James Richison Badham was born 7 September 1841 in Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom to Samuel Badham (1815-1868) and Mary Bishop (1819-1844) and died 27 December 1888 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States of unspecified causes. He married Eliza A Fisher (1847-1928) 16 January 1865 in Shenandoah, Fremont County, Iowa. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.

Vital Stats Edit

Biography Edit

Vision of Youth Edit

Vision of Youth - (See Google Books) Book with story (Pg 167-188) about JR Badham, son of Samuel Badham. - Published in 1888 for the youth of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The emphasis of the book is several visions that JR had that led him from the Cutlerites to the RLDS church in 1867. Makes mention of their immigration to America, death of his mother, Samuel's service in the Mormon Battalion and their farm settlement in Mills Co Iowa.

"My father, Samuel Badham, united with the church in 1840, and my mother, the following year, only one month before my birth. In January, 1844, we set sail from Liverpool, England, bound for America - the land of promis, coming via New Orleans, and being upon the water until about the 1st of April, same year, when we landed at the city of the Saints, Nauvoo. On the 9th day of June my mother suddenly passed away to the other side, and I was left, not only without a mother's loving care, but also without brother or sister to share my joys or griefs."

Farm Creek Settlement in Iowa Edit

Early in 1846 removal was made by Samuel Badham and his wife into the wilds of Iowa because of fierce anti-Mormon mobs in Illinois. The home selected being at Trader's Point, on a stream of water.

Samuel's sister-in-law, Almira Jane Reid (1840-1912), recorded family encounters with Samuel and his son J.R. in Iowa circa 1858. J.R. is a very religious young men. He would later go on to be a preacher in the RLDS church and wrote several articles for them in the 1880s.

Family Visit on 18-Nov-1858. Almira, William and Almira's father stay at home of Samuel Badham on the W. Nishnabotany River in Iowa. Samuel and his family had joined with the Cutlerites, a breakoff religious group led by Alphus Cutler. Pg 53 mentions members of Williams' Fathers' family and Samuels family, including son James. This is near Henderson (Farm Creek) in Mills Co -southwest corner of Iowa near Council Bluffs.

Alpheus Cutler and followers at Farm Creek are separated from main body of LDS Church. It became later became the Henderson branch of the RLDS Church in 1859. History of Farm Creek - one of three main settlements of the Cutlerite Movement and was in constant conflict with Utah LDS and RLDS churches - primarily disagreements over Plural Marriage and Temple Worship. Farm Creek was also the burial place (1852) of Augustus Richards - Samuel Badham's father-in-law.

Today Anderson is part of Fremont Co (formerly Mills Co) and is about 30 miles south of Henderson (Farm Creek) along the W. Nishnabatony River.

Elder in RLDS Church Edit

JR Badham of Manti, Fremont Co, Iowa, shows up in various places participating in the various conferences of the RLDS Church from 1874-1888. In conference of the church in 1879, JR was called as second counselor to the President of the First Quorum of Elders. In 1882, the organization of a branch in Fremont County, Iowa, to be known as Hazel Dell, was performed by Elder JR Badham. In 1887 he was called on a mission to Southern California.

Later Family Life Edit

After his death in 1888, his widow, Eliza C Badham, appears on the 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census living in Los Angeles California with several of her children.

Family Edit

  1. Mary Cornelia Badham (1867-1943) - m. Charles Livingston
  2. Charlie Frank Badham (1870-1894) -
  3. Willard Edmund Badham (1873-1953) - m. Hermina Adam
  4. Arthur Samuel Badham (1875-1878) - died young
  5. Byron James Badham (1878-1962) - m. Jessie Hoffman


Offspring of James Richison Badham and Eliza A Fisher (1847-1928)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mary Cornelia Badham (1867-1943)
Charlie Frank Badham (1870-1894)
Willard Edmund Badham (1873-1953)
Arthur Samuel Badham (1875-1878)
Byron James Badham (1878-1962)


Offspring of Samuel Badham and Mary Bishop (1819-1844)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charlotte Badham (1840-1841)
James Richison Badham (1841-1888) 7 September 1841 Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom 27 December 1888 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States Eliza A Fisher (1847-1928)

Robert Badham (1844-1844)

Offspring of Samuel Badham and Mary Doggett Richards (1821-1898)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Milvern Badham (1846-1846)
Francis Ann Badham (1849-1879) 29 August 1849 Henderson, Mills County, Iowa, United States 1879 Shenandoah, Fremont County, Iowa, United States William Gaylord (1832-1903)

Amazon Badham (1853-1909) 22 January 1853 Henderson, Mills County, Iowa, United States 16 November 1909 Henderson, Mills County, Iowa, United States Melvina Jemima Peck (1854-1940)

Juan Badham (1855-1859)
Clara Alice Badham (1861-1877)
Violet Badham (1854-1875)
Mary Martha Badham (1859-1886)

References Edit

1870 US Census Edit


  • James Badham (M-28) / ocp : Farmer
  • Eliza Badham (F-22)
  • Cornelia Badham (F-2)
  • Frank Badham (M-6mos)
  • William Hall (M-11) / Ocp: Farmhand / Born in Missouri (1859) (Who is this Farmhand? He does NOT appear to be a relative of this step-brother's family of the same name.)