Thomas Atkinson

Pre-Campaign

Born: 6 Sep. 1810, Burlington, New Jersey

Baptized: Dec. 1840 by friend, neighbor, future electioneer William I. Appleby in Recklesstown, New Jersey

Married: 1 Jan. 1833 (23 yrs old) to Margaret Fields (14 yrs old) in Burlington, New Jersey.

Occupation: Innkeeper of the Rising Sun Inn, Burlington, New Jersey.

Church Experience: ?

Other: Moved to Nauvoo late 1843. The Atkinsons had four children before the campaign. 

Campaign

Age: 34

Assignment: Called at the 17 May 1844 Nauvoo convention as a delegate from New Jersey. 

Electioneering Experience: Unsure after the convention. He was still in Nauvoo in early June. 

Location 27 Jun. 1844: Most likely in or around Nauvoo. 

Post-Campaign

1 Jan 1846: Nauvoo. He was endowed as a seventy with Margaret on 12 Jan 1846. They were also sealed that day.

1850: St. Joseph, Missouri

1860: Douglas County, Nebraska as a bricklayer with $0 real estate and $200 personal wealth, both of which are average compared to their neighbors.

Family: The Atkinson's had ten total children.

Synopsis: Made a seventy at the Oct. 1844 conference. Moved to St. Joseph, Missouri in 1846 and worked as a bricklayer. In 1852, he was called as the president of the St. Joseph branch. Around 1860, moved to Douglas County, Nebraska. Came west in 1861. 1 Mar. 1863 set apart with Hiram S. Kimball as a missionary to the Sandwich Islands (Hawai'i). On 27 Apr. 1863 in San Pedro harbor in California, their ship the Ada Hancock exploded, killing the missionaries and forty-four other souls. Thomas was 52 years old. Margaret lived in Salt Lake until her death in 1896.

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