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Levi Newell Kendall

Levi Newell Kendall

Male 1822 - 1903  (80 years)

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  • Name Levi Newell Kendall 
    Born 19 Apr 1822  Lockport, Niagara, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Mar 1903  Mapleton, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Levi Newell Kendall was born in Lockport, Niagra County, New York on 19 April 1822, the same day his father died. Lockport was an important, bustling city at the time as the Erie Canal was being constructed. No details are known of the circumstances of his father's death, though it is presumed by many that he died in a canal construction accident.
    • Levi Newell Kendall embraced the gospel in Redford, Michigan where he was baptized by Elder D. H. Hulbert in October 1842 at age 20. Histories say that his step-father was so bitterly opposed to his involvement with the Mormons that he ordered his step-son to leave or renounce the gospel. Levi left at once for Nauvoo. Shortly thereafter he was ordained a priest and set apart to work on the building of the Nauvoo Temple.

      In 1844, Levi was ordained a seventy by President Joseph Young, Sr. He was sent on a mission to Michigan with 15 other elders to preach the gospel and build up the churches there. In 1844, he was serving as a leader of one of the l4 branches of the church there.

      After the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Levi Kendall returned to Nauvoo. He received his endowments in the Nauvoo Temple on 6 February 1846. He was one of the first to remove from Nauvoo and head west. He was in Brigham Young's original pioneer company. He was a member of Orson Pratt's advance company that entered the Salt Lake Valley on 22 July 1847 at age 25. With Levi as driver and John Eldredge at the plow, they were the first to turn the sod in their refuge in the Valley. However, they had plowed only a short distance when their plow broke in the hardened soil.

      Some histories say that Levi was adopted by Brigham Young in the Salt Lake Valley (at the time, these spiritual adoptions were quite common for young men with no local parentage). Levi practiced polygamy, marrying sisters Eliza Ann Clements (married June 1848) and Elizabeth Clements (married 29 November 1852). Marrying sisters named Eliza and Elizabeth has caused much confusion and mayhem in the histories. Levi had at least 23 children from these two wives.

      Histories suggest that Levi favored the younger Elizabeth, but she, having been forced into the marriage never seemed fully in love with him, and there was much animosity and trouble between them. When polygamy was outlawed and the men were forced to choose one wife, he went with Elizabeth to Oxford, Idaho to settle. She, however, asked for a divorce after their youngest child turned 13 (around 1890), so Levi went back to his first wife Eliza in Mapleton, Utah. They remained together the rest of their lives and are buried adjacent to each other in Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, Utah.

      He died March 10, 1903. His gravestone (attached) indicates he was a Sergeant of the 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the Utah Territorial Militia and a veteran of the Indian Wars.
    • Levi Newell Kendall

      (Extracted from https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1149339)

      Mapleton, Utah County, March 25, the recent death March 10, at this place of Elder Levi Newell Kendall, one of the original band of 143 pioneers who entered Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847, deserves more than a passing notice, as the deceased spent the greater part of his life in the building and development of this common wealth.

      Levi Newell Kendall was born on April 19, 1822, to Levi and Lorena Lyman Kendall, in Lockport, Niagra County, New York. His father died the same day he was born, so he was denied one of his natural guardians. During his early childhood he was kidnaped by an uncle and was not returned to his mother for a number of years. In the meantime his mother married a man named Howe, who had but little sympathy or regard for the puny little fatherless boy. He was then taken by his grand parents for a number of years.

      When nearing manhood he returned to his mothers home, soon afterward he heard a ?Mormon? Elder proclaim that ?God? had restored the everlasting Gospel, and he was convinced of its truth. During his investigating he was bitterly opposed and oppressed by his step-father that he had to leave his home or renounce it.

      He was baptized in Michigan by Elder D. H. Hulbert in October of 1842, he at once went to Nauvoo, Illinois. He was ordained a seventy in April 1844 at Nauvoo, Illinois under the hands of President Joseph Young Sr., and set apart to filled a mission to Michigan the same year, where he was meeting with fair success when he, in connection with all the other missionaries were called home at the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and patriarch Hyrum Smith.

      When the Saints prepared to move to the Rock Mountains, he was among the front ranks and so continued until the pioneers were organized, then he was numbered among John Browns Company. On the night of June 5, 1847, on the ?trek? here, he with John Eldredge and Stephen Kelsey were on guard the night a band of 15 Parinee Indians entered the enclosure on the bank of the South Fork River. He was first to discover the Indians and together with Stephen Kelsey, fired over their heads, frightening them away, and so alarming the campers, they came pouring from their wagons with rifle in one had and clothing in the other.

      Levi, John Eldredge, and two or three others prevented what might have been a perilous and dangerous stampede in the Black Hills, in the cow herd with jingling bells stampeded the head teams the others following in the same direction and close to a deep ravine, but plying vigorously their whips over the heads of the terrified oxen, they soon compelled them to stop, thus preventing a serious catastrophe.

      On that memorable, 24 of July 1847, when the pioneers camped near, where the Knutsford now stands. It was decided to plant wheat at once, and the pioneers had some seed with them. A rush was made for the teams and plows. Levi, John Eldredge and William Carter at the plow were the first to turn the sod, but only for a few rods when the beam of their plow broke.


      Levi returned to Winter Quarter with President Brigham Young the fall of 1847 to assist the ?Poor Saints? in bringing them to the valley. After Levi?s arrival back into the valley in 1848 he was adopted by Brigham Young.

      At the age of 26 years old Levi married Eliza Clements on 17 June 1848, she being only 14 years old. Eliza walked bare foot to her wedding because she had no shoes. For a wedding dress she wore a simple home spun dress. Levi and Eliza?s first home was a wagon bed where they lived for a number of years. Several of there children were born in this wagon bed home. Levi and Eliza?s children are:
      Levi Cyrus born 14 Oct 1849, died 28 May 1916
      Lorena Zeruah born 15 Sep 1851, died 19 Sep 1852
      Joseph Bradford born 7 Jul 1853
      Justus born 31 Mar 1855, died 1 Aug 1855
      Ada Maria born 25 Jan 1857, died 1927
      Charlotte Elvira born 9 Jul 1859
      Albert Nephi born 25 Sep 1861, died Sep 1862
      Elias Royal born 14 Jul 1863
      Eliza Nancy born 30 Oct 1865, died 1888
      David Amos born 2 Sep 1870, died 7 Dec 1937
      Betsy Matilda born 18 Dec 1873, died Sep 1874


      Four years later Levi married again to Eliza?s sister Elizabeth Clements on the 29 November 1852 in the Endowment House. Elizabeth was 16 years old. These two sister were the daughters of Albert Clements and Ada Winchell Clements from New York. Levi and Elizabeth?s children are:
      Lucy Ann born 30 Oct 1853
      Sarah Elizabeth born 20 Dec 1855
      Eleanor Dosca born 14 Jan 1858
      Roxey Jane born 21 Dec 1859
      Electa Victoria born 24 Jul 1862
      Reuben Newel born 27 Aug 1864
      Margaret Louisa born 26 Aug 1866, died 11 Aug 1887
      Samuel Darias born 27 Dec 1869
      Charles Clarence born 25 Mar 1871
      Julius Nathaniel born 16 Nov 1872, died 30 Nov 1838
      Bertha Pearl born 7 Mar 1875
      Owen Elizah born 8 Jul 1877

      In 1856 Levi and his family moved to Springville, Utah County, Utah, where he assisted in the construction of canyon roads and irrigation canals. In 1861 he again went to the Mission River with Captain John R. Murdock to bring ?Poor Saints? to the valley. During the time of the Indian troubles he freely contributed of his means and time in the defense of the lives and home of the settlers. He also assisted in the Echo Canyon Campaign, at the insistence of Governor Brigham Young. In the hardships incident to those early times he always bore his share of the burden.

      Marriage became unbearable for Eliza, in 1873 when she was expecting her eleventh baby she left her family and went to Oxford, Idaho where some of her family was at and stayed there. She then met and married John Crossley and had two mor children, George Emanuel Crossley born 18 Sep 1875 and William Henry Crossley born 16 Oct 1878. At the birth of George she had no one to help her and was obliged to get up from bed to do a washing. Not only was she required to carry and heat the water but also to scrub the clothes by hand. As a result of this she developed pneumonia which caused her to lose her eye sight. John could not cope this the situation and admitted to the Blackfoot Hospital in 1887. When she was released from the hospital on the 23 July 1897 She went to Mapleton, Utah and lived with Levi until he died.

      Marriage also became unbearable for Elizabeth also. About 1880 Levi and Elizabeth separated and Elizabeth received a temple divorce from Levi. On the advice from the bishop Levi gave Elizabeth all the property. Levi moved to Mapleton, Utah.

      On March 10, 1903 Levi Newel Kendall died at Mapleton, Utah. His strong testimony of the Divine calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and his successors were always an inspiration to the Saints of his acquaintance and he was valiant in declaring it.
    • Letter to Levi Newell Kendal from his mother Lorena Lyman Kendall Howe

      (Extracted from https://familysearch.org/photos/stories/1505329)

      Copy of letter written by Lorena Lyman Kendall Howe to her son,
      Levi Newell Kendall; City of Joseph, Hancock Count y, Illinois.
      Bedford, December 6, 1845.
      Beloved and worthy child;- We received your kind letter of October 10th, on the first day of December; by the hand of the Elder. The contents filled us with mingled emotions, sorrow, pity, anguish and joy;-
      Sorrow, that we must be excluded from your society here; Pity, that you
      must suffer so much for Christ's sake and the Gospel; Anguish, that human beings should become so depraved as to desire the extermination of the innocent; and Joy, that you are counted worthy to suffer persecution for Christ's sake and the Gospel. Viewing all these things, we read it over and over again and the sympathetic tear flowed profusely. Your mother, as was natural, seemed the most unreconciled, but, in humble submission to the devine will, she now rejoices that she has one child bound for the kingdom of heaven. We also feel to rejoice that in all your trials you are blessed with health and as you seem determined to mingle your whole future destiny with the persecuted Mormons, we submit, and if it is the will of heaven we will try not to murmur. Go then beloved child and do your Master's will, and our prayers shall attend you. When we contemplate on the great anticipated remove, we are struck with surprise; and a kind of horror seizes upon our frames - 30 thousand exiled pilgrims to leave
      their native, natural, and fair purchased possessions, and go, they scarcely know whither, merely to please an exasperated mob, is a stoop we think below the high privilege of God's annointed one! And altho we know that persecution is the dowry of the saints, yet in this case something is unreconcilable.
      Yet peace is ever the saints motto. And while they are - traveling with their lives in their hands as a prey, in all probability horror will seize upon the heart of the cruel Persecutor and all your wrongs and privations will roll upon his remorseless conscience, and when it is too late, he will wish to be a Mormon. But we will have the guilty in the hands of the Lord who will judge them righteously, and come directly to our feelings in the family circle. Grandfather and mother are enjoying a good degree of health for people of their age, and their hearts are alive for the kingdom and such is their seal for the cause, that they fain
      would mingle with the multitude and partake of the trials and troubles of the christian exile in search of the promised rest. They realize this present mode of existence will soon cease and what is to follow is without end. They, therefore, request an interest in your prayers, that their faith fail not, and that in the celestial kingdom of God they may have a share. Your brothers remain much as they were, jocose and rude. Yet they seem to sympathize with us and you in the parting struggle. They want to see you, and enjoy your society, but cannot believe there is virtue enough in your profession to warrant a separation from their present worldly pleasures and connections, even would it bring them into actual
      profession. Your father is still in the opposition, but spurns the conduct of the mob and their associates, and like every reflecting man would be willing that the Mormons should enjoy their rights in peace. The little children are all well and often talk about you and in the anxious moments seem to wonder why you stay away. And now what remains is to realize to you a mother's feelings. Did she not herself believe in the doctrine of Mormonism, her trial would be greater than she could bear. But, as it is altho you are so dear to her, and your society so desireable, yet in view of the shortness of this life, and the eternity of the future, she is willing to resign you into the hands of a more able and faithful Parent, who is able and willing to support you, and comfort you in all your trials and eventually to save you from all your trials and tribulations. Remember her in all situations. Your acquaintances are all in good health about here, except old uncle Rogers, as he was called. He is dead. His last business in life was highly important -- to put down mormonism, but the old gentleman has failed, and he has gone to await his reward. Peace
      to his ashes. Aunt Betsy is living with grandfather and mother and they live very agreeable. You no doubt wondered at her anxiety for you and your safety when she wrote to you, but if she had not been a believer in the doctrine any more than she was, and hear as many stories from different sources as she did, we are inclined to believe you would have had fears like hers; first, the whole world's proclamation, secondly, almost every circulated story verified by Wm. Hurlbut; third, the Rigdon apostacy; fourth, the conclusion of the whole investigation and judgment given against you. In this case there is no wonder for her concern. And your written assertion to the contrary does not wipe away the stigma. She believes
      you are honest but are delude and led away by those whom she believed, and many others fear, are wicked men. Spiritual-wife-ism, temple dungeons, and drunken, swearing preachers cannot be fellowshipped in this region of the country. Dear child, live to God, and may his blessings attend
      you. Remember us in all your trials. Those who pray will pray for you, and those who do not pray openly will give you their best wishes.
      Farewell.
      P. S. Write as often as possible before you start for the West,
      that we may have all the information possible. Brother J. Smith acknowledges
      the receipt of your respects and in return sends you his and his
      family's best wishes for your health and prosperity. As his mind is rather
      fluctuating he wishes you to see his daughter, Abigail, and let her know
      that he received her two last epistles, and found us all in good health,
      but not prepared to move to the West; we are not able. I shall write her
      when my mind is established; at present I have nothing but prayers and
      good wishes to send her. Farewell, dear brother, and if we never meet
      again in life, may we meet in the resurrection of the just is the prayer
      of -- J. Smith.
      In the hopes of immortality beyond the grave we subscribe our7
      selves your afectionate friends Hiram L. and Lorena Kendal Howe and
      Children and Joseph B. and Hannah Lyman and Aunt Betsy.
      Lorena Kendall Howe
    Person ID I273  Smith/Park
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2013 

    Family Eliza Ann Clements,   b. 14 Mar 1834, Kirtland, Geauga, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jan 1915, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1848  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ada Maria Kendall,   b. 25 Jan 1857, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 07 Sep 1937, Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 23 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F137  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Apr 1822 - Lockport, Niagara, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jun 1848 - Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Link to Google Earth
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    Levi Newell Kendall
    Levi Newell Kendall
    Levi Newell Kendall
    Levi Newell Kendall
    Extracted from the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee Photo.
    Levi and Eliza Kendall's Cabin
    Levi and Eliza Kendall's Cabin
    This original cabin is maintained in the city park located on Main Street and Center Street in Mapleton, Utah. It is the original cabin, but is not in the original location. It was probably built in the 1880s by Levi and Eliza Kendall.
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    This original cabin is maintained in the city park located on Main Street and Center Street in Mapleton, Utah. It is the original cabin, but is not in the original location. It was probably built in the 1880s by Levi and Eliza Kendall.
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    Levi and Eliza Kendall Cabin
    This original cabin is maintained in the city park located on Main Street and Center Street in Mapleton, Utah. It is the original cabin, but is not in the original location. It was probably built in the 1880s by Levi and Eliza Kendall.

    Monument reads:

    Levi Kendall Home

    This log cabin was built by Levi N. Kendall, born April 19, 1822, Rockport, Niagara County, New York. He was member of the advance guard of the first company of pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847, where he assisted in the first plowing and planting. After arriving there he was legally adopted by Brigham Young. He was also a veteran of the Echo Canyon and Indian Wars. He and his wife Eliza came to Mapleton in the 1880's as some of the first settlers. The home was built soon after their arrival.
    Levi Kendall
    Levi Kendall
    Photograph by George Edward Anderson. Probably around 1880.

    Courtesy, L.Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.
    Levi Newell Kendall as a young man
    Levi Newell Kendall as a young man

    Headstones
    Levi Newell Kendall Headstone
    Levi Newell Kendall Headstone
    Evergreen Cemetery, Springville, Utah. Adjacent to his wife Eliza Clements. Indicates he was a Sergeant of the 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade of the Utah Territorial Militia and a veteran of the Indian Wars.