Chauncey Loveland

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Question: Where did Chauncey Loveland later settle after he arrived in Utah in Brigham Young’s Vanguard Company in 1847?

Answer: Chauncey Loveland was born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, on October 1, 1795, the tenth of twelve children born to Levi Loveland and Esther Hills. His parents moved to Ohio with their family in 1803.

On December 15, 1815, Chauncey married Nancy Graham in Madison, Ohio. They had seven children together. After his father’s death, Chauncey inherited the homestead in Madison, Ohio.

In 1836 Chauncey moved to Loraine County, Ohio where he and his family lived about five years. His sons Levi and Chester joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1837 and moved to Carthage, Illinois. Later Chauncey and Nancy joined them. Here in Carthage, their twenty-year-old son, Almond Francis died in 1841, and Nancy died on September 20, 1845.

Up to this time, Chauncey had not affiliated himself with the Church, but was kindly disposed toward the Elders and aided them whenever he could. At the time of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, Chauncey lived in Carthage, Illinois.

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In the spring of 1846 Chauncey married Mrs Sally Horn (Crockett), a widow, with whom he had one daughter. Soon after, Chauncey accepted the teachings of the missionary Elders and while living at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa in 1846, he was baptized a member of the Church. Soon after, Chauncey and his family joined with other Church members and traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa. His oldest son, Levi, died in Council Bluffs on July 31, 1846.

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In 1847 Chauncey joined Brigham Young’s Vanguard Company and headed for the Salt Lake Valley. He left his family at Council Bluffs. Chauncey was part of the 6th Company of Ten led by Charles Shumway. After his arrival in the valley, he stayed only a short time, then accompanied President Young back to Winter Quarters for the purpose of bringing his family to Utah.

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In 1848, he crossed the plains again to bring his family to Utah. They located at Bountiful, Utah, ten miles north of Salt Lake City. Here he purchased a farm. Most of the remaining years of his life he spent on his farm. He took great pride in his horses. During the gold excitement he visited California, exploring the mining regions extensively before his return. Records left by his family fail to say whether the venture was successful or not. In 1857 he married Elvira Jones Thomas.

The remaining yeas of his life he resided on his farm and took great pride in securing fine horses. In disposition he was kind and unassuming and never aspired to positions in public life. As a pioneer and adventurer he ranks among the bravest. His life was full of love for his fellow men which was manifested by his good deeds toward them. He was a man of unwavering faith and integrity to the work of the Lord.

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Chauncey died in Bountiful, Utah, on August 16, 1876 and was buried in the Bountiful Memorial Park Cemetery.

Source: From a record written by Andrew Jensen, Church historian, FamilySearch.org; FindAGrave.com