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Nathaniel Henry Felt (b. February 06, 1816, d. January 27, 1887)Nathaniel Henry Felt (son of Nathaniel Felt and Hannah Reeves) was born February 06, 1816 in Salem, Essex, MA, and died January 27, 1887 in Salt Lake City, Utah.He married (1) Eliza Ann Preston on October 03, 1839 in Salem, Essex County, Mass, daughter of Joseph Preston and Rebecca Peele.He married (2) Sarah Strange on March 17, 1854.He married (3) Mary Louise Pile on December 07, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Notes for Nathaniel Henry Felt:
Perhaps no man played a more important part in the early history of the Church in St. Louis than did Nathaniel Henry Felt. He was born in the village of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts on February 6, 1816, the twelfth child of Nathaniel and Hannah Reeves Felt. Eliza Ann Preston became his wife October 3, 1839 and both were baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
It was on June 5, 1845 that Nathaniel, Eliza, and their son, Joseph Henry, set out for Nauvoo, Illinois after disposing of their business at a great sacrifice. Soon after their arrival Nathaniel was honored by being called to serve as one of the presidents of the 29th quorum of Seventies. While awaiting the arrival of their furniture for their new home, President Young inquired of Nathaniel if he would be willing to donate it for use in the new temple, then nearing completion. Nathaniel and Eliza willingly complied with his request, feeling honored that their furniture would be used in the House of the Lord.
Soon the Saints were called to defend the homes they had built and finally were forced to leave Nauvoo. Hurriedly preparations were made by the Felts to go west with other exiled Saints; but due to over-exertion and exposure to cold Nathaniel became very ill with fever and ague. His physical condition was such that he was counseled to take his wife, then almost an invalid, and his children to St. Louis, arriving there early in November, 1846.
On February 14, 1847 Nathaniel was appointed president of the St. Louis Conference, that city being one of the gathering places for Church members driven from Nauvoo and also converts from foreign lands coming by way of New Orleans. Upon him devolved almost entirely the responsibility of advising these Saints, purchasing outfits and supplies for them, and chartering the necessary vessels to take them to Kanesville, Iowa. It was always a matter of pride to him that no accident occurred nor scourge prevailed on any of the vessels thus engaged.
Late in 1849 cholera took a heavy toll of the citizenry of St. Louis. The following paragraph from the Felt history gives a graphic word picture of conditions as they existed during the epidemic:
"Every morning the 'dead wagon' made its round of the town, accompanied by the awful cry 'bring out your dead.' Accompanying these wagons were immunes who would enter, take the corpses, sometimes without any preparation, to the vehicles, and then on to the cemetery where, due to the heavy death toll, the corpses were buried in trenches, hundreds at a time. Occasions like that required all the devotion, strength and love that a Conference President possessed. He was called on constantly by the afflicted people. Hour after hour, without stopping sometimes to eat or sleep, President Felt visited the sick, administering to them, comforting them in their pain, cheering them, advising and guiding them...."
In the spring of 1850, after four long years of waiting, the Felt family, consisting of father, mother, two sons, Joseph and Preston, and an infant daughter, Maggie, started for Salt Lake Valley with all their earthly possessions loaded into two wagons. Thus with four yoke of oxen and two cows, Nathaniel Felt and his family headed west, arriving in the valley October 6, 1850.
PHOTO OF NATHANIEL HENRY FELT IS IN DALEY-HENRIE FILE-I MIGHT CHANGE NAME TO CRANDALL-FELT ETC.
More About Nathaniel Henry Felt and Eliza Ann Preston:
Marriage: October 03, 1839, Salem, Essex County, Mass.
More About Nathaniel Henry Felt and Sarah Strange:
Marriage: March 17, 1854
More About Nathaniel Henry Felt and Mary Louise Pile:
Marriage: December 07, 1856, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Children of Nathaniel Henry Felt and Eliza Ann Preston are:
- +Joseph Henry Felt, b. May 09, 1840, Salem, Essex, MA, d. June 15, 1907, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Nathaniel Preston Felt, b. February 06, 1846, d. date unknown.
- Margaret Eliza Felt, b. October 06, 1849, d. date unknown.
- John Gillingham Felt, b. February 06, 1852, d. date unknown.
- Albert William Felt, b. September 25, 1853, d. date unknown.
- George Francis Felt, b. December 08, 1857, d. date unknown.
- Charles Brigham Felt, b. January 13, 1860, d. date unknown.
- Adaline Augusta Felt, b. March 11, 1861, d. date unknown.
- Mary Alice Felt, b. March 29, 1863, d. date unknown.
- Annette Rebecca Felt, b. August 25, 1865, d. date unknown.
Children of Nathaniel Henry Felt and Sarah Strange are:
- James Strange Felt, b. January 09, 1855, d. date unknown.
- Edward Hunter Felt, b. November 25, 1857, d. date unknown.
- Mary Ida Felt, b. January 22, 1860, d. date unknown.
- Eliza Ann Felt, b. November 21, 1861, d. date unknown.
Children of Nathaniel Henry Felt and Mary Louise Pile are:
- David Pile Felt, b. August 07, 1860, d. date unknown.
- Nathaniel Henry Felt, b. December 02, 1861, d. date unknown.
- Mary Adelia Felt, b. May 19, 1864, d. date unknown.