The First Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley – Brigham Young Was Not One of Them

The First Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley – Brigham Young Was Not One of Them

On July 22, 1847, 109 men, 3 women and 8 children arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. Two days later, on July 24, Brigham Young and the rest of his company arrived. Among that first group were the following pioneers:


Truman Angell

Truman Angell worked as a superintendent under architect William Weeks on the construction of the Nauvoo temple. He was later appointed Church Architect. His most well-known design was the Salt Lake temple.



Mormon-Media-Networ---William-ClaytonWilliam Clayton

William Clayton wrote the lyrics for the hymn “All is Well” (later known as “Come, Come, Ye Saints”) on April 15, 1846. The first company of the saints was camped about 100 miles west of Nauvoo, at Locust Creek, Iowa. It is believed that the inspiration for the hymn was the news that Clayton’s wife Diantha had given birth to a baby boy back in Nauvoo.


Mormon-Media-Network---Thomas-WoolseyThomas Woolsey

By many accounts, Thomas Ezra Woolsey was the first Mormon pioneer to enter the Valley. He was a member of the Mormon Battalion. He plowed the first furrow and built the first house in the Salt Lake Valley. He made four return trips to Winter Quarters to assist others on their trek to the valley.



Mormon-Media-Network---Orson-PratOrson Pratt

Orson Pratt was an original member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. He was an accomplished mathematition and well versed in astronomy. He gave many science lectures in the tabernacle in Salt Lake City. He published a book on mathematics, New and Easy Method of the Cubic and Biquadratic Equations and a book on astronomy, Key to the Universe. When he died at the age of 70, he was the last remaining apostle from the original twelve.


Mormon-Media-Network---Porter-RockwellPorter Rockwell

Orrin Porter Rockwell was a childhood friend of Mormon leader Joseph Smith. On April 6, 1830, the 16 year old became the youngest member of the church, being part of the first group baptized the day the church was organized. In his lifetime, he was as famous as Wyatt Earp. When he died he had been a member of the church longer than anyone else.


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