Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography

Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography

Dates: 1856-1899

Handwritten diary and autobiography. Brown's record starts with an autobiography which takes him to the year 1856 when his diary begins. Describes his conversion to the Mormon Church, life in Nauvoo, Illinois, and relationship with Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church. Brown the describes his migration to Salt Lake City, Utah, settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, move to the St. George, Utah area, service on a mission for the Mormon Church in England, and colonization of Nutriosa, Arizona.

  • Extent: 1 v. (456 pages)
  • Creator: Brown, Lorenzo, 1823-1902
  • Call Number: MSS 497
  • 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 for public research.
  • Images: http://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/SCMisc/id/24384
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Initial citation: MSS 497; Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 497, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo; Mormons--Utah--Diaries; Mormons--Arizona--Nutrioso; Mormons--Nevada--Las Vegas; Mormon Church--Missions--England; Mormon missionaries--England--Diaries; Brown, Lorenzo, 1823-1902; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--England
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Diaries
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Brown (Lorenzo) diary and autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-06-17 10:12:34 -0600.
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Biographical / Historical

Lorenzo Brown (1823-1902) was a Mormon missionary, colonizer, farmer, and pioneer in Utah.

Lorenzo Brown was born on February 2, 1823 in Pomfret, New York to Benjamin Brown and Sarah Mumford. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1838, and moved with his family to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839. There he worked as a farmer and barge laborer, while also contributing work to the Nauvoo Temple. In 1846 he left Illinois with the Mormon exodus, staying temporarily in Winter Quarters, Nebraska before arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1848. In 1856 and 1857 he was sent to settle Las Vegas, Nevada, but returned to Utah in advance of the approaching Utah Expedition. In 1862 he was sent to settle Washington County, Utah, establishing his family in St. George. Between 1875 and 1876 he served a mission for the church in England, where he presided over the Leeds Conference. He later moved from St. George to Arizona, where he died on December 28, 1902.

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