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William Richey was born 17 May 1840 in Noxubee County, Mississippi to William Richey (1796-1879) and Margaret Ann Adair (1804-1852) and died 9 May 1911 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Johanna Marie Rasmussen Hougaard (1846-1925) 1860 in Mississippi.


Mississippi Saints

In Noxubee County, Mississippi their family joined the Buttahatchie 1845 LDS Branch of the young LDS Church.

Manti Utah Settlement

A view of Manti Cemetery from Temple Hill

Manti was one of the first communities settled in what was to become Utah. In 1849, Brigham Young dispatched a company of about 225 settlers, consisting of several families, to the Sanpitch (now Sanpete) Valley. Under the direction of Isaac Morley (1786-1865) the settlers arrived at the present location of Manti (Sanpete County, Utah) in November. They endured a severe winter by living in temporary shelters dug into the south side of the hill on which the Manti Temple now stands. Brigham Young named the new community Manti, after a city mentioned in the Book of Mormon.

Winter soon arrived and it was Snow! Snow! Snow! The depth of snow was about three feet. This was reported to be one of the worst winters in the Sanpitch Valley ever known to the Indians. Both settlers and Indians suffered greatly.

The men took the cattle to the warm springs on the south of town. Each morning they would go to the cattle and snovel snow, sharpen the horns on the cattle, sot he animals could better fend for themselves, and help anyway they could for the animals to get food.

Many of the men became snow blind and the little boys made themselves valuable by leading the men to the warm springs and the cattle. "William B. Richey, a boy of nine, tells of being at the springs one evening when a fierce storm came on, fillin the dep paths with snow and hiding the mountains. Which direction was sshome? Two men pointed one direction and began wlaking, but Bill refused to follow and fought his way through the snow in another direction. He walked until he reached the Red Point, where he sought refuge for the night with the Sanpitch Indians who were located at the base of hills eastward. Young William spent a tolleragle night with the Indians. The men wallowed throught the snow all night, and the next morning found themselves...


Offspring of William Richey and Johanna Marie Rasmussen Hougaard (1846-1925)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Margaret Ann Richey (1868-1882)
Mary M Richey (1869-1879)
Johana J Richey (1871-1959)
Emily Richey (1873-1883)
Sarah Bell Richey (1874-)
Julia Bean Richey (1876-1952)
Nellie Lee Richey (1878-1927)
Ina Richey (1878-1972)
Jennie Lind Richey (1880-1938)
William Richey (1883-1959)
John Belton Richey (1885-1963)
Benjamin Richey (1887-1937)



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