This study is a biography of the life and activities of Stephen Markham, between the years of 1837 to 1878. During the Nauvoo period, Markham served as a bodyguard of Joseph Smith and held several commissioned offices in the Nauvoo Legion. He played an important role during the exodus of the Saints to the Great Basin, commanding a group responsible for providing food, lodging, and protection during the trek to the Rockies. While living in the Great Basin, he supervised the settlement of Palmyra, (located near the present site of Spanish Fork, Utah), served as a Bishop of a ward, became the leader (Major) of a home guard which protected the area against Indian raids, and was involved in the civic affairs of the community.
Throughout his life Stephen Markham was known as "the Colonel." His generosity to the many homeless Saints was recognized as one of his strong qualities. At the time of his death, he was a strong advocate of the cause he had espoused in Ohio.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Gifford, Mervin LeRoy, "Stephen Markham: Man of Valour" (1975). Theses and Dissertations. 4714.
Stephen Markham, 1800-1878, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, History, Mormons, Colonization