Where did all the Mormons Go? : A Study of the Exodus of Pioneer Mormon Converts from Leeds Country, Ontario, circa 1830-1850
Families [Ontario Genealogical Society]
3-part series (February, May, and August).
Mormons in Ontario leaving to main body of the Saints. In Part 1, what began as an attempt to trace the history of his grandfather, John Wesley Halladay, resulted in a detailed study of the emigration of Leeds County, Ontario, Mormon converts during the years 1830 to 1850. John E. Page was the principal missionary who converted so many in what was referred to as Upper Canada. The author examines the exodus of approximately 200 wagons in the late 1830s, most of which ventured to western Missouri, although his grandfather joined the Strangite colony at Voree, Wisconsin. Part 2: Zadock K. Judd, Washburn Chipman, and John Dickson, Sr. are a few of the Leeds County Mormon converts who emigrated to Utah. The author's 2nd-great grandmother, Delanah Thomas Baxter, was one of those from Leeds County who joined with the Strangites and moved to Beaver Island. The history of the Strangites in Wisconsin is overviewed. Part 3: Following the death of James J. Strang, his adherents, many of whom were from Canada, moved from Michigan to other places. He discusses the possible residential locales of those people from Leeds who converted to Mormonism. The appendix contains a list of Mormon converts who left Leeds County, a census list of people residing in Paine Township in Emmet County (Michigan) in 1854, and a copy of a letter attesting that Pres. Hinckley's grandfather was a Mormon convert from Leeds