Myron Alma Abbott autobiography

Myron Alma Abbott autobiography

Dates: 1917

Handwritten autobiography of Abbott written in 1917. Includes a description of Abbott's life including his birth in Weber County, and life in Tocquerville and Plymouth, Utah, before moving to Bunkerville, Nevada, in 1877. He describes the stay of the Mormon Apostle, Wilford Woodruff, when he was in Bunkerville while dodging federal officials for polygamy. Also includes Abbott's marriage to Mary Leavitt in 1881 and life in Annabella, Sevier County, Utah, from 1886-1910, where he was involved in Sevier County politics. Concludes with description of life in Millard County, Utah, from 1910-1917. Photocopies and transcripts included in collection.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Abbott, Myron Alma, 1862-1932
  • Call Number: MSS 661
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Condition restricted. Patrons should use photocopies or transcriptions in collection.
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Photocopy and typescript of original included in collection.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Myron Alma Abbott autobiography 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 661; Myron Alma Abbott autobiography; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 661, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Source and date of acquisition unknown.
Subject Terms
Bunkerville (Nev.)--History; Polygamy--Utah--History--19th century; Millard County (Utah)--History; Sevier County (Utah)--History; Diaries; Material Types; Mormons--Utah--Biography; Mormons--Nevada--Bunkerville--Biography; Abbott, Myron Alma, 1862-1932; Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Photocopies; Transcripts
Processing Information
Processed; Garret Schroath; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
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Abbott (Myron Alma) autobiography
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Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-07-08 13:42:05 -0600.
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Biographical History

Myron Alma Abbott (1862-1932) was a Mormon farmer, miner, sheriff, and public official in Utah and Nevada.

Myron Alma Abbott was born February 15, 1862, in Riverdale, Weber County, Utah to Laura Josephine Allen and Myron Abbott. At the age of sixteen the family moved to Bunkerville, Nevada. There he married Mary Leavitt in 1881 and they had eight children together. In 1886 he moved to Annabella, Sevier County, where he served as a County Commissioner of that county and for three terms was sheriff. For a living, Abbott farmed and ranched.

In 1910 Abbott moved to Millard County and aided in founding the community of Sutherland. He moved to Delta, Utah, in 1912 and was active in that community as the organizer of the Sutherland School District, and as Supervisor of Millard County Drainage District No. 3. He was also active on local politics. In 1919 Abbott's wife Mary died, and in 1920 he re-married to Eliza Brown.

Myron Alma Abbott died August 29, 1932, in Sugarville, Millard County, Utah.

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