Joseph M. Ferguson letter to Nancy W. Ott

Joseph M. Ferguson letter to Nancy W. Ott

Dates: 1849

Letter, written August 11, 1849 by Joseph M. Ferguson to his sister, Nancy W. Ott. Ott had recently settled in Utah after traveling through Winter Quarters and across the Great Plains. Ferguson details in his letter that he will not be able to send any money to his sister, and gives a listing of family occurences since his sister's departure. The letter is postmarked Kane, Iowa, and forwarded to Salt Lake City, Utah. A three-page transcript is included with the original letter.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ferguson, Joseph M. (Joseph Martin), 1820-1896. -- Ott, Nancy W. (Nancy Williams), 1822-1863
  • Call Number: MSS 7529
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph M. Ferguson letter 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 7529; Joseph M. Ferguson letter; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7529, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Helma Richards Haas in 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Helma Richards Haas; 1994.
Subject Terms
Ferguson family; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon pioneers; Pioneers
Genre / Form
Letters; Transcripts
Processing Information
Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
Appraisal Information
The collection includes insights into the lives of 19th Century Mormons, including family separation and pioneers to Utah. Collected in Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Ferguson (Joseph M.) letter to Nancy W. Ott
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-11-08T16:06-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph M. Ferguson (1820-1896) was a farmer and minister in Iowa.

Joseph Martin Ferguson was born April 18, 1820 in Kentucky. Many members of his family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married Elizabeth Susan Hilsabeck on October 16, 1838, and they had twelve children. He died on June 27, 1896 in Iowa.

Biographical History

Nancy W. Ott (1822-1863) was a Mormon woman in Utah.

Nancy Williams Ferguson was born in 1822 in Kentucky. On March 24, 1841 she married Campbellite preacher Frederick Ott in Clay County, Indiana. In 1842 Ott converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and joined the Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1845 her husband died in Nauvoo, leaving her with two young children. In 1846 she travelled with the Saints to Winter Quarters, where her youngest child died. The family stayed in Winter Quarters until 1848, when she crossed the plains to Salt Lake City, Utah. On March 3, 1850 she married Leman Bronson in Salt Lake City, living with him in his homes in the Salt Lake Valley and in Iron County, Utah. In 1855 Bronson died while serving a mission in Michigan. In 1858 she married Clayborne Montgomery Elder, moving to Grantsville, Utah where he worked as a farmer and carpenter. Around 1860 the family was called to settle in southern Utah, and they relocated to Duncan's Retreat, Utah. Nancy Williams Ferguson Ott died there in 1863.

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