Missionary Database

    Knowlton F. Hanks

    Tahitian

    Society Islands
    • Departed From Home: 1 June 1843
    • End Date: 3 November 1843
    • Mission type: Proselytizing
    • Marital Status: Single
    • Priesthood office: Elder
    • Called From: Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
    • Set apart by: Brigham Young
    • Notes: Died and buried at sea while traveling to his mission. He was the first Latter-day Saint missionary to die at sea.

    Stories and Documents

    Historical Department journal history of the Church, 11 May 1843, p. 1.

    Addison Pratt, Noah Rogers, Benjamin Grouard, and Knowlton F Hanks were called to go on missions to the Pacific Isles.

    Historical Department journal history of the Church, 4 November 1843, p. 1-3.

    Addison Pratt tells of the last months of Elder Hanks' life.

    Noah Rogers journal, 1843-1845, Church History Library.

    Rogers describes the passing of Elder Hanks in his journal.