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A brief synopsis of Thomas Grover’s life.

Grover, Thomas. Son of Thomas Grover and Polly Spaulding. Born 22 July 1807 at Whitehall, Washington County, New York. Employed as cabin boy on Erie Canal about 1819. Later became captain of boat. Married Caroline Whiting 1828. Seven children: Jane, Emeline, Mary E., Adeline, Caroline, Eliza Ann, and Emma. Moved to Freedom, New York, in early 1830s. Baptized by Warren A. Cowdery September 1834. Moved to Kirtland by 1835. Appointed to be ordained elder 2 January 1836. Ordained high priest January 1836. Appointed member of Kirtland high council 13 January 1836. Moved to Far West, Missouri, by December 1836. Appointed member of Far West high council 1 August 1837. Expelled from Missouri 1839. Moved to Nauvoo 1839. Appointed member of Nauvoo high council 6 October 1839. Wife, Caroline, died October 1840. Married Carolina Eliza Nickerson 20 February 1841. Four children: Percia Corneha, Marshall, Leonard, and Data. Later divorced. Member of Nauvoo Legion 1841. Mission to southern states from about June to October 1841. Another mission from about September 1842 to January 1843; area unknown. Assisted in rescuing Prophet from Dixon arrest 1843. Mission to Michigan 1844. Married Hannah Tupper 17 December 1844. Fifteen children: Thomas, Hannah, Joel, Pauline, Jedediah Morgan Grant, James, Evelyn, Hyrum Smith, Silas, Josephine, Jerome, Maria Louisa, Ezra, John Ladd, 2nd Charles Coulson Rich. Received endowment 15 December 1845. Married Lodoiska Tupper 20 January 1846. Seven children: Lucy, Moroni, Jacob, Napoleon, Edward Partridge, Inez, and Don Carlos. Left Nauvoo February 1846. Arrived in Council Bluffs 23 July 1846. Appointed member of Council Bluffs high council 21 July 1846. Did not accept calling. Appointed member of “Municipal High Council” in Cutler’s Park 9 August 1846. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley 3 October 1847. Moved to Centerville in spring of 1848. Moved to Farmington, Utah, about fall of 1848. To California 1848-49. Traveled to Missouri 1850 to purchase cattle. Returned to Salt Lake area in spring of 1853 with 150 head of cattle. Resided in Farmington remainder of life. Member of Utah Legislature. Probate judge of Davis County. Married Elizabeth Walker 1856. Nine children: Clara, Walter L., Nettie, Zeruah, Enoch, Pollie, Alima Fredrick, Samuel, Lafayette. Married Emma Walker in 1857. Nine children: Keturah, Rosella, Henry A., Amy Blanche, Vernisha, William Frank, Abner, David, and Albert Isaiah. Assisted emigrating Saints from Missouri River 1861. Mission to eastern states 1874-75. Died 19 February 1886 at Farmington, Davis County, Utah. [Cook]


  1. Charles Randall wrote:

    I am the great great grandson of Caroline Whiting Grover Heath. She married John Republican Heath and lived for a while in Idaho Falls. After his death in 1910 she lived with her daughter Georgie Anna Heath anderson and died in Palouse, Washington. I have photos of those two women and would love any photos of others of the first group of sisters.

    Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 5:32 am | Permalink
  2. Rob wrote:

    Just found your blog. good work!

    Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 8:21 am | Permalink
  3. Meagan Bybee wrote:

    I am a distant relative of Thomas Grover. I found out about him from my baby cousin who had to write a report for school on a family member. I was very surprised to discover that he had so many children! Wow, way to repopulate an area. And am I correct in thinking that he married two different sets of sisters?

    Friday, February 20, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Permalink
  4. Steve Newman wrote:

    In addition to the wives you listed, I have also found evidence of sealings for Cynthia Amorette Allen, md 28 Dec 1856, Clarinda Tupper (no date), Mary Brown (no date), Rosalia Mecham (no date), Mary Potts (no date), and Betsy Blackstone Foote, md abt 1865. My records could be wrong, but I’d like to hear your take on this. I will be checking my sources also.

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
  5. Kathy Johnson wrote:

    I am a granddaughter of Thomas Grover and Caroline Whiting Grover. I believe she died 17 October 1840 in Nauvoo, leaving seven daughters: Jane, Emeline, Mary Elizabeth, Adeline, Caroline, Eliza Ann and Emma. There is an account of the daughters crossing the plains and arriving in October 1847 written by Emeline. I descend from Mary Elizabeth’s line and would be interested in any other stories of their lives.

    Monday, March 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

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