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Boynton, John Farnham


20 Sept. 1811–20 Oct. 1890. Merchant, lecturer, scientist, inventor, dentist. Born at East Bradford (later Groveland), Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eliphalet Boynton and Susanna Nichols. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by JS, Sept. 1832, at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Ordained an elder by JS, 16 Nov. 1832. Served missions to Pennsylvania, 1832, with Zebedee Coltrin; to Maine, 1833–1834, with Evan Greene; and to Painesville, Geauga Co., Ohio, Nov. 1834, with William E. McLellin. Ordained member of Quorum of the Twelve, 15 Feb. 1835, in Kirtland. Served mission to eastern states and Canada with Quorum of the Twelve. Married first to Susannah (Susan) Lowell by JS, 20 Jan. 1836, at Kirtland. Disfellowshipped from Quorum of the Twelve, 3 Sept. 1837. Reinstated to church and membership in Quorum of the Twelve, 10 Sept. 1837. Excommunicated, 1837. Practiced dentistry in vicinity of Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, early 1840s. Graduated from St. Louis Medical College, 1845. Settled at Syracuse, Onondaga Co., New York, 1845. Wife died, 7 Aug. 1859. Married second Mary West Jenkins, Nov. 1865. Separated from wife, ca. 1869; divorced, 1880. Married third Caroline Foster Harriman, 20 Jan. 1883. Died at Syracuse.


(Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)

John F. Boynton (Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)