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||FIELDING, Joseph |
||26 Mar 1797
||Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England
||2 May 1797
||Saint Neots Circuit, Huntingdonshire, England, United Kingdom
||12 Dec 1845
||Reviewed on FS |
||19 Dec 1863
||Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
||20 Dec 1863
||Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
||Joseph Smith Sr and Lucy Mack Smith
||19 Aug 2021 |
||FIELDING, John, b. 30 Jun 1759, Halifax, Yorkshire, England d. 3 Mar 1836, Colmworth, Bedfordshire, England (Age 76 years) |
||IBBOTSON, Rachel, b. 30 Nov 1767, Halifax, Yorkshire, England d. 15 Oct 1828, Honidon, Bedfordshire, England (Age 60 years) |
||16 Sep 1790
||Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.|
- Joseph Fielding was one of eight surviving siblings born to John Fielding and Rachel Ibbotson. In 1832, at the age of thirty-five, Joseph left his native land of Bedford with his younger sister Mercy and emigrated to Canada. In 1834 they were joined by their sister Mary. In 1836 Parley P. Pratt taught them the Restored Gospel and they were baptized.
In 1837 the three siblings moved to Kirtland, but Joseph soon left America to return to England as one of the first seven British missionaries. After Heber C. Kimball’s departure from England in 1838, Joseph Fielding became the mission president. Joseph attempted to teach his family the gospel. His older brother James, a minister, soundly rejected his message and became a leading antagonist against the Church with the assistance of their sister Ann’s husband, the Reverend Timothy Matthews.
During Joseph’s mission he married Hannah Greenwood, a new convert, and by 1841, when they returned to the States, the couple had two little girls. They settled in Nauvoo, and in 1845 Joseph took a plural wife, Mary Ann Peake Greenhalgh, a convert Joseph and Hannah had both known in England.
In 1844 Joseph Fielding was called by Joseph Smith to be a member of the Council of Fifty, a position he held even as the Church moved to the Salt Lake Valley. In 1846 Joseph Fielding was among the last to leave Nauvoo. He and his families spent two years in Winter Quarters, where Joseph served as a counselor in a bishopric and on the high council.
Joseph and his two families crossed the plains in 1848 with the Heber C. Kimball Company. In 1849 Joseph Fielding was called to be a counselor in the Sixteenth Ward and elected as a senator in the Territorial Legislature. Joseph worked a farm in Mill Creek. He died in 1863 at the age of sixty-six.