Family History Moments: A Diligent Search
article, Deseret News newspaper , October 27, 2013
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LDS Church News article about Jesse Yelton Cherry on LDS.org website
It was an interesting question from a cousin:
Do you know where the grave is of our Mormon pioneer ancestor who
died while serving a mission in England? When I was a young man
my parents once told me that I had a relative who had crossed the plains
as a Mormon pioneer and later died while serving a mission in the British
Isles, but until this inquiry I had never really investigated the matter.
Using several Church-related websites, I
soon learned that my pioneer missionary and second great-grand-uncle Jesse
Yelton Cherry was born in 1840 in Illinois. The website Mormon Pioneer
Overland Travel stated that Jesse traveled with his family from Nebraska
to Utah in 1847 in the Charles C. Rich company. The book Latter-day Saint
Biographical Encyclopedia mentioned that Elder Cherry was set apart
for a mission to England by Apostle John Taylor and arrived in Liverpool
on July 1  by way of the steamship Virginia. He labored in
the Norwich conference and the Nottingham conference
and served faithfully in the land, gaining the confidence of the
saints. He was seized by smallpox May 7, 1865, and although every
effort was made to retard its progress, it was without avail.
Bro. Cherry died May 20, 1865, and was buried the following day in the
Nottingham cemetery. Also, the Deseret Weekly News of August 15,
1896, reported that an LDS Church member visited the grave of Elder
Jesse Yelton Cherry in June of that year.
Unfortunately, the specific location of
Elder Cherrys gravesite in Nottingham became lost over time, and
no known photograph of his gravestone existed. However, with the help
of British consultants at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
and the president of the Nottingham Family History Society, Elder Cherrys
gravesite was eventually located in the lower northeast section
of the large Nottingham General Cemetery. The Brough Family Organization
of Utah then commissioned pictures to be taken of his gravestone, which
is weathered but still readable and states: In affectionate remembrance
of Jessie Yelton Cherry from Utah USA who departed this life May 20th
1865 aged 20 years.
Today, a brief history about Elder Cherry
and pictures of his gravestone have been placed on the Churchs FamilySearch.org
Family Tree website, which accommodates historical accounts and photographs.
Thankfully, modern advancements in communication and technology have now
made it possible for my cousin and other family members to learn more
about the faith and service of one of the few Mormon pioneers to have
ever died while serving a mission outside the United States.
----- [Written by] R. Clayton Brough, West Jordan Utah Park Stake