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Shadrach Roundy
Born January 1, 1789(1789-01-01)
Rockingham, Vermont
Died Salt Lake City, Utah Territory
Known for Early Mormon Pioneer, Member: Council of 50

Shadrach Roundy (January 1, 1789 - July 1, 1872, Buried on July 4 ) was an early Latter Day Saint leader born in Rockingham, Vermont. Shadrach was the second oldest (59) member of Brigham Young's Company, which arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, and was one of the advance party which arrived in the valley ahead of the main party in order to start planting crops. He was one of the three men who, on July 23, 1847, were the first Mormon pioneers recorded to plow soil in what became Utah. He is also listed in Doctrine and Covenants 124:141 and was a bodyguard of Joseph Smith.

He was a Bishop in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, a member of the first High Council organized in the Salt Lake Valley, again a Bishop in Salt Lake City, a senator in the first legislature of the provisional State of Deseret.


Role during Mormon expulsion from Missouri

Shadrach Roundy played a very important part in the removal of the Latter Day Saints from Missouri. So much of the Mormons' property had been either destroyed or taken over by mobocrats that a number of destitute refugees found it impossible to move themselves and families to safety. The timing of the expulsion during the winter of 1838-39 also greatly aggravated conditions, but the more fortunate promised to assist those in need. Quoting from a meeting held at Far West on January 29, 1839:

On motion of President Brigham Young, it was resolved that we this day enter into a covenant to stand by and assist each other to the utmost of our abilities in removing from this State, and that we will never desert the poor who are worthy, till they shall be out of the reach of the exterminating order of General Clark, acting for and in the name of the State. Thereupon the proposed covenant was drawn up and signed by three hundred and eighty of the stalwarts of the Mormon group.

Shadrach Roundy was the ninth to sign the covenant, which bound the signers to give freely of all their "available property, to be disposed of by a committee who shall be appointed for the purpose of providing means for the removing from this State of the poor and destitute who shall be considered worthy, till there shall not be one left who desires to remove from the State." Accordingly, a committee composed of Shadrach Roundy and six others directed the removal of the exiles, and provided means of conveyance, food, clothing, and temporary shelters for the destitute.

Latter life in Utah

Roundy was bishop of the 16th Ward in Salt Lake City from 1849 until 1856.[1] Roundy died in Salt Lake City on July 4, 1872.[2]


  1. ^ Jenson, Andrew. L.D.S. Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Deseret news Press, 1936) vol. 4, p. 717
  2. ^ Jenson. Biographical Encyclopedia. p. 717


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