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Parley Parker Pratt, Sr. (April 12, 1807 â May 13, 1857) was an early leader of the Latter Day Saint movement whose writings became a significant early nineteenth-century exposition of the Latter Day Saint faith. Named a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1835, Pratt was part of the Quorum's successful British mission of 1839 to 1841. Pratt has been called "the Apostle Paul of Mormonism" for his promotion of distinctive Mormon doctrines. Pratt practiced polygamy, and was murdered in 1857 by the estranged husband of his twelfth wife. He explored, surveyed, and built and maintained the first road for public transportation in Parley's Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is named in his honor.
Pratt practiced plural marriage and had twelve wives, thirty children, and 266 grandchildren. In 2011, Pratt's living descendants were estimated at between thirty and fifty thousand. His first wife, Thankful Halsey Pratt, died following childbirth in March 1837. Pratt married his second wife, a widow, Mary Ann Frost Sterns, within two months of his first wife's death, perhaps causing Joseph Smith to condemn "marrying in five or six weeks, or even in two or three months, after the death of their companion." Pratt persuaded Mary Ann to share his bed during his imprisonment in a Richmond, Missouri, jail; but after Pratt began practicing polygamy they became estranged, and Mary Ann finally divorced him in 1853. According to authors Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, Pratt was often âdour and humorless,â with an âantisocial bent," and he could be remarkably insensitive in his relationships with his wives.
One of Pratt's great-great-grandsons is Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and candidate for the 2008 and 2012 Republican presidential nomination. One of his great-great-great-grandsons is Jon Huntsman, former Utah governor and Ambassador to China, and a candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Pratt's grandson, William King Driggs, was the father of the King Sisters.
Miles Park Romney (1843-1904) was born in Nauvoo, Illinois, the son of Miles Romney. He was the president of the St. George Social Hall Company and the St. George Dramatic Association, and also served as a chief of police, attorney-at-law, newspaper editor, and architect. Romney's son was Gaskell Romney, his grandson was George W. Romney and his great-grandson is Mitt Romney. Romney married Hannah Hood Hill on May 10, 1862, at Salt Lake City, Utah. He also married Catharine Jane Cottam.
Catharine Jane Cottam married Romney as a plural wife in 1869. Her personal diaries, now published, comprise a significant record of her life and times.
A polygamist, in the aftermath of the Edmunds Anti-Polygamy Act of 1882 (later amended by the EdmundsâTucker Act, 1887), Romney, on April 7, 1885, joined a party leaving Arizona to find land outside the U.S., in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, on which his family could settle, free from fear of his arrest. Romney died on February 26, 1904, in Colonia Dublan, Mexico.
Romney's five wives, in order of marriage, were Hannah Hood Hill, Caroline "Carrie" Lambourne, Catharine Jane Cottam, Alice Marie "Annie" Woodbury and Emily "Millie" Henrietta Eyring Snow.
I honestly am not a supporter of Mitt Romney (or Obama), I just found this to be oh so very very interesting. 30,000 decendents? Wow. That is a huge family. I also had no idea him and Jon Huntsman were related.