Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pontiac Michigan Branch Research

I have found that I tend to wander from one topic to another when I do any kind of research. In this case I have developed an interest in the Pontiac Michigan Branch. But I have been only getting peices of a whole story.

Some of it will come from the writings of Lucy Mack Smith. She had much to say about Pontiac that was very interesting. I have been able to review her writting with little difficulty.

Edward Stevenson was one of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy. His family joined the church in Pontiac Michigan. So what he has to say would be very interesting to read if I could get at a copy of the original documents. Although I can find quotes, I can't even find a reference for them.

The other source I would love to read is the discourse Jospeh Smith gave during his 1834 visit to Pontiac. I find many quotes from it, but I can't seem to find the entire discourse. Unfortunately I am in Nashville and I'm not having any luck getting a copy at the library or online. I appear to have two options. Either I can visit a library in Utah and read it there, or buy it in a published collection. The one I am looking at is Early Mormon Documents Vol. 1 edited by Dan Vogel. But I don't really want to have to buy it if I don't have too. Any Suggestions?


Nan said...

Hi, I'm looking for information about this area/time frame myself (hence the Google search). My ancestors lived in Pontiac and may have joined the Mormon church at that time. I can find two children born in Pontiac to this family in the 1830s (others born in other states). The father's name was Daniel Coon Davis and the mother's name was Sophronia Fuller. I know they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois sometime in the late 1830s. I'm interested in when they moved to Michigan, when they left, and really any other information that someone may have. Thanks.

BruceCrow said...

I don't recognize the name from my family history, but I do recognize the name.

You may already know this but I'll post it anyway since it might help someone else. The type of info you want is best collected from a biography. And you are in luck.

Your ancestor was Seventy in Nauvoo. Many of the Seventy Quorums at the time collected autobiographies of their members. I don't know if this is the case with yoru ancestor but it is worth a shot. Contact the Church History Library in Salt Lake. They should be able to tell you.

The second avenue you should try is your best chance. I'm pretty sure your ancestor has a biography with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP). They will send you a copy of the biographies they have if you are a descendent, which you are.

The Biography will tell you things you can find in census records. Good luck.