Anson Call

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Anson Call (May 13, 1810 – August 31, 1890) was a Mormon pioneer and an early colonizer of many communities in Utah Territory and surrounding states.

Born at Fletcher, Vermont, Call was baptized a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1836.[1]

Call was with the Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo. In Missouri, he was allegedly a member of the Danites,[2] although there is no reference to Danite activity or battles associated with the Danites in his personal memoirs or journals. During the Missouri years of the Latter Day Saint movement, Call's farm was stolen from him, and he reported that he was nearly murdered in his effort to regain it.[3] In 1848, he crossed the plains as a Mormon pioneer. He settled in Bountiful, Utah Territory, where he served as a bishop beginning in 1850.[1][4]

In 1851, Call led the first company of Latter-day Saints to settle at Fillmore, Utah Territory.[5]

Other areas Call helped colonized were Iron County, Utah; Carson Valley; and Calville, Arizona Territory.

(While some[1] have said he also helped colonize Tooele County, Utah, that seems to be somewhat "factually enhanced" by enthusiastic descendants: he probably just gathered firewood in a canyon there with his brother Josiah who did help settle Tooele (so told in ~2014 and 2015 to Luke Anson Call by his father Anson Vee Call, both from Tooele), as any actual settling there doesn't seem to be mentioned in Anson's personal journal[6] nor in his biography.[7]

In Mormon history, Call is perhaps most famous for recording Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain prophecy.


Mary Flint[edit]

Anson married Mary Flint on 3 October 1833. They had three biological children and adopted two Native American children.[8] She died on October 8, 1901.

Margaretta Unwin Clark[edit]

At age 46, Anson married handcart pioneer and British immigrant Margaretta Unwin Clark. The ceremony was performed on February 2, 1857 in Salt Lake City where they were sealed in Brigham Young's office. Margaretta was 31 years old. Together, they had six children.[8]

Emma Summers[edit]

At age 46, Anson married handcart pioneer and British immigrant Emma Summers. Their wedding was intended to be a double wedding with Margaretta Unwin Clark, but illness delayed the marriage. The ceremony was performed on February 24, 1857 in Salt Lake City. They were sealed by Brigham Young. Emma was 29 years old. Together, they had five children.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Kenneth Ray Call. "Anson Call" in Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard O. Cowan, ed., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 170.
  2. ^ D. Michael Quinn (1994). The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books) ISBN 1-56085-056-6.
  3. ^ Anson Call (1854). Personal Journal. p. 17
  4. ^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 81.
  5. ^ Jenson, p. 250.
  6. ^ Anson Call (1854). Personal Journal
  7. ^ Barney, Gwen Marler, et. al. (2002). Anson Call and the Rocky Mountain Prophecy. Salt Lake City: Call Publishing. ISBN 0-9721527-0-9. Retrieved 2015-07-18. . (There is a plaque or marker, just west of where North Main street reaches the top of the hill, behind a restaurant, showing that Josiah Call did help settle Tooele.)
  8. ^ a b c Barnet, Gwen Marler, et. al. (2002). Anson Call and the Rocky Mountain Prophecy. Salt Lake City: Call Publishing. pp. 273, 365. ISBN 0-9721527-0-9. 

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