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Dame, William Horne, 1819-1884

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1819-1884

biographical statement

Citation

Register of William Horne Dame Manuscript Collection, 1995: |b t.p., etc. (William Horne Dame; W.H. Dame; b. 1819; d. 1884)

Register of the William H. Dame collection, via WWW, Sept. 26, 2013 (son of Jeremiah and Susan Horne Dame; b. July 1819 in Farmington, N.H.; m. 1838 to Lovinna Andrews; baptised 1841 into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; called to Nauvoo by Joseph Smith, ordained to the Eighth Quorum of Seventy, helped build Nauvoo Temple; crossed plains to Salt Lake, arriving Sept. 1848; called to settle southern Utah, 1850; Order Sergeant of Iron County Militia; county surveyor, Mayor of Parowan; promoted 1st Lieutenant; sealed in Salt Lake Endowment House, Sept. 1851; est. tannery at Red Creek, Apr. 1852; built Fort Dame; bishop of Paragonah; Parowan Stake High Council, May 1852; abandoned Paragonah 1853, back to Parowan; Parowan Stake president, Jan. 1854; m. May 1854 to Virginia Newman; m. Feb. 1856 to Sarah Carter; sealed to both, Sept. 1856; elected Colonel, Zion Military District, Nauvoo Legion; elected Representative, Utah Territorial Legislature, Aug. 1854; accomp. B. Young and others on negotiation trip to northern tribes, 1857; Mountain Meadows Massacre, Sept. 1857, Dame acquitted of involvement, Aug. 1858; org. company to scout supplies/refuge in desert, Feb. 1858; mission to England, Mar. 1860-Apr. 1862, presided Manchester Conference; wife Sarah left; brought back Rachel Pass, raised with wives until marriage; raised William and Mable McBride; appointed Parowan postmaster, 1866, also Parowan Stake Tithing Agent; president of Parowan School of Prophets, 1868; m. Dec. 1868 to Lydia Killian; massacre involvement raked up again, time in Salt Lake Penitentiary and Beaver Prison, trial 1876-1878, acquitted again; wife Lydia left; re-elected County Recorder, served until death; released as Parowan Stake president, Mar. 1880; d. Aug. 1884 at home, paralysis of brain) http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/VMSS55.xml

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

William Horne Dame certificates and letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 110
Overview The folder contains microfilmed copies of a certificate of membership in the Utah territorial legislature, a certificate verifying that Dame was an elder in the Mormon Church, and a letter, dated 12 August 1858, of an "investigating committee" of prominent Mormons (including the apostle, George Albert Smith) stating that complaints against Dame were without foundation. The nature of these complaints was not stated.
Dates: 1856-1858

William Horne Dame diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 820
Scope and Contents Typewritten copies of personal diaries by Dame, kept from 1854 to 1855. Entries are short and mainly relate to Dame's various activities. Also included is the "Journal of Southern Exploring Company," an expedition led by Dame to areas of Iron County, Utah, to find suitable locations for Mormon settlements in 1858. Diary lists the members of the expedition. Dame describes the activities of the group including the surveying of lots and the planting of crops.
Dates: 1854-1858

William Horne Dame papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 55
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, patriarchal blessings, financial records, militia records, photographs, and miscellaneous items. Much of the correspondence is between Dame and General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The material relates to Dame's life and activities, including his militia service and his connection to the Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857.
Dates: 1846-1884

History of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3086
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typewritten document. The item is a biography of Sarah Elizabeth Gurr Whitney. Sarah's earliest memories were when she was on board the Janiford, a ship sailing from Sidney, Australia, to San Francisco, California. The journey took 103 days. She came with the "Australian Company" to Parowan, Utah, late in 1857. "Sarah E. Gurr was born in Sidney Australia, February 13, 1855 and was only two years old when she arrived in Parowan, Utah." At age fourteen "she went...
Dates: 1940