Mormon History 1830-1844

Solomon "Wilbur" Denton (1816–1864)
One of two men allegedly sent by Joseph Smith to kill Grandison Newell in 1837.
Born   Solomon Wilber Denton, 1816 in Fitchville, Huron, Ohio.   Except where noted, information has been gleaned from Dale R. Broadhurst's "Crisis at Kirtland: Episode 4." Source
Died   1864 in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan.  
Meets Joseph   1830 meets Joseph in New York.    
Baptized   1831, moves to Independence, Missouri.    
Lives with Joseph   After expulsion from Jackson county (November 1833), probably to 1835, lives with Joseph's family.    
Zion's Camp   July 9, 1834 returns from Zion’s Camp with Joseph's party.    
Elder   March 1, 1835 ordination blessing:    
    We ordain you to be an Elder in the Church of Christ. You have seen affliction with the children of Zion. You shall see many days & great events rolling one after another and many scenes rolling together. If you desire it with all your heart you shall stand on the land of Zion when the Lord descends. You shall have much strength. Your mind shall be filled with wisdom. You shall be as those who are raised up from infancy in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. You shall have the ministring of Angels to prepare you for your many duties. Amen.  
Kirtland High Council Minutes &#40;December 1832&#45;November 1837&#41;. <I>Selected Collections</i>, 1:19 // <i>New Mormon Studies CD&#45;ROM</i>. Original, Church Archives, MS 3432.
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Marriage   July 1835 marries Fanny M. Stanley.    
Mission with Don Carlos   Spring and summer 1836 mission with Don Carlos Smith to Pennsylvania and New York.  
<i>Latter Day Saints&#39; Messenger and Advocate<i>
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<i>History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter&#45;day Saints</i>, edited by B. H. Roberts, 7 vols. &#40;Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1902&#45;1912, 1932&#41;.
')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">HC 4:393. Printing office   Worked in the church's Kirtland printing office.   &#34;Items of Personal History of the Editor,&#34; Ebenezer Robinson in <i>The Return</i> &#40;Davis City, Iowa: Church of Christ, 1889&#45;1890&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Robinson history, Aug. 1889, 116. Open letter   February, 1837 publishes a letter to the young men of Kirtland >.     Dissenter   Spring 1837 included in Ebenezer Robinson's list of dissenters with Frederick G. Williams, Martin Harris, David Whitmer, Luke S. Johnson (h), Lyman E. Johnson (h), Parley P. Pratt (h), William E. McLellin (h), John F. Boynton (h).   &#34;Items of Personal History of the Editor,&#34; Ebenezer Robinson in <i>The Return</i> &#40;Davis City, Iowa: Church of Christ, 1889&#45;1890&#41;.')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">Robinson history, 1 (August 1889). Excommunication   Excommunicated "about two or three months" before Joseph's preliminary court hearing, June 9, 1837.   Sidney Rigdon testimony, <I>Painesville Telegraph</I>')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">PT, June 9, 1837. Source Joseph: kill Newell   June 1837 testifies Joseph wanted him to kill Grandison Newell.   Did Joseph Plot to Murder Grandison Newell? Michigan   1838–1844 co-editor of the Jacksonian in Pontiac, Michigan.         1844–1848, 1853–1860 Pontiac postmaster.     Spouse   Fanny M. Stanley, md. 1835.         Solomon Wilber Jr. (b. 1850)    
    Journey with Joseph    
Returns from Zion's Camp with Joseph and Hyrum, others, in 1834.  

On the 9th we started on our return for Kirtland. The company comprised Joseph, Hyrum and William Smith, Frederick G. Williams, Orson Hyde (h), William E. McLellin (h), Ezra Thayer, Lorenzo Booth, Martin Harris, and his son, Solomon Wilber Denton, Jedediah M. Grant, Jenkins Salisbury, Almon W. Babbitt, Seth Johnson, Cyrus Smalling, Harvey Stanley and myself.

  George A. Smith,
&#34;My Journal,&#34; George A. Smith, abridged by Alice Merrill Horne in <i>Instructor</i>, vols. 81&#45;84 &#40;January 1946&#45;July 1949&#41;.
')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">George A. journal (abridged), 81:287.     We had two two-horse wagons, a one-horse buggy and two extra horses.   For 17 people.     We drove about 18 miles, crossed Fishing River at the Ford.         I and some of our party waded through both of the streams in our boots. We estimated the height of the banks as between 40 and 50 feet.         We put up for the night at the same place where the camp breakfasted on the 19th ultimo.         Our host treated Joseph with respect and generously furnished us with milk, bacon, corn dodger and such other luxuries as he possessed, for which he would receive but a small compensation.        
        YOUNG MEN OF KIRTLAND,   <i>Latter Day Saints&#39; Messenger and Advocate<i>')" onmouseout="kill()" target="_blank" class="ref">MA Feb. 1837, 455–456. Cultivation of the mind Permit me, through the medium of the Messenger and Advocate, to address you in a familiar and friendly manner, upon a subject, which, however much you may think to the contrary,—demands your most serious, candid and [456] undivided attention; I mean the cultivation of the mind.   Ignorance the soure of misery That ignorance is the foundation or source of much, if not all misery, the history of past ages most clearly evinces. Indeed, were each individual to consult his own experience, or extend his researches through the vast expanse of human intelligence for proof in point, he would only learn, that a knowledge of every fact possible, whether relating to occurrences in the moral or physical world, is essentially necessary to the happiness and enjoyment of mankind, and that in proportion as ignorance abounds, vice and wretchedness must increase also.     Schools help, but must be own teacher It is an error which perhaps may take years to eradicate from the minds of many that our present school systems are the only mediums through which instruction or education may be obtained; whereas it ought to be generally understood, that, though common schools are of vast utility, the man who would be wise, must be in a greater or less degree essentially and positively his own preceptor. There never yet existed a learned man who was not a prodigy of industry and economy in time saving.     Senseless parrots You would esteem him a dull scholar indeed, who, although he might be capable of repeating every rule in arithmetic, should be unable to reduce them to practice in the common transactions of life; for you would say, and that correctly, that the senseless parrot might be taught as much: and yet, strange as it may appear, learning, in the present day, is made to consist of much the same materials.     Read, think Young men of Kirtland, this will not do. We must put in requisition our own powers of perception and reflection. We must improve our leisure moments in perusing good books, in calculating and extending the operations of our own minds, and in acquiring that intelligence which can alone fit us for acting with honor to ourselves and usefulness to our country, that our names may be hailed by posterity among those of the benefactors of mankind, where we now recognize that of a Franklin, a Jefferson, and a Fulton.     Make time to read But perhaps some will say they have no time to devote to reading. I would recommend to such a careful inquiry into the various ways and means by which their time, than which nothing can be more valuable,—is made to slip from them.     Instead of idle parading, lounging around   Let them examine and see if hours, days, and even whole weeks are not consumed in worse than idleness—in parading the streets, or perhaps in lounging about the shop of some honest mechanic, perplexing the industrious, and deranging business.—     Read history, natural science

Or be forgotten
  Let them devote the time thus prodigally squandered, in poring over some valuable history or treatise on the natural sciences, and past experience proves that in a very few years they might be climbing the highest hills of fame, while those whose days have been spent in idleness, would be grovelling their way through the changing scenes of life, destitute of character to themselves or usefulness to their fellow men; and when death, the common leveller of all, has overtaken them, they will go down to the tomb "unhonored and unwept."     Awake to intelligence

Research and investigation
Young men of Kirtland, awake to intelligence, and slumber not. And as you expect to become useful to the world, arouse and brush away the cobwebs of slothful and degrading ignorance, improve your intellectual faculties by untiring research and investigation, and by so doing your light will ere long become extended like the spreading rays of the morning sun upon the mountains, and give guidance to the foot-steps of thousands of our race. Anon, by permission, you may hear from me again upon this subject. Till then, I am, as I shall ever be,
  No mention of obedience, scriptures.     S. W. DENTON. <    
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