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Quick facts for kidsSamuel Chambers and Amanda Leggroan
Salt Lake City, Utah
Amanda Leggroan and Samuel Chambers were early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Utah. The Chambers' arrival in Salt Lake City after having no contact with the church for decades is considered a sign of faithfulness in the midst of adversity.
Leggroan was born in Noxubee County, Mississippi on 1 January 1840 to Green and Hattie Leggroan. She had two siblings, Green Jr., and Edward. Their family was enslaved to David Leggroan of Mississippi. On May 4th, 1858, she married Samuel Chambers, and they were freed together after the American Civil War.
Chambers was born in Pickens County, Alabama on 21 May, 1831, to James Davidson, and his slave, Hester Gillespie. He was secretly baptized at the age of 13 by Thomas Preston, a recent convert to the church. In 1850, he married Priscilla Beasley, with whom he had one child, named Peter. After the Civil War, he began sharecropping and shoemaking for a living.
Life in Utah
In 1870, Samuel and Amanda migrated to Utah with her brother Edward and his wife, along with Samuel's teenaged son. They arrived in Salt Lake City on April 27, 1870. The Chambers quickly became involved with the activities of the Eighth ward, Samuel receiving a calling as an assistant deacon, and Amanda becoming a Relief society "deaconess". They became very successful in fruit and berry cultivation. In 1875, Amanda was baptized into the church, after living in Utah for 5 years. Both Samuel and Amanda received their patriarchal blessings on September 5th, 1874, from patriarch John Smith, which stated that they would live long lives, prosper among the saints, and be blessed materially. Amanda died on March 10th, 1929, at the age of 85, and Samuel passed several months later, on November 7th, 1929.
They were posthumously sealed together and to their parents in the Jordan River Utah Temple, on April 20th, 1984.
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