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John McAllister was president of the St. George Utah Temple 1884-93.


John Daniel Thompson McAllister was born 19 February 1827 in Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, United States to William James Frazier McAllister (1799-1857) and Elizabeth Thompson (1803-1872) and died 21 January 1910 St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Ellen Handley (1824-1889) 5 July 1847 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States. He married Angeline Sophronia Goforth (1840-1908) 11 January 1857 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Cornelia Agatha Lenzi (1844-1920) 27 April 1867 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Alvina Mackley (1840-1895) 5 November 1871 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.

John Daniel Thompson McAllister (February 19, 1827 – January 21, 1910)[1] was a 19th-century regional leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).


McAllister was born in Lewes, Delaware. In 1844 he moved to Philadelphia.

McAllister was baptized a member of the LDS Church in 1847. He married Ellen Handley in 1848. They then moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he worked as a blacksmith. In 1850, he moved to Council Bluffs, Iowa where he worked as a store clerk and then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah Territory in 1851.

Utah Wagon Companies

The roster of John's initial emigration company (the James W. Cummings Company of 1851), indicates that he served as the clerk of company and was traveling with four people. He crossed the plains again in 1856 as a returning missionary. Immediately after arriving, he turned around and went back out to participate as one of the rescuers that were sent out to assist the members of the Church stranded in Wyoming.[2]

After serving a second mission in the eastern states, McAllister planned to return to Utah with a group of members he had accompanied from the east to Florence. As indicated in the Milo Andrus Emigrating company journal, McAllister was elected to serve as captain of the company on 1 July 1861, but was released from that responsibility that same day, as he had been asked to travel to England to help accompany the saints in Europe back to the States, which he did. He returned the next year and traveled with his group in the Ansil P. Harmon Company in 1862.

His initial trip to the Valley is mentioned in the obituary of his son, Moroni and that of his son John Daniel Handley McAllister.

  • James W. Cummings Company (1851)
  • George D. Grant Company (1856)
  • Rescue Companies (1856)
  • Ansil P. Harmon Company (1862)

In Salt Lake City, McAllister helped build the Old Tabernacle and was a member of Ballo's brass band. He left on a mission to England and Ireland in early 1853. In 1855, McAllister was serving as an LDS Church missionary in Belfast. He returned to the United States in 1856, and helped organize the handcart companies at Iowa City.[3] While in Ireland, he composed "The Handcart Song", which he wrote to motivate other LDS members to immigrate to Utah.

Duties in Utah

After returning to Utah Territory with a handcart company, McAllister was appointed a major in the Nauvoo Legion. He also was a member of the Deseret Dramatic Association. He then served another mission, both in the United States and Europe from 1860 to 1862. McAllister's first stop on this mission was in his place of baptism, Philadelphia, where he was able to convince many of the Latter Day Saints it was time to move to the west.[4] He also baptized the family of his brother, Richard Wesley McAllister. He was the head of a pioneer company in 1862. In 1861 he made a journey to Utah Territory with his mother.[5] He made a final return to Utah Territory in 1862.

After his return to Utah, McAllister served as Salt Lake City and later Utah Territorial Marshall and as superintendent of Brigham Young (1801-1877)'s woolen mills. In 1877 McAllister was appointed president of the LDS Church's St. George Stake. He also served as the Brigadier General for the Utah militia in Washington County, Utah.

McAllister was first counselor to Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) in the presidency of the St. George Temple when it opened. During this time he baptized Wilford Woodruff as proxy for the founding fathers of the United States. He also worked closely with Woodruff in beginning the performance of endowments on behalf of the dead.[6]

McAllister served as president of the St. George Temple from 1884 to 1893 and then as president of the Manti Temple from 1893 to 1906.[7]


McAllister was married eight times.

In 1889 McAllister surrendered to U.S. Marshals who had been seeking him for several years on charges of recognizing and publicly acknowledging his plural wives. His lawyer in the succeeding trial was James H. Moyle.[8] The subsequent grand jury trial held September 1889 returned a verdict of not guilty.[9]


Offspring of John D.T. McAllister and Ellen Handley (1824-1889)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Moroni Handley McAllister (1848-1919)
John Daniel Handley McAllister (1851-1908)
Ellen Handley McAllister (1857-1893)
Daniel Handley McAllister (1857-1893) 21 July 1857 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States 28 September 1893 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Rhoda Mabel Young (1863-1950) Rhoda Mabel Young (1863-1950) Susie E Barnett (1871-1906)
Mary Handley McAllister (1860-1903)
H.H.W. McAllister (1868-)

Offspring of John D.T. McAllister and Angeline Sophronia Goforth (1840-1908)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Angeline Goforth McAllister (1858-1930)
James Goforth McAllister (1860-1933)
Allister Goforth McAllister (1864-1864)
Richard Goforth McAllister (1866-1903)
Eliza Thompson Goforth McAllister (1869-1932)
William Wallace Goforth McAllister (1872-1941)
Effie Dean Goforth McAllister (1875-1941)
Josephine Goforth McAllister (1878-1883)

Offspring of John D.T. McAllister and Cornelia Agatha Lenzi (1844-1920)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jane Lenzi McAllister (1868-1961)
Martin Lenzi McAllister (1870-1958)
George Lenzi McAllister (1873-1898)
Annie Lenzi McAllister (1877-1956)
Grace Lenzi McAllister (1880-1932)
Wilford Lenzi McAllister (1882-1944) 1 July 1882 St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States 1 September 1944 Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States Catherine Lucile Young (1884-1969)

Offspring of John D.T. McAllister and Alvina Mackley (1840-1895)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Laura Mackley McAllister (1872-1872)
Edward Thompson Mackley McAllister (1874-1911)
Edna Mackley McAllister (1876-1876)
Allie Walker Mackley McAllister (1878-1968)


#g1: Offspring of William James Frazier McAllister (1799-1857) and Elizabeth Thompson (1803-1872)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James William Thompson McAllister (1822-1857) , ,
Richard Wesley McAllister (1824-1904) , ,
John Daniel Thompson McAllister (1827-1910) 19 February 1827, Lewes, Sussex County, Delaware, United States 21 January 1910, St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States
Mary Jane Abbott McAllister (1829-1862) , ,


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  1. ^ Woodbury, F. J. (January 25, 1910). "Death Certificate" (JPEG). State of Utah. Archived from the original on August 18, 2011. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  2. ^ Overland Travel Pioneer Database
  3. ^ Hafen. Handcarts, pp. 37, 66
  4. ^ William G. Hartley, "'Down and Back' Wagon Trains: Bringing the Saints to Utah in 1861", Ensign, September 1985, p. 26.
  5. ^ Pioneer Company index Script error: No such module "webarchive".
  6. ^ [1] Richard E. Bennett, "Wilford Woodruff and the Rise of Temple Consciousness among the Latter-day Saints, 1877–84," in Banner of the Gospel: Wilford Woodruff, ed. Alexander L. Baugh and Susan Easton Black (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2010)
  7. ^ N. B. Lundwall. Temples of the Most High. (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1968) pp. 80, 113
  8. ^ Wayne Hinton. "John D. T. McAllister", Journal of Mormon History, vol. 29 (2003), no. 2, p. 125
  9. ^ Lucile McAllister Weenig. John D. T. McAllister Utah Pioneer and Related Families. (Orem, UT Impressive Printing, 1980) p.106

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