A LATTER DAY TOMBSTONE. BY THE REV. D. L. LEONARD. SALT LAKE Cemetery (Mormon) contains a monument, which, for abundant lettering and elaborate setting forth of virtues, is seldom equaled. It is erected to the mem-ory of one, be it remembered who has al-ways been credited, and to all appearance justly, with leadership in the events which culminated in the dreadful Mountain Meadows' massacre of 1857. The follow-ing extract from the inscription constitutes about one-fourth thereof:
"In memory of George Albert Smith, cousin to the prophet, seer and revelator, Joseph Smith, Jr., born at. Potsdam, St. Laurence Co., N. Y., June, 1817 Died in Salt Lake, September, 1875. PEDIGREE.— Son of John and Clarissa L. Smith, who was the son of Asa and Mary D. Smith, who was the son of Samuel and Priscilla G. Smith, who was the son of Samuel and Rebecca C. Smith, who was the son of Robert and Mary Smith, which latter came from England, and were among the founders of Topsfield, Essex Co., Mass.
"NAMES OF WIVES.—Bathsheba W. Smith, Lucy M. Smith, Nancy C. Smith, Zilpa S. Smith, Sarah A. Smith, Hannah M. Smith, and Susan E. Smith. (6.)
"NAMES OF CHILDREN.— George A. Smith, Jr., born July 7th, 1842: Bathsheba W. Smith, born August 14th, 1844; Zilpa A. Smith, born March 21st, 1846; Nancy A. Smith, born March 6th, 1846; John E. Smith, born April 4th, 1847; Don C. Smith, born July 21st, 1847; John H. Smith, born September 18th, 1848; Charles W. Smith, born January 16th, 1849; Joseph Smith, born January 12th, 1850 ; Sarah M. Smith, born January 1st, 1850 ; Mary A. Smith, born Febru-ary 11th, 1852; Clarissa W. Smith, born April 21st, 1856; Eunice A. Smith, born March 6th, 1859; George A. Smith, born April 7th, 1860; Margaret W. Smith, born December 6th, 1862 ; Grace L. Smith, born May 11th, 1864; Susan E. Smith, born September 28th, 1865; Priscilla A. Smith, born June 11th, 1866; Joel Smith, born August 6th, 1869; Emma P. Smith, born April 19th, 1871. (20.)
"SOME OF HIS DEEDS.—He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints September, 10th, 1832, was ordained to the Sev-enties, March 1st, 1835, a High Priest, June 28th, 1838, an Apostle, April 26th, 1839, First Counsel-lor to Brigham Young, October 7th, 1868, etc., etc., etc. He was a personal attendant to the prophet Joseph in 'Zion's camp,' Colonel of cavalry and aide-de-camp to the Lieutenant General of the Nauvoo Legion, a lawyer by pro-fession, and for years and years in Utah Legis-lature, and presiding officer thereof. Came to Salt Lake in 1847, and planted the first potato therein. Founded Iron Company, and was president of Utah Stake, etc., Church Historian, etc., etc. Labored incessantly in the ministry throughout England and the United States, preached upwards of 1800 sermons, and traveled 30,000 miles, and a third of the distance on foot.
"His VIRTUES.—Said Joseph F. Smith at his funeral [and this is cut in the monumental mar- ble with very much more from Brigham, etc., etc., etc.]: 'A great man has fallen, beloved and respected by his brethren and friends and honored by the God of Israel. He was loved by the prophet and patriarch (Joseph, and Hyram); God loved him, the Saints loved him and will forever cherish his memory. He will never die; he lives in the hearts of God's people, and will survive all books, or monuments of stone. His name, the beloved George A. Smith, will go down to the end of time, and contain through-out eternity every synonym for all that is noble in man.' Surely, nothing more need be said!"
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.
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