Truman Leonard journals

Truman Leonard journals

Dates: 1853-1895

Collection includes diaries, a scrapbook, correspondence, and electronic reproductions on floppy disk. Materials document the life of Truman Leonard, including his missionary work, his journey to Utah by handcart, and his life and family in Grantsville, Utah. Materials date from between 1853 and 1895.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Leonard, Truman, 1820-1897
  • Call Number: MSS 4067
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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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 Truman Leonard journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4067; Truman Leonard journals; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4067, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Glen M. Leonard in 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Glen M. Leonard; 1993.
Subject Terms
Edward Martin Emigrating Company; Leonard family; Leonard, Truman, 1820-1897--Archives; Diaries; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--India--History; Mormon missionaries--Ohio--History; Mormon pioneers--Utah; Mormons--India--History; Polygamy--Utah
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; June 22, 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Leonard (Truman) journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-08-30T11:45-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Truman Leonard (1820-1897) was a farmer in Utah. He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in India and Ohio.

Truman Leonard was born on September 17, 1820 in Middlesex, Ontario County, New York. His parents were Truman Leonard Sr. and Roxanna Allis. He married Ortentia White (1846), Mary Ann "Polly" Meadows (1857), and Margaret Evans Bourne (1857). His children with Ortentia were Ezra Newton (1846-1846), Truman Milton (1849-1850), Sarah (1851-1851), Helen Mar (1852-1931), Clara Amelia (1856-1897), Benjamin Franklin (1857-1857), Mary Moselle (1858-1859) Julia Ortentia (1860-1860), John Carlos (1864-1864), and Hattie Adelle (1867-1938). Mary Ann "Polly" gave him seven children: Eugenia Evaline (1855-1941), Alice Arabella (1860-1948) Annie Marie "Maria" (1863-1920), Amy Louise (1865-1936) George Marvin (abt. 1868-1930), Truman Jay (1871-1909), and Mary Moselle "Mame" (1874-1950). No children from Margaret Evans are recorded. He served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his life: one to India, and one to Ohio and Pennsylvania. He also led a company of pioneers across the plains in 1856. He worked hard on his farm raising livestock and crops. Leonard died on November 20, 1897 in Farmington, Davis County, Utah.

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