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Phineas Howe Young

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Title

Phineas Howe Young

Contributor

Jones, Christopher

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Names

Young, Phineas Howe
Young, Phinehas Howe

Birth Date

1799-02-16

Birthplace

Hopkinton, Middlesex County, MA

Death Date

1879-10-10

Place of death

Salt Lake City, UT

Sex

male

Race

white

Family Relations

Young, Clarissa Hamilton (wife, m. 1818-09-28)
Young, Lucy Pearce Cowdery (wife, m. 1834-09-28)
Young, Brigham (brother)

Occupation

Printer
Saddler
Farmer

Biographical Text

Phineas Young was the older brother of Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Prior to converting to Mormonism in upstate New York in 1832, Phineas belonged to the Reformed Methodist Church, to which he converted in 1824. Following the death of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith in 1844, Young followed the largest body of Latter Day Saints (led by his brother) to Utah, where he arrived with the first pioneer company in July 1847. Young was a polygamist, marrying nine women. He became an important religious leader in Salt Lake City, serving as bishop of the Salt Lake City Second Ward from 1864-1871.

Biographical Quotation

"I still Continued to preach, trying to tie Mormonism to Methodistism, for more than a year when I found that they had no connection and Could not be united, and that I must leave the one and Cleave to the other[.]"

From Phineas Young's autobiography, describing his 1832 conversion from Methodism to Mormonism.

Bibliography

Phineas Young, Autobiography, Brigham Young History Drafts, LDS Church History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.
The Joseph Smith Papers Project, Reference Material, "Young, Phinehas Howe," <http://josephsmithpapers.org/person/phineas-howe-young>

Citation

“Phineas Howe Young,” The American Converts Database, accessed October 21, 2017, http://americanconverts.org/items/show/801.

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