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John Baptiste, Utah, 1860

John Baptiste, Utah, 1860

Tom Holladay (View posts)
Posted: 969645115000
John Baptiste was married to Dorothy Jennison. He robbed graves in SLC Cemetery and was banished to Antelope Island. Any records gratefully received. Possilbe Irish origins converted to LDS in Australia. Came via HI and CA.

Dorothy Sarah Jennison and John Baptiste

Jennifer Martin (View posts)
Posted: 970759249000
Hi I am an ancestor of Dorothy Sarah Jennison I can send you a copy of her biography. I would really like to here if you get any more info on John Baptiste. Even though he is more of a step-ancestor. We all enjoy the story from time to time. Although I suppose it was not so pleasent for Dorothy at the time. I will see if I can forward to you what I do have.



Jennifer Martin (View posts)
Posted: 970759615000
I guess I can't forward to you. I thought there was a way to email to the person. Maybe someone can enlighten me to how we get ahold of each other without advertising my address?

Jean Baptiste

Tom Holladay (View posts)
Posted: 970860543000
Ms. Martin: I have Dorothy's bio. BYU Studies published a piece on Jean Baptiste, the grave robber, by Devitry-Smith in 1991. If he was Dorothy's husband, which is fairly certain, then he is my great great grandfather (Irene/Arthur/Millicent/Jean). How are you related to Dorothy? She had four husbands: Litchfield, Baptiste, Ferris, Hatfield. Millicent, her only daughter, was by Baptiste. We really know nothing about Baptiste (even his name is in doubt) except that he was born about 1813 in Ireland came from Australia where he was converted. Do you have any primary information on him? Tom Holladay


Jennifer Hays Martin (View posts)
Posted: 970995141000

I am through the Lichfield line. All I know of Baptiste is the grave robbing stories and his being left on Antelope Island. I know nothing of his heritage.

Jennifer Martin

Jean Baptiste

Tom Holladay (View posts)
Posted: 971025500000
Walter Lichfield wrote in 1984 that this Baptiste is possibly the son of Sacagawea, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. Other prospect is the convert from Australia. Regardless, it appears fairly certain they broke up after he was busted for grave robbery. Walter thinks they met on the trip west in 1861. He went with the Church wagons to pick up immigrants. No record of that but do have census record from Utah 1860 census.


Posted: 982593460000
HAY TOM by chance did your JEAN BAPTISTE have a brother named LOUIE or LOUIS BAPTISTE as i have a ggggrandfather that was involved in a lot of miss deeds. contact at

Jean Baptiste

Posted: 982649219000
Edited: 1013918045000
Do not know of any siblings of John/Jean Baptiste. Where was yours born and where was he? Tom

John Baptiste

v.figler (View posts)
Posted: 987092409000
My great-greatgrand father's name is John Henry Baptiste.His son Guy Baptiste Sr. is great g/father. And my g/father is Guy Jr. also know as Bruce.I hope this help to you.

Re: Dorothy Sarah Jennison and John Baptiste

Tom Holladay (View posts)
Posted: 1024155076000
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Baptiste, Jennison, Litchfield, Jameson, Ferris
How are you related to Jean Baptiste? I come from Millicent, his only daughter by Dorothy. Dorothy married Alexander Jameson. Their son Arthur is my maternal grandfather. Some think Baptiste is the son of Sacajawea. This is possible but not likely. Rather, he is probably Irish or Italian converted in Australia, where, ironically, Dorothy's first husband, Litchfield, ended up after she left him to join the LDS Church. She was apparently assigned to Baptiste's place up by the SLC cemetery when she arrived with her two boys. He may have been on the Church wagon train that brought her west. Were they ever married? Any record? Baptiste came to the US in 1855 on Burr Frost's Tarquinia charter from Australia. He stayed in CA until +-1857.
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