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No picture avaailable. David Elliott

1799 - 1855
  • Born 1799 Charleston, New York
  • Married Alvirah Holliday 1821; one daughter
  • Married Margery Quick 1823; four children
  • Married Mary Cahoon 1831; three children
  • Baptized 1831
  • Participated in Zion's Camp 1834
  • Called to First Quorum of the Seventy 1835
  • Participated in the Kirtland Camp 1838; Subsequently driven from Missouri
  • Married Miranda Reynolds 1838; five children
  • Married Margaret Straway 1848; two children
  • Died 1855 Salt Lake City, Utah

    David Elliott or Elliot was born November 18, 1799 at Charleston, Montgomery County, New York, the son of Peter Elliott (AFN: 8QZ2-NH) and Phebe Holly (AFN: 8QZ2-PN).

    The Ancestrral File lists six wives for David Elliott. Whether he was a widower five times over, practiced plural marriage, was incorectly entered in the Ancestral File, or some combination of the above, is not completely known. We will assume the AF is correct.

   David's first wife was Almirah Holliday, by whom he fathered one child, Lucena Elliott, about whom later. We may assume Almirah died in or shortly after childbirth. for only seven moths after Lucena's birth David married Margery Quick March 3, 1823. David and Margery are known to have had four children.

    Little is known of his life, but it is certain that he came into contact with the Church early in its existence for he was baptized in 1831 and in the same year took his third wife, Mary Cahoon, his first two wives presumably having died.

   In 1834, he participated in Zion's Camp, the mission to succor the suffering saints in Missouri. Whether he was a blacksmith by avocation is not known, but he did perform smithing duty for Zion's Camp, shodding the hooves of the horses.

    Perhaps because of the faithfulness he displayed on the Missouri expedition, he was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy, being ordained in 1835.

    On October 29, 1835, he was charged by William Smith, the Prophet's brother, with whipping his daughter (presumably, the afore mentioned Lucena) unreasonably. The Prophet Joseph Smith was called to testify. He stated, "My testimony was in Brother Elliott's favor, from conversation with the parents and the girl at their house in Chagrin, I was satisfied that the girl was in the fault, and that the neighbors were trying to create a difficulty."

    Later the same day, Sister Elliott's case came before the High Council. The Prophet's mother, Lucy Mack Smith was called to testify. She began to testify of events which had previously been settled. Joseph objected as to the relevancy to the case at hand. He was challenged by his brother William and the matter almost came to blows. (See History of the Church, Volume II, page 293-295) "The decision of the Council in the case of Brother Elliott was 'that the complaint was not without foundation, yet the charge has not been fully sustained, but he has acted injudiciously and brought a disgrace upon himself, his daughter, and upon this Church, because he ought to have trained his child in a way that she would not have required the rod at the age of fifteen years.' Brother Elliot made his confession and was forgiven. Sister Elliot confessed her wrong and promised to do better, consequently the Council forgave her. And they were both restored to fellowship."

   As the winds of Apostasy swirled around Kirtland, David and a number of the other Seventy determined to leave the city and emigrate to Zion as part of the Kirtland Camp. He arrived in Missouri as the Missouri persecutions reach a crescendo and was forced to emigrate again, this time to Illinois, settling for a time at Springfield. His wife Margery died in 1837 or very early 1838, perhaps as a result of the privations of the persecution she endured.

   On March 11, 1838 Elder Elliott married his fourth wife, Miranda Reynolds. She bore him five children before her death in 1846 at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Mount Pleasant is on one of the many routes followed by the Mormon Trail, so we may speculate that her death, like Margery's was as a result of persecution.

   Elder Elliot's fifth wife was Margaret Straway, whom he married in 1848 at the aforementioned Mount Pleasant.Two children are listed for this marriage. Unlike the first four wives, Margaret would live long, dieing in Salt Lake City in 1901.

    Having suffered with the saints in Illinois and sojourned in Iowa, at some point Elder Elliott resumed his journey westward, trudging the long miles of the Mormon Trail to the Great Basin.

   The Ancestral File lists a sixth wife, Miranda Pratt, but does not give a date of marriage. Nor does it list any children. Given that Elder Elliott married, in every case, shortly after the death of the previous wife, there does not seem to be time to slip Miranda in between any of his previous marriages. Grampa Bill speculates that Miranda was a plural marriage and occurred after David's arrival in the Great Basin.

   Elder David Elliott died December 2, 1855 in Salt Lake City and is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

   History of the Church, Vol,2, pp.88, 183, 203, 293, 295
   Family Search-Ancestral File and IGI

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