Isaac Morley


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Isaac Morley

  • Born: 11 Mar 1786, Montague City, Franklin County, Massachusetts
  • Marriage: Lucy Gunn on 20 Jun 1812 in Montague City, Franklin County, Massachusetts
  • Died: 24 Jun 1865, Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah at age 79
  • Buried: Manti Cemetery, Manti, Sanpete County, Utah

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Obituary, 1856. The son of Thos. E. Morley, Isaac served his country in the War of 1812 and in June of 1812 he married Lucy Gunn.

When Oliver Cowdery and companions passed through Ohio in 1830 Isaac was converted and he was ordained a High Priest June 3, 1831, by Lyman Wight, and as a counselor to Bishop Partridge. This office he held until the death of Partridge in 1840. He was also appointed by revelation to travel to Missouri with Ezra Booth, "preaching by the way."

In 1835, Isaac traveled to the East on a mission with Partridge. On their return to Kirtland the Prophet Joseph wrote: The word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Behold I am well pleased with my servant Isaac Morley and my servant Edward Partridge, because of the integrity of their hearts in laboring in my vineyard..."

He attended the dedication of the Kirtland Temple and went to Missouri where he helped to locate Far Wesy. On Nov. 7, 1837, he was ordained Patriarch of Far West and remained at Far West until the infamous extermination order and was one of those taken and marched to Richmond to await trial.

He located in Illinois near Lima, Hancock county; naming the settlement Yelrome (some have suggested Yelrom). The fall of 1845 his property was burned by a mob, and he was driven to Nauvoo, where he remained until the exodus.

At Winter Quarters he buried Lucy and in 1848 he emigrated to the Valley. In 1849 he settled Sanpete valley. The winter was very severe and the food was barely sufficient.

The last decade of his life he devoted himself to his calling as a Patriarch, conferring blessings upon thousands.


Isaac married Lucy Gunn, daughter of Asahel Gunn Jr. and Lucy Root Gunn, on 20 Jun 1812 in Montague City, Franklin County, Massachusetts. (Lucy Gunn was born on 24 Jan 1786 in Montague City, Franklin County, Massachusetts, died on 3 Jan 1848 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska and was buried in Plot: # 285, Grave 4, Row 13, Mormon Pioneer Cemetery, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.)

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