- Born 1797 Grafton County, New Hampsire
- Baptized 1832
- Ordained Elder 1832
- Mission to Ohio 1832
- Ordained High Priest 1833
- Zion's Camp 1834
- Ordained Seventy 1835
- Named Member of First Quorum of Seventy and Presidency
- Returned to High Priest's Quorum November 1835
- Apostatized 1837-38; affiliated with Strangites and
Hazel Aldrich, was born in Grafton County, New Hampshire on January 10,
1797 to Andrew H. Aldrich and wife Annes. He was an early convert to the
Church, being baptized in 1832 by the Missionary Companionship of Orson
Pratt and Lyman Johnson. He was
ordained an Elder by Pratt July 4, 1832. On November of that year he began
a missionary journey to Ohio, On June 8, 1833 Orson Pratt ordained Hazen
Aldrich a High Priest. He was the first missionary to serve in what is
now the province of Quebec, baptizing eleven people there in 1836. In 1834
he participated in the Zion's Camp expedition to succor the suffering saints
in Zion. As a member of Zion's Camp he marched to Missouri and back.
As a result of his participation in Zion's Camp he was
selected to be one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies from 1835-37.
He was ordained a Seventy under the hands of Joseph
Smith and others, Feb. 28, 1835, at Kirtland, Ohio; and when the first
quorum of Seventy was fully organized soon afterwards, Bro. Aldrich was
set apart as one of the seven presidents of the same.
Some of the High Priests and a number of the Seventies
introduced a question as to which was the greatest among them, the Seventies
or the High Priests. Their discussions increased with so much warmth that
it amounted to jealousy, and at length it attracted the attention of Joseph
the Prophet, who called a council in November, 1835, to decide the question.
At this meeting the Prophet asked the newly-organized quorum, if any of
their number had been ordained High Priests, previous to their ordination
Five out of the seven presidents, namely Hazen
Aldrich, Leonard Rich, Zebedee
Coltrin, Lyman Sherman and Sylvester
Smith, acknowledged that they were High Priests before they were ordained
Seventies. Accordingly, the Prophet invited them to take their places in
the High Priests' quorum again, which was complied with. This left only
Joseph Young and Levi
W. Hancock in the original council of Seventies.
Gould replaced Hazen Aldrich as a President of the Seventy.
Owing to these changes, Hazen Aldrich's connection
with the Seventies in a quorum capacity ceased April 6, 1837. During the
great apostasy in Kirtland in 1837 and 1838, Hazen Aldrich was numbered
among those who rebelled against the legitimate authorities of the Church,
and became an apostate. At one point he appears to have supported the claims
of the vile apostate James J. Strang and his Strangites. Subsequently he
joined the Brewsterites and published a paper at Kirtland called "The Olive
Branch," of which the first number was dated August, 1848. He became a
leading man among the Brewsterites, and finally emigrated to California,
where he is supposed to have died.
Grampa Bill notes from the International Genealogical Index (IGI) that someone has performed Temple Ordinance work for Hazen Aldrich in 1977 in the Washington DC Temple. Whether the patron obtained clearance for this work from the Brethren, the Grampa neither knows, nor doth he speculate.
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.186
History of the Church Vol. 2, pp. 164, 183, 203, 206, Vol. 5, p215
IGI from FamilySearch.org