Samuel Bateman papers

Samuel Bateman papers

Dates: approximately 1868-1945

Contains materials documenting Samuel Bateman's personal and family life. Included are some of Bateman's handwritten diaries for the years 1886-1888, 1899-1901, and 1901-1909. Also included are typescripts, microfilm, and scanned copies of these diaries, and typescripts of some correspondence to and from Samuel Bateman. His correspondence discusses guarding John Taylor and his friendship with Wilford Woodruff, who were both Presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other personal and family matters. A typescript of a biography of Samuel Bateman written by James A. Oliver is also included. Dated approximately 1868-1945.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 4 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bateman, Samuel, 1832-1911. -- Oliver, James A. (James Albert), 1861-1941
  • Call Number: MSS 128
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use typescripts, microfilm, and CD reproductions.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Samuel Bateman papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 128; Samuel Bateman papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 128, LTPSC.
Custodial History
According to the typescript, the original journals were in the hands of Juliaetta Bateman Jensen, Samuel Bateman and Marinda Allen's daughter, at the time the typescript was created. At some point in time afterwards, the original diaries were donated to the repository. A digital copy of journal on CD was donated by Scott Howell in 2007. Additional material donated by Mark Burkinshaw, a great-great-grandson of Samuel Bateman, in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Digital copy on CD donated; Scott Howell; 2007. Additional material donated; Mark Burkinshaw; 2016.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons--Utah; Bateman family; Taylor, John, 1808-1887; Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898; Bateman, Samuel, 1832-1911--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Biography; Microfilms; Letters; Typescripts
Processing Information
Processed; Amy Perez; 2011. Updated and revised; Ryan K. Lee; 2013. Added material and updated; Sadie Julian; November 2017.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
Bateman (Samuel) papers
Finding Aid Author
Amy Perez
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-28 15:10:22 -0600.
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Biographical History

Samuel Bateman (1832-1911) was a Mormon polygamist who served as a guard to the third president of the Mormon Church, John Taylor, and who was a friend to the fourth president of the Mormon Church, Wilford Woodruff.

Samuel Bateman was born July 1, 1832, in Manchester, England to Thomas Bateman and Mary Street. His father joined the Mormon Church in 1838 and emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1839. Bateman's family arrived in Utah in 1850, and Samuel volunteered to go on a mission to Iron County that December. On November 27, 1854 he married Marinda Allen. Bateman was called to raise a platoon of soldiers in September 1857 to confront Johnston's army, and the platoon joined others at Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Led by Lot Smith, these soldiers confronted the army wagon train, burned wagons, ran off livestock, and succeeded in stalling the army from entering the Salt Lake Valley. Later Bateman returned home, but was appointed to watch the army's movements as the Saints prepared to move south. In the spring of 1861, he accompanied Brigham Young and others to visit the settlements of southern Utah. Bateman attended the "School of the Prophets" in 1868, and in 1870 he was asked to accompany Brigham Young on a trip to settlements in northern Utah. He married a second wife, Harriet Egbert, in 1871. Bateman later served as guard to John Taylor, third president of the Mormon Church, and was with him during the anti-polygamy raids and his death in July 1887 in Kaysville, Utah. He also served as a guard and friend to Wilford Woodruff, who succeeded John Taylor as president of the Mormon Church. From 1888-1889, Bateman served a term in the Utah penitentiary for plural marriage. For work, he was a brick and adobe maker, mason, miller, farmer, and had many other trades. Bateman served as superintendent of the Sunday School in the West Jordan Ward and later as senior president of the 33rd quorum of the Seventy. He died on January 23, 1911, of Bright's disease.

Biographical History

James A. Oliver (1861-1941) was a schoolteacher in Utah.

James Albert Oliver was born on July 2, 1861 in South Jordan, Utah to James Oliver and Maria Dalley. He married Emma Mary Ann Holt (1866-1934) on December 14, 1882 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had seven children. He taught school in Bountiful before settling in Provo, Utah. Oliver died in Nephi, Utah on February 7, 1941.

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