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Harris Grove Branch of the RLDS
Harrison County, Iowa

The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) was formally organized April 6, 1860 under the leadership of the son of the founder, Joseph Smith, III. There were many LDS members in southwest Iowa in the 1850s and 1860s, who were joined by others returning from Utah.

Between two and three thousand of these joined the "RLDS" Church in the early 1860s to 1875, the time period these branch records cover. The church is now known as Community of Christ.

Branch record courtesy of Community of Christ Archives. For further history and information, contact Community of Christ, World Headquarters, 1001 West Walnut, Independence, MO 64050-3562. Or see web page: www.cofchrist.org

For membership records research contact: bbernauer@cofchrist.org

Harris Grove Branch, Harrison Co., IA
Information on the Harris Grove Branch: LaGrance Twp., Harrison Co. Harris Grove was an early Mormon settlement, 28 miles northeast of Kanesville (Council Bluffs). Original settlement had about 30 families, about 150 people. Most LDS had left by 1852. RLDS branch organized 15 August 1870 by Charles Derry. The membership report I put together dates from 7 December 1872. I found nothing earlier. It was disorganized between 1873 and 1875.

Name (Last, Given) Born Baptized Died
DODSON, Daniel King 6 Feb 1840, Pike Co., IL Dec 1864, Provo, UT 21 Apr 1909
DODSON, Emma C. Alexander 27 Sep 1840, IL 21 Aug 1865, Pottawattamie Co. IA 8 Nov 1900
FRY, John Sr. 15 May 1815, Eng 30 Apr 1871, Harrison Co., IA 3 Nov 1879, IA
FRY, Sarah 7 Mar 1816, Eng 30 Apr 1871, Harrison Co., IA 12 Mar 1898, Logan, IA
KEMMISH, Peter Charles 8 Feb 1844, Eng 1853 28 Apr 1901, Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA
KEMMISH, Susan 14 Jun 1846, Eng 15 Sep 1872, Pottawattamie Co. IA 14 Mar 1917, Woodbine, Harrison Co., IA
WILKINS, Caroline Tamsley 29 Mar 1824, Eng May 1862, Harrison Co., IA .
WILKINS, Thomas 15 Jul 1821, Eng May 1870, Harrison Co., IA 28 Oct 1881, IA
YOCUM, Nephi 12 Dec 1840, Hancock Co., IL 15 Jul 1860, Pottawattamie Co. IA .
YOCUM, Rosella 22 Mar 1848, Pottawattamie Co. IA 8 Aug 1865, Kanesville, IA .

Contributed by Barbara Bernauer <bbernauer@cofchrist.org>

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