Salmon Warner was born October 27, 1798 at Huntsburgh,
Franklin County, Vermont to Solomon Warner (AFN: BZQK-29) and Lucina Field
He was married to Rebecca Delight Billington on November
7, 1830. The couple had eleven children.
Salmon must have been an early member of the Church
and have at least visited Missouri in the early days for by April of 1834,
he was called upon to speak at a conference held at Norton, Ohio. From
the History of the Church, we read: "Elder Cowdery gave a brief relation
of the mobbing in Missouri, and called for a contribution. Elders Ambrose
Palmer and Salmon Warner followed on the same subject."
A few months later Salmon volunteered to join the
Prophet Joseph Smith in Zion's Camp, an expedition intended to provide relief to the
suffering saints in Zion. Although the immediate sucess of the trek is
questionable, certain it is that this corps of stalwarts provided the nucleus
of Church leadership for a generation.
Thus it is not suprising to find that Salmon Warner
was called to the First Quorum of the Seventy when it was organized in
1835, thus entering the ranks of the General Authorities. Elder Warner served
several missions for the Church, all in the United States.
Salmon and his family suffered with the other saints
during the Nauvoo era and migrated to the west as early Mormon pioneers
Elder Salmon Warner died March 7, 1870 at Willard,
Box Elder County, Utah. He is buried in the Willard Pioneer Cemetery at
Willard, Box Elder County, Utah.
Though Grampa Bill has not perused the work, the
serious student or researcher is referred to Jones, Daniel R. Salmon
Warner: Early Mormon Pioneer. Orem, Utah: D.R. Jones, 1983 for an in depth
biography of this man, his family, and his times.