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No picture available. Alexander Whitesides
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  • Zions Camp 1834
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1835

    Almost nothing is known of Alexander Whitesides. There is not even an identifiable entry in the Ancestral File. We may guess that Alexander was born between 1795 and 1812 and probably in the Northeastern United States.  Alexander is mentioned in the History of the Church only two times.

    We do know that in 1834 he participated in Zion's Camp, the expedition to provide relief to the saints in Missouri. Since most of these were young men, we may guess that Alexander was also. And since most members of the Church at that early date were from the Northeastern United States, we might guess that Alexander was also from that locale.

    As long as we are speculating, we might guess that he was related to Isaiah Whitesides and Morris Whitesides, both of whom are mentioned in the History of the Church but not in such a way as that positive identification may be made.

    We may also infer that he performed in Zion's Camp with a supportive attitude as he was ordained a Seventy and called into the First Quorum of Seventy in 1835, thereby entering the ranks of the General Authorities.

    Grampa Bill knows absolutely nothing more of Alexander Whitesides... and doesn't even have any more speculation.

    Smith, History of the Church, Vol.2, pp.185, 203

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