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Charles Wakeman Dalton was a Farmer, Rancher, Mailman, Sheriff, Constable, Store owner, Sawmill operator and owned a freight company. He attended Church often in his early life, but as the years went on he was on the road with his freighting company and couldnt find the time to attend. The general store also in Beaver City was co-owned with some of his family. hauled freight from Salt Lake City in the north, and as far south as the Arizona strip in the south. P., Clergyman (Roman Catholic), Grass Valley, Nevada Co., CA. Each of these forts was about half a mile long and 40 rods wide.

We will assume that he prayed for himself and his family every night before he turned in to sleep, after all he had been taught by his father, Simon Cooker Dalton and his Uncles to follow the teaching of his Church. Henry, Fruit & Grain, Azuza Ranch, Los Angeles Co., CA. Bartlet-Hallett & Dalton Proprietors, San Francisco, CA. Within these forts, the Territory of Deseret was organized.

It was always a difficult system." However lukewarm most Mormons may have felt about polygamy, it became a hot political issue almost immediately when in 1849, the State of Deseret, the original Mormon name for Utah, sought annexation to the Union. 14th, 1849, Salt Lake City was divided into 17 Church Wards, each containing nine city blocks. For protection, a fence was built around the Ward boundaries.

Elder Pratt and his pack company explored the Virgin and Santa Clara River valleys. Buds were on the trees and new grass was springing up.During the previous week they started their return journey to the north and passed through the valley, which would later be named "Mountain Meadows." On Monday they were again reunited with the brethren at Center Creek, at the present-day site of Parowan.Supporting plural wives, financially and emotionally, was never an easy thing to do as many men now could attest from being married to only one.The members of the Church followed "the principle," as it was often called, for religious reasons.But even in such a far-flung place they could not escape public outcry when the church officially announced its advocacy of polygamy in 1852.

Polygamy was one of the most memorable, if not flamboyant, tenets of the Mormon Church.

During the early 1840s the churchs founder, Joseph Smith, at first privately advocated the practice of plural marriage, calling it a most holy and important doctrine, and teaching that a fullness of exaltation in the hereafter could not be reached without obedience to the principle.

After Smiths martyrdom in Illinois in 1844, a small group of church leaders who had been entrusted with the teaching of polygamy continued to practice it.

When the Latter-day-Saints came to Utah in 1847, this group formed the nucleus of leadership for the colonization of the Great Basin.

Here, they hoped to practice their religion free of persecution.

The first legislature met here and the first school was taught.