Cyrus H. Wheelock

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Cyrus H. Wheelock
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Cyrus H. Wheelock
Personal details
Born Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock
(1813-02-28)February 28, 1813
Henderson, New York
Died October 11, 1894(1894-10-11) (aged 81)
Mount Pleasant, Utah Territory
Occupation Missionary and hymn-writer
Notable works "Ye Elders of Israel"
Spouse(s) Olive Parrish
Jemima Rose
Mary Ann Broomhead
Mary Ann Dallin
Elizabeth Burgess Neslen
Louisa Godsall

Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock (February 28, 1813 – October 11, 1894) was an early missionary and leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as first president of the Northern States Mission.[citation needed] He wrote the words to the Latter-day Saint hymn "Ye Elders of Israel".

Wheelock was born at Henderson, Jefferson County, New York.[1] Wheelock was baptized a member of the Latter Day Saint church on September 1, 1839. Shortly afterward, he served as a missionary in Vermont.[1]

In 1844, Wheelock tried to convince Governor Thomas Ford of Illinois to release Joseph Smith, Jr. from Carthage Jail.[1] Wheelock gave Smith the pistol which he had when the mob attacked the jail at Carthage.[2]

Wheelock served three missions to England. He presided over the Manchester, Liverpool and Preston Conferences.[3]

In 1853, Wheelock was a counselor to Isaac Haight, president of the camp of Latter-day Saints waiting to set out from Keokuk, Iowa. Wheelock was the captain of one of the pioneer companies that crossed the plains to Utah Territory.[4][5] In 1854, Wheelock became the president of the 37th Quorum of the Seventy.[6]

In 1856, Wheelock was part of a rescue party Brigham Young sent to assist the stranded pioneer companies including the Martin Handcart Company near the Sweetwater River.[7]

Wheelock settled in Mount Pleasant, Utah Territory. He wrote several hymns while living here.[citation needed][8]

In 1878, Wheelock was made president of the Northern States Mission[citation needed] which then consisted of the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.[1] Wheelock served as mission president for just over a year. He died in Mount Pleasant, Utah Territory.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret News Press, 1936) 4:363.
  2. ^ Thiriot, Amy Tanner (November 27, 2012). "Cyrus Hubbard Wheelock: In Desert, On Mountain, On Land, or On Sea". Keepapitchinin. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Aird, Polly. "Bound for Zion: The Ten- and Thirteen-Pound Emigrating Companies, 1853-54", Utah Historical Quarterly p. 306]
  4. ^ Church History Pioneer File
  5. ^ Hartley, William G., "The Keokuk Encampment", Mormon Historical Studies Fall 2003.
  6. ^ - James Ririe: Autobiography of James Ririe - Part 2
  7. ^ Orton, Chad M. (2006). BYU Studies. 45 (3): 4–37 Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2012-11-26.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Mormon Literature Database