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Emmett, James


22 Feb. 1803–28 Dec. 1852. Farmer, policeman, explorer, miner. Born at Boone Co., Kentucky. Son of Silas Emmett and Elizabeth Trowbridge. Married Phebe Jane Simpson, 13 Apr. 1823. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1831, in Boone Co. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, by Apr. 1832. Ordained an elder, by Sept. 1834. Served mission to Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Missouri, 1835. Stockholder in Kirtland Safety Society. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, by 1837. Member of Far West high council, 1838. Moved to Adams Co., Illinois, 1839. Moved to Lee Co., Iowa Territory, by Apr. 1841. Appointed to Iowa stake high council, Lee Co., 24 Apr. 1841. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, by Dec. 1843. Appointed to Nauvoo police force, 29 Dec. 1843. Appointed by JS to explore western U.S. and select new location for Latter-day Saints, 21 Feb. 1844. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 13 Mar. 1844; rejected from council, 4 Feb. 1845. Led advance party of Latter-day Saint settlers from vicinity of Nauvoo to vicinity of present-day Vermillion, Clay Co., South Dakota, 1845–1846. Moved to Waubonsie, Fremont Co., Iowa, by Apr. 1847. Migrated west, 1849. Resided at Tuolumne Co., California, by June 1850. Moved to San Bernardino, Los Angeles Co., California, where he died.