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Biography of Samuel Miles the son of Samuel and Prudence Marks

Biography of Samuel Miles the son of Samuel and Prudence Marks

Dates: approximately 1852-1881

Manuscript autobiography, labeled by the author as a biography, with thirty-two pages of a handwritten life story by Samuel Miles. The story includes a life summary from 1826 to 1851, and short yearly summaries for each year between 1852 and 1881. The text includes information that is particularly familial and spiritual, but often references broader historical events that contextualize his life. He mentions several events in Mormon history including the violence in Missouri, his reaction to the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, and the settlement of the cotton mission in St. George, Utah. Also described is the contention between states on the verge of Civil War in 1860, and the Gold Rush at Sutter's Mill. Dated 1852-1881.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Miles, Samuel, 1826-1910
  • Call Number: MSS 7599
  • 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/74909
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in original order.
Alternative Format
Transcription of autobiography are located in folder 2.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Biography of Samuel Miles the son of Samuel and Prudence Marks must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7599; Biography of Samuel Miles the son of Samuel and Prudence Marks; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7599, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Barbara Guisinger in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Barbara Guisinger; 2009.
Subject Terms
Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Immigration and American Expansion; Saint George (Utah); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormon authors--Biography; Mormons--Diaries; Miles, Samuel, 1826-1910; St. George Temple (Saint George, Utah); United States. Army. Mormon Battalion; Miles, Samuel, 1826-1910--Diaries
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Transcripts
Processing Information
Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010. Processed; Erin Owens; May 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the Western American and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Biography of Samuel Miles the son of Samuel and Prudence Marks
Finding Aid Author
John Murphy, curator, and Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-05-26 15:47:02 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Miles (1826-1910) was member of the Mormon Battalion, and a teacher and farmer in St. George, Utah.

Samuel Miles was born on April 8, 1826 in New York to Samuel Miles Sr. and Prudence Marks. He attended the University of Nauvoo in 1841 at age 15. In 1846 he joined the Mormon Battalion and marched to Los Angeles, CA. Miles moved to San Francisco for work near Sutter’s Mill for a time before joining a group of Battalion men heading to the Salt Lake Valley, arriving on September 10, 1848. He farmed and ranched on his own land, but also returned to work as a schoolteacher. He married Hannah Miranda Colborn on September 6, 1849. In 1862 his family was called south to help settle the Washington County, Utah. He was a teacher. Samuel Miles died on May 22, 1910 in St. George, Utah.

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