Albert P. Rockwood

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Albert P. Rockwood
Photograph of Albert P. Rockwood
First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
December 2, 1845 (1845-12-02) – November 25, 1879 (1879-11-25)
Called by Brigham Young
Personal details
Born Albert Perry Rockwood
(1805-06-05)June 5, 1805
Holliston, Massachusetts, United States
Died November 25, 1879(1879-11-25) (aged 74)
Sugar House, Utah Territory, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Spouse Ruth Haven
Elvira Teeples
Angelina Horn (Orn)
Julianne Sophie Olsen
Susannah Cornwall
Children 22
Parents Luther Rockwood
Ruth Perry

Albert Perry Rockwood (June 5, 1805 – November 25, 1879) (also referred to as A. P. Rockwood) was an early Latter-Day Saint leader and member of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rockwood was born in Holliston, Massachusetts to Luther Rockwood and Ruth Perry, Rockwood married Ruth Haven on April 4, 1827. Brigham Young and Willard Richards invited him to visit Kirtland, Ohio and investigate the church. Young baptized him in Kirtland on July 25, 1837.[1] He moved Quincy, Illinois in January 1839 and to Nauvoo by 1841. He was appointed a drill officer for he Nauvoo Legion on March 9, 1841[1] and was the commander of Joseph Smith's bodyguards.

Having been ordained a seventy by Joseph Young January 5, 1839,[1] Young was set apart as one of the Presidents of the Seventy on December 2, 1845.[2]

Rockwood was part of the first group of Mormon pioneers to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847. In the party, a few were afflicted with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, including Brigham Young and Rockwood. In order to make them more comfortable, Wilford Woodruff had the two ride in his carriage for the last few days of the journey. Rockwood was in the wagon with Young when Young reportedly made his famous proclamation about the Salt Lake Valley, "This is the right place".

From 1851 to 1879, Rockwood served in the Utah territorial legislature.[1]

Rockwood practiced plural marriage and fathered 22 children. He died in Sugar House, Utah Territory.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Biography of Albert Perry Rockwood, The Joseph Smith Papers (accessed May 1, 2012)
  2. ^ a b "Albert P. (Perry) Rockwood". Grampa Bill. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-06.