- Thomas Levi Whittle
Thomas Levi Whittle (
May 21, 1812– July 3, 1868) was an early Mormon pioneerwho crossed the American Great Plainsin the mid 1800s among the first company of pioneers to enter and settle near Salt Lake City, Utah Territory.
Early life and conversion
Whittle was born to Thomas Whittle and Elizabeth Levi in Mersea Township, Essex County,
Upper Canada. Whittle married Mary Amelia Fullmer in 1833, and after a few years, moved to Detroit, Michigan.
Whittle and his family heard the
Mormonismpreached by early LDS missionaries, and on November 22, 1837, Whittle and his wife were baptized members of the Church of the Latter Day Saintsby Zera Pulsipher. As was common in the early days of the Latter Day Saint movement, Whittle was re-baptized by William Claytonon June 3, 1849after Whittle and his family had reached the Salt Lake Valley.
Whittle's wife witnessed the important event in
LDS Churchhistory when Brigham Youngspoke to a large group of Latter Day Saints and took on the appearance and speech of the recently martyred Joseph Smith, Jr.This event signified to many that Brigham Young should be the next leader of the church. [ [http://www.jnjtreeclimbers.com/attachments/ThomasLeviWhittle/ThomasWhittleHistory.pdf "Thomas Levi Whittle and Elizabeth Levi"] ]
Shortly before making the trek west, Whittle and his wife Mary received temple ordinances in The
Nauvoo Templeon January 1, 1846. [ [http://www.xmission.com/~research/family/familyw.htm Nauvoo Temple Endowment Name Index] ]
Whittle and his family made the journey to
Winter Quartersin Nebraskato what is now the state of Utahamong the very first pioneersto enter the Salt Lake Valley. The family traveled with the 2nd Company, 2nd Division under the leadership of Heber C. Kimball. They arrived September 20, 1848. [ [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneerdetails/0,15791,4018-1-3271,00.html Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868] ]
Whittle was called on a mission in 1849 and headed to
California. The following year, Whittle was assigned to the Sandwich Islands, now called the Hawaiian Islands. Whittle arrived in Honoluluon December 12, 1850with nine other LDS missionaries: Henry W. Bigler, Hiram Blackwell, George Q. Cannon, Hiram Clark, John Dixon, Wm. Farrer, James Hawkins, James Keeler, and Thomas Morris. The small group of missionaries arrived aboard a small whaling vessel called the "Imaum of Muscat". The mission to the Sandwich Islands did not last long for Whittle and some of his companions as the Hawaiian languageand reception proved very difficult. [ [http://udn.lib.utah.edu/u?/deseretnews5,25888 "The Polynesian Mission", Deseret News, 1898-07-30] ] Whittle returned home and the Whittle family moved to Herriman, Utah. Later, the Whittle family helped settle Richmond, Utah.
July 3, 1868. To pay tribute to Whittle, the Utah Territorial flag was flown at half-staff on July 4, 1868. [ [http://udn.lib.utah.edu/u?/deseretnews2,38445 Letter written by Henry Standage 1868-07-04] ]
*Thomas Levi Whittle; ancestral file number 1BJX-FG, Ancestral File,
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
*Thomas Levi Whittle. (1997, July). Retrieved
July 1, 2007, from http://www.jnjtreeclimbers.com/index.cgi?ThomasLeviWhittle
*The Polynesian Mission. (
1898, July 30). Deseret News. Retrieved December 8, 2007, from http://udn.lib.utah.edu/u?/deseretnews5,25888
*Published Letter to
George Q. Cannonby Henry Standage. ( 1868, July 22). Deseret News. Retrieved December 8, 2007, from http://udn.lib.utah.edu/u?/deseretnews2,38445
* [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/source/0,18016,4976-5502,00.html Trail Excerpt: Hale, Aroet Lucious, Diary of Aroet Lucious Hale, 1828-1849, 194-?, 12, 16-17]
* [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/source/0,18016,4976-5489,00.html Trail Excerpt: Conover, Peter Wilson, Reminiscences ca. 1880, 6-7.]
* [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/source/0,18016,4976-5511,00.html Trail Excerpt: Jacob, Norton, Reminiscence and journal 1844 May-1852 Jan., 110-15.]
* [http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/source/0,18016,4976-10802,00.html Trail Excerpt: Kimball, Heber C., Journal, in Autobiography ca. 1842-1858, in Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1837-1866, reel 1, box 1. written by William Clayton]
* [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/MMD,4412 Farrer, William vol. 1, 1850-1851 in special collections Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University (Whittle mentioned in missionary companion Farrer's journal)]
* [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/MMD,4178 Farrer, William vol. 2, 1851 in special collections Harold B. Lee Library, BYU (Whittle mentioned in missionary companion Farrer's journal)]
* [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/MMD,4137 Farrer, William vol. 4, 1851-1852 in special collections Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University (Whittle mentioned in missionary companion Farrer's journal)]
* [http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/MMD,4281 Farrer, William vol. 5, 1852-1853 in special collections Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University (Whittle mentioned in missionary companion Farrer's journal)]
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