Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
Lorenzo D. Booth Lorenzo Dow Booth

1807 - ca. 1847
  • Born 1807 Scipio, New York
  • Baptized as a young man
  • Zions Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to the First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Died about 1847 Nauvoo, Illinois

    Though Elder Lorenzo Dow Booth died at an early age and remains a fairly obscure character in Church history, the few snippets of information we glean from his life indicates that he was a hard worker, faithful to the Gospel, and loyal to the Prophet.

    Lorenzo Booth was born October 13, 1807  in Scipio, New York, the eldest of the three sons listed by the Ancestral File as being born to John Calvin Booth and Jane Hawlet.

    He was introduced to the Church and baptized as a young man and at an early date for by 1834, he had volunteered to accompany the Prophet Joseph Smith on Zions Camp, the expedition to relieve the suffering saints in Zion from the depredation of the Missouri mobocrats. We read of a couple of incidents along the way that give some insight into Lorenzo's character and position in the Church.

    As the brethren prepared for Zions Camp, they sought to provide for their families during their absence which they knew not what the duration might be. Brigham Young took the family of Lorenzo Booth into his own home that the two families might strengthen one another during the men's absence. This seems unlikely to have occurred without some pre-existing relationship or bond between the families.

    On one occasion, when Joseph remonstrated with the camp about an incident involving a dog, murmuring began that Joseph cared more about the dog than about the men. It was Lorenzo acting with Brigham Young and several others who quelled the murmuring tongues.

    After Zions Camp was dismissed and the members began their return journey to the Kirtland area, Lorenzo accompanied Joseph, Hyrum, and William Smith. We might surmise that this opportunity for more intimate association with the Prophet both arose from a heightened spiritual position and led to further enlightenment.

   In 1835 Lorenzo was ordained a Seventy and called into membership of the newly created First Quorum of the Seventy. As such, he was recognized as a man of attainment, a leader among the saints. And so, it is not surprising that about 1837 he married Parthenia Works. Parthenia bore Elder Booth seven children.

    These must have been good times for the Booths. Lorenzo was affluent enough to subscribe to the Kirtland Safety Society and become a shareholder thereof. Unfortunately, we may assume that like others, he lost it all when the Society went belly-up. We have no indication, however, that he failed of faith.

    Although we do not read of Lorenzo during the Missouri era, we find him with the body of the saints in Nauvoo in 1847 where he died at the early age of forty. He is said to have died of exposure to freezing water, or hypothermia. The account did not give details of how the accident occurred.

    Grampa Bill is indebted to Trent Lofgren for locating a picture of Elder Booth.

   History of the ChurchMultiple citations; see index
   FamilySearch, See both IGI and Ancestral File,    

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