Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)


Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)

Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)

Image Source

Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)

Born: 16 Jun 1803 Chester, New York
Died: 26 Feb 1891 Fillmore, Utah
Father: Daniel McBride
Mother: Abigail Mead
Siblings: John McBride
Samuel McBride
Daniel McBride
James McBride
Margaret McBride
Hiram McBride
Cyrus Gideon McBride
Reuben McBride
Martha McBride
Spouse: Mary Ann Anderson
Married: 22 Sep 1830 Villenovia, New York
Children: Helen Venera McBride
Harriet Eliza McBride
Reuben Augustus McBride
Mary Louisa McBride
Roy Hyrum McBride
Emma Jerutia McBride
John Newton McBride
Laura Abigail McBride
Alice Melissa McBride


Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)

Jenson, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, 1951, Volume 4, page 690:

At the day of Reubens baptism Parley P. Pratt was a honored guest. That same day a meeting was held at Reuben’s house which the Prophet called for Volunteers to go up to and redeem Zion.

Reuben was one of the first to respond to the call, and he marched to Missouri with Zion’s Camp. He returned to Kirtland, and upon the exodus of the Saints from that place was left in charge of the Temple and other property there.

Reuben was the first man baptised for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Utah in 1850. He returned to Kirtland in the fall of 1851 [1850–SDR], and brought his family west, spending the winter of 1852 in Springville, Utah.

He was called on a mission to England and crossed the Plains with the missionary handcart company in 1857; he returned in 1858, on the account of the Johnston Army troubles, and later (in 1867) returned to England and labored as a Missionary in the Nottingham Conference.

From 1877 to 1884 he served as a member of the Millard Stake High Council, where his patience, and peaceful, unassuming disposition, made all who knew him his friends.

He died Feb. 26, 1891, in Fillmore, Utah, survived by his wife and six children, three children having died previously. He left fifty grand-children and thirty great grand-children to revere his memory and emulate his faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)

Carter, Kate B. Heart Throbs of the West, Vol.4, pp. 252-253:

Reuben and Mary Ann Mcbride

Reuben McBride, son of Daniel and Abigail Mead McBride, was born June 16, 1803, in the town of Chester, Washington County, N.Y.

He was a son of a large family who were prominent in religious, civic and national affairs. On his 13th birthday he was baptized a member of the Church at Villenova, Chautauqua County, New York.

On September 22, 1830, he married Mary Ann Anderson, daughter of Lansing and Priscilla Anderson, a girl of Scottish descent and of the Puritan type of womanhood.

Against the earnest protestations of her kindred, she too joined the Church. Reuben McBride was a member of the 2nd Quorum of Seventies, ordained February 28, 1835, at Kirtland, Ohio, under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his two counselors, Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdery.

About 1835, while he was custodian of the Church property and the Kirtland Temple, he was subpoened in court to give some testimony concerning the whereabouts of the prophet, but refused to testify.

He was held for contempt of court and committed to jail. After two or three days of imprisonment, he was ordered brought into court. When the Judge asked him if he was willing to testify, he answered, “No, I am a native-born citizen of the United States.

My forefathers fought in the Revolution and my brothers in the War of 1812. I have been taught all my life to honor our flag and government for which it stands.

I do not believe the court has any legal right to demand from me what testimony it requires. I again refuse to give such testimony, and rather than be thus imposed upon, I will lie in your jail until the maggots carry my body through the keyhole of your door.”

In the year 1850 he came to Salt Lake City and lived with the family of Brigham Young, leaving his family in Kirtland until conditions were favorable for him to bring them to Utah. He was a carpenter by trade.

In 1851 he returned to Kirtland and was accompanied by his family back to Utah. In 1852 they lived in Farmington and Springville, and in the following year they were called by President Young to settle in Fillmore.

In April, 1857, he was called on his second mission, this time to England, and had the privilege of baptizing many converts to the Church. He went again to England on a mission in 1867, and from 1877 to 1884 he was a member of the High Council of the Millard Stake.

He died Feb. 26, 1891 at Fillmore, survived by his widow and six children, fifty grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.


Reuben McBride Biography | Reuben McBride (1803-1891)


Deseret Weekly, Saturday, March 14, 1891:


The following obituary of Ruben McBride, whose death occurred February 26, 1891, at Fillmore, Millard Co., has been handed in for publication:

Ruben McBride, son of Daniel and Abigail McBride, born at Chester, Washington County, New York, June 16th, 1808; married Ann, daughter of Lansing and Prescilla Anderson, June 16th, 1833.

He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints March 4th, 1834; in the town of Villenova, Chatauqua County, New York. Joseph Smith the Prophet and Parley P. Pratt were honored guests at Brother house on the day of his baptism, and held meeting therein, at the close of which the Prophet called for volunteers to go up and redeem Zion.

The new convert was one of the first to respond to the call, and went through that wonderous march of eternal honor, as a member of Zion’s Camp, and when discharged with blessings, he returned to Kirtland in company with Brigham Young.

Upon the exodus of the Saints from Kirtland, he was left as the custodian of the temple and other property there. Uncle Ruben always considered himself the last legally appointed custodian of that sacred edifice.

He was a confidential minute man, responsive to the call of the Man of God, whose memory was a lifelong companion of love and confidence. He was the first man baptized for the dead in the font of the temple at Nauvoo and heard the explanation from the lips of the Prophet “Blessed is he, who is first baptized for the dead in this dispensation.”

In the year 1850 he came on to Salt Lake City and lived in the family of President Brigham Young. He assisted in taking the first census of the Territory, and returned to Kirtland in the fall of 1851.

The remnant left in Kirtland started for Utah the following spring, and Brother McBride and his family wintered in Springville in 1852. In the following year he was called to settle in Fillmore, Millard County, where his home has been until he died.

He was called on a mission to Europe and crossed the plains with the handcart company in 1857; came back the same year as Johnson’s army was making its memorable march to Utah.

He returned to England in 1867 and labored as a missionary in the Nottingham Conference. He was for many years a member of the High Council of this Stake of Zion, where his patient, peaceful, unassuming disposition made all who knew him his friends.

He has gone to a higher sphere, leaving his wife Ann Anderson by whom he had nine children, six of whom survive him; and fifty grandchildren, with thirty great-grandchildren to revere his memory and emulate his faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Reuben McBride Biography


  • Name variant: Ruben [cemetery records, obit]
  • Patriarchal Blessing: Historian’s Office, Index to Blessings:
Name: McBride, Reuben
Born: 16 Jun 1803
Recorded: Vol. 2, Page 137
  • Calling: Cook, Backman. Kirtland Elder’s Quorum Record, 1836-1841, p. 57, 22 May 1841:
Thomas Burdick was nominated and unanimously elected Bishop of Kirtland. He nominated Elders Hiram Winters and Reuben McBride for counsellors, who were unanimously elected. The president’s counsellors, bishop and his counsellors were then ordained to their several offices.
Smith. History of the Church, vol. IV, p. 361:

Saturday, 22.–A conference was held at Kirtland, Ohio, Elder Almon W. Babbitt presiding. Elder Babbitt was elected president of that stake, and Lester Brooks and Zebedee Coltrin his counselors. Thomas Burdick was elected Bishop of Kirtland, and Hiram Winters and Reuben McBride his counselors. Hiram Kellogg was elected president of the High Priests’ quorum, and Amos Babcock, president of the Elders’ quorum. By-laws were adopted for the preservation of the Lord’s House.
  • Assignment: Times and Seasons, vol. 2, no. 24, p. 579:
Monday 4th [October, 1841] A. M. Conference opened by the choir singing hymn 183 and prayer by Bro. Geo Smith. . .
On Motion, resolved–That Elder Reuben McBride be vested with power of attorney to go, settle, and if possible close a business concern left in an uncertain condition by Elder Oliver Granger deceased.
  • Temple work: Smith, George D. An Intimate Chronicle, The Journals of William Clayton, Appendix B, An Interesting Journal, p. 532:
At 5 o’clock in the evening, the 8th day of November, 1841, the font was dedicated by Joseph Smith the Prophet. After the dedication Brother Reuben McBride was the first person baptized, under the direction of the President.
  • Calling: History of the Church, vol. VII, p. 326:
Tuesday, 17 [December, 1844].–I copy the following minutes on file:–

The Quorum of the Twelve and others in council assembled at the office of President Brigham Young, at the corner of Kimball and Granger Streets.
Moved and seconded that Brother Reuben McBride take the presidency over all the affairs pertaining to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kirtland–both spiritually and temporally–which was carried by unanimous voice of said council.
  • Nauvoo Daily Log of Persons, 13 May 1845:
McBride, Reuben, From Kirtland

Mary Ann, From Kirtland
Ellen Venera, From Kirtland
Harriet Eliza, From Kirtland
Reuben A., under 8, From Kirtland
Mary Louisa, under 8, From Kirtland
Hiram Roy, under 8, From Kirtland
Emma Jerusha, under 8, From Kirtland
Jackson, Daniel S., Bap by R. McBride, 25 Mar 1845
Bruce, Augustus S., Bap by R. McBride, 25 Mar 1845
  • Writings of Reuben McBride
  • 1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Lake County, Kirtland District no. 85, Family #289, 21 October 1850:
McBride, Reuben, 45, m, Carpenter, 300, NY

Mary A., 35, f, NY
Ellin, 17, f, OH
Harriet, 15, f, OH
Ruben, 14, m, OH
Louisa, 12, f, OH
Roy, 9, m, OH
Emma, 7, f, OH
Newton, 5, m, OH
Laura, 2, f, OH
Halls, Alexcenden, 19, m, Carpenter, NY
Note: In June of 1851 Reuben was the census enumerator in Salt Lake, on which he did not list himself or his family.
  • 1860 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City, Family #849, 14 Jul 1860:
McBride, Reuben, 57, m, 900/2800, NY

Mary A., 48, f, NY
Harriet, 25, f, NY
Jno. N., 14, m, Ohio, att school
Laura, 13, f, Ohio, att school
Alice, 6, f, U. T., att school
Anna A., 3, f, U. T.
  • 1870 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore, 27 Jun 1870, Family 132:
McBRIDE, Reuben, 67, m, w, Farmer, 3000/2450, N. York, vote

Mary A., 55, f, w, Keeping House, NY
Alice, 16, f, w, At School, UT
DAVIES, Jeff, 13, m, I, At Home, UT
CHRISTISON, Caroline, 16, f, w, Domestic, Den, par. foreign
  • 1880 Federal Census, Utah, Millard County, Fillmore City & Precinct, Family #100, 8 Jun 1880:
McBRIDE, Reuben, w, m, 77, md, Farmer, NY, NY, NY

Mary A., w, f, 66, wife, Keeping House, NY, Mass
PAYNE, Louisa V., w, f, 12, g.dau, single, Utah, , Ohio

William C., w, m, 5, g.som, single, Utah, , Ohio
  • Death: Rogers, Sadie, Editor. John Powell’s Journal, 1849-1901, p. 177:
Bro. Reuben McBride died on the 26th and was buried on the 28th [Feb. 1891].
  • Death: Burials: Fillmore City Cemetary, Volume 1, p. 58, no. 4:
Ruben McBride
died: 26 Feb 1891, Fillmore
age: 87y 8m
cause: Old age
born: 16 Jun 1803, New York
buried: Fillmore City Cemetary, block 101, lot 4.
  • Burial: Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard County, Utah, p. 45:
Name: McBRIDE, Ruben
Born: 16 Jun 1803 in New York
Died: 26 Feb 1891
Buried: Block 101, Lot
  • Burial: Fillmore City Corporation, Cemetery Single Line List, by Deceased Name, 22 Apr 1990, p. 33:
BLK 101, Lot 3, Grave 5
d. 2-23-1891
  • Gravestone: Fillmore, Millard, Utah

the Memory of
Ruben McBride
Member of Zion’s Camp
Born at Chester, New York
June 16, 1803
February 26, 1891
His toils are past, his work is done
And he is fully blest.
He fought the fight-the victory won-
And enters into rest.

  • Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995):

Reuben volunteered for Zion’s Camp when Joseph Smith and Parley Pratt visited him in March 1834. He went to Kirtland with his brother-in-law, Vinson Knight. They were all “sealed up unto eternal life” before leaving. He left Kirtland for Missouri in May. His diary entry dates went from May 17 to June 12. He stopped for two weeks at Salt River to rest. He was sealed up unto eternal life a second time. There was a storm at Fishing River. Joseph Smith said that the journey was “a trial of our faith and our offering was excepted as was Abraham’s.” He was released to go home.
Reuben was sealed to Priscilla Anderson, Electa Anderson, Jerusha Anderson, and Melissa Farnham, all on October 13, 1869 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.
  • Day, Stella H., ed. Builders of Early Millard, pp. 93, 113, 117, 134, 153, 465-468.
p. 153: [Reuben McBride] was called “A minute Man of the Mormon Church” who went wherever and whenever he was called. Leaving his wife and children to manage as best they could. Reuben was the first person to be baptised for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple. The Prophet Joseph Smith said of Reuben, “Blessed is he who is first to be baptized for the dead in this font”.
  • Lichfield, Beulah Menlove. Cemetery Records, Fillmore, Millard Co., Utah, p. 49.
  • The Millard County Progress, Friday, 14 Feb 1930, Obituary: McBride, Mary Louisa
  • McBride, Virginia. Charles R. McBride Memorial, pp. 14-21.

End of article: Reuben McBride Biography


Leave a Comment