Shadrach Roundy

Shadrach Roundy

Member of the Council of Fifty

March 1, 1845 (1845-03-01) – July 4, 1872 (1872-07-04)

Called by
Brigham Young

Personal details

(1789-01-01)January 1, 1789
Rockingham, Vermont, United States

July 4, 1872(1872-07-04) (aged 83)
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States

Resting place
Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)

Known For
Early Mormon Pioneer

Betsy Quimby


Uriah Roundy
Lucretia Needham

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Shadrach Roundy (January 1, 1789 – July 4, 1872[1] ) was an early Latter Day Saint leader born in Rockingham, Vermont. Roundy was the second oldest (59) member of Brigham Young’s Company, which arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, and was one of the advance party which arrived in the valley ahead of the main party in order to start planting crops. He was one of the three men who, on July 23, 1847, were the first Mormon pioneers recorded to plow soil in what became Utah. He is also mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 124:141 and was a bodyguard of Joseph Smith.
He was a bishop in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, a member of the first High Council organized in the Salt Lake Valley, again a bishop in Salt Lake City, a senator in the first legislature of the provisional State of Deseret.


1 Role during Mormon expulsion from Missouri
2 Nauvoo Years (1839–46)
3 Latter life in Utah
4 Notes
5 References

Role during Mormon expulsion from Missouri[edit]
See also: 1838 Mormon War
Roundy played a very important part in the removal of the Latter Day Saints from Missouri. So much of the Mormons’ property had been either destroyed or taken over by mobocrats that a number of destitute refugees found it impossible to move themselves and families to safety. The timing of the expulsion during the winter of 1838-39 also greatly aggravated conditions, but the more fortunate promised to assist those in need. Quoting from a meeting held at Far West on January 29, 1839:

On motion of President Brigham Young, it was resolved that we this day enter into a covenant to stand by and assist each other to the utmost of our abilities in removing from this State, and that we will never desert the poor who are worthy, till they shall be out of the reach of the exterminating order