1865 Mormon wagon train
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company records (MSS 843). The collection contains handwritten correspondence, financial instruments, passenger lists, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to the activities and finances of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Included is a letter signed by Church leaders, Brigham Young (1801-1877) and Erastus Snow (1818-1888). Nine of the documents are in Danish. An index is located in the first folder of the collection.
Initiated in 1849 primarily to help Mormon refugees from Nauvoo, Illinois, migrate to Utah, the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company (PEF) also became a major instrument for gathering Latter-day Saint converts to Utah from abroad. It assisted some 26,000 immigrants–about 36 percent of the approximately 73,000 Latter-day Saints who emigrated from Europe to the United States between 1852 and 1887.
(From Richard L. Jensen, “Utah History Encyclopedia”)
William Thomas Ogden (1873-1948)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: William Thomas Ogden missionary diaries and photographs (MSS 8999). Materials include five diaries and one autograph book from Ogden’s mission to the Samoan Islands. Also includes three oversize mounted photographs, a cabinet card portrait of Ogden, and several loose photographs of people and places where Ogden served in Samoa. Dated 1898-1901.
William Thomas Ogden was born December 14, 1873, in Richfield, Utah, to Thomas Ogden and Ann Marsh. In 1898, William was called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Samoan Islands. He served there until 1901. On April 3, 1902, William married Elizabeth Ann Baker in the Salt Lake Temple, and they had eight children together.
William and Elizabeth raised their family in Richfield, Utah, where William was a merchant. In 1941, Elizabeth passed away. William remarried in 1943 to Sophia Baker.
William Thomas Ogden died on January 24, 1948, in Richfield, Utah.
Wilford and Emma Woodruff
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Wilford Woodruff letters (MSS 8173). This collection includes letters written between Wilford Woodruff and members of his family. Letters are to his wife Emma S. Woodruff and to his children Clara and Blanch. Also included are letters from Emma Woodruff to Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Beebe as well as letters between Emma Woodruff and her daughter Clara. Letters talk about family activities and contain advice from Wilford Woodruff to his family. One letter is written shortly before Woodruff died in San Francisco. Another is written while Wilford Woodruff was in hiding during the polygamy raids of the 1880s. The letters date from 1877 to 1909. Also included are photocopies of the letters which include handwritten transcriptions of them. A handwritten index of the letters is also included.
Wilford Woodruff was born March 1, 1807. He was raised in Connecticut. Woodruff was a miller by trade. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 and served two missions before being ordained an Apostle in 1839. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he completed four additional missions, presided over the temple in St. George, Utah, and served six years as Church Historian. He was sustained as Church President on April 7, 1889. As President of the Church, he dedicated temples in Salt Lake City and Manti, Utah, oversaw the organization of the Genealogical Society, and reemphasized the value of historical record keeping. After much pondering and prayer, he received a revelation that the Latter-day Saints should cease the practice of plural marriage. In 1890, he wrote the Manifesto, testifying that the Church had ceased teaching the practice of plural marriage. Woodruff died in San Francisco on September 2, 1898.
Brigham Young (1801-1877)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Brigham Young letter to John R. Young (Vault MSS 780). This is a handwritten and signed letter dated March 1, 1857 and addressed to John R. Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brigham Young encourages John, his nephew, and his fellow missionaries for the Mormon Church in Hawaii by making comparisons between the “quiet and purity that prevail in Utah” and the “gross darkness” that covers the other people of the Earth. He comments on the missionary work of the Mormon Church in China and shares news of that faith and of the Young family.
John R. Young (1837-1931)
John Ray Young was born on April 30, 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio to Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall. He was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and emigrated to Utah in 1857. The following year he was called to serve a mission to the Hawaiian Islands. After his return to Utah he married Albina Terry (1836-1913) on January 1, 1859 in Salt Lake City, and they had seven children. he later entered polygamy, marrying Lydia Knight (1844-1905) in 1861 (seven children), Tamar Jane Black (1852-1915) in 1870 (seven children), and Catherine Coles (1858-1879) in 1878 (one child). He worked variously as a teamster, missionary, guide, Postmaster, stock man, and County Assessor. Young died on September 15, 1931 in Provo, Utah.
Paul Ludlow (1876-1959)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Paul Ludlow journals (MSS 8097). The collection contains two journals for the mission of Paul Ludlow in the Northern States Mission in the Midwestern United States during 1901-1902. He served in Michigan, and Illinois, primarily Chicago. Ludlow’s entry on April 15, 1902, includes the description of a visit with David Hyrum Smith, youngest son of Joseph Smith, while he was in the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane in Elgin, Illinois. The second journal also includes a few entries after his mission when he lived in Spanish Fork and Benjamin, Utah. Dated 1901-1902.
Paul Ludlow was born September 27, 1876 in England to Enoch and Lavinia Ludlow. He married Adlinda Lewis June 28, 1899 in Utah County, Utah. From 1901 to 1902 Paul Ludlow served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Midwestern United States including Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois and other states in the Midwest. Paul Ludlow died February 15, 1959 and is buried in Spanish Fork, Utah.
George Peacock (1822-1878)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: George Peacock diary (MSS 1228). In this handwritten diary, Peacock writes about his mission for the Mormon Church in Scotland, his work as a judge and postmaster, and his life in Sanpete County, Utah. He also relates many incidents of the Black Hawk War in Utah. There are many gaps in the record.
George Daniel Peacock was born on July 30, 1822 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England to Daniel Peacock and Mary Noddings. The family removed to Canada, where Daniel Peacock died in 1831. Mary then married John Clark, and in 1837, the family removed to the United States, locating in Missouri. The next year they went to Iowa, where George, afterward known as “Judge Peacock,” married Sarah Lowry April 14, 1840. In July of that year George was baptized in the Mormon Church and went to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he volunteered as a guard to the prophet Joseph Smith. In 1846 he left with the Saints and assisted in building the first ferry boat to cross the Missouri River at Council Bluffs. He came to Utah in 1850 and located at Manti.
George Peacock served as Probate Judge and a member of the Territorial Legislature. He was the first postmaster. He served a mission to England and Scotland and was adjutant of the Sanpete military district during the Black Hawk war. He had three wives: Sarah, Mary and Sarah Belle, and left twenty-nine children.
On September 29, 1878, George Daniel Peacock died in Manti, Utah.
Wilson Price Hunt (1783-1842)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Wilson Price Hunt notes (Vault MSS 534). This collection contains two handwritten items. One is a receipt stating he had been paid $350 by Edwin Rose, dated 1808. The other is a record of an account with M. Jullien Dubuque, dated 1809.
Wilson Price Hunt (1783-1842) was a fur trader, postmaster in St. Louis, Missouri, and agent for John Jacob Astor in charge of Astoria, Oregon. Learn more about Hunt on Wikipedia.
Priddy Meeks (1795-1886)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Priddy Meeks correspondence (MSS SC 2171). This collection contains forty-two documents, including handwritten correspondence and patriarchal blessings of family members. Most of the items were written in Parowan and in Orderville, Utah and relate to family matters.
Priddy Meeks was born in 1795, possibly in South Carolina. His father was Athe Meeks, who moved his family from South Carolina, when Priddy was about two or three years old, to Kentucky, and eventually to Indiana. Priddy Meeks married his first wife, Mary Bartlet, in 1815, and they had four children. Mary died in Spencer County, Indiana, in 1823. Three years later, Priddy married Sarah Mahurin Smith, widow of Anthony Smith. They had five children together. In 1833, the Meeks moved from Indiana to Illinois. In 1840, while in Page, Illinois, Meeks converted to Mormonism, as did most of his family, and in 1842 they moved to Nauvoo. Along with the rest of the Mormons, Meeks and his family were forced from Nauvoo in 1846 and migrated west, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on October 1, 1847.
In 1851, Meeks volunteered to help settle Parowan, Iron County, Utah, where he lived for the next ten years. While here, in 1856 he married another wife, seventeen year old Mary Jane McCleeve, with whom he had ten more children. In 1861, he and his family moved to Harrisburg, Washington County, Utah, and in 1876 they moved to Orderville, Kane County, Utah, where they joined the United Order. Meeks was a strict observer of the Word of Wisdom, and practiced medicine somewhat after the “Thomsonian” school of herbal medicine, a popular form of medicine during the 19th Century.
Priddy Meeks died in Orderville on October 7, 1886.
Hyrum Smith (1800–1844) was the older brother of the Prophet Joseph. He was martyred with his brother in Carthage, Illinois, on June 27, 1844.
As we prepare to remember the lives of Joseph and Hyrum Smith on the 173rd anniversary of their deaths on June 27th, L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of additional documents from the Hyrum Smith papers (Vault MSS 774) that were recently digitized. These include property records and a family record. The property records digitized recently include the following:
The family record is a genealogical record of Hyrum Smith and his descendants, spanning four pages found in middle of the family bible; dated 1834-1872.
This completes the digitization of the Hyrum Smith papers (Vault MSS 774). We hope these documents will be of use to researchers, family, and other interested parties.
Missionaries from the Southern States Mission, late 19th Century. Photo courtesy of LDS Church History Library.
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Jensen family journals and histories (MSS 6189). This collection contains journals and family histories of members of the Jensen family, including Louis Reuben Jensen, Kirsten Marie Sorensen, Doyle S. Jensen, and Winston McKay Jensen. Most of the diaries deal with missionary service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Louis served a mission in the Southern States Mission from 1898-1900; Doyle served missions in the Swiss and German Mission (1908-1911) and California Mission (1928); and, Winston served a mission in the Central States Mission from 1956-1958. Also includes information on family life in Idaho and genealogy. Kirsten’s family history includes a typescript of her journal and poetry, along with additional Jensen family history information and family life in Idaho in the early 20th Century.
The Jensen family was established by Louis Reuben Jensen (born 1865) and his wife Kirsten Marie Sorensen (1868-1973). They married in 1885 and had eleven children. The Jensen family lived primarily in Bingham County, Idaho. Doyle S. Jensen (1890-1945) was one of their children. In 1914, he married Ruth Zimmerman, and they had ten children. Winston McKay Jensen was born to Doyle and Ruth Jensen in 1935.