- Born 1811 St. Johnsbury, Vermont
- Baptized 1833
- Zions Camp 1834
- Ordained Seventy and Called to First Quorum of Seventy
- Married Melvina Harvey 1837; later practiced plural
marriage; three wives, ten children
- Trekked west with saints, arriving 1847
- While serving mission to England called as President
of Scaninavian Mission 1852-1853
- Died at Sea 1853
The following biographical sketch is adapted from
the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.374
with addenda from the Ancestral File.
Willard Snow, of the First Quorum of the Seventy and
president of the Scandinavian Mission from 1852 to 1853, was born May 6,
1811, in St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont, the fifth of twelve children
born to Levi Snow and Lucina Streeter, and a brother of Erastus
He was baptized June 18, 1833, by Orson
Pratt, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. In 1834 he was a member of Zion's
Camp, the expedition to Zion to releive the suffering of the saints in
Missouri, in consequence of which was ordained a Seventy February 28, 1835.
Elder Snow performed several missions to different parts of the United
States. At the time of his ordination as a Seventy, he was called into
the newly formed First Quorum of the Seventy.
Elder Snow took to wife Melvina Harvey on May 14,
1837 by whom he fathered nine children. He must have found her qualities
admirable for when called upon to practice plural marriage, he selected
her sister Susan Harvey, whom he married nine years later in 1846 on the
anniversary of the marriage to Melvina. Thus the sisters shared not only
their husband but their wedding anniversary. Susan bore Elder Snow one
child. In 1849, he took his third wife, Mary Bingham Freeman. The Ancestral
File does not list any issue of this union.
With the expulsion of the Latter-day Saints from
Nauvoo, Illinois, he trekked west in Jedediah M. Grant's Company and arrived
in the Valley in 1847. He was called on a mission to Europe in 1851. While
laboring as a missionary in England, he was called to preside over the
Scandinavian Mission in 1852. He died on the North Sea en route from Denmark
to England Aug. 21, 1853 and was buried at sea five days later.
Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.374
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