Levi James Taylor papers

Levi James Taylor papers

Dates: 1868-1935

Includes ten journals, 1873-1935. There are date gaps in the journals, and some volumes are missing. Includes a typed copy of the journals. Also contains a Taylor family genealogical record which includes an autobiographical sketch of Levi's father, Pleasant Green Taylor. Also includes a journal of Levi's first wife, Nancy Jane Gates, September 1868-August 1869. Her record includes lists of students she taught at Lynne, Utah, in 1868; lists of children who attended Sunday School in Lynne, 1868-1869; and other information. The materials are duplicates of the originals.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Taylor, Levi James, 1851-1935
  • Call Number: MSS 2200
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
The collection consists of two series: 1. First installment of Levi James Taylor Papers, 1868–1935; and 2. Second installment of Levi James Taylor Papers, 1872–1935.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Levi James Taylor papers must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2200; Levi James Taylor papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2200, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The collection remained in the Taylor family after Levi's death in 1935. It was donated to the BYU Library by family member Lora Dean Priest in January 2000.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lora Dean Priest; January 2000.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2200.xml
Related Material
The Historical Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, has microfilm copy of twenty-three volumes of Levi James Taylor journals, dated 1874-1935.
Subject Terms
Taylor, Levi James, 1851-1935; Taylor, Levi James, 1851-1935--Archives; Arizona--Colonization; Diaries; Harrisville (Utah); Material Types; Mormon Church--Bishops; Mormon missionaries--Southern States; Mormon missionaries--Virginia; Mormon missionaries--West Virginia; Mormon women; Ogden (Utah); Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Electronic books; Genealogies; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker; January 2000.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS2200
Finding Aid Title
Taylor (Levi James) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:29-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Levi James Taylor was born 20 May 1851 at Kaysville, Utah Territory. He spent most of his life in Harrisville, Utah. He was a farmer and also taught school for a time. In 1873 he went to Arizona on a colonizing mission, returning after four months. In 1882-1884 he served a Latter-day Saint mission to the Southern States (Virginia and West Virginia). From 1895 to 1909 he served as bishop of the Harrisville Ward, and served as stake patriarch beginning in 1910. From May to October 1887, and again from October to December 1892, he served terms in the Utah Penitentiary for "unlawful cohabitation."

Levi James Taylor was born 20 May 1851 at Kaysville, Utah Territory. His parents were Pleasant Green Taylor and Clara Lake. He was baptized 20 May 1859 and spent most of his life in Harrisville, a community just north of Ogden, Utah. He was a farmer and taught school for about ten years.

In 1873 he went to Arizona on a colonizing mission, returning after four months. In 1882-1884 he served an LDS mission to the Southern States (Virginia and West Virginia). From 1884 to 1893 he was president of the 60th Quorum of the Seventy. In 1895 he was called to be the bishop of the Harrisville Ward, in which capacity he served until 1909. In 1910 he was ordained to be a stake patriarch.

In 1871 he married Nancy Jane Gates (b. 29 December 1850). She died 26 October 1872 along with her newly born daughter. He married Flora G. Bingham 3 February 1873, and her sister, Josephine Bingham, in plural marriage, 30 November 1875. From May to October 1887, and again from October to December 1892, he served terms in the Utah Penitentiary for "unlawful cohabitation." He fathered twenty-three children by his last two wives.

He died 24 December 1935.



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