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Possible house of Israel Calkins Sr.
806 E 2300 North
Nauvoo, Illinois


Marriage: abt 1785
Place: <Hebron, Wahington, New York>

Birth Date: 7 June 1766
Birth Place: Oblong, Dutchess, New York
Death Date: 27 July 1848
Hamburg, Fremont, Iowa

Samuel Calkins
Richard S. Calkins
Rachel Calkins
Phoebe Calkins
Martha Minerva Calkins
Chauncy Ira Calkins
Israel Calkins Jr.
Mary Calkins
William Cyril Calkins
David Calkins (w-2)
Deborah Calkins (w-2)
Charlotte Calkins (w-2)
Lumen Hopkins Calkins (w-2)
Polly Calkins (w-2)



Israel Calkins




Mary Griggs-Calkins died young in 1807, when Martha was about 12 years of age. Her father married again within a year's time to his first cousin, HANNAH CALKINS, daughter of AARON CALKINS, who was the brother of Israel's father, DAVID CALKINS. ISRAEL CALKINS SR. was an early convert to the LDS Church, which was organized in 1830. No Baptismal record has been found to date. However, I did find in Early LDS Membership microfiche files that he was made an Elder (High Priest) and received his Patriarchal Blessing from the 1st Church Patriarch, Joseph Smith, Sr., the Prophet's father, on July 7th, 1836 in Freedom, Cattaraugus County, NY. The CALKINS family was at that time living in Westfield, Chautauqua county, NY. The period following this is rather cloudy, but apparently, they left New York, answering "the call" for the Saints to pull out of New York and Pennsylvania and go to Kirtland, Ohio, where a Mormon community was being developed and a temple was to be built. Many other CALKINS relatives also went to Kirtland, according to early LDS Church History (Vols.) and records I have recovered from the LDS Archives. An uncle and cousins of Israel Calkins also joined the Mormon Church and in the early 1830s were among the "Saints" who were sent to establish "ZION" in Jackson county, Missouri. Their names appear on the LDS Petition of Missouri in the early 1830s. When trouble started, word was sent for the Saints to join the main body in Kirtland, Ohio. But the Saints were forced out of Kirtland, not long after the completion of the Kirtland Temple and the historical Conference that was held there. So, they pushed on farther west and found a swampy area in southern Illinois along the Mississippi river. It was mosquito ridden, marshy region along the river, harboring disease, and generally thought of as worthless land. The Saints set to work, draining the swamps and building up the land. Within a very short period of time, it became a beautiful city. Joseph renamed it "Nauvoo" which supposedly means beautiful city. By 1840, it is here that we next find our ancestor, ISRAEL CALKINS SR. being called and sustained as one of the ten bishops in the new Mormon city of Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, also known as Commerce, Illinois.

ISRAEL CALKINS was a Bishop of one of the ten ecclesiastical wards in Nauvoo, IL, "that area east of the city and south of Knight St" Aug. 20, 1842.

Most of the CALKINS family took part in the EXODUS to Winter Quarters, Nebraska & Council Bluffs, Iowa. Some of them took part in the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican War, and returned to Iowa after being discharged. Some of these went farther south into Iowa, remaining faithful Saints all their lives, but choosing not to go out to Salt Lake Valley.

Israel and his wife, Hannah Calkins, died in Iowa and never made it to Salt Lake Valley. They are buried there somewhere, probably in one of the long abandoned cemeteries along the Mormon Trail.

While in Iowa, the Calkins families took part in the Kanesville Conference in the first Mormon Tabernacle ever built, which was under the direction of Brigham Young - purportedly "the world's biggest log cabin" built by white men, anyway, that could house ALL the Saints...over 1,000 were able to be inside for the Conference. It was here that Brigham Young was finally sustained by the Church body "with a show of all hands" vote during the Conference, as the new Prophet and President of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.