Dudley Leavitt was born on August 31,1830 in Hartley, Canada.
His parents were Jeremiah Leavitt II and his mom was Sarah Sturtevant. Dudley was the fourth son out of all his siblings. The Leavitt’s were Christians, but Dudley’s family was converted to the Mormon religion. Joseph Smith gave a copy of The Book of Mormon to a guy in their town. After the guy had read the book the Leavitt family read it together every night. “We believed it without preaching” Said Dudley’s father Jeremiah. The Leavitt family was soon converted and decided that they needed to go to “Zion” with the rest of the pioneers. They took two wagons and started their journey towards “Zion”. It took them a couple of years to to reach Nauvoo, but eventually they made it.
Along the way Dudley’s parents and Louisa were baptised were baptised in Kirtland, Ohio. They lived in Nauvoo, but they were driven out by mobs, along with the rest of the church. Dudley’s father died when he was sixteen. ...view middle of the document...
Before they started to leave for Santa Clara, Dudley was asked to marry his wife’s sister. His wife’s sister’s name was Mariah. Long before Dudley married Mariah, he was first married to her sister, Mary Huntsman.
In Santa Clara, Dudley and his family lived in a small cabin. Jacob Hamblin and Dudley tried to teach the indians in the area and other areas about the Mormon religion. Because the Leavitt family migrated a lot, they did not have enough money to buy food. They eventually ended up killing their horse to eat.
Dudley was involved in the Mountain Meadow Massacre. He was an independent scout in this event. Along with the other people who were involved in the Mountain Meadow Massacre, Dudley also took the oath of silence for 40 years.
At a dance on the 24th of july, Dudley fell in love with a girl named Thirza. He soon married her , and she became his third wife. Dudley’s first two wives did not like Thirza.
Six months after Dudley married Thirza, he took fruit and molasses to trade in the northern communities. As he was leaving a town called Beaver, President Beaver called him back and told him to marry the adopted indian girl he was raising. Her name was Janet Smith. Dudley’s other three wives did not like her either. Dudley did eventually end up marrying another woman later in life. She was a young widow. After adding this woman to the family, Dudley had a total of 5 wives.
Later on, Dudley moved his family to Bunkerville, Nevada. Dudley made money by running The Pony Express Mail. He took mail in between St. Gorge and Las Vegas.
During the last few years of Dudley’s life, he had to avoid the law officers because he was a polygamist. There was a couple times he was almost caught, but he never got caught. There were even a few times he had to disguise himself because of it.
Dudley worked until the day he died. When he worked in the fields he would carry a chair with him, but eventually his legs gave out and he could not walk. He had a hard time accepting new inventions like the telephone and other things like farm equipment. He didn’t like it so he would never ride in a car.
Dudley was devoted to his family and church when he died at 78 years old. He left behind five wives, 48 children and many descendants. Dudley lived an interesting life and was missed by all 48 of his children and all 5 of his wives.