Tuesday, January 18, 2011

William Huntington (Jr) & Zina Baker Huntington (5G grandparents)

HUNTINGTON, William. Son of William Huntington and Prescinda Lathrop. Born 28 March 1784 in Grantham, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Moved in 1804 with family to Watertown, New York. Returned to New Hampshire 1806; there married Zina Baker 28 December 1806. Nine children: Chauncey Dyer, Nancy, Dimick Baker, Prescinda Lathrop, Adaline Elizabeth, William Diesser, Zina Diantha, Oliver Boardman, and John Dickenson. Farmed in Watertown 1806-11; there owned several parcels of property. Served in War of 1812. Baptized 1835. Ordained elder 1836. Left New York for Kirtland, Ohio, 1 October 1836. Arrived in Kirtland 11 October 1836. Charter member of and owned stock in Kirtland Safety Society 1837. Ordained high priest 8 October 1837. Member of Kirtland high council 1837. Left Kirtland for Missouri 21 May 1838. Settled in Adam-Ondi-Ahman. Assisted Mormon families moving from Missouri 1838-39. Located in Commerce, Illinois, 14 May 1839. Wife, Zina, died July 1839. Appointed member of Nauvoo high council 6 October 1839. Married Lydia Partridge, widow of Edward Partridge, 28 August 1840. Worked as stonecutter on Nauvoo Temple. Sexton of Nauvoo Cemetery. Fifer in Nauvoo Band. Received endowment 12 December 1845. Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Zina Baker (born 1786 in New Hampshire) 14 January 1846. Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Lydia Clisby Partridge (born 1793 in Massachusetts) for time 14 January 1846. Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Mary Anner Armstrong (born 1784 in New York) 24 January 1846. Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Mary Johnson (born 1792 in New York) 24 January 1846. Left Nauvoo for West February 1846. Appointed to preside over Church members at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa, 22 May 1846. Died 19 August 1846, at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa. [Cook]

Information from the FindAGrave website

Birth: Mar. 28, 1784GranthamSullivan CountyNew Hampshire, USA Death: Aug. 9, 1846ThayerUnion CountyIowa, USA Son of William Huntington and Prescendia LathroupeMarried Zina Baker, 28 Nov 1805, Meriden, Sullivan, New HampshireChildren - Zina Diantha Huntington, Oliver Boardman Huntington, Chauncey Dyer Huntington, Nancy Huntington, Baby Boy Huntington, John Dickenson Huntington, William Dresser Huntington, Dimmock Baker Huntington, Adaline Elizabeth Huntington, Prescendia Lathrop HuntingtonMarried Lydia Clisbee (Partridge), 14 Jan 1846, Nauvoo, Hancock, IllinoisWilliam Huntington, William was presiding Elder at Mount Pisgah, Iowa when he died. In 1804 he moved with his parents to Watertown, Jefferson county, New York, being among the first settlers of that county. In 1806, he returned to New Hampshire and married Zina Baker. Soon after his marriage he moved to Watertown, New York, where he lived and prospered in temporal blessings until 1811, when he sold out, and the following year war was declared with Great Britain, which proved fatal to his prospects, and coupled with much sickness in the family reduced them very low in pecuniary circumstances. His services in the army were done with the fife. He was in one battle, that of Sacketts' Harbour. In the winter of 1832-33 he first heard of "Mormonism," read the Book of Mormon, believed it with all his heart and preached it almost every day, to his neighbors and everybody he could see, or had the privilege to chat with, until 1835, when he and wife with two of their children were baptized. After that his house was a meeting house and a home for all Saints. He arrived in Kirtland in 1836 and bought a farm. In the breaking up of Kirtland the apostates harassed him with law suits until he saw his children often go to bed crying for bread. For nearly two weeks he lived on greens. His house was a hiding place for Father Joseph Smith, Hyrum, Samuel and Don Carlos, while they were trying to escape from the persecutions in Kirtland. The Egyptian mummies were also hid in his house for a long time, and many of the pursued and persecuted Saints found a retreat there and a hiding place from apostates' persecution.May 21, 1838, he started for Far West, Missouri, where he arrived about two months later, and, by counsel, moved to Adam-Ondi-Ahman, where he was chosen commissary for the brethren who armed for defence; and after the mob had driven and hemmed in the scattering brethren, he was commissary for all the people of that place and had charge of all the provisions of the town. After the surrender of the Church in Far West, Missouri, he was foreman of the committee chosen to confer with the committee chosen by the mob. These two committees were representatives of and authorized to transact all business for their respective committees. He was also one of a committee chosen to see to the poor and get them moved out of the State of Missouri, which they did to the complete satisfaction of the whole Church, though with no ordinary exertion, and remained himself until about the last man and family.His was one of the first families that moved to Commerce (afterwards Nauvoo) where he arrived May 14, 1839. About the 1st of July his whole family was taken sick, and on the 8th his wife died of sickness caused by hardships and exposure. At this time he suffered for the comforts of life. At a conference held in October 1839, he was again chosen to the office of High Counselor. As a member of the High Council he helped to lay one of the corner stones of the Nauvoo Temple April 6. 1841. He commenced immediately upon the walls of the Temple and worked until the basement was done: then he cut stone until the top stone was laid; and by particular request the stones which he cut were laid in a column from the basement to the top of the chimney of the southwest corner. As soon as the Temple was ready for giving endowments he administered therein until the building was closed. He continued a member of the High Council until the expulsion from Nauvoo. In the move from Nauvoo he was appointed captain of a company of fifty wagons which he helped to make, and to fit up for the company, but which was subsequently disorganized. He was then appointed a captain of ten in Amasa M. Lyman's company, until the settlement of Mt. Pisgah was located, where he was left to preside over that Stake of Zion, or branch, with Charles C. Rich and Ezra T. Benson for his counselors. In this place his labors were extreme and unremitting for the good and welfare of the people, and the comfort of the sick of which there were a great many. He was taken sick with the chills and fever of which he died. In life he was beloved by all the Saints. His love and zeal for the cause of God were unsurpassed by any. His judgment was respected and his conduct never questioned; he never had a trial or difficulty with any person in the Church. Family links: Children: Dimick Baker Huntington (1808 - 1879)* Presendia Lathrop Huntington Kimball (1810 - 1892)* William Dresser Huntington (1818 - 1887)* Zina Diantha Huntington Young (1821 - 1901)* Oliver Boardman Huntington (1823 - 1907)* Spouses: Zina Baker Huntington (1786 - 1839) Lydia Clisbee Partridge (1793 - 1878)* * Reverse Relationships:] body=[This relationship was not directly added to this memorial. Rather, it is calculated based on information added to the related person's memorial. For example: if Joe Public is linked to Jane Public as a spouse, a reciprocal link will automatically be added to Jane Public's memorial. ] fade=[on] fadespeed=[.09]">Point here for explanation Burial:Mount Pisgah Cemetery ThayerUnion CountyIowa, USA

Zina Baker Young

Birth: May 2, 1786PlainfieldSullivan CountyNew Hampshire, USA Death: Jul. 8, 1839NauvooHancock CountyIllinois, USA Daughter of Dr. Oliver Baker and Dorcas DimickMarried William Huntington, 28 Nov 1805, Meriden, Sullivan, New HampshireChildren - Zina Diantha Huntington, Oliver Boardman Huntington, Chauncey Dyer Huntington, Nancy Huntington, Baby Boy Huntington, John Dickenson Huntington, William Dresser Huntington, Dimmock Baker Huntington, Adaline Elizabeth Huntington, Prescendia Lathrop HuntingtonThe Huntington family was contacted by Hyrum Smith and David Whitmer, missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. With the exception of the oldest son, the entire family joined the newly formed church. After receiving advice from Joseph Smith, Sr., William sold their property and relocated to the Church's headquarters in the community of Kirtland, Ohio. They moved again to Far West, Missouri. They arrived in Far West at a time of violence between Missouri residents and the newly arrived Mormons. After Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order, William helped coordinate the evacuation of church members to Illinois. During an 1839 cholera epidemic in Nauvoo, Illinois, Mother Zina and daughter Zina became ill. Mother Zina died but daughter Zina recovered after receiving care in the home of Joseph and Emma Smith.

Burial:Old Nauvoo Burial Grounds NauvooHancock CountyIllinois, USA

He was a member of the High Council at Commerce, IL.  (noted in the D&C)

Fri. 26 Capt. James Allen, of the U. S. army, arrived at 
Mount Pisgah and had an interview with Apostle Wilford 
Woodruff and Pres. Wm. Huntington and council. He was 
the bearer of a circular to the "Mormons," making a requi- 
sition on the camps of the Saints for four or five companies 
of men, to serve as volunteers in the war with Mexico. Capt. 
Allen was advised to visit the authorities of the Church at 
Council Bluffs.
I just found this story about a William Huntington...might have been William's son William Dresser:
[Elder Levi Curtis, of Springville, Utah, relates the following incident which, as he states, was told him by one of the principal parties referred to.]
About the month of August, 1856, William D. Huntington and I went into Hobble Creek Canyon to get a tree or log suitable for making drums. After we had finished our labor and started for home, both of us riding on the log, our conversation naturally turned upon the doctrines of the Church and experiences of the past, when the life and labors of the Prophet Joseph were touched upon. This subject aroused into more than usual earnestness the mind and conversation of my associate.
He said that in Nauvoo he lived in the family of and worked for Joseph Smith at the time the Prophet had such a wonderful time with the sick, when nearly everybody was stricken down and he himself was among the afflicted, and was one of those who were healed by Joseph. He said he had been sick some weeks and kept getting weaker, until he became so helpless that he could not move. Finally he got so low he could not speak, but had perfect consciousness of all that was passing in the room. He saw friends come to the bedside, look at him a moment and commence weeping, then turn away.
He further stated that he presently felt easy, and observing his situation found that he was in the upper part of the room near the ceiling, and could see the body he had occupied lying on the bed, with weeping friends, standing around as he had witnessed in many cases where people had died under his own observation.
About this time he saw Joseph Smith and two other brethren come into the room. Joseph turned to his wife Emma and asked her to get him a dish of clean water. This she did; and the Prophet with the two brethren accompanying him washed their hands and carefully wiped them. Then they stepped to the bed and laid their hands upon the head of his body, which at that time looked loathsome to him, and as the three stretched out their hands to place them upon the head, he by some means became aware that he must go back into that body, and started to do so. The process of getting in he could not remember; but when Joseph said "amen," he heard and could see and feel with his body. The feeling for a moment was most excruciating, as though his body was pierced in every part with some sharp instruments.
As soon as the brethren had taken their hands from his head he raised up in bed, sitting erect, and in another moment turned his legs off the bed.
At this juncture Joseph asked him if he had not better be careful, for he was very weak. He replied, "I never felt better in my life," almost immediately adding, "I want my pants."
His pants were found and given him, which he drew on, Joseph assisting him, although he thought he needed no help. Then he signified his intention to sit in a chair at or near the fireplace. Joseph took hold of his arm to help him along safely, but William declared his ability to walk alone, notwithstanding which, the help continued.
Astonishment had taken the place of weeping throughout the room. Every looker-on was ready to weep for joy; but none were able or felt inclined to talk.
Presently William said he wanted something to eat. Joseph asked him what he would like, and he replied that he wanted a dish of bread and milk.
Emma immediately brought what he called for, as one may easily comprehend, every hand was anxious to supply the wants of a man who, a few moments before was dead, really and truly dead! Brother Huntington ate the bowl of bread and milk with as good a relish as any he ever ate.
In a short time all felt more familiar, and conversation upon the scene that transpired followed. William related his experiences, and the friends theirs.
Joseph listened to the conversation and in his turn remarked that they had just witnessed as great a miracle as Jesus did while on the earth. They had seen the dead brought to life.
At the close of his narrative to me William Huntington remarked:
"Now I have told you the truth, and here I am a live man, sitting by the side of you on this log, and I testify that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God."
[The following reminiscences of the Prophet Joseph Smith are from Sister Mercy R. Thompson, of Salt Lake City, who joined the Church as early as May, 1836, near Toronto, Canada. Sister Thompson was born in Honidon, Bedsfordshire, England, June 15, 1807.]


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2/02/2011 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Watertown. Your family and mine were next door neighbors in Huntingtonville. Our families are buried next to each other in a little cemetary there. It took four generations for me to be baptized by the missionaries.

3/16/2011 12:11 PM  
Blogger PsychDoctor said...

That is very interesting...thanks...

3/27/2011 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer Huntington said...

My family line comes thru William Dresser Huntington. Son of William and Zina. In the fall my husband and I took a trip back to NY and went to Watertown and the Huntingtonville Cemetery and saw the grave sites. I have been doing a lot of research on the Huntingtons if you are ever interested in exchanging info that would be great.
Jennifer Huntington

4/15/2011 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presendia Lathrup Huntington Buell Smith Kimball was my great grandmother. I am descended from her union with Norman Buell.
My email address is nlynnb42@gmail.com

11/06/2011 5:05 AM  

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