lake City.
   Married:	Mary Abigail White October 17, 1841, Nauvoo, Illinois. (daughter of John White and Lucy Bailey, pioneers October 1847, Perrigrine Sessions company). She was born May 30, 1823, in St. Lawrence county, New York.
   Their children:
           John Roger born December 1842, died 1843;
           Elizabeth born 1844, died 1844;
           Mary Theodocia born February 28, 1847, married John D. Wilcox August 16, 1865;
           David William born July 11, 1849, married Julia Merrill 1877;
           Sarah Miranda born April 24, 1850, married Amasa C. Linford June 29, 1867;
           Anna Eliza born December 17, 1856, married Henry Teeples 1875;
           Agnes Belzora born June 29, 1861, married John Whitton 1879;
           Ellen Maria born May 1863;
           Lucy Estell born December 8, 1865, married John Lundquist.
   Married:	Mary Ward in 1858 (daughter of George and Isabella Ward, pioneers 1851, Vincent Shurtliff company). She was born December 6, 1830, and came to Utah 1851, Vincent Shurtliff company.
   Their children:
           Isabella Elicia born October 28, 1859, married Thomas Edwin King January 16, 1878;
           David Edward born November 29, 1862, married Caroline King;
           William Albert born December 29, 1865, married Caroline Clark;
           Parley Franklin born December 31, 1868, married Clair Bell McCullough;
           Barbara Alice born August 1, 1872, married William Sudweeks.
   Married:	Margaret Evans in 1859.
   Their children:
           Margaret born July 28, 1860, married N. Karchner;
           Laura born August 1863, married C. Stratton;
           Charles R. born December 1866, married Ella Hall;
           Corner born October 1869.
   Married:	Susan Black in 1878.

Missionary to Michigan 1843; to Canada 1873; and to the Indians on the Salt River at Mesa, Arizona. Worked on Nauvoo temple. Assisted in bringing immigrants to Utah. Settled at Lehi 1850; one of first settlers of Bear Lake valley; lived at various places, finally settling at Snowflake, Arizona. Freighted between Salt Lake City and California. Mail carried between Salt Lake City and Cedar Fort, Utah. Brought first threshing machine to Salt Lake City 1860. Died in Arizona. Sources:

   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah photographs, page 86
   Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, page 1147
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David Leonard Savage's Timeline

July 25, 1810
Leeds, Johnstown, Ontario, Canada
August 23, 1836
Age 26
Leeds, Leeds and Grenville United Counties, York, Canada
December 5, 1842
Age 32
IL, United States
January 1, 1845
Age 34
Nauvoo, Hancock County, IL, United States
February 28, 1847
Age 36
Davis County, Iowa, United States
December 17, 1856
Age 46
Cedar City, Iron, UT, United States
October 28, 1859
Age 49
Holden, Millard County, UT, United States
December 29, 1862
Age 52
Cedar Fort, Utah County, UT, United States