Mormontown Site

Mormontown Site (HM1HON)

Location: Griggsville, IL 62340 Pike County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 36.968', W 90° 43.812'

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On February 22, 1839, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, refugees driven from Missouri under the "Extermination Order" of Governor Lilburn Boggs, settled on this site. The property was owned by Thomas Edwards, who later joined the church. Silas Smith, high priest in the church and uncle of Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith, was the leader of these Mormon refugees. The community grew to more than 300 members. Silas Smith died on September 13, 1839, at the age of 58 and was buried here near his home. Smith was succeeded by John Lawton and later by Harlow Redfield, who presided over the congregation until it disbanded in 1845.

In October 1842, Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball preached at a church conference held here. The settlement, which later became known as Mormontown, extended on both sides of the road at this location. Cabins were built and wells dug. A schoolhouse and a church were erected on the south side of the road. The cemetery, which measured 60 by 80 feet, fell into disrepair in later years. Gravestones were bulldozed into a ditch and the graveyard plowed over. The church building was relocated to Pittsfield and used as a parish hall by St. Mary's Catholic Church. The pews and pulpit were moved to a church near Pleasant Hill.
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HM NumberHM1HON
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Historical Period19th Century
Historical PlaceTown
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed2005
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 3:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 694839 N 4387614
Decimal Degrees39.61613333, -90.73020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.968', W 90° 43.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 58.0800" N, 90° 43' 48.7200" W
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Area Code(s)217
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near IL-106, Griggsville IL 62340, US
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