Mention should be made of Kanosh's four wives since he is as much known through stories about them as about himself. One of his wives killed another and was punished by Kanosh by being buried alive. Another of his wives, Sally, was a Ute woman who had been raised in Brigham Young's household.
Conditions on the reservation remained grim, and Kanosh continued to use the Corn Creek area. Most of his followers had also been baptized as Mormons; however, their numbers dwindled from disease, inability to master a changed environment, and economic dependency. Kanosh's survival strategy of conciliation and accommodation thus also ended in the Indians' loss of land and culture.