Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Home of Nathaniel H. Felt
Born and raised in Salem, Nathaniel and his brother John ran a tailoring business at 217 Essex Street. In 1839, he married Eliza Ann Preston, also of Salem. In 1843, they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and, along with 120 new converts, began a small branch of the Church in Salem. Because of Nathaniel's position as branch president, this house became an important Mormon meeting place.
In the late spring of 1844, Brigham Young sent his fourteen-year-old daughter Vilate to live with the Felt family while she attended school in Salem. Later that summer, Brigham Young visited Salem several times while campaigning for Joseph Smith (LDS Church founder), a U.S. presidential candidate. It was on one of these visits to the area that Brigham Young and local Church members first heard news of Smith's murder at Carthage, Illinois, on June 27, 1844.
One year later, Nathaniel Felt, his family, and Vilate Young left from this house to embark on the arduous journey west, eventually settling in what would become Salt Lake City, Utah. There, Nathaniel became a highly respected member of the community, with a public career that included service as Salt Lake City alderman and Utah Territorial representative.
Erected by the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation and the Nathaniel H. Felt Family Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 42° 31.279′ N, 70° 53.453′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Charter Street east of Massachusetts Route 1A. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 Charter St, Salem MA 01970, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Immaculate Conception Parish War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Salem Witch Trials Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Burying Point (about 400 feet away); Peabody Museum of Salem (about 600 feet away); Roger Conant (about 800 feet away); Salem Maritime National Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Central Wharf (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
Also see . . . Nathaniel H. Felt Home. On the Mormon Historic Sites Registry web site. (Submitted on July 26, 2010, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah.)
Additional keywords. Mormonism
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2010, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. This page has been viewed 885 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photo 1. submitted on July 26, 2010, by Jack Duffy of West Jordan, Utah. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.