Jedediah M Grant was born 21 February 1816 in Windsor, Broome County, New York, United States to Joshua Grant (1778-1865) and Athalia Nan Howard (1786-1853) and died 1 December 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Susan Fairchild Noble (1832-1914) 15 November 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Rachel Ridgeway Ivins (1821-1909) 29 November 1855 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

Jedediah Morgan Grant was an LDS Church Apostle, called by Brigham Young, April 7, 1854 – December 1, 1856, to serve as 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church. One of several apostles of the church never to have served in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles.

Previously called to the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy, called by Brigham Young, December 2, 1845 – April 7, 1854.

He was known for his fiery speeches during the Reformation of 1856, earning the nickname, "Brigham's Sledgehammer". He was a member of the Council of Fifty and Mayor of Salt Lake City (1851–56). He is the father of Heber J. Grant, who later served as 7th President of the Church.

Early Life

Jedediah M. Grant was born February 21, 1816, to Joshua Grant and Athalia Howard in Windsor, New York. He was baptized into the Church of Christ on March 21, 1833, at age 17.[2] By age 18, he had participated in Zion's Camp, marching from Kirtland, Ohio, to Missouri under the direction of Joseph Smith. Though the physical objectives of the march were not met, many members later became leaders in Smith's church. Grant's close relationship with these men from such an early age would last the rest of his life.

Zions Camp Participant

This Judith Mehr rendition depicts struggles endured by members of Zion's Camp, an expeditionary force to help Church members in Jackson County redeem their brethren.

One of the most interesting episodes in the early history of LDS Church was the march of Zion's Camp (1834). The members of the Church in Missouri were being persecuted, and the Prophet Joseph made it a matter of prayer and received a revelation on February 24, 1834. The Lord instructed the Prophet to assemble at least one hundred young and middle-aged men and to go to the land of Zion, or Missouri. (See D&C 130:19–34.)

Zion’s Camp, a group of approximately one hundred and fifty men, gathered at Kirtland, Ohio, in the spring of 1834 and marched to Jackson County, Missouri. By the time they reached Missouri, the camp had increased to approximately two hundred men.

LDS Church Service

Grant was among the first Latter Day Saint missionaries to go to Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.[3] His preaching efforts in the Toms River area of New Jersey in the late 1830s led to the conversion of members of the Ivins family.[3]

Grant was one of a group of men (which also included Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff and George A. Smith) who were called in 1844 to campaign for Smith's election to President of the United States.

Marriage and Family

6th Marriage: Rachel Ivins

Married Rachel Ridgeway Ivins (1821-1909) on 29 Nov 1855 in Salt Lake City. She too remarried to his brother, George Grant, but divorced him soon afterwards. They had only one son, Heber Jeddy Grant (1856-1945), who later became an LDS Apostle and 7th President of the LDS Church (1918-1945).


Offspring of Jedediah M Grant and Susan Fairchild Noble (1832-1914)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lewis McKeachie Grant (1839-1902)
Joseph Hyrum Grant (1853-1917)
Susan Vilate Grant (1855-1896)

Offspring of Jedediah M Grant and Rosetta Robison (1833-1873)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jedediah Morgan Grant (1853-1933)
Rosetta Henrietta Grant (1855-1915)

Offspring of Jedediah M Grant and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins (1821-1909)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Heber Jeddy Grant (1856-1945) 22 November 1856 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 14 May 1945 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Lucy Stringham (1858-1893) Hulda Augusta Winters (1856-1951) Lucy Stringham (1858-1893) Hulda Augusta Winters (1856-1951) Emily Harris Wells (1857-1908)





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