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William James Johnstun (son of James Johnston and Amity Welch)28 was born August 21, 1824 in Fairfield, Ohio, and died September 26, 1912 in Ramah, Mckinly County, New Mexico. He married (1) Ellen Jane Perks on January 26, 1864 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married (2) Elizabeth Harris on date unknown.

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William James Johnstun

Ramah Valencia County, New Mexico
March 8, 1894 High Priest
Parents - James Johnstun and Amity Welsh
Birth near New Baltimore, Fairfield County, Ohio August 21, 1824
Baptized by Milton Stow, February 1838
Height 5' 11 in weight 154 lbs. Dark complexion, black hair
October 1844 a Seventy 21 quorum
February 27, 1881 High Priest; Silas Smith
Left Nauvoo in the first Co, in 1846 under James Brown
Enlisted in the Mormon Battalion Company C at Council Bluff, was discharged 16 July 1847
Marched to California, was at Sutter's Mill working when gold was discovered, came to Utah in summer of 1848, Moved to mudaly 1865
December 1876 moved to Moan Coppy, Arizona
Moved to Sunset, November 1877, moved to Ramah, New Mexico in spring of 1883


Brief Biography of William James Johnstun

I was born August 21, 1824 near New Baltimore, Fairfield County, Ohio. My father's name was James Johnstun; he died in the month of June 1826 at Fairfield County, Ohio.
During the month of February 1838 my mother and all the children, excepting an elder brother, who was then on a mission, united with the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and immigrated to Farr West Missouri. In about the month of September following when I was about 14 years of age, I went to live with Joseph Smith Sr. The Prophet's father and remained one year with him, during which time the Saints were expelled from Farr West, when he was living and settled in Quincy Illinois. Afterwards removing to Nauvoo, which place I reached with its first settlers.
While with the Patriarch I was frequently called upon to exhibit to visitors, the parchment containing the hieroglyphics from which the extract from the book of Abraham was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, and the four mummies, with whom it was found in Egypt.
I was a member of the first company of pioneers that left Nauvoo, for the west and stopped with them at Winter Quarters. While waiting Musquit Creek 7 miles form Counsel Bluff, I assisted in cutting and raising a liberty pole on the 7th of July 1846 and marched soon afterwards with the Battalion until they reached Los Angeles California, where we raised the stars and celebrated the 4th of July and was there mustered out of the service with the rest of the battalion on the 16th of July 1847.
I was with James W. Marshall, the man who made the first discovery of gold in California which was at Coloma, Sutters Mill, on the 26th of January 1848 and tool out myself the first shovel full of dirt at the mill pit.
I reached Salt Lake City in the month of August 1848. In the winter of 64-65 I went with the company of pioneers who were sent to the Musloy in southern Nevada and helped develop the country until the saints vacated the place under the counsel of President Young. From there I removed with my family to St George and had the privilege of working on the Temple.
In December of 1876 I was called on an Indian Mission by President Young and was set apart by Apostle Evanston Snow, at Sunset, Arizona to labor among the Navajo, Marquis Zunis, and Apaches as far as possible, in consiqueled of his call I made my home at Ramah, New Mexico, a central point among the tribes above mentioned and located by the church for the purpose of establishing convenient access to them and headquarters for the brethren laboring among them. Here I have remained aiding in the building up of the place and secure the friendship and good will of the Indians until the present time of March 12, 1894.

Signed William James Johnstun


More About William James Johnstun:
Baptism (LDS) 1: August 29, 1967, Rebptized.
Baptism (LDS) 2: 1838, By Milton Stow.
Burial: September 1912, Ramah, Mckinly County, New Mexico.
Endowment (LDS): March 16, 1867

More About William James Johnstun and Ellen Jane Perks:
Marriage: January 26, 1864, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Sealed to spouse (LDS): March 16, 1867

More About William James Johnstun and Elizabeth Harris:
Marriage: Unknown

Children of William James Johnstun and Ellen Jane Perks are:
  1. Margaret Ellen Johnston, b. July 15, 1865, St Thomas, Lincoln County, Nevada, d. July 07, 1913, Kirtland, San Juan, New Mexico.
  2. +Samuel James Johnstun, b. August 25, 1867, Keysville, Davis County, Utah, d. December 18, 1916, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona.
  3. Elizabeth Lovina Johnstun, b. October 14, 1869, St Thomas, Lincoln County, Nevada, d. June 17, 1908, San Juan, San Juan, New Mexico.
  4. George Johnston, b. Abt. 1871, Egaleville, Lincoln, Nevada, d. date unknown.
  5. Rebecca Johnston, b. Abt. 1873, Santa Clara, Washington, Utah, d. date unknown.
  6. William David Johnstun, b. March 14, 1873, Eagle, Lincoln County, Nevada, d. September 18, 1874, Nevada.
  7. Amity Johnstun, b. April 02, 1875, Santa Clara, Washington County, Utah, d. May 26, 1877, Moencopi, Coconino County, Arizona.
  8. Clara Johnstun, b. September 13, 1877, Sunset, Apache County, Arizona, d. January 16, 1898.
  9. George Alma Johnstun, b. February 25, 1881, Sunset, Apache County, Arizona, d. May 12, 1908, Ramah, Mckinley, New Mexico.
  10. Rebeckah Johnstun, b. June 28, 1883, Ramah, Mckinly County, New Mexico, d. July 25, 1966, Orem, Utah, Utah.
  11. Jesse Johnstun, b. September 24, 1885, Ramah, Mckinly County, New Mexico, d. September 21, 1966, Gallup, McKinley, New Mexico.
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