Nelson Higgins family papers

Nelson Higgins family papers

Dates: 1836-1977

This collection consists of photocopies of Nelson Higgins family papers, such as patriarchal blessings, journal entries, certificates, and other papers.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Nelson Higgins family
  • Call Number: MSS 6077
  • 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 the Nelson Higgins family papers 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 6077; Nelson Higgins family papers; 19th, 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6077, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Allen Williams in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Allen Williams; 1991.
Related Material
Related material note: MSS SC 1974, Nelson Higgins materials.
Subject Terms
Higgins family--Archives; Higgins, Nelson, 1806-1890--Family; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs; Utah
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
19th, 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana because of the family's involvement in the LDS church and location in Utah.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Higgins (Nelson) family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-05-19T13:20-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Nelson Higgins (1806-1890) was a church leader and Utah settler in the early LDS church.

Nelson Higgins was born on 1 September 1806 in Milford, New York to Daniel and Mary Daggets Higgins. He married Sarah Blackman on 24 December 1826 in Ohio.The had ten children together. He married Nancy Meribah Behunin on 20 February 1856. They had six children together. Higgins converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1836. As a member of the early church he participated in many historic events. He was a member of "Zions Camp," knew the prophet Joseph Smith, was driven with the saints from Missouri and Nauvoo, was a company captain with the Mormon Battalion, and went with the saints to Salt Lake Valley. He became the first bishop in Richfield in 1864. He left Richfield to participate in the Black Hawk War where he served as a general and then returned to Sevier County to serve as a bishop again. He ended his bishop years in 1871 and moved to Elsinore. He lived there with his family until his death on 20 November 1890.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts