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357sig  [Member]
5/12/2009 7:19:29 AM EST
In 1972 or 73 I read a story in GUNS Magazine about Colt revolvers that were cut down to two inch barrels by early Mormons. In the story they talked about Porter Rockwell and his group. They story also had a photo showing something like Here Lies XXXXX murdered by Sylvanus Collet and the date. The photo was taken in a Utah cemetery. This opened my eyes because Sylvanus Collet is my Grandfathers name. Turns out the original Sylvanus was my Great Great Grandfathers brother and he later stood trial for murder as a co defendant with Porter Rockwell in a different incident.

What I am looking for is information on the headstone and the history behind it. If some one has old issues of GUNS a copy of the story would also be very helpful. I am trying to research enough on the older Silvanus to write his history. I know he stopped a lynching. Got pined down by the Utes in an ambush and escaped during the night. He was colorful character in the old west and his story should be saved.

History is a wonderful thing especially family history. My father served in WWII with the 808 Tank Destroyer Battalion ( along with author Louis L'aMour) and was present when the first death camp was liberated on the Western Front (Gotha Germany). One of my Great Grandfathers knew Butch Cassidy when they were boys growing up in Circleville Utah. Another Great Grandfather lead the party that first settled the Moab Utah area. He was wounded by the Indians and the settlers left the area. My son was an MP and served at both Guantanamo, (early) and at Abeu Grab when it closed. He and his K9 were responsible for capturing two different POW escapees.

Any help would be most welcome.
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medicmandan  [Moderator]
5/12/2009 8:29:41 AM EST
Where in UT is the grave stone?
357sig  [Member]
5/12/2009 11:23:16 AM EST
I wish I knew. When I read the magazine I was in the Army living in Germany and the magazine was lost in shipping along with other property. I remember it was a small town in central or southern Utah. I have checked out St. George, Cedar City and Parowan with out finding it.
medicmandan  [Moderator]
5/12/2009 12:01:20 PM EST
Let me see what I can find. I do quite a bit of family history research and have some webpages bookmarked at home for searching cemeteries.
4v50  [Team Member]
5/12/2009 4:20:17 PM EST
Try the Mormons. They have a huge genealogy database (unfortunately, some of the data that was submitted was never verified prior to entry). There might a Utah Historical Society or a county historical society you can check with too.
medicmandan  [Moderator]
5/12/2009 5:09:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By 4v50:
Try the Mormons. They have a huge genealogy database (unfortunately, some of the data that was submitted was never verified prior to entry). There might a Utah Historical Society or a county historical society you can check with too.

Will I do?


omega62  [Life Member]
5/13/2009 5:27:13 PM EST
Tag for outcome of fascinating story.
medicmandan  [Moderator]
5/13/2009 6:20:42 PM EST
Sent you an IM. Need a bit more info to try and narrow the search.
DefensorFortis  [Member]
5/17/2009 11:50:38 AM EST
357Sig, did you try to make contact with anyone at Guns Magazine? They're bound to to have at least a copy of that issue somewhere in their archives. That could at least allow you to pin down the town and then you could consult the local historical society.
357sig  [Member]
5/24/2009 6:31:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By DefensorFortis:
357Sig, did you try to make contact with anyone at Guns Magazine? They're bound to to have at least a copy of that issue somewhere in their archives. That could at least allow you to pin down the town and then you could consult the local historical society.


On their site they do not show issues from that year as available. I try to call them. Thanks
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