Statistics of the Winter Quarters Sixteenth Ward

All family members of the head of the household living within the Ward boundaries are listed prior to their departure West or through 1853, whichever occurred first.  Some of these children may have been married or died and were not living with the family when the Ward census was taken. The Winter Quarters wards were only in place from 1846-1848, at which time the government required the Latter-day Saints, who were on Indian lands, to move back to the east side of the Missouri River.

To view and/or download the GEDCOM for the Winter Quarters Sixteenth Ward Residential Area, click here: WARD 16

*Please note that all individuals included in the GEDCOM file did not necessarily live at Winter Quarters. They are only included as family members of those who did reside at Winter Quarters.

Bishop: Benjamin Brown

Number of members: 296 as of 31 Dec 1846.
This is an incomplete list of only widows and soldier's wives.

# Indicates members of the ward as listed by "Winter Quarter Wards Index to Membership Lists: 1846-1848".
() indicates spelling, if different.

The term "widow" does not necessarily mean the husband has died.  It just means that the woman is living alone.

Those members in "bold type" are most likely the ones in the current family

Multiple wives/husbands are indicated by ( ) after the name


#Ashby, Susan (Susan Hammond Ashby)
Ashby, Nathaniel (1)
Ashby, Robert Reed
#Ashby, Benjamin
Ashby, Susan Ann
Ashby, Elizabeth Rebecca
Ashby, Martha Ellen
Ashby, Harriet Maria
Ashby, Nathaniel
Ashby, Richard Hammond
Ashby, William Hardin
Ashby, Mary Jane
Ashby, Emma Smith
Ashby, John Jefford
Noble, Joseph Bates (2)
#Avrett, Sarah J. (Sarah Jane Witt Averett)
Averett, Dorcas Porter Willis
Averett, Infant
Averett, Infant
Averett, William
Averett, Dorcas
Averett, Elisha
#Bitner, Anna (Anna Barr Bitner)
Musser, Samuel (1)
Musser, Elizabeth
#Bitner, Susanna M. (Susanna Musser)
Musser, Benjamin Barr
Musser, Amos Milton
Bitner, Abraham (2)
Bitner, Louisa Barr
#Bitner, Breneman Barr
#Bitner, Martha Ann
Starr, Jared (3)
#Brown, Benjamin (Bishop)
Brown, Mary Ann Barker (1)
Brown, Sophia Mumford (2)
Brown, Samuel
Brown, Benjamin
#Canklin, Polly (Mary (Polly) Conklin)
#Curtis, Percy (Persis (Percy) Baldwin Curtis)
Curtis, Thomas (1)
Curtis, Baby
Curtis, Louisa
Curtis, Josiah
Curtis, William Henry
#Curtis, Samuel Thomas
#Curtis, Sarah (Sally)
Johnson, Edward Carlos (2)
Johnson, George W.
#Johnson, Orson Edward (Listed as Orson Curtis)
#Flint, Cintha (Cynthia Flint) (Listed as a widow but her husband Peter I. Mesick was in the Mormon Battalion)
Mesick, Almira
#McIntire, Rosanna (Rosannah McIntyre)
#McIntire, James N.
#McIntire, William F.
#Pixton, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Cooper Pixton)
#Pixton, Charlotte
Pixton, George
Pixton, Mary Elizabeth
Pixton, Robert Haleman
#Smith, Esther (Ester Dutcher Smith)
Smith, Azariah
#Smith, Emily (Emily Hatch Smith)
#Smith, Candace
#Smith, Joseph A. (Joseph Albert Smith)
#Taylor, Lovisa (Louisa Curtis Taylor)
Taylor, George
#Taylor, William H.
#Whitney, Henrietta
Whitney, Alonzo Wells Newcombe (1)
#Whitney, Fanny (Samuel Alonzo Whitney)
Whitney, Don Carlos

Serving in Mormon Battalion

Averett, Elisha (Musician, Company A)
McIntire (McIntyre), William Ludlow
Mesick, Peter I. (Private, Company D)
Pixton, Robert (Private, Company E)
Smith, Albert  (3rd Sergt., Company B)
Smith, Azariah (Private, Company B)

Residents Who Died at Winter Quarters (2) (Less than 0.5% of members)

*Click on the grave number to see a map of the Winter Quarters Cemetery.

Pixton, Robert Haleman Grave #6
Whitney, Don Carlos Grave #14

Information taken from Jensen, Carlyle B. and Gail Geo. Holmes, A "Grave" Experience at the Mormon Pioneer Winter Quarters Cemetery, October 1999.

Others that died indicated by family records:

Ashby, Nathaniel 23 Sep 1846 in Boneparte, IA

Number of Deaths by Age Group

Ward 16 Pie a  0-8 yrs
b  9-16 yrs
c  17-60 yrs
d  Over 60 yrs

Causes of Death For Residents of the Winter Quarters Eleventh Ward

Ward 16 Chart a  Canker
b  Chills& Fever
c  Consumption
d  Bilious Fever
e  Born with disease
f  Bowel Complaint
g  Dropsy
h  Scurvy
i  Measles
j  Unknown