"Fatal accident," Deseret News [Weekly], 21 September 1864, 405.
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FATAL ACCIDENT.—For the gratification of the relatives and friends of the deceased we publish the following particulars, as furnished by br. Orson H. Rollins:—
On his return in Capt. John R. Murdock's company, and while on guard at Mineral Springs, 12 miles west of Platte bridge, Elder Sidney Beckstead, who had mounted his horse and was drawing his gun towards him from some brush against which he had placed it, was instantly killed by its accidental discharge, the ball entering under the right and passing out above the left ear.
Deceased was born March 19, 1832, in Williamsburg, Dundas County, Upper Canada, and emigrated to Utah and was baptized in 1852. He was ever prompt to anwer the requirements of the Priesthood, faithful in the discharge of his duties, an ardent lover of the truth, and died firm in the faith, with assurance of part in the first resurrection.
He was much loved and respected by those who knew him, and left a large family to mourn his loss.—[COM.