John Alpheus Cutler
Alpheus Cutler (1784–1864) Temple builder, member of the Council of Fifty, polygamist, schismatic. Born February 29, 1784 in Plainfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire Died August 10, 1864 in Manti, Fremont County, Iowa Father Knight Cutler Mother Elizabeth Boyd Occupation Stonemason War veteran Veteran of the War of 1812. Baptized January 20, 1833 in New York by David W. Patten. Events 1834 moves to Kirtland. Kirtland House of the Lord Works on House of the Lord in Kirtland. High council August 28, 1834 participant, possibly as a high counselor, in the trial of Sylvester Smith. Minutes of August 28, 1834 Charged with arguing March 15, 1835 John Smith's complaint to the high council: Minutes of March 16, 1835 With Asa Lyman, and Reynolds Cahoon arguing To the president of the High council of the church of Latter Day Saints in Kirtland. Brother, it having come to my knowledge that there is a difficulty existing between brethren, (Viz.) Alpheus Cutler, Asa Lyman & Reynolds Cahoon, which is injurious to the cause of truth among us. I have made an exertion to reconcile them to each other, but to no effect. I therefore lay the case before the council for decision. … Decision: Asa and Alpheus rebuked for harming Reynolds' reputation The decision is, that brother Lyman as well as brother Cutler be rebuked and stand reproved, until they openly acknowledge before the church, that they have injured Elder Cahoon by speaking evil of his character, and conduct without any just ground or occasion, Alpheus to confess he has complained about pay and that as Elder Cutler has heretofore declared before the Church, that he has not murmured nor complained, because he has not received pay for working on the house to his satisfaction, and it is known to the contrary, that he be as frank in acknowledging this fact, as he had been in making the declaration. house: House of the Lord Endowment January 1836 receives Kirtland endowment. Dedication March 1836 attends dedication of the House of the Lord. Ordinations April 29, 1836 high priest. Missouri 1836 moves to Missouri. Caldwell County October 1836 buys land in Caldwell County. Ray County Settles in Ray County. Expulsion Winter 1838–1839 expelled from Missouri, moves to Quincy, Illinois. Return to Far West April 18, 1839 leaves Quincy for Far West with Brigham Young, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, George A. Smith. WWJ 1:325. Recommence temple foundation April 26, 1839 at "a Council held at Far West by the Twelve, High Priests, Elders, & Priests," several are excommunicated, "master workman" Alpheus Cutler "recommenced laying the foundation of the LORD'S house" by rolling a large stone to the southeast corner of the temple site, the twelve step onto "the chief corner stone" and ordain Wilford Woodruff and George A. Smith apostles. Minutes of April 26, 1839 The corner stones had been laid on July 4, 1838. ¶ Order of the Day Monogamy September or October 1840 signs statement published in the Times and Seasons that he knows "no other rule or system of marriage than the one published from the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and we give this certificate to show that Dr. J. C. Bennett's 'secret wife system'  is a creature of his own make as we know of no such society in this place nor never did." TS 3, no. 23 (Oct. 1, 1840): 939–940. Other signers are: S. Bennett, George Miller, Wilson Law, Reynolds Cahoon, W. Woodruff, N. K. Whitney, Albert Pettey, Elias Higbee, John Tayor, E. Robinson, Aaron Johnson Nauvoo high council October 6, 1839 called to Nauvoo high council. Schoolhouse architect October 28, 1839 appointed architect for projected stone schoolhouse in Nauvoo. Nauvoo House of the Lord October 3, 1840 appointed to committee with Reynolds Cahoon and Elias Higbe to oversee construction of a "House of the Lord" in Nauvoo. (The following September, Alpheus goes to Wisconsin for timber.)HC , 4:341; William Clayton, William Clayton journals (Smith) , 537–538; TS 1, no. 12 (Dec. 1840): 186. Wisconsin September 1841–1842 obtains lumber for the Nauvoo House and Temple at the pineries on the Black River in Wisconsin. Endowment October 12, 1843 receives Nauvoo endowment. Council of Fifty March 11, 1844 joins Council of Fifty. Joseph's estate July 4, 1844 Stake president William Marks, Reynolds Cahoon, William Clayton, and Alpheus Cutler decide Marks should be "appointed president and Trustee in Trust and this accords with Emma's feelings." William Clayton, William Clayton journals (Smith) , 137. Alpheus Cutler and Reynolds Cahoon are so anxious to get property, they will all flat out as soon as the Temple is completed and the faith of the Saints ceases from them, &c. HC 6:427. Endowment December 11, 1845 endowed in Nauvoo temple attic, Brigham Young officiating. Others in group include Isaac Morley, Orson Spencer, Reynolds Cahoon, William Clayton, Cornelius P. Lott, Mother Lucy Smith, and Mercy R. Thompson. HC 7:543–544. Leave Nauvoo February 1846 leaves Nauvoo for the West. Cutler's Park Settles in Cutler's Park, Nebraska. Municipal high council August 9, 1846 appointed presiding member of the Municipal High Council. Winter Quarters September 8, 1846 appointed to locate site for winter quarters; locates site 3 days later. Rejects Brigham 1848 rejects Brigham's leadership and moves to Spring Creek, Mills county, Iowa. Iowa  moves to Manti, Fremont county, Iowa. True Church of Jesus Christ Organizes "The True Church of Jesus Christ," September 19, 1853. ________________________________________ Families Wife Lois Lathrop (b. Sept. 24, 1788 in Lebanon, Grafton, NH; md. Nov. 17, 1808 in Lebanon, Grafton, NH; second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Lois (Lathrop) Cutler, and Luana (Rockwell) Cutler, anointed by Parley P. Pratt," January 14, 1846; d. Mar. 23, 1878 in Oaklake, Fremont, MN) Nauvoo endowments , 415. Children Thaddeus (b. June 18, 1809 in Lisle, Broome Co., NY) Libeus (b. 1814 in Ontario, Broome) Louisa Elizabeth (b. May 16, 1816 in Lisle, Broome) Sally Mavea (b. Sept. 9, 1818 in Lisle, Broome) William (b. Feb. 6, 1821 in Ontario, Wayne Co., NY) Benjamin Franklin (b. Apr. 13, 1823 in Pomfret, Chatauqua Co., NY) Clarissa Crissy (b. Dec. 23, 1824 in Pomfret, Chattauqua) Emily Trask (b. Feb. 23, 1828 in Hanover, Chautauqua) Edwin H. (b. 1829 in New York) Betsy A. (b. 1832 in Pomfret, Chatauqua, NY) Wife Luana Hart Beebe Rockwell (b. Oct. 3, 1814 in Lebanon, Madison, NY; second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Lois (Lathrop) Cutler, and Luana (Rockwell) Cutler, anointed by Parley P. Pratt," January 14, 1846; d. Mar. 6, 1897 in West Tintic, Juab Co., UT) Nauvoo endowments , 415. Wife Margaret Carr (b. 1771 in North Carolina); second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Margaret (Carr) Cutler, Abigail (Carr) Cutler, Sally (Cox) Cutler, Disey (McCall Cutler, and Henrietta C. (Miller) Cutler, anointed by [not given])" Book of Anointings in Nauvoo endowments , 579. In this case text in both parentheses and brackets are in book. Wife Abigail Carr (b. 1780 in North Carolina; second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Margaret (Carr) Cutler, Abigail (Carr) Cutler, Sally (Cox) Cutler, Disey (McCall Cutler, and Henrietta C. (Miller) Cutler, anointed by [not given]") Revelations , 255 Wife Sally Cox (b. Feb. 26, 1794 in Bernard, Somerset, NJ; md. Elias Hutchings, Dec. 29, 1816 in Avery, Huron Co., OH, 10 children; he died Jan. 13, 1845 in Nauvoo; second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Margaret (Carr) Cutler, Abigail (Carr) Cutler, Sally (Cox) Cutler, Disey (McCall Cutler, and Henrietta C. (Miller) Cutler, anointed by [not given];" depart Kanesville, Iowa, July, 4, 1849 in Ezra T. Benson Company, arrive Salt Lake, Oct. 27, 1849; d. Sept. 28, 1863 in Salt Lake City) (does not include marriage to Alpheus) Wife Disey Caroline McCall (b. 1802 in North Carolina); second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Margaret (Carr) Cutler, Abigail (Carr) Cutler, Sally (Cox) Cutler, Disey (McCall Cutler, and Henrietta C. (Miller) Cutler, anointed by [not given])" Revelations , 255. Wife Henrietta Clarinda Miller (b. 1822 in New York); second anointing: "Alpheus Cutler, Margaret (Carr) Cutler, Abigail (Carr) Cutler, Sally (Cox) Cutler, Disey (McCall Cutler, and Henrietta C. (Miller) Cutler, anointed by [not given])" Revelations , 255.