- "William Huntington, born March 28, 1784, in Grantham, N.H. In 1804 he moved with his parents to Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, being among the first settlers of that county. In 1806, he returned to New Hampshire, and married Zina Baker, daughter of Dr. Oliver Baker, December 28, 1806. Soon after his marriage he moved to Watertown, N.Y., where he lived and prospered in temporal blessings until 1811, when he sold out, and the following year war was declared with Great Britain, which proved fatal to his prospects, and coupled with much sickness in the family reduced them very low in pecuniary circumstances. His services in the army were done with the fife. He was in one battle, that of Sackett's Harbour. In 1816, Providence smiled on him again, and about the same time he experienced religion and joined the Presbyterian church. In the winter of 1832-33 he first heard of "Mormonism," read the Book of Mormon, believed it with all his heart and preached it almost every day, to his neighbors and everybody he could see, or had the privilege to chat with, until 1835, when he and wife with two of their children were baptized by Elder ----- Dutcher. After that his house was a meeting house and a home for all Saints. May 18, 1836 he sent two of his children, Dimick and Presendia, and their families, to Kirtland, waiting himself only to sell out. October 1, 1836, he started and moved to Kirtland with quite a number of Saints under the direction of Apostles Orson Pratt and Luke S. Johnson, being ordained an Elder previous to starting. He arrived in Kirtland on the 11th, bought a farm from Jacob Bump, and paid him three thousand dollars. Of this amount he was defrauded, so that in a little over one year he was compelled to labor by the day for a living. In the breaking up of Kirtland the apostates harrassed him with law suits until he saw his children often go to bed crying for bread. For nearly two weeks he lived on greens. His house was a hiding place for Father Joseph Smith, Hyrum, Samuel and Don Carlos, while they were trying to escape from the persecutions in Kirtland. The Egyptian mummies were also hid in his house for a long time, and many of the pursued and persecuted Saints found a retreat there and a hiding place from apostates' persecution. In Kirtland he received his washings and anointings in the temple, and was ordained a High Priest and High Counselor, in which office he acted until the Church left Kirtland. He lost five hundred dollars in the Kirtland bank. May 21, 1838, he started for Far West, Mo., where he arrived about two months later, and, by counsel, moved to Adamondi-Ahman, where he was chosen commissary for the brethren who armed for defence; and after the mob had driven and hemmed in the scattering brethren, he was commissary for all the people of that place and had charge of all the provisions of the town. After the surrender of the Church in Far West, Missouri, he was foreman of the committee chosen to confer with the committee chosen by the mob. These two committees were representatives of and authorized to transact all business for their respective committees. He was also one of a committee chosen to see to the poor and get them moved out of the State of Missouri, which they did to the complete satisfaction of the whole Church, though with no ordinary exertion, and remained himself until about the last man and family. His was one of the first families that moved to Commerce (afterwards Nauvoo) where he arrived May 14, 1839. About the 1st of July his while family was taken sick, and on the 8th his wife died of sickness, caused by hardships and exposure. At this time he suffered for the comforts of life. At a conference held in October, 1839, he was again chosen to the office of High Counselor. August 28, 1840, he married Lydia Partridge, relict of Bishop Edward Partridge, whose maiden name was Lydia Clisbee. As a member of the High Council he helped to lay one of the corner stones of the Nauvoo Temple. He continued a member of the High Council until the expulsion from Nauvoo. In the move from Nauvoo he was appointed captain of a company of fifty wagons which he helped to make, and to fit up for the company, but which was subsequently disorganized. He was then appointed a captain of ten in Amasa M. Lyman's company, until the settlement of Mt. Pisgah was located, where he was left to preside over that Stake of Zion. In this place his labors were extreme and unremitting for the good and welfare of the people, and the comfort of the sick, of which there were a great many. August 9, 1846, he was taken sick with the chills and fever, of which he died August 19, 1846. In life he was beloved by all the Saints. His love and zeal for the cause were unsurpassed by any. His judgment was respected and his conduct never questioned; he never had a trial or difficulty with any person in the Church.
The foregoing account of his life is extracted from the Latter Day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia."