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Lott History

Lott History

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Published by: Gary Stan Ford on Jun 11, 2012
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The Life of Cornelius P. Lott
By Gary Ford2005 
 
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Contents
Page
Prologue……………………………………………………………………………………. iii
 Chapter1.
 
Birth, Beginnings, and Background………………………………………………… 1
 2.
 
Joining with the Latter-
day Saints………………………………………………….
43.
 
General Lott and the Missouri Conflict…………………………………………….
84.
 
Superintendent of Joseph Smith’s Nauvoo Farm…………………………………..
145.
 
Camp Leader on the Iowa Trail…………………………………………………….
286.
 
High Councilor at
the Missouri River………………………………………………
307.
 
Captain Lott and the Trek West…………………………………………………….
418.
 
Senator Lott in the Territory of Deseret……………………………………………
49
Timeline of the Life of Cornelius P. Lott………………………………………………….. 54
 
Bibliography………………………………………………………………………………..
58
 
iii
Prologue
I wrote a thesis for Brigham Young University on Cornelius P. Lott and his role in caringfor the livestock at Winter Quarters and the importance of that work. Every time a person wouldask me what I was writing on, I had to explain who Cornelius P. Lott was. Unfortunately, themost well known story of Lott has to do with his conflict with Mary Fielding Smith whilecrossing the plains, which does not put him into a very favorable light. The account came fromJoseph F. Smith, remembering back to the trek when he was nine-years-old. When I was telling a
descendant of Joseph F. Smith about Cornelius P. Lott and my thesis, she smiled and said, “Ohyes, he’s considered a villain in my family!”
 In spite of that reputation, here was a man who worked closely with and was loved byJoseph Smith. He later developed a close relationship with Brigham Young as well. He very
much gave his life for the gospel of Jesus Christ. This work is not to debate Lott’s character 
, but
rather to tell the story and allow the reader to come to know the man. I am one of Lott’s
descendants and hope that many others of his descendants will be able to read this come toappreciate the life of our great-great-great grandfather.Sincerely,Gary Stan Ford

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