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|Born||Isaac Chauncey Haight
May 27, 1813
Windham, New York, United States
|Died||September 8, 1886
Thatcher, Arizona, United States
Eliza Ann Snyder (m. 1836)
Mary Spring Murray (m. 1849)
Eliza Ann Price (m. 1853)
Annabella Sinclair MacFarlane (m. 1853)
Elizabeth Summers (m. 1858)
Isaac Chauncey Haight (May 27, 1813 – September 8, 1886), an early convert to the Latter Day Saint Movement, was a colonist of the American West remembered as a participant in the Mountain Meadows massacre. He was raised on a farm in New York, and became a Baptist at age 18, hoping to become a missionary in Burma. He educated himself, and found work as a schoolteacher. He converted to Mormonism and set out to convert others in his neighborhood, building up a branch with forty members. To escape religious persecution, his family (wife and infant daughter, parents, one brother and two sisters, all of whom had joined the church) arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois in July, 1842.
He worked as a constable in Nauvoo, and was frequently asked to serve as a bodyguard for Joseph Smith. Haight was the first member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to hear of the death of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter Day Saint Movement, when the messenger delivering the news of his assassination rode up to the Nauvoo Temple, which Haight was guarding.
He emigrated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to Utah in 1847. In December, 1849 Haight and fifty others were sent by Brigham Young to explore the mountains in southern Utah, about 300 miles south from Salt Lake City. Among these explorers were Parley P. Pratt and George A. Smith, who also established a winter home there. From 1850 to 1852, he was sent to England to learn iron making, and upon his return was placed in charge of purchasing and assembling supplies for thousands of new European converts to cross the plains. In 1853, he married two additional wives. Upon his return to Utah, he was appointed to the territorial legislature, and was the first mayor of Cedar City, Utah where he was a farmer.
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