William E. M'Lellin

William E. M'Lellin

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William E. M'Lellin

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William Earl M'Lellin (January 18, 1806 – April 24, 1883) (often modernized to McLellin) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement. One of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, M'Lellin later broke with church founder, Joseph Smith, Jr.


M'Lellin was born in Smith County, Tennessee, a son of Charles M'Lellin. He married for the first time on July 30, 1829, but his wife, Cynthia Ann M'Lellin, died young and he was a widower by 1832. He married second Emeline Miller on April 26, 1832 in Hiram, Portage Co, OH. Emeline was born September 4, 1809 in Pomfret, Windsor Co, VT to Martin Miller and Rebecca Jacobs. Emeline died November 1, 1907 in Grayson Co, Texas. William and Emeline were the parents of 4 sons and 2 daughters: Charles William, Sarah E., James Martin, Helen Rebecca, Albert Eugene, and Marcus Nelson.

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M'Lellin first had contact with the missionaries of the Latter Day Saint Church of Christ in Paris, Tennessee during 1831. He traveled to Missouri to further investigate the Church, and was baptized and ordained an elder in 1831. During 1831, he also traveled with Hyrum Smith, and preached in Tennessee. He then relocated to Kirtland, Ohio.

In 1832 and 1833, M'Lellin served a mission for the church, traveling with Parley P. Pratt. However, in a revelation to Joseph Smith, Jr. on March 8, 1833, it was said that the Lord was "not pleased with my servant William E. M'Lellin" (Doctrine and Covenants...
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