Rueben Warren Allred was born 18 November 1815 in Bedford County, Tennessee, United States to James Allred (1784-1876) and Elizabeth Warren (1786-1879) and died 4 October 1896 Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. He married Lucy Ann Butler (1814-1884) 4 December 1836 in Ray County, Missouri. He married Virginia Elizabeth Phillips (1841-1900) in Sanpete County, Utah.

1852 Allred Settlement / Spring City Founder

Spring City meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, February 2009

At the General Conference in October, 1851, President Brigham Young (1801-1877) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Rueben Warren Allred (1815-1896) and others to go to Sanpete County to establish settlements. On October 9, 1851, Reuben was ordained a High Priest and set apart as Bishop under the hands of Brigham Young.

The trip of these Saints to Sanpete was a hard and dangerous one. They settled on the east side of the Sanpete Valley just eighteen miles northeast of the present site of Manti, on the 22nd day of March, 1853. This place was known as the Allred Settlement. Later, it was called Springtown because of the number of cold water springs within the town's limit. Here at Springtown they proceeded to build a fort for the protection against the Indians. It was to the Allred Settlement that James Tillman Sanford and his wife and family and James Tillman's father and mother moved to in response to President Young's call.

After the establishment in 1849 of Sanpete County, Utah's first town, Manti, Mormon colonists under James Allred (1825-1905) founded the Allred Settlement of Springtown along Canal Creek in early 1852. Sanpete's second oldest settlement was quickly bolstered by the addition of about forty Danish families, giving it yet another name, Little Denmark.

The original settlers in 1852 were under the leadership of James Allred and most of them were his family members. When an LDS ward was organized there in 1853, Rueben Warren Allred (1815-1896) was appointed the first bishop. The settlement was abandoned in the summer of 1853 because of ongoing conflict with the indigenous people of the area, the Ute people, including San Pitch Utes, from which Sanpete County derives its name.


Offspring of Rueben Warren Allred and Lucy Ann Butler (1814-1884)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Nancy Cynthia Allred (1840-1901)
Thomas Butler Allred (1841-1910)
Hannah C Allred (1843-1850)
Lucy Ann Allred (1845-1906) 24 April 1845 Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, United States 17 September 1906 Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah, United States Sidney Rigdon Allred (1837-1911)
Rachel Allred (1847-1894)
Druzilla Emily Allred (1848-1868)
Reuben Warren Allred (1849-1916)
Eliza Elvira Allred (1853-1913) 10 March 1853 Spring City, Sanpete County, Utah 8 June 1913 Manti, Sanpete County, Utah Redick Reddin Allred (1848-1940)
Ephraim Lafayette Allred (1854-1921)
John Lowe Butler Allred (1857-1935)


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