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From ROSTER IOWA SOLDIERS, Miscellaneous Vol. VI, Des Moines, 1911
Taken previously from Mr. REID’s early history of Iowa.


MUSTER OUT ROLL OF CAPTAIN NELSON HIGGINS’ Company D, of the Mormon Battalion of Foot Volunteers, to the 16th day of July, 1847, when discharged by expiration of term of service.

All ‘Joined for Service and Enrolled at the General Rendezvous,’ July 16, 1846, at Council Bluffs, Iowa, and all were ‘Mustered Into Service’ at the same place and on the same date. It also appears on this Roll that all were enrolled and mustered by LIEUTENANT COLONEL J. ALLEN.


 Company D Muster Roll 

NELSON HIGGINS, Captain. On detached service since Sept 17, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A. J. SMITH. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847. The detachment mentioned was when he was sent with a guard of ten men to take a party of families that accompanied the Battalion to winter at Pueblo, a Mexican town, located farther up the Arkansas River, now the city of Pueblo, Colorado. He left the main command at the last crossing of the Arkansas River, and remained at Pueblo, with other detachments of sick that were sent there later, until the following May, when they marched to the Great Salt Lake.

GEORGE P. DYKES, First Lieutenant. Commanding Company since Oct. 30, 1846. Resigned Adjutancy. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. His full name was GEORGE PARKER DYKES. During the settlement of the Mormons in Caldwell County, Missouri, a regiment of Missouri Militia was organized among them, the officers of which were regularly commissioned by Governor BOGGS. In this regiment, JEFFERSON HUNT (Captain of Company A, of the Battalion) was Major, and GEORGE P. DYKES, was Lieutenant. When the settlement was broken up by the Missouri authorities, the arms of this regiment, although private property of those who carried them, were taken away by the said authorities. (Historical record, Vol. VIII, pages 710-960) ‘The first Sunday spent by the Battalion at Fort Leavenworth was observed by holding religious services. Elder GEORGE P. DYKES preached a kind of military and Gospel sermon, which was his usual style on such occasions. (‘Mormon Battalion,’ Historical record, Vol VIII, page 913)

CYRUS C. CANFIELD, Second Lieutenant. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted as First Lieutenant in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal, July 20, 1847.

SYLVESTER HULETT, Second Lieutenant. Resignation accepted April 10, 1847.

LUTHER TUTTLE, First Sergeant (Tyler’s list, LUTHER T. TUTTLE, Third Sergeant) First Sergeant since March 18, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

THOMAS WILLIAMS, Sergeant. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

ALPHEUS P. HAWES, Sergeant. (Tyler’s list, ALPHEUS P. HAWS, Fourth Sergeant) Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ABRAHAM HUNSACKER (Tyler’s list, ABRAHAM HUNSAKER) Sergeant. Appointed Sergeant March 18, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ARNOLD STEPHENS, Corporal. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Died at Pueblo, Colo. March 26, 1847.

JOHN BUCHANAN. Corporal. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

WILLIAM BARGER (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM W. BARGER) Corporal. Appointed Corporal March 18, 1847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

SANFORD JACOBS. Corporal. Appointed Corporal March 18,1 847. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLARD SMITH, (Tyler’s list, WILLARD G. SMITH) Musician. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted as Private in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847

HENRY JACKSON (Tyler’s list, HENRY W. JACKSON) Musician. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOSHUA ABBOT. Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

JUDITAN AVERITT (Tyler’s list, JEDUTHAN AVERETT) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 11846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847. Born in Chesterfield County, North Carolina. Living, in 1889, in Springville, Utah County, Utah. (‘Church Encyclopedia,’ Historical record, Vol. VIII, page 944)

SAMUEL BADHAM (Tyler’s list, SAMUEL BADLAM) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

GEORGE W. BOYD, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. GEORGE WASHINGTON BOYD was born in East Bradford Township, Chester County, Penn., April 12, 1825. Living, in 1889, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (‘Church Encyclopedia,’ Historical record, Vol. VIII page 949)

HENRY BRAIZZEE (Tyler’s list, HENRY BRIZZEE) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847

JAMES BROWN, (1st) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES BROWN (2nd) (Tyler’s list, JAMES S. BROWN) Private. On detached service since Sept 17, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A. J. SMITH. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

MONTGOMERY E. BUTTON (Tyler’s list, MONTGOMERY BUTTON) Private. On detached service since Sept 17, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A. J. SMITH. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

JAMES CASTO, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM CASTO, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

ABNER CHASE, Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Died Nov. 3, 1846.

JOHN CLAWSON (Tyler’s list, JOHN R. CLAWSON) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal, July 20, 1847

JAMES COLE (Tyler’s list, JAMES B. COLE) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ROBERT COLLINS (Tyler’s list, ROBERT H. COLLINGS) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM COONS (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM COON, Third Corporal) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

AMOS COX, Private. Discharge July 16, 1847, on Bear River, Oregon. (Roll does not show that he was on detached services)

ALLEN CUMPTON (Tyler’s list, ALLEN COMPTON) Private. On detached service since Nov 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

FOSTER CURTIS, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ELEAZER DAVIS, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES DAVIS, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

STERLING DAVIS, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES DOUGLAS (Tyler’s list, JAMES DOUGLASS) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

RALPH DOUGLAS (Tyler’s list, RALPH DOUGLASS) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

EZRA FATOUTE, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal, July 20, 1847.

THOMAS FINLAY, Private. Enrolled August 14, 1846, at Fort Leavenworth, and mustered into service the same date. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

PHILANDER FLETCHER, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal, July 20, 1847

JOHN FOSGREEN, (Tyler’s list, JOHN E. FOSGREN) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

THOMAS FRAZER (Tyler’s list, THOMAS FRAZIER) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM B. GIFFORD (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM W. GIFFORD) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

JOHN GILBERT, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM GRIBBLE, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

WILLIAM D. HENDRICKS, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

DANIEL HENRY, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. As HENRIE

ALFRED HIGGINS, Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

JAMES HIROMS (Tyler’s list, JAMES HIRONS) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as JAMES P. HERONS.

LUCAS HOGELAND (Tyler’s list, LUCAS HOAGLAND) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

JOHNATHAN HOLMES, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

DIMMICK HUNTINGTON (Tyler’s list, DIMMICK B. HUNTINGTON) Private. On detached service since Sept. 17, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Coloenl A. J. SMITH. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as DIMMICK B. HUNTINGTON. “October 21, 1846, MRS. FANNY HUNTINGTON, wife of DIMMICK B. HUNTINGTON, gave birth to a child, which died Nov. 9, 1846; on the same day the twin son of CAPTAIN JEFFERSON HUNT, by his wife CELIA, died. Both the little innocents were buried in one grave.’ (‘Mormon Battalion’, in Historical record, Vol VIII, page 913)

NATHANIEL V. JONES, Private (Tyler’s list, First Sergeant) On detached service since May 14, 1847, by Order No. 12. Discharged July 16, 1847 on Bear River, Oregon. In the history of the Mormon Battalion, in the Historical Record, Vol. VIII, based upon Tyler’s History, it is stated that three men were detached from each company of the Battalion, to serve as an escort to GENERAL KEARNY, in traveling from California to Fort Leavenworth. ‘Among them were N. V. JONES and JOHN W. BINLEY (Company E). GENERAL KEARNY left Los Angeles, May 13, 1847, accompanied by COLONEL COOKE.’

LOREN E. KENNY (Tyler’s list, THOMAS E. KENNEY) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

LISBON LAMB, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

LEWIS LANE, Private (Tyler’s list, Fourth Corporal) Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

DAVID LAUGHLIN, (Tyler’s list, DAVID S. LAUGHLIN) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as DAVID LAUCHLIN.

HENRY MCARTHUR, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM MAXWELL, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. He was one of those who left Salt Lake Valley after their arrival there, to return to Council Bluffs after their families. (‘Mormon Battalion,’ Historical record, Vol. VIII, page 931)

ERASTUS MEECUM (Tyler’s list, E.D. MECHAM) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as MECHAM.

PETER B. MEESECK (Tyler’s list, PETER J. MEESECK) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as PETER I. MESICK.

FERDINAND MURRELL (Tyler’s list, FERDINAND MERRILL) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES OAKELY (Tyler’s list, JAMES OAKLEY) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847 as OAKLEY.

JAMES OWENS (Tyler’s list, JAMES OWEN) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

EDWIN M. PECK, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, July 20, 1847 at Los Angeles, Cal.

CHARLES PERRIN, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JAMES PETTIGREW, (Tyler’s list, JAMES PETTEGREW) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

DANIEL B. RAWSON, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ALONZO P. RAYMOND Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM RICHMOND (Tyler’s list, ALMON P. RAYMOND) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM RICHMOND. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

BENJAMIN ROBERTS, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

WILLIAM J. ROBINSON (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM ROBINSON) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

JOHN ROLLINS. Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM ROWE, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

LEVI RUNYAN, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal, July 20, 1847

HENRY W. SANDERSON, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

LEVI SAVAGE, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

ABEL M. SERGENT (Tyler’s list, ABEL M. SARGENT) Private. On detached service since October 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

ALBERT SHARP, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

NORMAN SHARP, Private. He was enrolled August 30, 1846, at Council Grove, and mustered into service the same day. Died on the Arkansas River September 28, 1846. Detached service, since Sept. 17, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A. J. SMITH.

SEBERT C. SHELTON, Private. On detached service since Sept 17, 1846, by order of Acting Lieutenant Colonel A. J. SMITH. Reduced to the ranks from Quartermaster Sergeant, and transferred to Company D, by Battalion Order of Nov. 8, 1846. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

JOHN G. SMITH, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

WILLIAM W. SPENCER, Private. Discharged July 16, 1847, on Bear River, Oregon (Roll does not show that he was on detached service) ‘On the 20th of August, 1842, WILLIAM W. SPENCER was appointed in Nauvoo, Bishop of the district East of the city, and North of Knight Street.’ (‘Nauvoo’ Historical record, Vol. VIII, page 765)

JOHN STEEL (Tyler’s list, JOHN STEELE) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

ALEXANDER STEPHENS, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

CLARKE STILLMAN (Tyler’s list, CLARK STILLMAN) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847.

BENJAMIN STUART (Tyler’s list, BENJAMIN STEWART) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847, as STEWART.

JAMES STUART (Tyler’s list, JAMES STEWART) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

ROBERT B. STUART (Tyler’s list, ROBERT B. STEWART) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

NATHAN SWARTOUTE (Tyler’s list, NATHAN SWARTHOUT) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

MYRON TANNER, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847.

HAYWARD THOMAS (Tyler’s list, THOMAS HAYWARD) On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment to date July 16, 1847

MILES THOMPSON, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal., July 20, 1847.

JOHN TIPPETS (Tyler’s list, JOHN H. TIPPETTS) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847. TYLER also reports him detached with CAPTAIN HIGGINS’ guards from the Arkansas River, Sept. 17, 1846. See THOMAS WOOLSEY, Co. E. It appears from Tyler’s History of the Mormon Battalion that, after remaining at Pueblo until Dec 23d, JOHN H. TIPPETTS and THOMAS WOOLSEY (Company E) left there alone and without a guide to take money to their families and friends at the place they called Winter Quarters, on the Missouri River opposite Council Bluffs, where Florence, Nebraska, now stands. It being in the dead of winter, the journey was a hazardous and perilous one, but they arrived safely Feb. 15, 1847, at the house of BRIGHAM YOUNG. The following April the two soldiers joined the Company of Mormons there, who became known as the Pioneers of 1847, led by BRIGHAM YOUNG, who set out for Great Salt Lake Valley, to select their new abiding place. The pioneers on their march were divided into Hundreds, Fifties, and Tens. TIPPETTS is registered as one of the Eleventh Ten.

When near Fort Laramie, on the West Platte River, Apostle AMASA M. LYMAN took TIPPETTS, WOOLSEY, and another man, and left the column to meet the Pueblo detachments, who had left that place on their way to Salt Lake. The junction of the two parties was made on the 11th of June, on Lodge Pole Creek, and they proceeded from there on their destination in the Mormon’s new home. (‘Mormon Battalion,’ Historical record, Vol. VIII, pp 920, 921, 939)

THOMAS TREAT, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

WILLIAM TUBBS, (Tyler’s list, WILLIAM R. TUBBS) Private. On detached service since Nov. 10, 1846, by Battalion Order No. 16. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

ANCIEL TWICHEL (Tyler’s list, ANCIEL TWITCHEL) Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

EDWARD WALKER, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal. Re-enlisted in Captain DAVIS’ new Company A, at Los Angeles, Cal July 20, 1847

ALMON WHITING, Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

EDMOND WHITING (Tyler’s list, EDMUND WHITING) Private. On detached service since Oct. 17, 1846, by order of Colonel Doniphan, Commanding Army of the West. Mustered out with detachment, to date July 16, 1847

FRANCIS WOODWARD, Private. Mustered out with Company July 16, 1847, at Los Angeles, Cal.

** Tyler’s list contains the names of ERASTUS BINGHAM and HENRY THOMPSON, who do not appear on the Official Roll, but Tyler also gives the name of ERASTUS BINGHAM as one of Company B, in which he agrees with the Muster Out Roll. The recapitulation and certificates were not filled out on the Roll of this Company furnished us.


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