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Henry Weeks Sanderson

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Henry Weeks Sanderson

Posted: 989150400000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993329221000
Surnames: Sanderson, Sanders, Cole, Sparks
Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995):

Comments: In 1850 Henry had a household of 3, and real wealth of $150.

In 1870 he had a household of 12, real wealth of $300, and personal wealth of $200.

Henry was a private in Company "D" of the Mormon Battalion.

Taken from Henry Weeks Sanderson's Autobiography--Moved to Connecticut, 1834. Contacted by Mormon missionaries. Left for Nauvoo. To St. Louis, 1845. Father died. Back to Nauvoo. Mother remarried. At this point author begins sketch a second time with his birth, 1829. Memories of Nauvoo. Enlisted in Mormon Battalion, 1846. With Pueblo Company. Joined pioneers. Indian experiences. Ferryman in Missouri, 1848. Married Rebecca Ann Sanders. To Utah, 1850. Food shortage. Lived at Union Fort. Farmer and cattle trader. Moved to Green River, Wyoming, 1853. Unsuccessful farmer at Ft. Supply, 1854-55. Handcart companies, 1856. Reformation. Justice of Peace, 1855-1856. Utah War caused family to return to Salt Lake City. Mormon scout. Moved to Fillmore, 1858. Moved to Mt. Pleasant, 1859. Clerk of seventies quorum. Supervised lesser priesthood. Married Sarah J. Cole, 1861. Black Hawk War. Missionary.

Places of Residence:
Salt Lake County, UT; 1850
Bothwell, Sanpete, UT; 1870

Laborer, 1850
Farmer, 1870
Justice of the Peace
Major in Militia

Carter, Kate B. The Mormon Battalion, p. 128:


Henry Wix Sanderson was born in Blanford, Massachusetts the 13th of March, 1829 to James and Mary Jane Sparks Sanderson. His parents were converted to the Latter-day Saint religion and arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois in the year 1843. When the Saints arrived at Council Bluffs, Henry was seventeen years of age, but was accepted as a member of the Mormon Battalion in Company "D." He came with members of the sick detachment from Pueblo to Salt Lake City five days after the arrival of the original band of pioneers.

After he had been in the Valley two weeks he was asked to drive an ox team back to the Bluffs. His mother and sisters were still there. On March 7, 1850 he married Rebecca Ann Sanders and shortly after started the journey westward.

During his later years he moved to Fairview County. He passed away November 18, 1896.

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