Thomas Waters Cropper autobiography

Thomas Waters Cropper autobiography

Dates: 1926

Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography. Some of the item is in Cropper's own hand. The rest was dictated to his daughters. Cropper was born in Texas, joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and migrated to Utah in 1856. One fourth of the original party turned back in 1853 when they heard of the Mormon doctrine of polygamy. He describes the immigrant group killed by Mormons at Mountain Meadows in 1857. Cropper lived in Fillmore, Utah, and later moved to Deseret, Utah. He served in the Utah Militia during the Black Hawk War and described an encounter with Indians at Fort Deseret.

  • Extent: 1 item (68 p.)
  • Creator: Cropper, Thomas Waters, 1842-1932
  • Call Number: MSS 654
  • 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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Initial citation: MSS 654; Thomas Waters Cropper autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 654, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Cropper, Thomas Waters, 1842-1932; Utah. Militia--History; Black Hawk War (Utah), 1865-1872; Deseret (Utah)--History--Sources; Diaries; Fillmore (Utah)--History; Material Types; Mormon handcart companies; Mormons--Utah--Deseret--History; Mormons--Utah--Fillmore--History; Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; United States--Emigration and immigration--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--Sources
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Cropper (Thomas Waters) autobiography
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Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-19T04:18-0700
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Biographical History

Mormon pioneer a member of the Utah militia.

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