• Zion's Camp Veteran
  • High Council Member - Far West Stake
  • High Council Member - Nauvoo Stake
  • LDS President at Garden Grove

Samuel Bent was born 19 July 1778 in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States to Joel Bent (1750-1812) and Marcy Mason (1743-1840) and died 16 August 1846 Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa, United States of unspecified causes. He married Mary Kilburn (1785-1835) 8 February 1805 in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts.


Bent, Samuel. Son of Joel Bent (1750-1812) who was a captain in the 7th Massachusetts Regiment in the Revolutionary War. Born 19 July 1778 at Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Member of Congregationalist and Presbyterian churches before conversion to Mormonism. Colonel in Massachusetts Militia. Learned of Mormonism from Elmira Scobie. Baptized by Jared Carter in Pontiac, Michigan, January 1833. Ordained elder day of baptism. Mission to Michigan January 1833. Visited Kirtland 1833.

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.

LDS Church Service[]

Attended School of Prophets 1835. Attended Kirtland Temple dedication March 1836. Moved to Clay County, Missouri, 1836. App ointed member of Far West high council 6 October 1838. Expelled from Missouri 1839. Located in Nauvoo 1839. Appointed member of Nauvoo high council 6 October 1839. Sent on mission to collect money for printing purposes 17 July 1840. Traveled in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Member of Nauvoo Legion. Member of Council of Fifty 19 March 1844. Mission to Michigan 1844.

Garden Grove Church[]

Left Nauvoo for West 1846. Appointed to preside over LDS Church at Garden Grove, Iowa. Died 16 August 1846 at Garden Grove, Iowa.

Marriage and Family[]

1st Marriage: Mary Hilburn[]

Married Mary Hilbourne (born 1785 in Vermont) about 1805. Four known children: William, Joseph, Horatio, and Mary.

2nd Marriage: Lettice Palmer[]

After death of wife, Mary, Samuel married Lettice Palmer (widow of Ambrose Palmer) September 1837. Located near Far West, Missouri, 1836.

Temple Sealings[]

  • Received endowment 13 December 1845.
  • Sealed to Lettice Palmer for time 14 January 1846.
  • Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Cynthia Noble (born 1806 in New York) 14 January 1846.
  • Sealed in Nauvoo Temple to Mariah Thompson (born 1808 in Vermont) 14 January 1846.
  • Sealed to Asenath Slafter (born 1796 in Connecticut) 28 January 1846.
  • Sealed to Elizabeth Burgess (born 1789 in Massachusetts) 28 January 1846.
  • Sealed to Polly Smith for time 30 January 1846.


Offspring of Samuel Bent and Mary Kilburn (1785-1835)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Erving Bent (1805-1879)
Horatio Bent (1807-1863)
Mary Kilburn Bent (1809-1879)
Joseph Kilburn Bent (1816-1880)