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1792 - 1845

  • Born 1792 Lyme, Connecticut
  • Married Sarah Watson Crane 1814; two children
  • Baptized 1832
  • Ordained Elder 1833
  • Ordained Seventy 1836
  • Set apart as a President of the Seventy 1837
  • Released from Presidency and Disfellowshipped 1838
  • Died 1845 Ambrosia, Iowa
  • Fellowship restored posthumously 1967

    Salmon  Gee was born Oct. 16, 1792 in Lyme, New London county, Conn. When he was about seventeen years old he removed to Ohio, and located in Ashtabula county. On December 10, 1814 he married Sarah Watson Crane. The couple had two known children.

    In 1828 Salmon removed to Geauga county, where he joined the Church, being baptized in July, 1832, by Zebedee Coltrin. Shortly afterwards (Feb. 4, 1833) he was ordained an Elder by Sidney Rigdon. Two days later he was appointed to preside over the Saints in Thompson, Geauga, Illinois. In his letter of appointment, the Prophet wrote:

"It has seemed good unto the Holy Spirit and unto us, to send this our epistle to you by the hand of our beloved Brother Salmon Gee, your messenger, who has been ordained by us, in obedience to the commandments of God, to the office of Elder to preside over the Church in Thompson, taking the oversight thereof, to lead you and to teach the things which are according to godliness; in whom we have great confidence, as we presume also you have, we therefore say to you, yea, not us only, but the Lord also, receive him as such, knowing that the Lord has appointed him to this office for your good, holding him up by your prayers, praying for him continually that he may be endowed with wisdom and understanding in the knowledge of the Lord, that through him you may be kept from evil spirits, and all strifes and dissensions, and grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

    When the second quorum of Seventy was organized in 1836, Elder Gee was ordained a member thereof, and at the time of the reorganization of the Seventies, April 6, 1837, he was called to fill the vacancy in the First Council of the Seventy caused by the removal of Elder Zebedee Coltrin to the High Priests' quorum. Elder Gee was ordained under the hands of Sidney Rigdon and Hyrum Smith.

    At a meeting of the Seventies held at Kirtland, March 6, 1838, the quorum withdrew their fellowship from Bro. Gee for neglect of duty and other causes, but he was never excommunicated from the Church. John Young, Seventh (senior) President of the Seventy explained: "This council stood intact until the month of May, 1838. The Prophet had departed from Kirtland and bad journeyed as far as the State of Missouri, the place of his destination, the previous year. The brethren in Kirtland received a message from him, giving all the councils of the priesthood, remaining in that place, instructions to have them filled up. At this time the council of the Seventies convened for this purpose. Elders Salmon Gee and John Gaylord were absent from the council, but sent word that they wished to be excused from any further services in the council. Consequently, pursuant to their request, they were excused and were dropped by the council, and Zera Pulsipher and Henry Harriman were chosen in their places, and were ordained First Presidents and members thereof."

    When Almon W. Babbitt reorganized the Stake in Kirtland, in 1841, Elder Gee was chosen as a member of the High Council at that place, where he remained until 1844, when he removed to Ambrosia, Lee county, Iowa.

    It was in Ambrosia that Salmon Gee died, Sept. 13, 1845, as a faithful member of the Church. His remains were interred at Nauvoo. One of the last acts of his life was to call the members of his family around him and exhort them to faithfulness, advising them also to follow the Church wherever it went. His wife Sarah, survived him by four years, dying in 1849.

    The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1 notes that full fellowship was posthumously restored to Salmon Gee on 14 September 1967.

   LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.192
   History of the Church, Multiple citations; see index
   Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
   2005 Church Almanac, p.70

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