|Uncle (3G) Brigham Young|
Brigham Young (1801-1877) is our Great-Great-Great-Uncle because he married Great-Great-Great-Aunt
Vilate Clarissa Decker (she went by Clara), a daughter of our 3rd-Great-Grandparents
Isaac and Harriet Decker.
He’s also our Step-Great-Great-Grandfather, because he married Clara’s big sister Lucy Ann Decker Seely, our Great-Great-Grandmother.
Not to mention that he’s our Step-Great-Great-Great-Uncle, because his little brother Lorenzo Dow Young married Lucy’s and Clara’s mother, our Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Harriet Page Wheeler Decker.
As with Uncles King Richard and Reverend Thomas, I don’t see much point in loading the Web with another detailed life sketch for Uncle Brigham. Google him, if you want to read one. Or two or three: the literature includes a lot of polarized commentary.
Among us so-called Mormons, it’s hard to overstate his stature. We believe, you see, that he had a divine mission and accomplished it magnificently. We’re grateful beyond measure for what he did for us.
But even folks who don’t much like his plural marriages and his prominent role in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints tend to agree that he was a powerful character and a figure of towering importance for the nineteenth-century settlement of the American West.
Certainly an interesting uncle. And that, of course, was all it took to fit in this collection.
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Updated Feb 2014
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