WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
JAMES MONTGOMERY WHITMORE
(early St. George resident, doctor, rancher)
BIOGRAPHYJames M. Whitmore was born December 26, 1826 in Athen, Tennessee.
Dr. Whitmore and his family were called at the October 1861 LDS General Conference to go settle St. George.
In 1863, Whitmore established a ranch near Pipe Spring. He built a dugout home and corrals, and planted an orchard. Cattle and sheep were grazed in the area.
In late 1865, James Whitmore, Robert McIntyre, and James Whitmore Jr. responded to reports of animals being stolen by the Indians. James Jr. stayed at the dugout while on January 8, 1866 the two older men went out looking for the animals. When they didn't return, a posse was sent out to locate them. Their bodies were found along with some Paiute Indians that had some of the men's clothing and other items. The Indians were killed, though they protested (probably truthfully though we will never know for sure) that they had just bought the things from raiding Navajos.
Whitmore's body was returned to St. George and is buried in the St. George City Cemetery (Plat A, Block I, Lot 177, Plot 6).
REFERENCESNames in Stone Entry for James M. Whitmore
Washington County, Utah Tombstone Project Entry for James M. Whitmore
BillionGraves Entry for James M. Whitmore
SOUTHERN UTAH MEMORIES: James Whitmore and Pipe Springs Tragedy by Loren R. Webb, October 6, 2012