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Zebedee Coltrin Zebedee Coltrin

1804 - 1887
  • Born 1804 Ovid, New York
  • Married Julia Ann Jennings by April 1828; five children
  • Baptized 1831
  • Ordained Elder 1831
  • Ordained High Priest 1832
  • Zion's Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy1835
  • Called as President of Seventy 1835
  • Released from all association with Seventy 1837
  • Ordained Patriarch 1873
  • Died 1887 Spanish Fork, Utah

    Zebedee Coltrin was the son of John Coltrin and Sarah Graham. He was born 7 September 1804 in Ovid, Seneca County, New York. The family moved to Geauga County, Ohio in 1814 and settled in Strongsville, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, shortly thereafter.

    Zebedee married Julia Ann Jennings (born 1813 in Pennsylvania) before April 1828. The Coltrins apparently had five children, all of whom died in infancy.

    Zebedee was baptized 9 January 1831 by Solomon Hancock and confirmed 19 January 1831 by Lyman Wight. He was ordained an Elder 21 January 1831 by John Whitmer. He was appointed to travel to Missouri with Levi W. Hancock 6 June 1831. The missionary companionship baptized many and established large branch of church in Winchester, Indiana, 1831.

    Elder Coltrin returned to Ohio 15 June 1832 and was ordained a High Priest by Reynolds Cahoon on 17 July 1832. He attended the School of Prophets in 1833. On 20 February 1834 he was appointed to preach in Upper Canada.

    Zebedee became a member of Zion's Camp and marched to relieve the Saints in Zion in 1834. He was ordained a Seventy 28 February 1835 and placed in the First Quorum of Seventy. He was ordained president of First Quorum of Seventy 1 March 1835. When it was determined that he had previously been ordained a High Priest he was released as president and member of  the First Quorum of Seventy 6 April 1837 and the vacancy caused thereby in the Council of Seventies was filled April 6, 1837, when Daniel S. Miles was chosen to succeed him.

    In 1836 he attended the School of Elders in Kirtland and was priviledged to attend the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in 1836. He was a charter member of, and owned stock in, the Kirtland Safety Society in 1837. We may assume that, like others, he lost his investment therein, but Grampa finds no evidence that he breathed the winds of apostasy that swept Kirtland in the wake of the Society's failure.

    Elder Coltrin settled in Nauvoo 1839 but later moved back to Kirtland. There he was chosen a counselor in the Kirtland Stake presidency 22 May 1841, then returned to Nauvoo by 1842. He assisted in rescuing Joseph Smith from the Dixon arrest in 1843. He was appointed to travel to Michigan to campaign for Joseph Smith as President of United States in April 1844.

    He received his Endowments 22 December 1845.

    Zebedee Coltrin left Illinois with Saints 1846 and located in Winter Quarters. He arrived in Salt Lake Valley 24 July 1847.then returned to Winter Quarters November 1847. He took his family to Utah 1851 and was directed to locate in Spanish Fork, Utah, 1852. He was ordained a Patriarch on 31 May 1873 by John Taylor.

    He was married to Mary Mlott by whom he fathered eight known children: John Graham, Mary Mlott, Zebedee, Haman, Electa, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Hugh.

    Zebedee Coltrin died in Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah, 21 July 1887. At the time of his death the Deseret News said editorially: "This respected and venerable man was one of the oldest members of the Church and was identified with many of its earliest incidents in the days of Kirtland. He was closely associated with the Prophet Joseph and has often testified to having been a witness of and participant in many marvelous spiritual manifestations. Father Coltrin has for many years past officiated as a Patriarch, and has left an excellent record for faithfulness."

    The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith; p.75; by Lyndon W. Cook"
    LDS Biographical Encyclopedia; Vol. 1, p.190; compiled and edited by Andrew Jenson
    LDS Biographical Encyclopedia; Vol. 4, p.697; compiled and edited by Andrew Jenson
    Encyclopedia of Mormonism; Vol.4, Appendix 1
2005 Church Almanac, p. 70

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