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Statistics of the Winter Quarters Fourth 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 Fourth Ward Residential Area, click here: WARD 4

*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: David Spencer

Number of members: 98 as of 31 December 1846

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

Only soldier's wives and widows were listed for this ward.  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 are indicated by ( ) after the name.


Burnham, James Lewis (1) (died 8 Oct 1845)
#Burnham, Mary Ann Huntley (Burnham, Mary Ann)
Burnham, Luther Clinton
#Burnham, Ruth A.
#Burnham, Wallace Kendall (Burnham, Wallis)
#Burnham, George Franklin (Burnham, George)
Burnham, Marie Antoniette
Burnham, Mary Ann
Young, Joseph (2)
Young, Almira
Young, Clarentine
Houston, James (died 1841?)
#Houston, Mary Magdalena Ettleman
Houston, Elizabeth
Houston, John
Houston, Mary
Houston, Anne
Houston, Sarah
Houston, Susannah
Houston, Catherine
#Knowles, John (Know, John)
Knowles, Hannah Webb
#Spencer, Daniel
Spencer, Sophronia Eliza Pomeroy (1) (died 1832)
Spencer, Claudius Victor
Spencer, Sarah Lester Von Schoonover (2) (died 1845)
Spencer, Amanda
Spencer, Son
Spencer, Son
Spencer, Mary Leona
#Stims, Janet

Residents Who Died at Winter Quarters (4) (4% of members)

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

Houston, Mary Ettleman Grave #116
Knowles, John Grave #128

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:

Houston, Anne Died 23 Sep 1848
Houston, James Died 1841?

Number of Deaths by Age Group

Number of Deaths by Age Group 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 Fourth Ward

Causes of Death For Residents of the Winter Quarters Fourth Ward a  Scurvy
b  Unknown