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Northampton, MA 1
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North Ogden, UT 1
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North Ogden, UT 1
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Thaddeus Alvord, Pioneer Thaddeus was born in North Hampton, Massachusetts on Oct. 28,1781. When he was nine years old, his parents, Joseph Alvord and Sarah Knight, moved to Lockport, NY. He married Martha Bromley in 1801 in Lockport, Niagara County, and they had seven daughters: Nancy, born 21 Jan 1802 near Lockport, Sophronia, born 5 Aug 1804, Diademia, born 1805 near Lockport, Fanny, born 3 Oct 1807 near Lockport, Adelia, born 30 Sep 1809 near Lockport, Alsina, born 1812 near Lockport and Albina, born 17 Feb 1814, also near Lockport. He went to Rochester NY, and enlisted in the army when the ward of 1812 broke out. He was taken from the ranks to get timber out of which boats were made for General Scott to cross to the Canadian side during the war. His wife Martha died sometime between 17 Feb and Dec of 1814, leaving Thaddeus without a mother for his daughters. It is very likely that Martha died shortly after the birth of Albina in February. He married his second wife Sarah (Sally)Wellington in December of 1814 in Lockport, and she died shortly after the birth of their daughter Charlotte Alvord, born 25 Sep 1815 in Lockport, Niagara County, NY. Sarah (Sally) died in Waterford, in what is now Oakland County, Michigan in 1815. Now Thaddeus is again a widower and has 8 daughters. He is known to have been living in Cambridge Township, Niagra County, New York, according to the 1820 census. On March 7, 1825 he registered with the Detroit land office 619 in reference to title to the land located at Oakland County, e ½ NE Sec 26, T3 N, R9E, which was an 80 acre tract. He did not marry again until 1828, to Sally Celestina Briggs. Sally was considerably younger than Thaddeus. She was born on 7 May 1803 in Taunton, Bristol County, Mass. making her a year younger than Thaddeus's oldest daughter, Nancy. The family lived in Michigan for a period of time, on the property in Oakland County, Michigan. Their first son, Joseph Bonaparte Alvord was born 4 Dec 1830 in Waterford, Oakland County, Michigan. Their daughter Martha Bromley Alvord was born 28 Feb 1833, also in Waterford. In a history provided to a Michigan historical society, Sally Briggs Alvord became a convert to the young LDS Church in 1833, by Joseph Smith's mother, Lucy Mack Smith, and Sally convinced Thaddeus to also join the Church. Thaddeus originally traveled to Pontiac, Michigan and then to Waterford with Joseph Smith's uncle, possibly Stephan Mack, brother of Lucy Mack Smith. Thaddeus and Sally had another child, Benjamin Bromley Alvord, born 3 Jan 1835 in Waterford, and then on Sep 7, 1835, the family left Michigan to gather in Missouri, and settled in Clay County. There another son, Simeon was born 3 Jan 1837, and according to records the family moved to Far West. They were able to stay in that area only 2 years. Because of the mobs and anti-Mormon sentiment, the family had to abandon their property and move with the saints back to Illinois. A daughter Sylvia was born in June of 1839 in Marion, Cole County, Missouri, as they were leaving the state. This child died 1 Sep 1839 in Quincy, Adams County, Ill. The loss of Thaddeus Alvord's property in Missouri during the mobbing is recorded in the History of the Church, as at one time the leaders of the Church requested the information from those who suffered financial and property losses while living in Missouri. Thaddeus relocated to Lee County, Iowa, across the Mississippi River from Nauvoo, to a farm and began farming again. Here were born sons, Gideon William Alvord, on 8 Feb 1841 and Reuben Adams Alvord, 4 Mar 1843. Thaddeus was finally able to move to Nauvoo on April 1, 1844. He took up a home, from which he was driven by mobs in 1846, and found himself traveling to Winter Quarters. They remained there until crossing the plains in 1849, arriving in Salt Lake City October 28 of that year. Thaddeus suffered the lost of his wife Sally 2 years after arriving in Salt Lake City. She died Feb 5, 1851. He married again in 1853 to Betsy Corsett, who had been born 19 Jan 1806, in Windsor, Berkshire County, Mass. At the time of their marriage, she was 47 and he was 72. He was later divorced from her, according to some internet sources. When Thaddeus moved to Salt Lake City, he moved into the 19th ward area, and farmed and was also a stone mason. In 1866, he removed to North Ogden and remained there for the rest of his life. He was ordained a patriarch by President Wilford Woodruff, and served in that capacity until his death Feb 11, 1874, age 92. He is buried in North Ogden, Utah.

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