George Henry Abbott Harris autobiography

George Henry Abbott Harris autobiography

Dates: 1854-1892

Handwritten autobiography. The manuscript includes excerpts from diaries and copies of correspondence. The autobiography and letter copying were begun in the 1880s. Harris writes about his youth in England, his conversion to the Chrurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1849, his immigration to the United States in 1851, and the overland journey to Utah in 1852. Harris describes travelling conditions, the nature of the trail, and his work as a teamster. Harris settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where he married two polygamous wives. They divorced him in 1873. Harris moved to Salem, Idaho in 1888 and served as an LDS bishop there. Included are minutes of LDS Church meetings, minutes of the Salem Library Association, and patriarchal blessings of family members.

  • Extent: 9 v. 9 vols. + 1 typescript in 4 parts covering from 1851-1884
  • Creator: Harris, George Henry Abbott, 1830-1919
  • Call Number: MSS 415
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
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Initial citation: MSS 415; George Henry Abbott Harris autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 415, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Bishops--Diaries; Harris, George Henry Abbott, 1830-1919--Diaries; Correspondence; Immigration and American Expansion; Material Types; Mormon pioneers--Diaries; Overland journeys to the Pacific; Pioneers; Pleasant Grove (Utah); Salem (Idaho)
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Harris (George Henry Abbott) autobiography
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Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-05T04:15-0700
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Biographical History

Mormon pioneer, bishop, and merchant who settled in Utah and Idaho.

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