Sanford Porter

From the History of the Church, there are often small entries, sometimes the only one of the day such as the following.

E. H. Mower wrote me from Clinton county, Indiana, that he had recently baptized thirty-two, and a great many were inquiring after the truth.

William O. Clark gave me a load of corn, and Sanford Porter gave me a hog.

Rain and sleet the whole of the day.

Friday, 10.--Clear and cold day.

[And a day later]

I directed Lucien Woodworth to fix a room to confine the city prisoners in.

I told Theodore Turley that I had no objection to his building a brewery.

History of the Church, Vol.5, Ch.16, p.300

[And a few days after that]

A shock of an earthquake felt in Lancashire, England, and on the Isle of Guernsey, produced considerable alarm.

The papers teem with accounts of singular phenomena. Fearful sights are seen in all parts of the world.

Saturday, 11.--Very cold last night. The water froze in the warmest rooms in the city.

At nine a. m., I started in company with Brother Brigham Young, to Ramus, and had a delightful drive Arrived at Brother McClary's at a quarter to four. Lodged with Brother Benjamin F. Johnson. In the evening, when pulling sticks, I pulled up Justus A. Morse, the strongest man in Ramus, with one hand.

History of the Church, Vol.5, Ch.16, p.301

The extension of settlements under the "State of Deseret's" regime was remarkable.  The first settlements after Salt Lake City--the first of many daughters to the queen city of America's "Dead Sea"--were immediately northward in what is now the south end of Davis county on what was afterwards called "Deuel Creek," and "North Mill Creek," the former about eleven and the latter about nine miles from Salt Lake City, on the sites of the present towns of Centerville and Bountiful respectively.

The Founding Of Northern Settlements

Thomas Grover, in the fall of 1847, settled with his family on Deuel Creek, to care for stock through the winter; and where, early in the spring following, he was joined by other families, including the Deuel brothers, Osmond M. and William, and a permanent settlement was formed, notwithstanding it seemed to be the winter rendezvous of several bands of Indians.  The settlers on this creek, however, were not organized into a ward and given a bishop until 1852, though Sanford Porter had acted as presiding elder from 1850, and became the settlement's first bishop, with Ozias Kilbourn and Simon H. Dalton as his counselors.

B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol.3, Ch.91, p.475 - p.476

In 1849 Nathan T. Porter came into the settlement and was followed the next year by his father, Sanford Porter, who soon afterwards became the first presiding Elder of the settlement, which was called Centerville because of its location between Farmington and Bountiful. In 1852 the settlement was organized as a ward with Sanford Porter as Bishop.

Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church…, p.127

The 40th quorum of Seventy was organized at Farmington, Davis Co., Utah, with Ezra T. Clark, John S. Gleason, James Harrison, Hyrum Judd, Daniel Rawson, Lot Smith and Sanford Porter as presidents.  Most of the members were ordained March 4, 1855.

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, February 3, 1855 (Saturday)

Porter, Lyman Wight

Porter, Lyman Wight, a Patriarch in the Church and a Utah pioneer of 1847, was born May 5, 1833, in Jackson county, Missouri, the son of Sanford Porter. With his parents he shared in the persecutions of the Saints, being driven from Jackson county, later from Clay county and still later from Caldwell county, Missouri. He located with his parents at Montrose, Iowa, where he was baptized in 1841. At the time of the exodus of the Saints from Nauvoo, in 1846, he traveled with his people to the Missouri river and spent the winter of 1846-1847 at Winter Quarters. In 1847 he continued the journey to Great Salt Lake Valley, crossing the plains in Chas. C. Rich's company. In 1848 the family located in Mill Creek, Salt Lake county, but moved to Salt Lake City soon afterwards. In 1851, with his father's family, Lyman moved to Centerville, Davis county, which became his home for a number of years. While residing there he took part in the Indian troubles, and in 1857 accompanied Orrin P. Rockwell to the mountains to watch the movements of Johnston's army. In 1856 he was called to go with others to help the belated handcart companies into the Valley. In 1862 he settled in Porterville, Morgan county. In 1867 he was appointed to preside over the Porterville branch and under his direction the East Porterville townsite was laid out. He made the first brick and built the first brick house in Morgan county. In the spring of 1869 he resigned his position as president of the branch to go to Missouri to assist in bringing his kinspeople to Utah. Returning by way of Chicago, he purchased wagons, machinery and cattle. In 1880 he was chosen as a member of the High Council of the Morgan Stake and later ordained a Patriarch. He also acted as sheriff, selectman, road commissioner, etc., in Morgan county. Leaving a numerous posterity, Patriarch Porter died March 31, 1914, in Porterville.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 3, p.491

[January] 14, 1846, Wednesday. Went to the [Nauvoo] temple at daylight and took breakfast and met the guard as usual. We rode down to the river at the lower stow or ferry and down the river to the foot of Main Street and watered our horses and dismissed the guard and met the Lodge and then went home about eleven o'clock. While I was there Colonel [John] Scott and wife came to my house. Just as dinner was ready, an express came from the temple for me forthwith whereupon [John] Scott and I went immediately without waiting for dinner. I was there notified by President B. [Brigham] Young to send spies off in different parts of the country to watch and report the proceedings of the mob. I committed the business of sending spies out in Iowa to Sanford Porter who lives in Iowa. He was to send some three or four in different directions to watch their movements and let us know when anything is going on among them against us. When the guard had assembled we rode to the upper steam mill and watered our horses and then rode round and through the north part of the city and regulated the guard and police and sent my horse home. And after assisting Hunter to be sealed to Lydia Edmunds I went home with Allen Weeks and stayed all night.

Hosea Stout Diary (1846), vol. 2, typescript, BYU-S, p.125

Mrs. Lydia M. Thornton Nell died in New Castle, Utah; and Sanford Porter, a Utah pioneer of 1847 and a Mormon Battalion man, died at Logan, Utah.

Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, December 13, 1913 (Saturday)

Porter, Sanford (Male)

[Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46 Pioneers of 1847. Easton, Susan W. Roster of Pioneers of 1847 RLDS Name Authority Card Catalog Checklists of Published Mormon Dairies Guide to Mormon Diaries & Autobiographies. Bitton, Davis Journal of Sanford Porter LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4  Page: 622 Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913 Page: 1108-9 City In-Between, p. 244 Journal History of the Church April 10, 1843 Temple Index Bureau Far West Record by Don Cannon Page: 283 Porter Family History by J. Grant Stevenson Volume: 1 Page: 591 Porterville Ward Records Centerville Ward Records Autobiography--Sanford Porter Early Church File]

Birth: Porter, Sanford (Male) Date: March 7, 1790 Place: Brimfield, Hampden, MA, USA

Parents: Porter, Sanford (Male) Father: Porter, Nathan Mother: West, Susannah

Death: Porter, Sanford (Male) Date: February 9, 1873 Place: Porterville, Morgan, UT, USA Alternate Date: February 7, 1873

Alternate Date: December 12, 1913 [Journal History of the Church] Alternate Place: Logan, Cache, UT, USA [Family Group Sheet-Self] Burial Date: February 11, 1873 Buried:  Porterville, Morgan, UT, USA [Far West Record Page: 283 Temple Index Bureau Journal History of the Church LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4 Page: 622]

Marriage Information: Porter, Sanford (Male) Spouse: Warriner, Nancy Arrita Date: January 1, 1812 Place: Vershire, Orange, VT, USA

Children of : Porter, Sanford (Male)
[Family Group Sheet-Self Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913 Page: 1108-9]
Name: Birthdate: Place:
1. Porter, Chauncey Warriner October 20, 1812 Holland, Erie, NY, USA
2. Porter, Malinda November 3, 1814 Augusta, Oneida, NY, USA
3. Porter, Sarah September 11, 1816 Plymouth, Chenango, NY, USA
4. Porter, John President July 28, 1818 Plymouth, Chenango, NY, USA
5. Porter, Nathan Tanner July 10, 1820 Corinth, Chenango, NY, USA
6. Porter, Reuben May 1822 Augusta, Oneida, NY, USA
7. Porter, Sanford Jr. June 25, 1823 Vienna, Liberty, OH, USA
8. Porter, Nancy Areta August 8, 1825 Vienna, Liberty, OH, USA
9. Porter, Joseph (twin) June 2, 1827 Vienna, Liberty, OH, USA
10. Porter, Hyrum (twin) June 2, 1827 Vienna, Liberty, OH, USA
11. Porter, Justin Theadore May 18, 1828 Pekin, Tazewell, IL, USA
12. Porter, Lucinda August 1831 Tazewell County, IL, USA
13. Porter, Lyman Wight May 5, 1833 Independence, Jackson, MO, USA

Marriage Number 2 Porter, Sanford (Male) Spouse: Simpson, Phebe Jane [Family Group Sheet-Self] Date: September 5, 1854 [Pioneers of 1847. Easton, Susan W.  RLDS Name Authority Card Catalog]

Church Ordinance Data: Porter, Sanford (Male) Baptism Date: August 10, 1830 or August 10, 1831
[Far West Record Page: 283 Temple Index Bureau Journal History of the Church LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4  Page: 622]

 Ordained High Priest [LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4 Page: 6]

 Ordained Bishop Date: January 7, 1852 [LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4 Page: 6]

Temple Ordinance Data: Porter, Sanford (Male) Endowment Date: January 1, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA [Nauvoo Temple Endowment Register 1845-46 Family Group Sheet-Self Temple Index Bureau]

Sealed to Spouse Date: February 3, 1846 Temple: Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA

Sealed to Spouse Date: September 5, 1854 Temple: Office of the President, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Places of Residence: Porter, Sanford (Male) Jackson, MO, USA  [Far West Record Page: 283]

Vocations: Porter, Sanford (Male) Farmer, Sawyer
[Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913 Page: 1108-9]

Comments: Porter, Sanford (Male) Sanford accompanied Stratton Thornton on his mission to the south-eastern parts of Illinois and Indiana. [Journal History of the Church]

Comments: #21. Sanford came to Utah on October 2, 1847, with the Charles C. Rich company.  Soon after coming to Utah he settled at Mill Creek, Salt Lake county; in 1849, moved to Centerville, Davis county.  Presiding elder, over Centerville branch, and in 1852, upon organization of a ward at that place, became its first bishop.  Original pioneer of Porterville, Morgan county, where in 1860, he built the first house. [Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. Esshom, Frank. 1913 Page: 1108-9]

Comments: #31. Sanford served as Bishop of the Centerville Ward, South Davis Stake, from 1852 to 1855.  He emigrated to Utah in 1847. [LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Jenson, Andrew. 1951 Volume: 4 Page: 622]

Comments: #41. "History of Sanford Porter"--Names of family.  Author's father suffered from pains and sores; blamed witchcraft; attended Baptist meetings but looked for an apostolic church; died at age of about seventy.  Much rambling about relatives.

Author raised in Vermont.  Childhood incident of seeing apparition in barn.  To Connecticut to live with half-brother Nathan Porter.   Treated cruelly.  Bought fish from fish peddlers.  Rescued by mother after about three years.  Sickness, 1801.  Various family moves and property transactions.  Teenage work included making shoes, farm work, making maple sugar, making cider.  Cleared brush from farm.   Proposed marriage to waitress in Boston tavern.  Miracle when author ordered clouds to divide and they obeyed.

Marriage in Vermont, 1812.  Drafted into military service.  Plague killed off many in regiment.  Close to death, author made way to relatives.  Good description of flight of Buffalo inhabitants from British.  Relatives assisted author.  Got leather on credit, made shoes, sold them in spring.  Details on farm work and financial transactions.

Attitude toward religion.  ("Some of the profest christians cald mean infidel but the most of them caled me a deist, because I believed in one supreme Deity only....")  Impatient with denominations.   Skeptical of Bible.  Praying and fasting led to visions.  Angel appeared three times.  Extended discussion of nature of God.   Conversion experience in Vermont, 1818.  Moved to Corinth Township, 1819.  Got old farm back in Vermont.  In Ohio by 1830s in mill business with Morris Phelps.  Letter from Phelps brought by two Mormons.  ("They said they had a prophet and aposals, as they had in antient Dayes, and they had the same gifts that the antients had....")  Hear Mormonism explained for three days.  Was convinced.
[Guide to Mormon Diaries & Autobiographies. Bitton, Davis Journal of Sanford Porter]

PORTER, SANFORD (son of Sanford Porter and Nancy Warriner). Born June 25, 1823, Vienna, Trumbull Co., Ohio. Came to Utah from California Oct. 16, 1847, contingent Mormon battalion.

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, p.1109

"History of Sanford Porter Seignor (sp?)."? Without paragraphing; pages packed from top to bottom, without right or left margins. May have been written in 1870s; at least front page is dated Morgan County, Utah Territory, August 1872.

Davis Bitton, Guide to Mormon Diaries and Autobiographies (1977), pg. 277

Porterville Ward received its name from a numerous family of Porters who located there. Sanford Porter, a Utah pioneer of 1847, had settled with his family in Centerville, Davis Co., Utah, where he presided as Bishop from 1852 to 1855. In 1869 he located on land which later became the site of East Porterville, where he built a log cabin. But previous to this (in 1854) some of his family commenced the erection of a saw mill in Hardscrabble Canyon; that mill was finished in 1857, after which lumber for building purposes was exported to Centerville. This mill, known locally as Sam Brough s Shingle Mill, was still in use as late as 1891. In 1859 Warriner Ahaz Porter, Joseph Rich Porter and others made a road from the mill to the valley below and also a road through Weber Canyon to Salt Lake Valley. In the summer of 1860 Chauncey Warriner Porter and Sanford Porter, jun., joined their father on East Canyon Creek. The following year John P., Joseph R. and Alma Porter, Thomas Spackman, Henry Hort and others came to the settlement, and regular L. D. S. meetings were commenced in private cabins, in charge of Chauncey W. Porter, who acted under the direction of Bishop Thomas Jefferson Thurston.

Andrew Jenson, Encyclopedic History of the Church , p.672

This information from LDS Vital Records:

"Marriage Number 2 Porter, Sanford (Male) Spouse: Simpson, Phebe Jane [Family Group Sheet-Self] Date: September 5, 1854."

This as brand-new information to me, I just found out tonight at age 43, Aug. 16 1998, that my GreatGreatGreatGrandfather was a polygamist, and I thought I knew about him, none of my family genealogy that I ever say indicated that he had a second wife, and I had looked for polygamy in my family line and only saw it in sheets related to my GreatGreatGreatGrand uncles.  Well live and learn.

Sanford apparently married the widow of "RLDS" early dissident:

Emmett, James (Male) Birth: Emmett, James (Male) Date: 1803 Death: Emmett, James (Male) Date: 1852 Comments: Emmett, James (Male) James was the leader of the Vermillion Settlement in 1845.

Marriage Information: Emmett, James (Male) Spouse: Simpson, Phebe Jane Date: April 13, 1823
Children: Emmett, James (Male)
Name: Birthdate: Place:
1. Emmett, Moses Simpson May 14, 1824 Boone County, KY, USA
2. Emmett, Mary Jane December 28, 1825 Shelbyville, Shelby, IN, USA
3. Emmett, Elizabeth May 25, 1829 Illinois, USA
4. Emmett, Lucinda April 25, 1831 Cook County, IL, USA
5. Emmett, James March 91835-6-44 atriarefore (sp?) this date)u## Clay County, MO, USA
6. Emmett, John S. June 20, 1837 Caldwell County, MO, USA
7. Emmett, Jane December 22, 1838 Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
8. Emmett, Malinda November 30, 1841 Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
9. Emmett, Marinda July 8, 1844 Nauvoo, Hancock, IL, USA
10. Emmett, Joseph January 15, 1847 on the Plains
11. Emmett, Sarah Catherine Emmett December 22, 1848 Pottowattamie County, IA, USA

[I guess with Sanford's 13 children and her 11, they had multiplied and replenished the earth enough that more children was not what they  were looking for in a marriage.]


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