Mormon History, Jul 23, 1849

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 23d I rode with Brother & sister Russell to Chatham & Called upon His son George H. Russell. He recieved me vary kindly. A Preacher of the Congregational Church called & opposed Br Russel in his Religion but Br Russell used him up & He went away. We returned back in the evening to Br Russells & spent the night. 14 m.
I walked out in the evening to visit Br Russell Burying ground for His family. It was surrounded by A Cluster of tall pine trees. It Contained the bodies of 7 Children 2 sons & 5 daughters viz James & Thomas Elizabeth, Jennett, Agness & two infants the Sons & Daughters of Joseph & Agness Russell. All died in infancy & Childhood except Thomas who was 22 years of Age. He was holding the office of A priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S. & Died strong in the faith. These seven bodies were taken from the various places whare they were buried And all laid together upon this Island And surrounded by a wall of solid mason work 12 feet square 7 feet high with a Cope stone.
I recieved A letter from Br Gibson giving me News of the Epistle of the Twelve that the Quorum of the Twelve was filled up with the following persons: Lorenzo & Erastus Snow, Charles C. Rich, And Franklin D. Richards, were Appointed to fill the Quorum. They are all indeed excellent men. A better Choice Could not have been made. I was also informed that Capt Dan Jones had lost 50 of his men Company with the Cholera from St Josephs to the bluffs And that the Cholera was raging at St Louis And some of the Saints had fallen.

[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993,]

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