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Nauvoo and The Temple Bell – 1846-1850 Lamoreaux Family Leaves Nauvoo

Posted: 8 Oct 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 6 Jul 2001 9:27PM GMT
Surnames: Lamoreaux, Lamoureux, Losee, Leithead, Gribble
"The evacuation of Nauvoo was originally planned to take place in April 1846. But as a result of threats that the state militia intended to prevent the Saints from going west, the Twelve Apostles and other leading citizens hurriedly met in council on 2 Feb 1846. They agreed that it was imperative to start west immediately,Â…"
"Â…the exodus began on 4 Feb. Under the direction of Brigham Young Â…Late winter weather and an exceptionally rainy spring."
Source: "Our Heritage, A brief History Â…Latter Day Saints", 1996, p 69-70

"The long planned move Â…began Feb. 4th. The Mississippi River did not freeze over as a rule, but the weather had been so cold, the river had a crust of ice thick enough to carry loaded wagons. SO the first company to leave Nauvoo crossed the great river on the iceÂ….- "Sugar Creek was 7 miles from Nauvoo."
Source: Christensen, Clare B, Before & After Mt. Pisgah, ch 8

"Â…we left our city, Temple & Bell well" "There was a plan afoot to steal it (the bell).... David B Lamreaux got a few of his friends together & disguised them as members of the mob by use of face masks. He took his own light wagon onto the scene; and just as the vandals were lowering the bell from its tower to the ground this wagon moved under it. In a flash the brethren were off while those about them supposed they were cooperating in the theft. A few minutes later the mistake was discovered, but too late for the mob to find it. ... They [David & group] proceeded to the willows on the banks of the Mississippi River, and hid it there, then proceeded to submerge it into the mud along those banks. ... The treasure remained there for several months."
Source: Ruth Savage Hilton, Our Grand-Mother Jane 1958, taken from journal of Jane Mathers (Savage)

*1846 Jan 23 - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux in the temple at Nauvoo, Illinois.
Source: Nauvoo Temple Records

*1846 Jan 28 - Susan Ann Lamoreaux in the temple at Nauvoo, Illinois. Is sealed to 2nd husband, M. McCowan.
Source: Nauvoo Sealing Book A p401, #2850 p409

*1846 Feb 2 - Nauvoo, Ill - Days of Exodus - "I counseled the brethren to procure boats ... in readiness ... to go... within 4 hours, at least."
Source: Brigham Young, History of the Church v 7 p 578 quoted in Church News 1979

*1846 Feb 4 – The first family crossed the Mississippi River, others follow.
Source: B H Roberts, Comp Hist of the Church, v 3 p 40 quoted in Church News 1979

*1846 Feb 5 - Because of hardships and weather conditions; nine children were born the 1st night on Sugar Creek.
Source: B H Roberts, Comp Hist of the Church v 3 quoted in Church News 1979

*1846 Feb 8 - Private Dedication of Nauvoo Temple by Brigham Young in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Source: A. Baugh, Church History Seminar, June 1997

*1846 Feb 15 - Brigham Young & family crossed the river then on to...Sugar Creek.
Source: Brigham Young, History of the Church v 7 p 578, quoted in Church News 1979

*1846 Feb 24 -Sugar Creek - Extremely cold, Mississippi River frozen over saints drove their wagons over the ice.
Source: B H Roberts, Comp Hist of the Church, as quoted in Church News 1979

*1846 Mar 1 - "…order was given and the camp began it’s move toward the west. ‘Camp of Isreal…’" - "Isaac Morley was an older man and remained in Nauvoo for a more favorable time." [Did our people stay in Nauvoo "…for a more favorable time"? akrc]
Source: Christensen, Clare B, Before & After Mt. Pisgah, p 106-7

*1846 Spring - Iowa - James Leithead said, "Myself and others hired a flat boat and when spring opened, commenced ferrying across the river, which we continued until the majority were across. Having no team or wagon for the trip, I hired a man and team to take me and wife to Bentonsport on the Des Moines River in Iowa. I there went to work ... anything to make an outfit out for the journey, ... "
Source: The Diary of James Leithead

*1846 April 30 - Nauvoo, Illinois - The temple; "The main court of worship was prepared..." The building was dedicated by Joseph Young."
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 369

*1846 May 1 - Nauvoo, Illinois - Nauvoo Temple publicly dedicated, by O Hyde & W Woodruff
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 369

*1846 - Nauvoo, Illinois - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux, 5th child, Martha Elizabeth, born. [Why did they stay so long in Nauvoo? Sick child? Preg wife? Elder members of the family? His accident? akrc]
Source: Family Group Record

*1846 Sept - Nauvoo, Illinois - Cannons made from steamboat shafts are placed on the North of Mullholland St ... under the command of Capt Lamareux.
[I think Capt Lamoreaux was Andrew, he was older. David & Andrew usually did things together but Andrew was usually the leader, so David may have been part of the company. akrc]
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 36

*1846 Sep 10-13 - Nauvoo, Illinois - "firing on both sides mob and Saints" Capt Lamareux's Co, called to help Gates & Cutler Co.
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 363

*1846 mid-Sept - Nauvoo, Illinois - A bell and bass drum were used by a lookout to warn the saints of mob forces approaching.
Source: "McGavin p. 241"

*1846 Sept 16 - Nauvoo, Illinois - "The city of Nauvoo will surrender ... tomorrow 17 of Sept at 3:00 p.m." "Mormons ... to leave the state ... as soon as they can cross the river." They were promised protection from violence till thy left.
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 365

*1846 Sept 17 - Surrender of Nauvoo, Illinois.
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 365

[David & Mary Anne Lamoreaux had a child born in Nauvoo in 1846. Which month? Were they still here when it was surrendered? I think they were here, ‘cause the bell was still here. I think they may have left, when the bell was requested, and taken the bell to Brigham Young in Iowa later in Sept. 1846. See …26-27 Sept. akrc]

*1846 Sept 18 - Nauvoo , Illinois - "About 20 of the mob... surrounded my wagons and ordered myself and family off in 20 minutes ..." He requested 30 minutes. He was refused time to pack. Their guns were taken. "The mob went through the temple and up to the dome of the tower, ringing the bell, shouting and hallowing ..."
Source: Thomas Bullock (1846), "Journal History" – also The Deseret News, 17 June 1939

*1846 Sept - 3rd week - Nauvoo, Ill - "Few days after final exodus"... Climbed to observation section of the tower found; "a bass drum and a steam boat signal bell..." [Note: This bell was not the Temple Bell as it was located in the observatory station of the tower, not the belfry. See other entries for clarification.]
Source: Col Thomas L Kane, The Mormons: A Discourse, (1850) p 8 & The Mormon Pioneers, E Cecil Mc Gavin p 131

*1846 Sept 27 - Winter Quarters - B Young, a letter sent to Nauvoo from Winter Quarters "... as you will have no further use of the Temple bell, ...forward it to us ..." asap.
Source: "Journal History", organized by date, also in Exodus to Greatness, P Nibley, 1949, p 245

*1846 Sept 26 ?? - Temple bell raised from the mud of the Mississippi River & taken to Winter Quarters.
Source: Ruth Savage Hilton, Our Grand-Mother Jane 1958 - taken from journal of Jane Mathers (Savage)

[There seems to be some confusion as to whether the Temple bell was rescued from the temple or from a local church where it had been removed to. It may have been taken from the thieves as it was lowered to be taken to the other church. As you read the following entries, be aware that the Temple was burned 19 Nov 1848, the bell came across the plains in 1847. Also, we aren't sure who brought the bell all the way to Salt Lake. It appears that David Lamoreaux brought it at least part way. If as Edith I Lamoreaux says his accident happened in Iowa he may have had to stay there to recover. He may have brought the bell to Liberty Pole (?) or Winter Quarters (?).He and his family are not listed with any emigrating company. They arrived in Salt Lake in 1850. Several sources say he took the bell across the plains to Utah. Most agree that it came with him from Nauvoo. It is doubtful he would leave his family in Iowa and take the bell to Utah. He may have brought it with his family to Iowa. That in itself would be a major feat. akrc]

*1846 "Before all the saints left" - Nauvoo, Illinois - "Andrew Lamoreaux and his brother David, who had been chosen to bring the bell to Utah, returned to Nauvoo 'one stormy night and gathered in secret and without horses pulled the wagon to the church and lowered the bell,'" "After the Temple was burned by an angry mob, the bell was used to summon Protestant worshipers until two Mormons rescued it one night and carried it west."
Source: Robert Anderson, Ogden Standard-Examiner, 20 Oct 1984, Church News p 4

*1846 - Nauvoo, Ill - During Mormon exodus - "A minister, having it in mind for his own church, removed the bell one night. David B Lamoreaux & his brother Andrew learned of the bell's removal and decided to recover it & take it west with them. With the help of Daniel H Wells & others, they succeeded in locating the bell; & late one night they let it down from the new tower. They buried it in a boggy marsh with only a piece of chain above ground ... There it remained until David was ready to leave Nauvoo. It made such a heavy load in his wagon that his family had to walk most of the way across the plains. [The Lamoreaux's arrived in Salt Lake, 1850, according to family records. The Bell was there 1847! akrc]
Source: Kimball Erdman found in Nauvoo - Gateway to the West p 76-77

*1846 – After the exodus - Nauvoo, Ill - "…we left our city, Temple & Bell well" "There was a plan afoot to steal it (the bell).... D B Lamreaux got a few of his friends together & disguised them as members of the mob by use of face masks. He took his own light wagon onto the scene; and just as the vandals were lowering the bell from its tower to the ground this wagon moved under it. In a flash the brethren were off while those about them supposed they were cooperating in the theft. A few minutes later the mistake was discovered, but too late for the mob to find it. ... They [David & group] proceeded to the willows on the banks of the Mississippi River, and hid it there, then proceeded to submerge it into the mud along those banks. ... The treasure remained there for several months."
Source: Ruth Savage Hilton, Our Grand-Mother Jane 1958, taken from journal of Jane Mathers (Savage)

*1846 After the evacuation of Nauvoo Illinois - The bell "was apparently taken from the temple & placed in a local protestant church. We owe recovery of the Nauvoo bell to the Lamoreaux family. Shortly before they left Nauvoo for the West, according to family sources, 'one stormy night men gathered in secret & without horses pulled the wagon to the Church & lowered the Bell, pushed & pulled the wagon by hand to the edge of the Mississippi River & carefully concealed it in the water. Andrew and his brother David were chosen to bring the bell to Utah.'
Source: Lois L Tanner, Ensign Feb 1981 p 15 from Maud Lamoreaux Card, From Edith Smith Elliott

*1846 "after saints left Nauvoo," Illinois - "... the cherished bell was taken from it's towers by unfriendly hands & hung in the belfry of the Methodist church. This grieved the saints across the great river ... one stormy night a few of the brethren gathered in secret, and without horses pulled the wagon to the Church & quietly lowered the Bell. Then pushing & pulling the wagon by hand to the edge of the Mississippi River, they carefully concealed the wagon & the bell beneath the dark waters. Later they rescued it & pulled it on across the river. ... Lamoreaux wagon ... contained the Nauvoo Temple Bell."
Source: Lois L Tanner, "Old Bell, Temple Bell," quoting Lamoreaux letter

*1846 "after evacuation [Feb or Sept?] - Nauvoo, Illinois - "David Burlock Lamoreaux drove his wagon underneath the bell, lowered it and delivered it to the Church, it's rightful owner. It was the Lamoreaux family who hauled it in their wagon the long distance across the plains, and they willingly walked much of the way to do so."
Source: Mary Grant Judd, Relief Society Magazine, January, 1942

*1846 Sept 26 - Winter Quarters - "...the bell was raised from it's murky hiding place & taken to where it rang for celebration & funeral alike." "David's [Lamoreaux] 6 year old daughter said, 'The Bell made a full load for our wagon, so I walked all the way that the Bell might ride." [David Lamoreaux family did not go to Salt Lake till 1850, so this must refer to their travel to Iowa.?? They are not listed in any wagon train crossing the plains. akrc]
Source: Ruth Savage Hilton, Our Grand-Mother Jane 1958, taken from journal of Jane Mathers (Savage)

*1846 Oct 9 late 1846? -Iowa - after mobs took temple - Miracles of the quails to feed starving saints... just across the river lightning strikes the temple frightening evil revelers.
Source: Thomas L. Kane, The Mormons a lecture, March 26, 1850, quoted by Lois L Tanner, "Old Bell, Temple Bell"

.-.It took the Saints 131 days to travel the 310 miles from Nauvoo to the settlement in western Iowa where they would pass the winter of 1846-7 and prepare for their trek to the Rocky Mts. This taught Â…more quickly cross the 1000 miles of the Great American plains Â…following year in abt 111 days"
.-."A number of settlements of Saints stretched along both sides of the Missouri River. The largest settlement, Winter Quarters, was on the west side in Nebraska." 3,500 settlers in log cabins and dugouts of willows and dirt. 2,500 Saints lived in and around Kanesville, on the Iowa side. Malaria fever, no fresh food, cholera epidemics, scurvy, toothaches, night blindness, sever diarrhea. Hundreds died.
.-.Women: cleaning, ironing, washing, quilting, write letters, meals, families, theological discussions, dances, Church meetings, parties, frontier revivals. Men: worked together, discussed travel plans, future sites for Saints, round up herds, forage on plains, worked in fields, guarded perimeters, constructed flour mill, readied wagons, prepared fields, planted crops for next group of Saints.
.-.Mormon Battalion left Iowa.
Source: "Our Heritage, A brief History Â…Latter Day Saints", p 71-72

*1847 April 16 - prob Winter Quarters - Instructions from "The 12" to those who followed the "pioneer group", "The first Company will carry the bell,..."
Source: "Journal History" organized by date, also in Exodus to Greatness, P Nibley 1949, p 368

*1847 Mid April -Winter Quarters - First party, with Brigham Young & 143 Men, 3 women, 2 children left to cross the plains.
Source: Mormon Pioneers, E C McGavin

*1847? Spring - David B Lamoreaux accident felling trees: "While still a young man, living in Iowa David, then 34 years old, ... while felling trees in a clearing near their home, ... a young sapling strike him directly in the face, almost severing his nose from it's proper place. He was alone at the time. Making his way as best he could, he blindly reached the front steps of his home, where he fainted and fell." "His suffering was intense." He was later visited and blessed by unknown men. [He had to stitch it up himself, "Â…with such appliance as was at hand." H e was the closest thing to a Doctor around. They werenÂ’t in Iowa when he was 34! Was he 34 OR were they in Iowa? Was this before the exodus or after? If David Lamoreaux had his accident in the Spring in Iowa, it would have been now. akrc]
Source: History of D B Lamoreaux, Edith Ivans Lamoreaux ~

*1847 June 1 - First party, with Brigham Young. Brigham's birthday at Ft Laramie.
Source: Mormon Pioneers, E C McGavin

1847 June 11 - Temple Bell left Winter Quarters, Nebraska in a wagon.
Source: Ruth Savage Hilton, "Our Grand-Mother Jane" 1958 - taken from the journal of Jane Mathers (Savage) p21-23

*1847 June 17 - at South West Bank of the Elkhorn River, Winter Quarters - Parley P Pratt states the companies are ready to start, provided Col Scott could get the cannon, the boat, and the Temple bell ready, they are waiting.. Bro. Scott had received instructions a long time before to get these ready ... "... Col Scott is instructed to forward immediately, cannon, boat & bell.
Source: "Journal History" - organized by date

*1847 June 21 - Liberty Pole, 12 miles east of the Elkhorn River - "the cannon and temple Bell has come..." "we have been waiting almost two weeks for the cannon..."
Source: Patty Sessions Journal

*1847 June 22 - Organized to start "Temple Bell heading middle line" - North Platt River 40 miles west of Winter Quarters.
Source: P Sessions Journal

*1847 June 23 - Emigrating Companies leave Liberty Pole - 9 AM, Nauvoo Temple Bell leads - North Platt River
Source: P Sessions Journal

*1847 June 25 - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux's daughter Martha Elizabeth dies. [WHERE?]

[Jane Savage knew Jane Lamoreaux and knew she had to walk so the bell could ride. How far did the Lamoreaux's go with the bell? Where did child Martha die? They had a child die "on the trail" in 1850. They arrived in SLC 19 Nov 1850 akrc]

*1847 June 28 - On the trail - "prayers night & morning at the ringing of the bell..."
Source: P S Journal

*1847 July 24 - Vanguard Pioneer Company enter Salt Lake Valley, Utah.

*1847 Early Aug - Two groups left Salt Lake to aid pioneers on the trail.
Source: Mormon Pioneers, E C McGavin p 195

*1847 Aug 18 - A letter to Brigham Young, "I have 2 large cannons... the temple bell and a boat."
Source: Charles C Rich, Nauvoo Restoration [Charles Rich is quoted in a letter from Lynell Dewey, Nauvoo Rest. Inc saying the bell come across in his company. She believes it was with his Co. akrc]

*1847 Sept 19 - P.P.Pratt & Co arrive in Salt Lake Valley. Patty Sessions is in this group.
Source: Mormon Pioneers, E C McGavin p 195

*1847 Dec 27 - Brigham Young is officially sustained president of the Church - Kanesville, Utah
Source: Mormon Pioneers, E C McGavin p 195

*1848 - Andrew L Lamoreaux crossed the plains with the 3rd division or Willard Richards Co.
Source: Journal History 31 Dec 1848, Suppl p 19, also LDS Film #298,441

*1848 Spring - Crickets plague & Sea gulls Miracle in Salt Lake Valley
Source: Mormon Pioneers, E C McGavin p 213

*1848 Jan 11 - Mary Anne Gribble Lamoreaux receives her patriarchal blessing from Isaac Morley in Iowa??. [When did Isaac leave Nauvoo? Where was he in Jan 1848? Mary Ann didnÂ’t get to Utah till 1850. akrc]
Source: Patriarcal Blessing Index

*1848 June 2 - Pottawattamie, Iowa - John Mc Lamoreaux listed as a member of the High Priest Group
Source: LDS Film #007794A

*1848 Oct 2 - Pottawattamie, Iowa - John McCord Lamoreaux is mentioned in a letter to Brigham Young. Since our last letter "...on the 1st of July,... Father Lumouraux moved here, and died of a short illness."
Source: Journal History of the Church, 2 Oct 1848, p 2

*1848 Nov 19 - Nauvoo, Illinois - Nauvoo Temple burned by a mob.

*1848 Nov 19 - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux's 6th child, David Albert born in Iowa City, Iowa.
Source: Family Group Record

*1849 July 24 - Salt Lake, Utah - Nauvoo Temple bell rings in the bowery to celebrate anniversary of coming of the Saints into the valley.

*1848-1850 - "Having no team or wagon for the trip, I hired a man and team to take me and wife to Bentonsport on the Des Moins River in Iowa. I there went to work ...anything to make an outfit out for the journey, and in the spring of 1850 started across the plains in Captain Andrus' company of over fifty wagons, ... "
Source: The Diary of James Leithead

*1850 May 27 - Tornado blew over the last standing wall of Nauvoo Temple
Source: The Rise & Fall of Nauvoo p 369

*1850 June 26 - on the trail - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux's 3rd child, Abigail, 8, dies "on the way & buried in a roadside grave "
Source: Family group Sheet

*1850 Sept 10 - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux enter Salt Lake Valley, Utah.
Source: Edith I Lamoreaux

*1850 Nov 16 - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux enter Salt Lake Valley, Utah.
Source: D B L History

1850 Nov 19 - David & Mary Ann Lamoreaux's 7th child, Mary Ann Josephine born 3 days after arrival in Salt Lake, Utah
Source: Family Group Record

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