William Huntington (Sr.)

Spouse: Zina Baker

  • Born 28 Mar 1784
  • Place: Grantham, N-Yr.
  • Married 28 Dec 1806
  • Died 19 Aug 1847
  • Place Iowa

William Huntington was a patriarch in Kirtland "No 886 Kirtland Sept 7th 1836 Blessing by William Huntington"


  • Date: March 28, 1784
  • Place: Cheshire, NH, USA



  • Date: September 19, 1846
  • Alternate Date: August 19, 1846
  • Place: (Mt) Pisgah, USA Harrison, IA,

Marriage Information:

  • Spouse: Baker, Zina
  • Date: December 28, 1806

Marriage Number 2

  • Spouse: Partridge, Lydia
  • Date: 1840

Marriage Number 3

  • Spouse: Baker, Dorcas

Church Ordinance Data:

  • Baptism Date: 1835

Temple Ordinance Data:

  1. Baptism Date: October 18, 1967
  2. Endowment Date: December 12, 1845 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
  3. Sealed to Parents Date: August 30, 1977
  4. Sealed to Spouse Date: December 12, 1845 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA

Places of Residence:

  • Kirtland, Geauga, OH, USA; 1836
  • Missouri, USA; 1838 Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA; 1839


  • Huntington, William Sr. William petitioned for $1650 in damages May 7, 1839.

Comments: #2

  • William aided saints in leaving from Missouri.

Comments: #3

  • William was a member of the Nauvoo 4th Ward.

Comments: #4

William Huntington Journal. (Located in the BYU Special Collections)

  1. Retrospective background of childhood and early life, changing to daily entries.
  2. Joined Presbyterian Church, 1816.
  3. Read Book of Mormon and joined Mormon Church, 1835.
  4. High council 1837.
  5. Setted at Adam-ondi-Ahman. Mobs.
  6. Militia activities.
  7. Loss of property.
  8. To Illinois, 1839.
  9. Wife died.
  10. Poverty.
  11. Worked as mason.
  12. Activities in Nauvoo.
  13. Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
  14. Helped bury the bodies.
  15. Commissary general of Nauvoo Legion.
  16. Stone-cutting for temple.
  17. Description of rival claims for leadership of church.
  18. October conference, 1844.
  19. Celebration in seventies hall.
  20. Agricultural Association formed.
  21. Continued work on temple.
  22. Preparations for military defense.
  23. Mob activities.
  24. Preparations to move to mountains.
  25. Captain of hundred.
  26. Organized company.
  27. Left Nauvoo on February 9, 1846.
  28. To Sugar Creek, Iowa.
  29. Overtook Brigham Young's company.
  30. Company contracted to split rails.
  31. Journey continued westward across Iowa.
  32. Meetings discussing expedition to Rocky Mountains.
  33. Rain.
  34. Appointed to preside over camp at Mount Pisgah.
  35. Frequent mention of family: son Dimick, daughter Prescindia, son William D.
  36. Enlistment of men in Mormon Battalion.
  37. Visited sick.

Comments: #5

  • William, presiding Elder at Mount Pisgah, Iowa, in 1846.

In 1804 he moved with his parents to Watertown, Jefferson county, New York, being among the first settlers of that county. Soon after his marriage he moved to Watertown, NY, where he lived and prospered in temporal blessings until 1811, when he sold out, and the following year war was declared with Great Britain, which proved fatal to his prospects, and coupled with much sickness in the family reduced them very low in pecuniary circumstances. His services in the army were done with the fife. He was in one battle, that of Sacketts' Harbour.

In 1816, Providence smiled on him again, and about the same time he experienced religion, having an honest heart before God and earnestly inquiring of the Lord as to the truth and reality of the history and doctrines of the Bible.

Source Reference Red Text is in question or error!

William Huntington (Sr.)- References in Church History

Rivalry Among Militia Generals for Possession of Prisoners

(LDSHIST3:14 210, 4-7)

p4 Sunday, 18.--While our suit was going forward General Wilson gave the following permit, in Daviess County:

|p5 Permit

|p6 I permit the following persons, as a committee on the part of the Mormons, to pass and repass in and through the county of Daviess during the winter, to wit: William Huntington, John Reed, Benjamin S. Wilber, Mayhew Hillman, Z. Wilson, E. B. Gaylord, Henry Harriman, Daniel Stanton, Oliver Snow, William Earl, Jonathan H. Hale, Henry Humphrey--upon all lawful business.

R. WILSON, Brig. Gen.


By F. G. COCKNU, Aid.

|p7 November 18, 1838.

Rivalry Among Militia Generals for Possession of Prisoners

(LDSHIST3:14 215, 4-5)

p4 Friday, 30.--About this time those of us who had been sentenced thereto, were conveyed to Liberty jail, put in close confinement, and all communication with our friends cut off.

|p5 During our trial William E. McLellin, accompanied by Burr Riggs and others, at times were busy in plundering and robbing the houses of Sidney Rigdon, George Morey, the widow Phebe Ann Patten, and others, under pretense or color of law, on an order from General Clark, as testified to by the members of the different families robbed.~215.1.

|p6 Saturday, December 1, 1838.--A committee on the part of the "Mormons" and a like committee on the part of the citizens of Daviess county, |P216|p1 met at Adam-Ondi-Ahman, on the first of December, 1838, the following propositions by the "Mormon" committee were made and agreed to by the Daviess county committee:

|p2 First--That the Mormon committee be allowed to employ, say twenty teamsters for the purpose of hauling off their property.

|p3 Second--That the Mormon committee collect whatever stock they may have in Daviess county at some point, and some two or three of the Daviess county committee be notified to attend for the purpose of examining said stock, and convey or attend the Mormon committee out of the limits of the county; and it is further understood,that the Mormon committee is not to

drive or take from this county any stock of any description, at any other time, nor under any other circumstances, than these mentioned.

|p4 As witness our hands,





|p5 The above propositions were made and agreed to by the undersigned committee on the part of the Mormons.






Preparations for Leaving Missouri - Action of Legislature

(LDSHIST3:17 250, 5-10)

p5 Minutes of the Second Meeting at Far West

|p6 The brethren met again according to adjournment. John Smith was again called to the chair, and Elias Smith appointed secretary.

|p7 The committee appointed to draw up a preamble and resolutions to be presented to the meeting for consideration, presented by their chairman, John Taylor, a memorial of the transactions of the people of Missouri towards us since our first settlement in this state, in which was contained some of our sentiments and feelings on the subject of our persecutions by the authority of the state, and our deprivation of the rights of citizenship guaranteed to us by the Constitution. The document under preparation by the committee was yet in an unfinished state, owing to causes which were stated by the committee; and they further apologized for not drawing it up in the form of resolutions, agreeable to the vote of the former meeting.

|p8 The report was accepted as far as completed, and by a vote of the meeting, the same committee were directed to finish it, and prepare it for and send it to the press for publication, and they were instructed to dwell minutely on the subject relating to our arms, and the fiendlike conduct of the officers of the militia in sequestering all the best of them after their surrender on condition of being returned to us again, or suffering them to be exchanged for others, not worth half their value, in violation of their bond, and of the honor of the commander of the forces sent against us by the State.

|p9 On motion of President Brigham Young, it was resolved 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.

|p10 After an expression of sentiments by several who addressed the meeting on the propriety of taking efficient measures to remove the poor from the state, |P251|p1 it was resolved, that a committee of seven be appointed to superintend the business of our removal, and to provide for those who have not the means of moving, till the work shall be completed.

|p2 The following were then appointed, viz., William Huntington, Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theodore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrach Roundy, and Jonathan H. Hale.

|p3 Resolved: That the secretary draft an instrument expressive of the sense of the covenant entered into this day, by those present, and that those who were willing to subscribe to the covenant should do it, that their names might be known, which would enable the committee more expeditiously to carry their business into effect.

|p4 The instrument was accordingly drawn, and by vote of the meeting the secretary attached the names of those who were willing to subscribe to it.

|p5 Adjourned to meet again on Friday, the 1st of February next, at twelve o'clock, m.

JOHN SMITH, Chairman.

ELIAS SMITH, Secretary.

|p6 The following is the covenant referred to in the preceding minutes, with the names which were then and afterwards attached to it, as far as they have been preserved:

|p7 We, whose names are hereunder written, do for ourselves individually hereby covenant to stand by and assist one another, to the utmost of our abilities, in removing from this state in compliance with the authority of the state; and we do hereby acknowledge ourselves firmly bound to the extent of all our available property, to be disposed of by a committee who shall be appointed 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 remove from the state' with this proviso, that no individual shall be deprived of the right of the disposal of his own property for the above purpose, or of having the control of it, or so much of it as shall be necessary for the removing of his own family, and to be entitled to the overplus, after the work is effected; and furthermore, said committee shall give receipts for all property, and an account of the expenditure of the same.

|p8 Far West, Missouri, January 29, 1839.

|p9 List of Names Subscribed to the Foregoing

|p10 John Smith, James McMillan,

Wm. Huntington, Chandler Holbrook,

Preparations for Leaving Missouri - Action of Legislature

(LDSHIST3:17 254, 1-2)

|p2 The committee who had been appointed for removing the poor from the state of Missouri, viz.: William Huntington, Charles Bird, Alanson Ripley, Theodore Turley, Daniel Shearer, Shadrach Roundy, and Jonathan H. Hale, met in the evening of that day [January 29, 1839], at the house of Theodore Turley, and organized by appointing William Huntington chairman, Daniel Shearer treasurer, and Alanson Ripley clerk, and made some arrangements for carrying into operation the business of removing the poor. President Brigham Young got eighty subscribers to the covenant the first day, and three hundred the second day.

Exiled Saints Gather at Quincy, Illinois ...

(LDSHIST3:18 262, 9-1)

p9 Tuesday, February 19.--The committee on removal appointed Charles Bird to visit the several parts of Caldwell county, |P263|p1 and William Huntington the town of Far West, to ascertain the number of families that would have to be assisted in removing, and solicit means from those who are able to give for the assistance of the needy, and make report as soon as possible.

Exiled Saints Gather at Quincy, Illinois ...

(LDSHIST3:18 263, 4-6)

p4 Committee Resolutions

|p5 Resolved: To send Stephen Markham to Illinois, to visit the brethren there and obtain a power of attorney from such as had left their lands without selling them. A report of the committee appointed to visit the different parts of the country to ascertain the number of families who were destitute of teams for their removal, was made. William Huntington reported thirty-two families, and Charles Bird seven, as far as they had prosecuted their labors.

|p6 Resolved: To send Erastus Bingham to visit the northwest part of Caldwell county for the same purpose, and then adjourned till Monday next.

Letters to the Prophet -- Affairs in England

(LDSHIST3:19 274, 7-275, 1)

p7 To Joseph Smith, Jun., and Hyrum Smith.

|p8 Friday, March 8.--

|p9 Minutes of a Meeting of the Committee on Removal

|p10 The committee met at Theodore Turley's, William Huntington in the chair.

|p11 Alanson Ripley made a report of his journey to Liberty, and said that President Joseph Smith, Jun., counseled to sell all the land in Jackson county, and all other lands in the state whatsoever.

|p12 Resolved, That the names of those of the brethren who have subscribed to our covenant and have done nothing, be sought for, and a record made of them, that they may be had in remembrance.

|p13 Resolved, That an extra exertion be made to procure money for removing the poor, by visiting those who have money, and laying the necessities of the committee, in their business of removing the poor out of the state, before them, and solicit their assistance.

|p14 Voted that the clerk write a letter to Bishop Partridge, |P275|p1 laying before him the advice of President Joseph Smith, Jun., concerning selling the Jackson county lands, and requesting a power of attorney to sell them.

Father of Zina D. Huntington Young

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