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Coolidge, Joseph Wellington


31 May 1814–13 Jan. 1871. Carpenter, miller, merchant. Born in Bangor, Hancock Co., Maine. Son of John Kittridge Coolidge and Rebecca Stone Wellington. Moved to Cincinnati, by 1817. Moved to area of Mackinaw, Tazewell Co., Illinois, 1834. Married Elizabeth Buchanan, 17 Dec. 1834, in Tazewell Co. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by 1838. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, before 20 Jan. 1838. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois, by 1840. Member of Nauvoo Legion. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 18 Apr. 1844. Participated in plural marriage during JS’s lifetime. Appointed administrator of JS’s estate, 19 Sept. 1844, in Nauvoo. Appointed to Nauvoo trades council, Feb. 1845. Ordained a high priest, by 16 Dec. 1845. Moved to Winter Quarters, unorganized U.S. territory (later in Omaha, Douglas Co., Nebraska), 1846; to what became Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa, 1847; to Keg Creek, Pottawattamie Co., 1849; and to Coonsville (later Glenwood), Mills Co., Iowa, 1851. Appointed Glenwood postmaster, 1860. Died in Glenwood.