Mary Minerva Snow Gates was born 30 July 1813 in Saint Johnsberry, Caledonia County, Vermont, United States to Levi Snow (1782-1841) and Lucina Streeter (1785-1858) and died 9 February 1891 St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. She married Jacob Gates (1811-1892) 16 March 1833 in St. Johnsberry, Caledonia County, Vermont.

Jacob Gates (1811-1892) married Millie M. Snow, (Her name is given in another source as Mary Minerva Snow.) daughter of Levi Snow and Lucinia Streeter, March 16, 1833. Later in life he practiced plural marriage and fathered a total of thirteen children of record. He was baptized by Orson Whitley Pratt (1811-1881) June 18, 1833, and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the same day by Zerubbabel Snow.

Zions Camp Participant

This Judith Mehr rendition depicts struggles endured by members of Zion's Camp, an expeditionary force to help Church members in Jackson County redeem their brethren.

One of the most interesting episodes in the early history of LDS Church was the march of Zion's Camp (1834). The members of the Church in Missouri were being persecuted, and the Prophet Joseph made it a matter of prayer and received a revelation on February 24, 1834. The Lord instructed the Prophet to assemble at least one hundred young and middle-aged men and to go to the land of Zion, or Missouri. (See D&C 130:19–34.)

Zion’s Camp, a group of approximately one hundred and fifty men, gathered at Kirtland, Ohio, in the spring of 1834 and marched to Jackson County, Missouri. By the time they reached Missouri, the camp had increased to approximately two hundred men.

Jacob marched in Zions Camp with his new bride, Mary Minerva Snow (1813-1891) and several of her Snow Family relatives. April 11, 1834, with his young wife, he left his father's house for Missouri, where he arrived June 30, 1834, and located seven miles west of Liberty, Clay County, Missouri which was quite a small village at that time.

St. George Pioneers of 1861-62

This person was is listed on the Encampment Mall Memorial - a list of over 300 LDS Pioneer Families that helped to settle St. George, Utah in 1861. They were part of the "Dixie Cotton Mission" called by President Brigham Young to raise cotton and other southern crops in the warmer climate of Washington County, Utah.



Vital Records

St George Cemetery Gravestone



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