I know that baptisms for the dead were performed during the Nauvoo period (begining in the late 1840s).Early temple work also took place at the Endowment House in Salt Lake.Jesse Huntsman's (son of James & Deborah) was done there in 1871.
Jesse's son Jesse (confusing huh!) was an early resident of LaGrange County, IN.
According to the History of LaGrange County at pg. 198 (published 1882), Jesse Huntsman was one of the Springfield Township's early settlers.The first white settler in what is known as Springfield Township was John B. Clark, who arrieved sometime during the Autumn of 1830.The great rush into the township was during 1836-1837.Jesse Huntsman is also mentioned as an early settler of Van Buren Township in the same book, where it says in 1829 he took possession of the only piece of prarie land in the Township before the land was even on the market.
Jesse Huntsman obtained 3 land patents in LaGrange County: 5 Aug 1834, 15 Mar 1837 and 20 Mar 1837.Interestingly enough, a James Huntsman and Peter Huntsman each obtained a land patent in Steuben County on 5 Aug 1834, the same day as Jesse's earliest patent.These patents were obtained at the General Land Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana.The three Huntsman's were certainly related.