Lorenzo Dowe Mecham was born in Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania on December 11, 1827. He moved to Nauvoo with his parents when he was about seven years of age, and lived there until he was eighteen years of age. His parents both died during the persecution of the Saints. He moved with the Saints to Mount Pisgah and often returned to Nauvoo to get provisions for the suffering people.
He traveled with the Saints to Winter Quarters, then came to Utah in 1852 and located in Grantsville, where he, with others, stayed and helped take care of the homes during the move south. He also made one or two trips back to the eastern states to meet emigrants.
He married Mary Ann Clark on September 9, 1865, and they were also endowed on that day.
They moved to Grouse Creek, Box Elder County, Utah in June 1877 with their family of six children. Their children are: Mary Ann, Lorenzo William, Annie Louise, Emma Eliza, Martin D.E, and Sarah Ruth. He died on April 16, 1906 and is buried in the Grouse Creek Cemetery.