Erastus Fairbanks Snow was born 9 November 1818 in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont, United States to Levi Snow (1782-1841) and Lucina Streeter (1785-1858) and died 27 May 1888 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Rebecca Ashby (1831-1915) 19 December 1847 in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, United States. He married Artemesia Beman (1819-1882) 13 December 1838 in Far West, Missouri, United States. He married Minerva White (1822-1896) 2 April 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois, United States. He married Julia Josephine Spencer (1837-1909) 11 April 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

Erastus Fairbanks Snow was an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of the greatest missionaries and orators to serve, called to the Quorum at the age of 30, and fulfilling a successful term for 40 years. He also discovered Snowflake, Arizona along with WIlliam Flake, which their names are honored with.

Joseph Smith Papers

Biography of Erastus Snow in the Joseph Smith Papers

  1. 9 Nov. 18181–27 May 1888.
  2. Farmer, teacher, merchant, publisher, manufacturer.
  3. Born at St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont.
  4. Son of Levi Snow and Lucina Streeter.
  5. Baptized into LDS church by William Snow, 3 Feb. 1833, at Charleston, Orleans Co., Vermont.
  6. Ordained a teacher by John F. Boynton, 28 June 1834.
  7. Ordained a priest by William Snow, 13 Nov. 1834.
  8. Served mission to Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire, 1834–1835.
  9. Ordained an elder by Luke S. Johnson, 16 Aug. 1835.
  10. Arrived at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, Dec. 1835.
  11. Ordained a seventy by Lyman Royal Sherman (1804-1839), early 1836.12 Served mission to Pennsylvania, Apr.–Dec. 1836.
  12. Member of Kirtland Safety Society, 1837.
  13. Served mission to Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland, May–Dec. 1837.
  14. Located with Latter-day Saints in Missouri, July 1838.
  15. Married Artimesia Beman, 13 Dec. 1838.
  16. Located at Montrose, Lee Co., Iowa Territory; appointed to high council of Iowa stake, Lee Co., 1839.
  17. Served mission to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, 1840–1843.
  18. Member of Nauvoo Masonic Lodge, 1844.
  19. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 11 Mar. 1844. Participated in plural marriage during JS’s lifetime.
  20. Appointed to serve mission to eastern states, Apr. 1844.
  21. Member of Brigham Young pioneer company to Salt Lake Valley, 1847.
  22. Served mission to eastern states, 1847–1848.
  23. Appointed counselor in Salt Lake City stake presidency, Oct. 1848.
  24. Ordained member of Quorum of the Twelve, 12 Feb. 1849.
  25. Established Scandinavian Mission, 1850.
  26. Appointed to serve colonizing mission to Iron Co., Utah Territory, Oct. 1852.
  27. Published and edited St. Louis Luminary in Missouri, 1854.
  28. Founded St. George, Washington Co., Utah Territory, 1861.
  29. Died at Salt Lake City.

1841 Mission to Salem MA

At a Philadelphia Church conference in July 1841, Hyrum Smith (1800-1844) and William Law of the First Presidency left instructions for Elders Erastus Snow and Benjamin Winchester about Salem, Massachusetts. These instructions included a copy of the August 1836 revelation (D&C 111) and expressed the First Presidency’s belief that “the due time of the Lord had come” for the revelation to be fulfilled and the people of Salem to be gathered into His kingdom.

Eventually Erastus would collect his family with him and from 1841 to 1843, he would be very successful in organizing and expanding a number of branches of the church in the Salem and Boston areas of Massachusetts.

(1839-1846) This Nauvoo, Illinois, dwelling was built as a duplex shared by Erastus Fairbanks Snow (1818-1888) (future LDS Apostle) and Nathaniel Ashby (1805-1846) and their families. It is located on the west side of Hyde Street just north of Parley Street in Nauvoo. Nathaniel followed Erastus from Salem to Nauvoo and eventually to St. George.

  • More Treasures than One - Detail story of Erastus Snow mission to Salem and Boston.
  • D&C 111 - Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Salem, Massachusetts, August 6, 1836. At this time the leaders of the Church were heavily in debt due to their labors in the ministry. Hearing that a large amount of money would be available to them in Salem, the Prophet, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, and Oliver Cowdery traveled there from Kirtland, Ohio, to investigate this claim, along with preaching the gospel. The brethren transacted several items of Church business and did some preaching. When it became apparent that no money was to be forthcoming, they returned to Kirtland. Several of the factors prominent in the background are reflected in the wording of this revelation.

St. George Pioneers of 1861-62

This person was is listed on the Encampment Mall Memorial - a list of over 300 LDS Pioneer Families that helped to settle St. George, Utah in 1861. They were part of the "Dixie Cotton Mission" called by President Brigham Young to raise cotton and other southern crops in the warmer climate of Washington County, Utah.

Marriage and Family

Other Marriages

These other marriages are recorded to his name - no children of record.

  1. Matilda Wells (1820-)
  2. Frances Porter (1814-1887)
  3. Rebecca Abigail Farley (c1820-)
  4. Margaret Earl (c1820-)
  5. Ann Hansen (1820-)
  6. Mary Jane Farley (c1820-)
  7. Louisa Achsah Wing (c1826-)
  8. Susannah Olmstead (c1820-)
  9. Inger Nielsen (1827-1909)
  10. Anna Beckstrom (1825-1911)
  11. Ann McMenemy (1799-1882)


Offspring of Erastus Fairbanks Snow and Elizabeth Rebecca Ashby (1831-1915)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Ashby Snow (1854-1936) 24 March 1854 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 21 March 1936 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Anthony Woodward Ivins (1852-1934)
Florence Ashby Snow (1856-1946) 16 June 1856 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 18 May 1946 Logan, Utah, United States Edwin Dilworth Woolley (1845-1920)
Josephine Snow (1859-1940) 19 July 1859 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 27 April 1940 New York City, New York, United States Joseph Marion Tanner (1859-1927)
Georgina Snow (1862-1929) 23 June 1862 St. George, Utah, United States 8 July 1929 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Moses Thatcher (1842-1909)
Bryant Snow (1864-1864)
Martha Ellen Snow (1865-1949)
Ashby Snow (1867-1937)
Arthur Eugene Snow (1870-1953)
Herbert Hammond Snow (1872-1881)
Clarence Snow (1874-1938)

Offspring of Erastus Fairbanks Snow and Artemesia Beman (1819-1882)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Lucina Snow (1841-1928)
James Snow (1842-1850)
Charles Henry Snow (1844-1846)
Mahonri Moriancumr Snow (1847-1913)
Artimesia Snow (1849-1925)
Erastus Beaman Snow (1853-1900) 10 May 1853 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 22 September 1900 St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States Hannah Elida Crosby (1854-1919) Hannah Elida Crosby (1854-1919) Ann Stafford (1867-1948)
Franklin Richards Snow (1854-1942)
Mary Louisa Snow (1856-1856)
Moroni Snow (1858-1935)
Orson Pratt Snow (1860-1929)
George Albert Snow (1863-1939)

Offspring of Erastus Fairbanks Snow and Minerva White (1822-1896)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Nephi Snow (1845-1845)
Mary Minerva Snow (1846-1847)
Erastus White Snow (1849-1888)
Willard Snow (1853-1936) 16 November 1853 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States 2 November 1936 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States Dora Crooks Pratt (1860-1939)
Susan Snow (1856-1917) 9 July 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 23 January 1917 Ogden, Weber County, Utah, United States Arta D'Christa Young (1855-1916)
Levi Mason White Snow (1859-1933)
Hyrum Smith Snow (1860-1860)
Louise White Snow (1863-1864)
Alden Snow (1866-1867)

Offspring of Erastus Fairbanks Snow and Julia Josephine Spencer (1837-1909)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Edward Hunter Snow (1865-1932) 23 June 1865 18 July 1932 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Sarah Hannah Nelson (1865-1944)
William Spencer Snow (1867-1892)
Amelia Snow (1871-1886)
Joseph Smith Snow (1873-1937)
Mary Brown Snow (1875-1893)
Maud Rosamund Snow (1879-1939)



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