Thursday, October 15, 2009

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia - ROUNDY

Roundy, Shadrach
D&C 124: 141 And again, I say unto you, I give unto you Vinson Knight, Samuel H. Smith, and Shadrach Roundy, if he will receive it, to preside over the bishopric; a knowledge of said bishopric is given unto you in the book of Doctrine and Covenants.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.642
Roundy, Shadrach, first Bishop of the Sixteenth Ward, Salt Lake City, Utah (from 1849 to 1856), was born Jan. 1, 1789, in Rockingham, Windham county, Vermont. When about twenty-five years old he married Betsy Quimby, of Essex county, Vermont, who bore him ten children—four sons and six daughters. He moved with his family to Onondago county, New York, and there heard of the gospel being revealed to Joseph Smith. In the winter of 1830-31 he left his home and traveled on horseback to see the Prophet Joseph, who then resided at Fayette, Seneca county, New York. After having an interview with the Prophet, he was baptized and became an honorable member [p.643] of the Church. His wife and those of his children who were old enough also embraced the gospel about the same time. April 16, 1836, in Kirtland, Ohio, where the main body of the Church was then in conference assembled, he received a license to preach the gospel, having previously been ordained an Elder. Subsequently, he removed to Missouri, where he shared with the Saints in their persecutions, and afterward located temporarily in Warsaw, Ill. About the year 1840 he removed to Nauvoo, where he served as captain of police. In times of imminent danger and persecutions he acted as special guard around the person of the Prophet Joseph. On several occasions he was on duty without intermission, for many days and nights, without sleep or rest. His love for the Prophet was so great that he would have given his own life freely in defense of his beloved friend and brother. On one occasion, when the Prophet had been forewarned that he was in danger, he sent for Bro. Roundy and told him to pick a trusty man to be on guard with him at his house, as a party was coming that night by water to kidnap him. Bro. Roundy selected Josiah Arnold and placed him on guard at the gate, with orders to admit no one, while he himself took his beat by the river, but on hearing a noise he hastily repaired to the gate and found William Law inside the gate and others in the act of entering. Bro. Roundy, who had a hickory walking cane in his hand, quickly took hold of it at each end, and pressing it against the men forced them back outside, and then fastened the gate. William Law endeavored to explain that the men who were with him were gentlemen merchants, who wanted to see the mummies. Bro. Roundy replied that if they were gentlemen they should come at gentlemen's hours. William Law insisted that Brother Joseph would admit them, as they would pay $10 in pocket money, there being about forty of them; the admission fee was 25 cents for each. On their agreeing not to try to enter while he was gone, Bro. Roundy went to Joseph's room. The Prophet, who had overheard the conversation, told Elder Roundy to go back and tell the strangers as a message from him what he (Roundy) had already told them himself. Thus was the Prophet's life and property preserved by the courage and fidelity of Elder Roundy and his associate. Elder Roundy came to Great Salt Lake valley as one of the pioneers of 1847, and was one of the three men who plowed the first furrow in Great Salt Lake valley. He was a member of the first High Council in the Salt Lake Stake of Zion, and also a member of the first Territorial degislature. He crossed the plains five times to bring poor emigrants to the Valley, was a captain of the "Silver Greys," and one of the first settlers in the Sixteenth Ward, where he presided as Bishop from April 14, 1849, until 1856. He had previously been called to the Bishopric by revelation (Doc. & Cov., Sec. 124, verse 141). Bishop Roundy died in Salt Lake City, July 4, 1872, as a true and faithful member of the Church.
LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 2, p.602

Roundy, Shadrach

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 4, p.717
Roundy, Shadrach, one of the original pioneers of Utah, was born Jan. 1, 1789, at Rockingham, Windham Co., Vermont. He presided as Bishop over the 16th Ward, Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1849 to 1856, and died in Salt Lake City July 4, 1872. (See Bio. Ency., Vol. 1, p. 642.)

Backman & Cook eds. Kirtland Elders' Record (1985), Appendix, p.100
Shadrach ROUNDY (1789-1872). Born at Rockingham, Windham, VT. Baptized 1831. Ordained elder 16 May 1832. Moved to Kirtland by 1834. Received blessing for working on Kirtland Temple 1835, anointing 25 Jan 1836 and elder's license 16 Apr 1836. Ordained seventy 1836. Moved to MO by 1838. Resident of Nauvoo early 1840s. High priest endowed in Nauvoo Temple Dec 1845. Arrived in Salt Lake Valley Jul 1847. Bishop of Salt Lake Sixteenth Ward 1849-56. Died at Salt Lake City, UT.

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