BIOGRAPHY: Black, Susan W. E. Early LDS Membership Data (Infobases, 1995):
Comments: Reuben was listed on the Daily Log of Persons at Nauvoo, Illinois. Reuben was sealed to Priscilla Anderson, Electa Anderson, Jerusha Anderson, and Melissa Farnham, all on October 13, 1869 in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Reuben was a member of Zion's Camp in 1834. In 1860 Reuben had a household of 7, real wealth of $900 and personal wealth of $2800. In 1870 he had a household of five, real wealth of $3000 and personal wealth of $2450. Reuben volunteered for Zion's Camp when Joseph Smith and Parley Pratt visited him in March 1834. He went to Kirtland with his brother-in-law, Vinson Knight. They were all "sealed up unto eternal life" before leaving. He left Kirtland for Missouri in May. His diary entry dates went from May 17 to June 12. He stopped for two weeks at Salt River to rest. He was sealed up unto eternal life a second time. There was a storm at Fishing River. Joseph Smith said that the journey was "a trial of our faith and our offering was excepted as was Abraham's." He was released to go home.
Vocation: Farmer; 1870
Reuben McBride Letter written 1886 to his sister, Martha McBride Knight Kimball
24 July 2014
Reuben McBride (1803-1891)
Letter written 1886 to his sister, Martha McBride Knight Kimball
Fillmore, Nov 1st/86
Dear Sister Martha,
I received your kind and welcome letter some time ago, but circumstances has been such that hindered me till now. The subject you wrote uppon (sic) is one of the greatest importance. The first work that I done for our dead relitives (sic) was done in Nauvoo, I think in the fall of 42, but you know, for you was there. Bro Joseph Smith made a bee and had the font in the temple filled with water from the wells. He said he wished me to be baptised (sic) in the font before I went back to Ohio. We met. Joseph spoke and the font was dedicated and he, Joseph, said, Blessed is the first man baptised in this font. Brigham Young baptised me. I was baptised six times. Joseph took off his mantle and wrapt it around me, took me in his carrage (sic), and drove to your house. He talked all the way goeing to you house and Write as soon as you get this. God bless you.
Good Bye Your brother
Reuben McBride, son of Daniel and Abigail Mead McBride, was born June 16, 1803, in the town of Chester, Washington County, N.Y. Reuben was the son of a large family who were prominent in religious, civic and national affairs. On his 33rd birthday he was baptized a member of the Church at Villanova, Chautauqua County, New York. On September 22, 1830, he married Mary Ann Anderson, daughter of Lansing and Priscilla Anderson. She was a girl of Scottish descent and of the Puritan type of womanhood. Against the earnest protestations of her kindred, she too joined the Church. April 22, 1834 in Kirtland, Ohio the Prophet Joseph Smith called them together for a meeting where he blessed each of them and sealed each one up into eternal life. Reuben became the Custodian of the Church's Property and the Kirtland Temple.
Reuben McBride was a member of the 2nd Quorum of the Seventies, ordained February 28, 1835, at Kirtland, Ohio, under the hands of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his two counselors, Sidney Rigdon and Oliver Cowdery. About 1835, while he was custodian of the Church property and the Kirtland Temple, he was subpoenaed to court to give some testimony concerning the whereabouts of the prophet, but he refused to testify. He was held for contempt of court and committed to jail. After two or three days of imprisonment, he was ordered back into court. When the Judge asked him if he was willing to testify, he answered, "No, I am a native-born citizen of the United States. My forefathers fought in the Revolution and my brothers in the War of 1812. I have been taught all my life to honor our flag and the government for which it stands. I do not believe the court has any legal right to demand from me what testimony it requires. I again refuse to give such testimony, and rather than be thus imposed upon, I will lie in your jail until the maggots carry my body through the keyhole of your door.
He was the first person to be baptized for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple. Reuben first came to Utah with a company of saints to Salt Lake City in 1850 and lived with the family of Brigham Young, leaving his family in Kirtland until conditions were favorable for him to bring them to Utah. He was a carpenter by trade and did work which can be seen in some of the Relic Hall in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the Mormon Battalion and was called "A Minute Man of the Mormon Church" who went wherever and whenever he was called.
In 1851 he returned to Kirtland and this time he brought his family back with him to Utah. In 1852 they lived in Farmington and Springville, and in the following year they were called by President Young to settle in Fillmore. In 1851 he returned to Kirtland to his family and took them to Utah in 1852. Reuben was indeed a pioneer. He assisted in building canyon roads, organizing irrigation systems, planting trees, in fact everything to beautify and build houses for the people. And in all of that he was also a lawyer. His patience, peaceful and unassuming disposition made all who knew him his friends. In April, 1857, he was called on his second mission, this time to England, and had the privilege of baptizing many converts to the Church. He went again to England on a mission in 1867, and from 1877 to 1884 he was a member of the High Council of the Millard Stake. He died Feb. 26, 1891 at Fillmore. He was survived by his widow and six children, fifty grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. - Familysearch.org
Jenson, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, 1951, Volume 4, page 690:
At the day of Reubens baptism [rebaptism?--SDR] Parley P. Pratt was a honored guest. That same day a meeting was held at Reuben's house which the Prophet called for Volunteers to go up to and redeem Zion. Reuben was one of the first to respond to the call, and he marched to Missouri with Zion's Camp. He returned to Kirtland, and upon the exodus of the Saints from that place was left in charge of the Temple and other property there. Reuben was the first man baptised for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple. He came to Utah in 1850. He returned to Kirtland in the fall of 1851 [1850--SDR], and brought his family west, spending the winter of 1852 in Springville, Utah. He was called on a mission to England and crossed the Plains with the missionary handcart company in 1857; he returned in 1858, on the account of the Johnston Army troubles, and later (in 1867) returned to England and labored as a Missionary in the Nottingham Conference. From 1877 to 1884 he served as a member of the Millard Stake High Council, where his patience, and peaceful, unassuming disposition, made all who knew him his friends.
MEDIA: D0607 - Reuben McBride (from Fillmore Territorial Statehouse) late 1800s
D0740 - Reuben McBride, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah
D7378 - Reuben McBride h/o Mary Ann Anderson - Familysearch.org
BURIAL: Name: Reuben McBride
Event Type: Burial
Event Date: 1891
Event Place: Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States of America
Photograph Included: Yes
Birth Date: 16 Jun 1803
Death Date: 26 Feb 1891
Affiliate Record Identifier: 25781113
Cemetery: Fillmore Cemetery
Citing this Record:
"Find A Grave Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVK9-94JN : accessed 13 January 2015), Reuben McBride, 1891; Burial, Fillmore, Millard, Utah, United States of America, Fillmore Cemetery; citing record ID 25781113, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.