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John Van Cott

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s

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Title John Van Cott
Description John, now wealthy, purchased two good wagons with two two-horse teams and hired a driver for the other wagon In one wagon he put extra supplies that would be most useful to the needy in Nauvoo, and in the other he and his family traveled. In Nauvoo John purchased several parcels of land and when he left for the west he gave these to the church, along with a gift of $460 toward the completion of the Nauvoo Temple.3 The Van Cotts, along with others, suffered the terrible privations of Nauvoo, but before they left for the west, they had the privilege of renewing their covenants in the temple. As they moved west with the main body of the saints, their problems continued. They crossed the frozen Mississippi River on February 14, 1846, and at Winter Quarters built a one-room log cabin where they stayed over the winter, preparing for the final exodus in the spring. On the first of June, 1847, Parley and John loaded their families into wagons and moved out John had again purchased an extra wagon and filled it with extra supplies for future need of the saints. For mutual safety they were organized into companies, and John was made Marshall of the camp.4 On August 23, near Independence Rock, Lucy gave birth to a son They arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake on September 25, 1847. Again, John divided his extra supplies. Building lots were assigned that fall, and John's was established on the corner of First South and West Temple where the Marriott Hotel now stands.5 John built a small adobe home for his family of five. In 1872 he sold this home and lot and bought a large farm out in what became Fanners Ward He was an excellent farmer, and has been recorded as growing the first peaches in the valley. In October 1872, he won a territorial first prize for five acres of the best tame grass,6 and his homegrown molasses was publicly praised He 17
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326436
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vh5m0s/326436