Culbert King (1836) Biographical Sketch

Culbert King, Patriarch in the Panguitch Stake, Garfield county, Utah was born January 31, 1836, in the State of New York. His parents joined the Church and moved to Illinois, where the family became intimately acquainted with the Prophet Joseph Smith.

They joined the general exodus of the Saints in 1846 and crossed the plains in 1851, settling at Fillmore, Millard county, where they built the first house erected at that place.

The subject of this sketch served as a soldier during the Indian troubles both in the Walker and the Black Hawk wars, but afterwards became a great friend to the Indians and quite proficient in speaking their language.

In 1863 he was called to Kanosh, where he acted as Bishop for fifteen years, after which he moved with his family to Circleville, Piute county, where he lived in the United Order for a number of years and also served as a member of the Bishopric there until the breaking up of the order. He then moved to Grass valley and in 1882 was made Bishop of the Marion Ward. From December, 1885, till June, 1886, he served as a prisoner in the Utah penitentiary for conscience sake. He labored as Bishop at Marion until 1901, when he was honorably released and ordained a Patriarch by Apostle Francis M. Lyman.

Patriarch King was ever true and staunch friend to the cause of truth, kind to his family and loyal to the Priesthood of God.

Culbert came to Utah in 1851 in the Vincent Shurtliff company. He was a bishop of Petersburg for 4 years, of Kanosh for 16 years and of Marion ward for 22 years. He was a counselor to the bishop in Kingston for 6 years

In 1860, Culbert had a household of 4, a real wealth of $160, and a personal wealth of $715.

In 1870, Culbert had a household of 5, a real wealth of $400, and a personal wealth of $1000.


Farmer — 1870

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Indian interpreter