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  • ID: I23106
  • Name: Frederick Granger WILLIAMS
  • Given Name: Frederick Granger
  • Surname: Williams
  • Suffix: , Early LDS
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: D0DDD2F6D05D0A4F88A822C60254D5114F18
  • Change Date: 4 JUL 2009
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    Frederick Granger Williams was one of the most influential members of the early Church. He was born October 28, 1787 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut, the son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. On Christmas Day of 1815, he married Rebecca Swain. The Ancestral File lists four children of this union.
    He had just turned forty-three when he was baptized in October of 1830. He was ordained a High Priest October 25, 1831 by Oliver Cowdery.

    On March 18, 1833, revelation having been received, he was set apart as Second Counselor to the Prophet Joseph Smith. The zeal he exhibited for the work was later replaced by a spirit of rebelliousness and in 1837, at a conference held in Far West, Missouri, he was rejected as Second Counselor of the Presidency, being replaced by the Prophet's brother Hyrum Smith.

    The spirit of rebelliousness remaining, he was excommunicated March 17, 1839. Finally he was shocked by his spiritual losses and manifested evidence of repentance. He requested readmittance in April 1840 and his case was presented by Hyrum Smith. Approval was given and he was baptized.

    Frederick G. Williams died October 10, 1842 at Quincy, Illinois in full faith and fellowship in the Church. Rebecca remained faithful and joined the saints on the trek west, dying September 25, 1865 in Smithfield Utah.

    The History of the Church; Multiple citations. See index.
    LDS Biographical Encyclopedia; Vol. 1, p.51, 52; Compiled and edited by Andrew Jensen
    Encyclopedia of Mormonism; Vol.4, Appendix 1
    The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith by Lyndon W. Cook, pp.104, 105
    Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation by Lawrence R. Flake, pp.239-241

    Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia Volume 1
    Williams, Frederick Granger; second counselor to President Joseph Smith from 1833 to 1837, was born Oct. 28, 1787, in Suffield, Hartford county, Conn., was baptized in October, 1830, near Kirtland, Ohio, and soon afterwards accompanied Oliver Cowdery and fellow missionaries on their journey from Ohio to Missouri. After his return to Ohio, he became one of the leading and influential men of the Church, at Kirtland, and according to revelation (Doc. & Cov., 90: 6), he was ordained and set apart as second counselor in the First Presidency by Joseph Smith, March 18, 1833. In a subsequent revelation he was called to preach the gospel. He labored as a member of a committee to arrange the interior of the Kirtland Temple, and also took a leading part in establishing a printing office at Kirtland, after the destruction of the press in Jackson county, Mo. In 1834 he went to Missouri as a member of Zion's camp, acting as paymaster in that organization. After his return to Ohio, he accompanied the Prophet Joseph on a short mission to Michigan. As a counselor in the First Presidency he took all active part in everything pertaining to the building up of Kirtland as a Stake of Zion, and especially in the erection of the House of the Lord at that place, for which purpose he contributed liberally of his time and [p.52] means. When the sacred edifice was dedicated in March, 1836, he enjoyed the glorious privilege of seeing an angel. Soon afterwards he yielded to improper influences, and became recreant to the duties pertaining to his high and holy calling, in consequence of which he was rejected as a counselor in the First presidency at an important conference held at Far West, Mo., Nov. 7, 1837. He was finally ex-communicated from the Church at a conference held at Quincy, Ill., March 17, 1839. At a general conference, held at Nauvoo, Ill., in April, 1840, he presented himself on the stand and humbly asked forgiveness for his past conduct and expressed his determination to do the will of God in the future. His case was presented to the conference by Hyrum Smith, and he was freely forgiven. Soon afterwards he was received into the fellowship of the Church by baptism. He died as a faithful member of the Church Oct. 10, 1842, at Quincy, Illinois. His only living son, Ezra Granger Williams, resides at Ogden, Utah.

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  • Birth: 28 OCT 1787 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Burial: 1842
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1842
  • Death: 10 OCT 1842 in Quincy, Adams, Illinois
  • Ancestral File #: 1NKL-6N
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    Father: William Wheeler WILLIAMS b: 25 APR 1760 in Poquonock, Hartford, Connecticut
    Mother: Ruth GRANGER b: 1767 in of Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut

    Marriage 1 Rebecca SWAIN b: 3 AUG 1798 in Layalsock, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
    • Married: 25 DEC 1815 in Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    1. Has No Children Lovina Susan WILLIAMS b: 20 SEP 1816 in Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    2. Has No Children Joseph Swain WILLIAMS b: 1819 in Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    3. Has No Children Lucy Eliza WILLIAMS b: 27 SEP 1821 in Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    4. Has Children Ezra Granger WILLIAMS b: 17 NOV 1823 in Warrensville, Cuyahoga, Ohio

    1. Abbrev: GEDCOM file imported from Roy Birch
      Title: GEDCOM file from Roy Birch , Created on 11 APR 2001. Imported on 9 Oct Created on 11 APR 2001. Imported on 9 Oct 2003.
      Name: Created on 11 APR 2001. Imported on 9 Oct 2003.
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Created on 11 APR 2001. Imported on 9 Oct 2003.
    2. Abbrev: LDS Historical database by Vern Taylor
      Title: LDS Historical database compiled by Vern Taylor Dec 2003
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
    3. Abbrev: Ancestral File (R)
      Title: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R) (Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)pyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.
      Name: Footnotepyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998)
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliographypyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.
        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA

        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, UT 84150 USA
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