Grampa Bill's General Authority Pages
No picture available. Hiram Winters

1805 - 1889

  • Born 1805 Westfield, New York
  • Married Rebecca Burdick 1824; six children
  • Baptized 1833
  • Zion's camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Ordained High Priest 1841
  • Made trek west arriving in 1852
  • Died 1889 Pleasant Grove, Utah

    The following biographical sketch is adapted from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.692
    Hiram Winters [also called Winter in the History of the Church], a member of Zion's Camp, was born April 5, 1805, near Westfield, Washington Co., N, Y. He removed with his parents to Seneca County and afterwards settled in Jamestown, N.Y., where he married Rebecca Burdick, a sister of Alden Burdick. Rebecca bore him six children.

    He was baptized by Lyman R. Sherman in June, 1833, and in the fall of that year moved to Kirtland, Ohio. The next year he joined Zion's Camp and marched to Missouri, acting as cook of the second Ten of that organization until the camp arrived at Salt Creek, Mo., where he was appointed to serve in the second company of rangers.

    After the camp was dissolved, Bro. Winters returned to Kirtland, Ohio, where he was ordained a Seventy by the Prophet Joseph Smith Feb. 28, 1835, being the first Seventy ordained in this dispensation. In the spring of 1835, he was sent on a mission to New York.

    Elder Winters was present at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple March 27, 1836, and moved to Quincy, Ill., in 1837, later to Commerce.

    He was ordained a High Priest and appointed to act as a counselor to Bishop Thomas Burdick [a brother of the aforementioned Alden Burdick]. In 1845, he moved his family to Nauvoo, and when the camps of the saints moved westward, he established himself at Burlington, Iowa, as a shoemaker and a builder of hydraulic cisterns. Having earned sufficient means to buy a traveling outfit, he followed the Camps of Israel to Kanesville, Iowa, in 1851, and arrived in the Valley in 1852.

    His wife died while crossing the plains and was buried near Scott's Bluffs, Iowa on the Platte River. Her grave was marked with a steel wagon tire, In recent years, the descendants provided a more permanent and suitable marker. Grampa Bill had the priviledge of visiting her grave markers on an isolated site on the trail. The spirit was strong, and tears flowed copiously.

    Elder Winters died Oct. 21, 1889 at Pleasant Grove, Utah.

    Smith, History of the Church, three citations, see index (See both spellings of name.)
    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.692

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