Brigham Young

Date of Birth: June 1, 1801

Place of Birth: Whitingham, Vermont, U.S.

Date of Death: August 29, 1877

Place of Death: Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, distant Scottish

Brigham Young was an American religious leader, politician, and settler. He was the second President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from December 27, 1847 to August 29, 1877, his death, and the founder of Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, from April 14, 1840 to December 27, 1847, and Governor of Utah Territory, from February 3, 1851 to April 12, 1858, among other duties.

Brigham was the son of Abigail “Nabby” (Howe) and John Hayden Young, who were from Massachusetts. Brigham’s ancestry was English, as well as 1/64th Scottish. His great-great-great-grandson is former NFL quarterback Steve Young. Brigham had 55 wives, and 56 children.

Brigham’s paternal grandfather was Joseph Young (the son of William Young and Susanna Cotton). Joseph was born in Massachusetts. William was the son of William Young and Sarah Whitaker/Whittaker. Susanna was the daughter of John Cotton and Sarah Hearl/Hearle/Mearle.

Brigham’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Hayden (the daughter of John Hayden and Lucy Maynard). Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. John was the son of Josiah Hayden and Elizabeth Goodenow. Lucy was the daughter of Zachariah Maynard and Sarah Wheeler.

Brigham’s maternal grandfather was Phineas Howe (the son of Peter Howe and Thankful Howe). Phineas was born in Massachusetts. Peter was the son of Samuel Howe and Abigail Mixer. Thankful was the daughter of David Howe and Hepzibah Death.

Brigham’s maternal grandmother was Susanna/Susannah Goddard (the daughter of Ebenezer Goddard and Sibil/Sybil Brigham). Susannah was born in Massachusetts. Ebenezer was the son of Edward Goddard and Susannah/Susanna Stone. Sybil was the daughter of Samuel Brigham and Abigail Moore.

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