Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shadrach Roundy

Jan. 1, 1788 - Jul. 4, 1872

When about twenty-five years old he married Betsy Quimby, of Essex county,  Vermont, who bore him ten children -- four sons and six daughters. He moved with his family to Onondago county, New York, and there heard of the gospel being revealed to Joseph Smith. In the winter of 1830-31 he left his home and traveled on horseback to see the Prophet Joseph, who then resided at Fayette, Seneca, New York. After having an interview with the Prophet, he was baptized and became an honorable member of the Church. His wife and those of his children who were old enough also embraced the gospel about the same time. April 16, 1836, in Kirtland, Ohio, where the main body of the Church was then in conference assembled, he received a license to preach the gospel, having previously been ordained an Elder. Subsequently, he removed to Missouri, where he shared with the Saints in their persecutions, and afterward located temporarily in Warsaw, Illinois.

About the year 1840 he removed to Nauvoo, where he served as a captain of police. In times of imminent danger and persecutions he acted as special guard around the person of the Prophet Joseph. On several occasions he was on duty without intermission, for many days and nights, without sleep or rest. His love for the Prophet was so great that he would have given his own life freely in defense of his beloved friend and brother.

On one occasion, when the Prophet had been forewarned that he was in  danger, he sent for Brother Roundy and told him to pick a trusty man to be on guard with  him at his house, as a party was coming that night by water to kidnap him. Brother Roundy selected Josiah Arnold and placed him on guard at the gate, with orders to admit no one, while he himself took his beat by the river, but on hearing a noise he hastily repaired to the gate and found William Law inside the gate and others in the act of entering. Brother Roundy, who had a hickory walking cane in his hand, quickly took hold of it at each end, and pressing it against the men forced them back outside, and then fastened the gate. William Law endeavored to explain that the men who were with him were gentlemen merchants, who wanted to see the mummies that Joseph Smith had purchased from Michael Chandler. Brother Roundy replied that if they were gentlemen they should come at gentlemen's hours. William Law insisted that Brother Joseph would admit them, as they would pay $10 in pocket money, there being about forty of them; the admission fee was 25 cents for each. On their agreeing not to try to enter while he was gone, Brother Roundy went to Joseph's room. The Prophet, who had overheard the conversation, told Elder Roundy to go back and tell the strangers as a message from him what he (Roundy) had already told them himself. Thus was the Prophet's life and property preserved by the courage and fidelity of Elder Roundy and his associate.

Elder Roundy came to Great Salt Lake valley as one of the pioneers of 1847, and was one of the three men who plowed the first furrow in Great Salt Lake valley. He was a member of the first High Council in the Salt Lake Stake of Zion, and also a member of the first Territorial legislature. He crossed the plains five times to bring poor emigrants to the Valley, was a captain of the "Silver Greys," and one of the first settlers in the 16th ward, where he presided as Bishop from April 14, 1849, until 1856. He had previously been called to the Bishopric by revelation (D&C Sec. 124, Verse 141). Bishop Roundy died a true and faithful member of the Church.

Biography from Tracy Stocking

Photo of grave marker stolen from until I can get out and take my own photo.
Grave marker and map to follow.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Alma Bailey Dunford


Alma Bailey Dunford was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England on August 19, 1850, son of Isaac and Leah Bailey Dunford.  In 1853 his parents brought him to America and settled in St. Louis.  In 1856, this family came to Salt Lake City, but were soon afterwards called to settle Bear Lake County, Idaho.  In 1864, A.B. Dunford came to Salt Lake City to live and has ever since counted this city his home.

Almost immediately upon his arrival in Salt Lake City, he began to study his dentistry with late Dr. W.W.H.H. Sharp.  In his profession, Dr. Dunford developed almost marvelous skill and soon became not only Dr. Sharp’s partner but the most trusted of Utah’s early dentists.  He made many trips from St. George to Bear Lake, carrying his instruments in his buggy and waiting on his patients in the pioneer settlements.

Alma was married to Susan Young, daughter of Brigham and Lucy Bigelow Young, on December 1,  1872.  They had two children, Leah Eudora , born February 24, 1874, and Alma Bailey, Jr., born August 13, 1875.  In early 1877 Alma was called to serve a mission in England and made arrangements for “Susie” and the children to spend time with Alma’s family.  Two weeks later Brigham Young died, and shortly after that Susie wrote to Alma saying that she no longer loved him and wanted a divorce.  Alma returned home from his mission and in August of 1879 he reopened his dental office.

On February 27, 1882 Alma married Lovinia Tricilla Clayton, a daughter of William and Margaret Moon Clayton.  They had eight children, two of whom died before adulthood. 
Alma died on February 1, 1919 in Salt Lake City.

Photo by Emily Joyal