Bishop Robert Dockery Covington was born 20 August 1815 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina to Thomas Covington (1790-1857) and Jane Thomas (1790-1822) and died 2 June 1902 Washington, Washington County, Utah of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Ann Thomas (1820-1847) 20 February 1839 in Noxubee County, Mississippi. He married Malinda Allison (1815-1881) 26 September 1848 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He married Nancy Roberts (1839-1864) 28 December 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Soon after their marriage they moved with Robert's father, Thomas B. Covington, to Summerville, Noxubee County, Mississippi. Robert was a college graduate, who helped on his father's plantation raising cotton and tobacco. With the help of slave labor, the Covingtons established a large successful plantation in Summerville. Robert Dockery Covington was overseer on two plantations.
Robert D. and Elizabeth Ann Covington were baptized February 3, 1843. After joining the Mormon religion they felt the need to join the Saints in Nauvoo. (See also Buttahatchie 1845 LDS Branch.) We have no record of this part of their life. Robert's father and siblings disapproved of this new religion and as a result he was eventually disinherited.
Marriage and Familey
1st Marriage : Elizabeth Ann
Somewhere near what is now known as Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, Elizabeth Ann gave birth to her last child, Robert Laborious on August 1, 1847. After traversing the last of the cold, slow and rough miles through the mountains, the Hunter Company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on September 27, 1847.
2nd Marriage : Malinda
Malinda Allison (1815-1881) was a widow who had marched the prior year in the Mormon Battalion, but she was very pregnant and her husband ill, so both were part of the Sick Detachment that went to Pueblo, Colorado where her first husband died. She bore a daughter soon afterwards. They marred in 1848 in the Salt Lake Valley.
|Offspring of Bishop Robert Dockery Covington and Malinda Allison (1815-1881)|
|Mary Ellen Covington (1849-1881)||30 December 1849 Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States||25 October 1881 Washington, Washington County, Utah, United States||James Horten Thompson (1849-1873)|
|Alice Covington (1854-1869)|
|Offspring of Bishop Robert Dockery Covington and Nancy Roberts (1839-1864)|
|Phoebe Ann Covington (1857-1929)|
|Thomas Covington (1860-1925)|
|Nancy Melinda Covington (1861-1863)|
|James Isaac Covington (1864-1864)|