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George Peacock diary

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 notes

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 correspondence

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 property records and family record

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.

Jensen family journals and histories

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.

Merry May Booth Talmage journal

Merry May Booth Talmage, ca. 1890

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Merry May Booth Talmage journal (MSS 1607). Merry May Booth Talmage is the wife of Elder James E. Talmage, the author, educator, scientist, and Apostle. This handwritten diary of Merry May Booth Talmage, the only diary of hers still in existence, was started just as May was leaving her home in Alpine to begin teaching at a school in Kaysville, Utah, in September 1887. Entries include engagement to James E. Talmage, her former professor at Brigham Young Academy, in February 1888, and her first years of marriage. Dated 1887-1892.

Merry May Booth Talmage was born on September 29, 1868 in Alpine, Utah to Richard Thornton Booth and Elise Edge. At the age of sixteen, she attended Brigham Young Academy. Soon after graduating, she began a brief teaching career in Kaysville, Utah, before being engaged to marry her former professor at BYA, James E. Talmage. The couple married on June 14, 1888 in Manti, Utah, and they had eight children together.

Merry May Booth Talmage, ca. 1926

May was a teacher in Kaysville, Utah and part of several educational organizations, including serving as vice president of the first Free Kindergarten Association in Utah. She was involved in the suffrage movement, serving on the executive board for the Utah Territorial Woman’s Suffrage Association. In 1893 she went to Chicago and delivered a paper to the World’s Congress of Women, and in 1906 she attended the Trennial of the National Council of Women in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1892, May was called as aid to the general board of the Young Woman Mutual Improvement Association. She was active in committees within this organization and served as editor of the “Young Woman’s Journal.” In 1925, May accompanied her husband and two children to England where Elder Talmage served as president of the European Mission until 1928. While in Europe, May helped in organizing and assisting the women of the Church of the various countries there, as well as the missionaries throughout Europe.

Merry May Booth Talmage died on April 6, 1944 in Ogden, Utah.

Beaver County Woman’s Suffrage Association papers

“Equal Rights Banner” newsletter cover, vol. 1, no. 1, 1893 July 16

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Beaver County Woman’s Suffrage Association papers (MSS SC 48).  This significant and rare collection related to women’s history in Utah contains handwritten documents of the papers of the Woman’s Suffrage Association which met in Beaver, Utah. Items include minutes, newsletters, songs, and regulations for the group. Also includes a letter from Emmeline B. Wells to Mary A. White, president of the association, dated 1895, and a “Equal Rights” banner. Dated approximately 1892-1895.

The Beaver County Woman’s Suffrage Association was an active branch of the Woman Suffrage Association (WSA) in Beaver, Utah, in the 1890s. It was formed at a time when woman’s suffrage leadership in Salt Lake City was asking women to form branches of the WSA in their own counties and towns. Eventually nineteen Utah counties had branches of the Association. These branches paid dues that were used to help Utah’s territorial suffrage leaders to attend national meetings, and also served to promote education, improve attitudes, and influence politicians concerning the suffrage movement throughout the territory.

The Beaver County branch of the WSA flourished from 1892-1895, and membership included some of the leading men and women of the county, including Mary A. White, wife of Charles D. White, Beaver Stake President; W. G. Bickley, musician and city choir director; William and Matilda Fotheringham, county clerk and bishop; Daniel and Ruth Tyler, mission president and writer; Lucinda Howd, wife of one of the original settlers of Beaver; Sarah Caroline Maeser, wife of Reinhard Maeser, school prinicipal, and mother of Karl G. Maeser; and, J. R. Murdock, a wealthy town politician and stake president.

The Beaver County Woman’s Suffrage Association appears to have gone out of existence after the right for women to vote was written into the constitution of the new state of Utah in 1895.

Henry T. Reynolds letter

Fort Stevens, Washington, D.C., 1864

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Henry T. Reynolds letter (MSS SC 438). Reynolds wrote this letter in 1862 during the Civil War while stationed at Fort Good Hope, also known as Fort Wagner, in southeast Washington, D.C., to his uncle, Matthew Taylor, in Washington, Pennsylvania. The letter is written on printed stationary of the Pennsylvania Volunteers and mentions the gunboat USS Pensacola traveling down the Potomac, camp conditions, the death of Matthew Luis and why part of the letter is in pencil. The letter, dated January 13, 1862, was written during the defense of Washington, D.C., the initial duty for which the 85th Pennsylvania Infantry was asked to render.

USS Pensacola, Alexandria, Virginia, 1861

The 85th Pennsylvania Infantry was organized at Uniontown, Pennsylvania beginning October 16, 1861 and mustered in for a three-year enlistment under the command of Colonel Joshua B. Howell. After defending Washington, D.C. until March 1862, this unit was involved in several battles over the next two to three years, including the following: Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Williamsburg, Battle of Seven Pines, Seven Days Battles, Battle of Kinston, Battle of White Hall, Battle of Goldsboro Bridge, Second Battle of Fort Wagner, Second Battle of Charleston Harbor, Bermuda Hundred Campaign, Second Battle of Deep Bottom, Battle of Chaffin’s Farm, Battle of Darbytown and New Market Roads, Battle of Fair Oaks & Darbytown Road.


Andrew Locy Rogers missionary diary

Andrew Locy Rogers (1854-1943)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Andrew Locy Rogers missionary diary (MSS 6179). The diary documents Rogers’ service in the British Mission, where he served in Ireland and Scotland.  His diary documents his experiences in a series of communities from 1909-1910, and chronicles experiences with mission companions. He describes his interactions with other religious denominations, including the Presbyterian Church and the Young Men’s Christian Association. His diary also includes original poetry and local humor.

Andrew Locy (or Lacey) Rogers was born on December 19th, 1854 in Farmington, Utah, to Thomas Edward Rogers and Aurelia Read Spencer Rogers. Answering the call of President Brigham Young in 1876 for volunteers to help establish a Mormon community in Northern Arizona, Locy relocated immediately. On August 27th, 1879 he married Clara Maria Gleason in Salt Lake City. The couple soon returned to Arizona where they raised a family of ten children. Known as “Uncle Locy” or “Honest Locy” in his hometown of Snowflake, Arizona, Andrew Rogers also served three Mormon missions, one in Arizona as a young man, another to Ireland and Scotland in the British Mission when he was in his mid-fifties (1908-1910), and, one to California when he was in his early seventies (1926-1927). His wife Clara died in 1932. Five years later, in 1937, he married Florence Evelyn Thomas Blaine. Andrew Rogers died November 20, 1943 in St. Johns, Arizona.

Questions asked during the Mormon Reformation

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Questions to be asked the Latter-day Saints (MSS SC 292). This item is a handwritten list of questions made by Andrew S. Gibbons to be asked to LDS Church members during the Mormon Reformation.  This list was likely created between 1856 and 1857 while Gibbons was living in Iron County, Utah.

Brigham Young

According to Wikipedia, “The Mormon Reformation was a period of renewed emphasis on spirituality within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It took place in 1856 and 1857 and was under the direction of President of the Church Brigham Young. During the Reformation, Young sent his counselor Jedediah M. Grant and other church leaders to preach to the people throughout Utah Territory and surrounding Mormon communities with the goal of inspiring them to reject sin and turn towards spiritual things. The most conservative, and even reactionary, elements of LDS Church doctrine dominated the public discussions during the Reformation. As a result of the Reformation, almost all “active” or involved LDS Church members were rebaptized as a symbol of their commitment.” To learn more about this event in 19th Century LDS Church history, visit the article by Paul H. Peterson in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, the Wikipedia article, or this site on the Mormon Wiki.

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