WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
ROBERT DOCKERY COVINGTON
(early pioneer and church leader in Washington)
BIOGRAPHYRobert Dockery Covington was born August 20, 1815 in Rockingham, Richmond County, North Carolina.
He married Elizabeth Ann Thomas, daughter of John Pledger & Sarah Thomas of Marlboro, South Carolina, on February 2, 1839 and they had four children. Robert & Elizabeth were sealed in December 28, 1856 with Nancy Roberts acting as proxy.
Robert & Elizabeth were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on February 3, 1843 by Benjamin Clapp in Noxube County, Mississippi. They received their endowments in the Nauvoo Temple on January 20, 1846.
The Covingtons spent 1846 at Winter Quarters and then crossed the plains in 1847, in Edward Hunter's Company under Captain Daniel Thomas, arriving in Salt Lake City on September 25, 1847.
After Elizabeth's death, Robert married a widow Melinda Allison Kelly, on September 26, 1848 in Washington, Utah. Melinda was the daughter of Isaac & Jane Hunt Allison from Crawford, Kentucky.
Robert went on a mission to the Southern States in the fall of 1849 and returned in the spring of 1856.
Robert married a plural wife, Nancy Roberts from Hyde, Stockport, England, on December 28, 1856 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Robert was called by Brigham Young in 1857 to lead the second group of 28 families down to Washington, Utah, to establish the "Cotton Mission". He had experience with directing slaves on his family's cotton plantations, so he was well familiar with the raising of cotton. With his two wives, they left Salt Lake City on April 6, 1857 and, after a stop in Parawan, arrived in Washington on May 6, 1857.
Covington was appointed Branch President of the Washington Branch (associated with the Harmony Ward) on May 7, 1857. On August 1, 1858, the Washington Branch was made the Washington Ward. Covington was named as the Biship and was ordained to that office on August 1, 1858 by Amasa Lyman and George A. Smith. Harrison Pierce was chosen as First Counselor and John R. Ragean as Second Counselor. Covington served in that capacity until 1869.
He was in the Territorial Legislature from 1858 to 1859.
Bishop Covington built a large two-story rock home just east of John D. Lee's home, completed in 1859 and is still standing. It is the oldest building still standing in all of Washington County. The home was used as a recreation center for the community dances, parties and other functions were held. Church meetings were held there also. Brigham Young stayed here many times while visiting the area. To get to the upstairs, one had to go outside and climb wooden stairs to the second story. There was no other way to get to the upstairs from the main floor. This was done so that people coming for a get together could not disturb the main floor family living quarters.
Robert was the Notary Public for Washington County in 1860.
Covington died in Washington on June 2, 1902 and was buried there two days later.
There are some pretty obvious errors in the above data.
Hopefully, someone can provide some verified corrections.
WCHS-01520 Wedding photo of John Riley Stewart Sr. & Ellen Covington
WCHS-01521 Photo of polygamists including John T. Covington in the Utah State Penitentiary
WCHS-01523 Photo of a statue of Robert D. Covington
REFERENCESHistory of Robert Dockery Covington
Volume 17 of Mormon Diaries
by Robert Dockery Covington
Brigham Young University Library, 1954
Covington Family History - Robert Dockery Covington
written by Robert D. Covington
Washington City "MONUMENT PLAZA"
See the Rovert D. Covington biography on pp. 3-6.
Covington Family History - John Thomas Covington
compiled by Jodi Keys and Ginny Eastham
Biography of Emily Covington with information about Robert D. Covington
Some Histories of Covington Family Members
Covington, Robert Dockery - Facts
Covington, Robert Dockery - History
Covington, Robert Dockery - Short History
Robert & Elizabeth Family Group Records
Robert Dockery Covington Genealogy
Robert Dockery Covington Genealogy
FamilyCentral Entry for Robert & Elizabeth Covington
FamilyCentral Entry for Robert & Nancy Covington
Find-A-Grave Entry for Robert Dockery Covington
Robert Dockery Covington Monument
Statues of Historic Figures on Waymarking.com