Mormon History 1830-1844

William F. Cahoon (1813–1893)
Born William Farrington Cahoon, November 7, 1813 in Harpersfield, Ashtabula, Ohio  
William F. Cahoon autobiography. Microfilm of manuscript. Church Archives, MS 8433.
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Died April 6, 1893 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah  
Father Reynolds Cahoon (1790–1861)  
Mother Thurza Stiles  
Baptized [November 16], 1830 by Parley P. Pratt  
William F. Cahoon autobiography. Microfilm of manuscript. Church Archives, MS 8433.
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<i>Juvenile Instructor</i>
')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">JI 27, no. 16 (Aug. 15, 1892): 492. Priest October 25, 1831 ordained a priest by Oliver Cowdery in Orange, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.   ¶ Minutes of October 25, 1831 Bootmaker Makes boots and shoes "gratis" for elders leaving on missions. Supports father's family while he is on missions.   Mission to New York November 19, 1831 starts on mission east with Zebedee Coltrin and John Boynton (h) for a few days, joins his father and David W. Patten (h), travels with David as far east as Silver Creek, New York.   Kirtland   February 23, 1833 arrives in Kirtland from mission.     Mission with Amasa Lyman March 21, 1833 called east on mission with Amasa Lyman (h)   ¶ Amasa Lyman (h); William F. Cahoon autobiography. Microfilm of manuscript. Church Archives, MS 8433.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">William F. Cahoon autobio New York conference April 28, 1833 attends Westfield conference in New York with William Pratt, Noah Packard, John Gould, and Amasa Lyman (h).   ¶ Noah Packard Late August, 1833 returns from mission.   Zion's Camp May 5, 1834 departs Kirtland with Zion's Camp.   Work in Missouri Summer 1834 stays in Missouri to work but suffers from fever and ague.   Returns to Ohio November 17, 1834 reaches home after traveling from Missouri with Harpin Riggs. Still ill.   First Quorum of Seventy February 28, 1835 ordained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.   House of the Lord   Works on House of the Lord until completion.     Marries January 17, 1836 married to Nancy Miranda Gibbs by Joseph Smith.   ¶ (by subscription) We were married before a concourse of people. Several hundred witnessed the ceremony. It was done to establish precedent of public marriage by the Church instead of taking out a license from the County Court, marriage notice being published several times previously in the Church, which custom was allowed by the laws of the state. About three thousand assembled both inside and outside the Church when we were married.   Missouri Spring 1838 moves with father's family from Kirtland to Missouri.   I left behind me a good lot all paid for, for which I labored very hard to get, also a good seven-room house well furnished and owned by myself … I could not dispose of it, so I turned the key and locked the door and left it.   Adam-ondi-Ahman May 5, 1838 arrives in Far West. Reynolds' and William's families settle in Adam-ondi-Ahman.   Six months' harrassment This was a time of grief and trouble to us, the mob who infested this beautiful region of country, were constantly creating excitement after excitement adding rumor to rumor until we were forced to watch them by night, as well as by day. We were so harassed that we were not able to build houses or even spare time to procure food for our families and we lived in peril. Our fare was also poor as we could not get our corn ground and we had to punch holes in pieces of tin and take ears of corn and grate them on the tin to get or make meal for our bread, and we had to live on this kind of food for six months. …   Boggs' cut-throats I was at Far West at the time of the arrival of the main body of Boggs cut-throat minions. It was like opening the gates of hell, for such creatures as they were, could come from no other place, or at least they were inspired by the fiends of hell to accomplish the devilish designs of the infamous scoundrel who sent them, Lilburn W. Boggs. I expect the Lord will reward him according to his works and give him his portion with his master, the devil, Amen.     Arrested I, in company with all the rest of the church there, was arrested and put under guard. We were forced to sign a deed of trust of all we possessed. I passed an examination of seven consecutive days, after which I was permitted to return to my family at Adam-ondi-Ahman. I found my wife in deep sorrow and weeping, for she knew not what had become of me or whether I was alive or dead.     Affidavit


I hereby certify that in the year 1838, I was residing in Daviess County, Missouri, and while from home I was taken a prisoner in Far West by the Militia, and kept under guard for six or eight days, in which time I was forced to sign a Deed of Trust, after which I was permitted to return home to my family in Daviess County, and found them surrounded by an armed force, with the rest of my neighbors, who were much frightened. The order from the militia was to leave the county within ten days, in which time my house was broken open and many goods taken out by the militia. We were not permitted to go from place to place without a pass from the general, and on leaving the county, I received a pass as follows: I permit William F. Cahoon to pass from Daviess to Caldwell County, and there remain during the winter, and thence to pass out of the state of Missouri. --Signed November 10, 1838--Reeves, a Brigadier General.

During this time, both myself and my family suffered much on account of cold and hunger because we were not permitted to go outside of the guard to obtain wood and provisions; and according to order, of the militia, in the spring following, I took my family and left the state with the loss of much property. (Signed, William F. Cahoon; Territory of Iowa, Lee County. Subscribed and Sworn Before D. W. Kilbourn, J. P.     Far West When Reynolds is released, the two families move to Far West.     Quincy February 4, 1839 leave Far West for Quincy, Illinois.     Montrose Fall 1839 moves to Montrose, Lee County, Iowa.     Nauvoo Spring 1842 moves to Nauvoo and works on temple as a carpenter and joiner (also appointed timekeeper of the carpenters and joiners).   Temple [Spring 1845] I was appointed to superintend the raising of all the timbers of the temple. We finished raising all the framing part August 23, 1845.     Mob [September 9–10, 1845] the mob began to burn our houses and destroy our property, the property of the Saints, and kept up a continual scene of persecution from this time until we left Nauvoo.     Temple work

Leaving Nauvoo
I continued work on the temple and in the endowment rooms until the 3rd of February 1846. On the 4th of February, I began to repair wagons for our journey into the wilderness, for it was surely one. I worked on wagons 10 days and on the 15th, I and my family left with the Nauvoo Brass Band, and my brother Daniel S. was along with us. We bid farewell to the beautiful city of Nauvoo, the city of Joseph, and started for the camp of Israel which was Sugar Creek, Iowa.     Garden Grove, Cutler's Park Oversees construction of houses in Garden Grove, moves family to Cutler's Park.     Salt Lake Valley September 24, 1849 reaches Great Salt Lake Valley after six-month trek.     Old tabernacle Foreman of carpenters on the Old Tabernacle (demolished in 1877).     Woolen mill Works on woolen mills in Canyon Creek (later a paper mill).      
    Families     Wife Nancy Miranda Gibbs, b. July 27, 1818 in Benson, Rutland, Vermont
md. Jan. 17, 1836 in Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio
d. Nov. 6, 1867 in Salt Lake City   Children Annine Nancy (b. Feb. 23, 1837 in Kirtland)
Nancy Ermina (b. Feb. 23, 1837 in Kirtland)
Elisa Eroni (b. Sept. 17, 1838 in Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Daviess, Missouri)
Lerona Eliza (b. Sept. 17, 1838 in Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Daviess, Missouri)
John Farrington (b. Oct. 19, 1840 in Montrosa, Lee, Iowa)
Prudence Sarah (b. Apr. 11, 1843 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois)
Thirza Vilate (b. Sep. 29, 1845 in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois)
William Marion (b. Apr. 8, 1849 in Winters Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska)
Daniel Clayton (b. Sept. 14, 1850 in Salt Lake City)
Joseph Mahonri (b. Mar. 2, 1853 in Salt Lake City)
Henry Reynolds (b. Jan. 14, 1857 in Salt Lake City)
Stephen Tiffany b. May 10, 1858 in Salt Lake City)
Andrew Carlos (b. Sept. 5, 1861 in Salt Lake City)   Wife Oleana Olsen, b. 1817 in Harpersfield, Ashtabula, Ohio or Aug. 5, 1834 in Boomstick, Howard, Missouri.   Wife Mary Wilson Casson
md. Sept. 23, 1845 in Nauvoo     Children George Edward
Samuel Casson
Mary Ellen
James Cordon (b. Oct. 9, 1847 in Winters Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska)     Wife Elvina M Jones
md. June 12, 1871 in Salt Lake City   Wife Mary Dugdale    
Reynolds Cahoon

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