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The People
This is page covers biographies, obituaries and known deaths and wounded for those involved in this war.


Marriet Gillmore Brunson
Died, of congestive chills, at the residence of her son in Fillmore City, Millard County, July 31st, 1879, Marriet, relict of Seymour Brunson and daughter of Wm. H. Could and Hulda Gillmore. Born, Aug. 2nd 1802, ?ector, Seneca County, N.Y.. She was baptized by Hyrum Smith in 1831 and moved with her husband to Jackson County in 1836, being among those who suffered persecution at the hands of Missourians. They moved to Far West in 1838 and finally with the rest of the Saints, left the state of Missouri in the year 1839 and moved to Quincy, IL; finally beating at Nauvos, Hancock County, where her husband died in 1840. Seymour Brunson held the office of colonel in the Nauvoo Legion and was a member of the High Council. He was buried with military honors. In the year 1841, Sister Brunson was married to John Elmer. She had five children by the first husband and two by her second husband. They moved to Council Bluffs in 1846 and arrived in Salt Lake City in the fall of 1851. Since arriving in the valleys of the mountains, she lived at Provo and Payson until Elmer died and since resided with her son Lewis Brunson in Fillmore.
[Deseret News, Salt Lake City,  Aug. 13, 1879]

FOLLETT, King,  1788 - 1844
an honored and worthy Elder of the Church, was born July 24,1788, in Vermont, and moved in his youth to Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, where he first heard the Gospel and was baptized in the spring of 1831. From that time he shared with the Saints in their persecutions and afflictions.
As he was leaving the Plate of Missouri in April, 1839, he was dragged away from his distressed family, being falsely accused of robbery, and cast in Jail in Richmond, where P. P. Pratt and fellow-prisoners had already been confined for months. After suffering in the Richmond and Columbia Jails about six  months, he finally obtained a trial, and was honorably discharged in October, 1839,being acquitted of all the crimes of which he falsely had been accused. After his release from confinement he was again permitted to join his family and the Saints, in Illinois and continued faithful and true until his death, which occurred In Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL., March 9,1844. His death was occasioned by the accidental breaking of a rope, and the falling of a bucket of rock upon him, while engaged in walling up a well.
[The Historical Record; Andrew Jenson, Utah, 1886]

David Fullmer
In the 6th Ward of this city, Oct. 21, 1879 at 20 minutes past 11 p.m., of old age, David Fullmer, born July 7th, 1803.
Funeral, Thursday, Oct. 23, at 1p.m., at the 6th Ward  Meeting House.
    Elder David Fullmer, of the 6th Ward, one of Utah's early settlers and a survivor of the Haun'a Mill massacre, died last night, at his residence, at 20 minutes after 11
o'clock. He was born July 7th,1803, in Chilisquaque Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania; was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
in September, 1836; and the following winter went to Kirtland. He moved to Caldwell County, Mo., in September, 1837, and afterwards to Davis County. The next
day after the massacre at Hauns' Mill  he with four or five others buried those who were killed there. Was driven out of Missouri with the Saints, and reached Nauvoo in 1839.  Was electioneering for  resident Joseph Smith at the time of the latter's death. He came to Utah in 1848; was for several years a member of the High Council or
this Stake of Zion; was counselor to President Spencer, and acting President of this Stake several years, while Brother Daniel Spencer was on a mission to Europe.
He was also a patriarch for several years; at the time of his decease was in full fellowship, beloved and respected by all his associates, and after a long and eventful life has departed for a brighter and better sphere, to await the morning of the resurrection of the just. 
[Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Wed., Oct. 29, 1879]

Emer Harris
Died at Logan, Cache Co., Nov. 29th, 1869, Emer Harris, brother to Martin Harris, one of the witnesses to the Book of Mormon, aged 88 years and 6 months. Deceased was born at Cambridge, Washington County, New York. At the time of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon lie was living in Luzern County, Pennsylvania. Hearing by letter from his friends in Palmyra about a new Golden Bible, as it was termed, being found, he went there to investigate the matter for himself, and was there at the time the Book of Mormon was being, published, and received the first Book of Mormon that was ever bound, and with it returned home.  After satisfying himself of its divine authenticity he again returned to Palmyra and was baptized and ordained a High Priest. He then returned home, rented his farm and started for Kirtland and arrived there with his family in the fore part of the summer of 1831. He traveled and preached most of the time for the next two years, and afterwards worked on the
Temple and was at Kirtland at the time of  its dedication. In the fall of 1838 he went to Missouri, and was in Charlston [sic] County when the mob
turned him back, and he returned to Quincy sometime in December. He afterwards moved to the vicinity of Nauvoo and again worked on the Temple, and was driven
from there with the balance of the Saints and settled in Pottawatamie County, where he remained until 1852, when he emigrated to Utah and settled at Provo and was soon after ordained a Patriarch. In the fall of 1859, his health failing, he went to live with his children and remained  with them until his death, and died in fall faith and in the hope of coming forth in the morning of the resurrection.
[Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Wed. Dec. 15, 1869]

Henry S. Howell -  Funeral of a Follower of David Whitmer.
On Sunday, February 16, Henry S. Howell died at the residence of his son E. S. Howell, 606 South Liberty street,  Independence, Mo., of which town he had long been
a resident. He was aged eighty years, and formerly lived in Michigan. In 1892 he was baptized a member of the Church of Christ, the name assumed by the religious
society led by David Whitmer. The ceremony was performed by John C. Whitmer. At the same time he was ordained an ciderin that organization. There are a few of
his co-religionists now in Independence. The funeral was appointed at the home of his son at ten o'clock, a. m., Feb. 17, and at the request of co-religionists of the
deceased, Latterday Saints missionaries from the west assisted at the services. A sextette [sic]of them sang and Elder B. F. Cummings offered prayer, and acted as one of
the pall bearers. Elder Tate of Kansas City, also a follower of David Whitmer, read from the scriptures and made a brief address. A large number of relatives and
friends of the deceased were present. The family were grateful for the assistance of the missionaries.
At one time the followers of David Whitmer, so one of them now living in Independence informed the writer, numbered about three or four hundred. He taught that
Christ was the head of the church, and that the Holy Spirit would lead its members aright, hence no formal organization was necessary. A few elders and priests were
ordained and religious services were kept up in Richmond, Mo., for many years, and for a time in Independence. The sect has decreased in numbers until it now has only
about one hundred members, who are widely scattered. About fifteen years ago one of its elders named R. P. brown, accompanied by his wife, who shares her husband's
faith, went to Jerusalem, and it is reported that he has made a few converts there.
[Liahona The Elders' Journal, Feb. 29, 1908 No. 37]


JOHNSON, John, 1779 - 1843
father of Apostles Luke S. and Lyman E. Johnson, was born in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, April 11,1779.
He followed the occupation of farming on a large scale and Was noted for his independent living. He moved from Pomfret,[sic] Vermont,
to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, and belonged to the Methodist Church four or five years previous to receiving the Gospel. Soon after
Joseph Smith's removal from New York State to Ohio, Johnson, together with his wife and Ezra Booth, went to Kirtland to investigate "Mormonism.'' While there Mrs. Johnson was miraculously healed from a case of chronic rheumatism, under the administration of the Prophet Some time during that year (1831) Johnson and family was baptized by Joseph Smith.  In the month of  September, the Prophet removed from Kirtland to Hiram, Johnson furnishing him and family with a home, while he translated a portion of the Bible. It was while living in Bro. Johnson's house that the Prophet and S. Rigdon were so crually [sic] mobbed, on March 25, 1832. Johnson had his collar-bone broken on that occasion, In his attempt to defend the Prophet, but was immediately healed under the administration of David Whitmer. Some time afterwards the family moved to Kirtland, where Johnson was ordained a High Priest and became a member of the first High Council, organized Feb. 1, 1834. When the great apostasy took place in Kirtland, In 1837 and 1838, Johnson, like many others, was affected thereby, and finally died as a non-member, in Kirtland, July 30,1843.
[The Historical Record; Andrew Jenson, Utah, 1886]

JOHNSON, Lyman E., 1811 - 1856
A member of the first quorum of Twelve Apostles, was born in Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, Oct. 24, 1811. He was baptized in Feb. 1831 by Sidney Rigdon, ordained an Elder and subsequently a High Priest by Joseph Smith, called to the ministry in Nov. 1831 by revelation, and performed missionary labor in Ohio, the Eastern States and Nova Scotia. In 1834 he went to Missouri as a member of Zion's Camp, and was ordained an Apostle Feb. 14, 1835, in Kirtland, Ohio, after which he performed a mission to the Eastern States. He studied the Hebrew language in the winter of 1835-36, and after returning from another mission to the East in the fall of 1836 he entered into merchandising and soon after apostatized. At a conference held in Kirtland Sept. 3, 1837, he was disfellowshipped, but made confessions and was restored to his former standing a few days later his repentance, however, was not genuine, and on April 13, 1838, he was excommunicated from the Church in Far West, Mo. Until his death he remained friendly to his former associates, making frequent visits to Nauvoo, after the Saints had located there. He relinquished his business of merchandising and commenced to practice law, locating himself in Davenport, Iowa. A few years later he removed to Keokuk, where he continued his practice, and was finally drowned in the Mississippi River at Prairie DuChien, Wis., Dec. 20,1856.  [
The Historical Record; Andrew Jenson, Utah, 1886]

Elder Geo.W. Lincoln
Elder Geo.W. Lincoln died at his residence in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah December 2nd, 1876. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on the
3rd inst. Deceased was born at Dorchester, Mass. June 6th, 1812. He was married October 3rd, 1833, to Miss Jane Maria Babcock, of Littlefield, Conn. .
He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1843, by Elder Geo. Clare, by whom ho was also ordained an Elder.
Elder Lincoln suffered persecution and much affliction with the Saints in Missouri and in 1856 he was arrested on a charge but falsely - of arson and thrown into prison, where he kept confined for eleven months without a trial, but at the end of this time, through the indefatigable exertions of his faithful wife, obtained a hearing, and was honorably acquitted. In 1857 he came to Utah, moved to Bountiful, where he resided chiefly until the time of his decease.
Elder Lincoln was a devoted husband, a kind father and faithful friend. he died as he lived, in full faith of the gospel, and in hope of resurrection to eternal life. He leaves a family and a large circle of friend to mourn his lose. -COM Ogden Junction
[Desert News, Salt Lake City, Sat. Dec. 9, 1876]

Thus. B. Marsh was excommunicated for apostasy March 17. 1889 at Quincy, Illinois.

David W. Patten was killed in the Crooked River battle, in Missouri, Oct. 25, 1838

Charles R. Ross
A Kansas paper which has been handed to the writer contains a press dispatch From Brayer, Mo dated April 6 which reads as follows:
"Charles R. Ross, one of the prominent characters in the early history Caldwell County, died at his home here, aged 85 years. Mr. Ross was a citizen of this state at the time of the famous Mormon massacre at Haun's Mill, this county, in 1838 and discovered and helped to cover the bodies of the dead Mormons, which were thrown into an old well by the survivors of the affairs."
Beyond doubt one of the most impressive experience Mr. Ross ever had was his connection with the awful tragedy at Haun's  Mill, a connection that in later years so distinguished him that it is mentioned in the press dispatch announcing his death as if it might have been the leading event in his life. If as seems from the language of the dispatch to have been the case, he was a sympathizer with the fellow sufferers of the victims of the massacre, and assisted them in the last acts they were permitted to perform in behalf of the dead, then indeed was he a friend in a trying hour and what he did in that hour entitles him to have his name preserved among those of the honorable men of the earth. [Desert News April 23, 1898]

Orbenecia H. Stalker
She was At Haun's Mill
Funeral services over the remains of the late Orbenecia H. Stalker, wife of Alexander Stalker, were held at the family residence 216 South 5th East St. at 11o'clock this morning. The deceased was 74 years of age and is a survivor of the Haun's Mill massacre of Oct. 30, 1838, in which her father, Warren Smith and her brother, Sardias, were among the victims. Following the driving of the Church members from Missouri and her presence as a witness at Haun's Mill massacre. Mrs. Stalker continued through the persecution and trials of the westward journey. the remains will be shipped to Richmond, Cache county at 4 p.m. for interment. [Desert News Feb. 5, 1908]

Elder Alma Smith -
Since the brief account of the death of Elder Alma Smith was published... we have learned further particulars concerning his life and death ...
By letter from his son J. A. Smith we learn that he was confined to the house for about 2 months and his bed 1 month previous to his demise, from the effects of the malady that was gradually eating away his life. Elder Smith as stated in the previous notice was one of the victims of the brutal massacre at Haun's Mill ... the father and brother of Alma Smith perished there and he was so severely wounded in the hip joint that he was supposed to be dead but subsequently, recovered perfectly.
[Desert News June 29, 1887]

Joseph Smith - killed by an IL mob, June 27, 1844.
Hyrum Smith  -killed by an IL mob, June 27, 1844.

George Albert Smith -ordained April 26, 1839, at Far West, Missouri

Lyman Wight - ordained April 8, 1841, at Nauvoo, Illinois

John Whitmer - Aug. 27, 1802 - July 11, 1878  - burial in Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri
Sarah Maria Jackson Whitmer -  Oct. 13,1809 -Oct. 15,1873 - burial in Kingston Cemetery, Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri

Samuel Tarwater
The first pension granted by Missouri was of $8 1-3 a month to Samuel Tarwater of Ray county for Injuries received in the Mormon war.

The official statement of the number killed and wounded on both sides in this Mormon War was officially stated as:
 40 Mormons killed and several wounded
1 citizen killed and 15 badly wounded.

Gideon Carter - killed during the war
The young Obanian - shot - killed during the war


The Haun's Mill Massacre  Killed and/or Wounded
This information is complied from several different sources.
The Mormons killed and mortally wounded numbered 17. (Another article states 18 or 19)
(surnames in here are ones that have been spelled different in other articles)

Thomas McBride
Brother Thomas McBride, an old gray-headed revolutionary soldier, was literally cut to piece with a corn-cutter, his hands being slit by it when raised in supplication for mercy and his head cloven by the same weapon at Haun's Mill. [Desert News June 29, 1887]

Sardias Smith, aged 10
- Sardisa Smith, son of Warren Smith, about 9 - 10 years old, who, through fear, had crawled under the bellows in the shop, where he remained till the massacre was over, when he was discovered by a Mr. Glaze of Carroll county, who presented his rifle near the boy's head and literally blowed[sic] the upper part of it.
[Desert News, Dec. 28, 1887]

Simon Cox
Augustine Harmer (Austin Hammer?)
Elias Benner
Josiah Fuller
Benjamin Lewis
Alexander Campbell
Geo. S. Richards
Wm. Napier 
Hiram Abbott
John York
John Lee
John Byers
Warren Smith
Chas. (Charles) Merrick, aged 9
Levi Merrick
George Spencer Richards
2 Myer Brothers

George Spencer, b. January 8, 1823; he was killed Oct. 30, 1838, at Haun's Mill, Caldwell County, Missouri, by a mob under the leadership of William O. Jennings.
[The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine,1910]


Wounded - 11 men
one boy (Alma Smith aged 7)
Miss. Mary Stedwell. The later was shot through the hand and arm as she was running to the woods.
Isaac Laney
Nathaniel K. Knight
Wm. Yokum
Tarleton Lewis
Mr. Haun (Honn)
D. W. Patten

Sources: Desert News, June 29, 1887 and  Dec. 28, 1887, The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine,1910
Facts relative to the expulsion of the Mormons or Latter Day Saints, from the state of Missouri under the "exterminating order"; John P. Greene, 1839

Some of the people know to be killers of the Mormons

Mr. Ashby from Chariton, member of the Slate Legislature
Col. Jennings of Livingston county
Thomas O. Bryon, Clerk of Livingston co.
Mr. Whitney
. Randall, and many others,

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