East family papers

East family papers

Dates: 1857-1893

Contains reminiscences of Edward Wallace East, a letter written by Eliza R. Snow to Willmirth Greer East discussing the gospel in the mid to late-1800s, and other materials related to the East family.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.06 linear ft.)
  • Creator: East (Family : East, Edward Wallace, 1814-1884). -- East, Edward Wallace, 1814-1884. -- East, Willmirth Greer, 1824-1902. -- Snow, Eliza R. (Eliza Roxey)
  • Call Number: MSS 8091
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
Left in its original order.
Alternative Format
Transcriptions of journal and letter are available in folders 2-3
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from East 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 8091; East family papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8091, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Kelly J. and Danelle Jarvis Curtis in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Kelly J. and Danelle Jarvis Curtis; 2012.
Subject Terms
Religion; Mormon Church--Texas; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormons--Texas; Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; East (Family : East, Edward Wallace, 1814-1884); East family; East, Willmirth Greer, 1824-1902; East, Edward Wallace, 1814-1884--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Texas; Snow, Eliza R. (Eliza Roxey)
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Peter Hoyt, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts. The East family materials contains a journal of a Utah pioneer and a letter received by Eliza R. Snow.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS8091
Finding Aid Title
East family papers
Finding Aid Author
Peter Hoyt , student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-06-03 12:55:17 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Edward Wallace East (1814-1884) was a Mormon pioneer who settled in Utah and Arizona.

Edward Wallace East was born October 11, 1814 in Henry County, Virginia to Thomas East and Sarah Graves. As a young man he served in the Texas Rangers. He married Willmirth Margaret Greer on October 2, 1839 in Washington County, Texas, and together they had twelve children. In July 1853 East joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in 1855 emigrated west to Utah. He settled in Salt Lake City and spent fourteen years as county clerk. While in Utah he married Emma Lundburg in 1864, and they had one child together. He remained active in the Church, serving missions to the Southern States in 1869 and 1875. In 1877 he moved his family to Arizona, and died in Pima on May 30, 1884.

Biographical History

Willmirth Greer East (1824-1902) was a Mormon pioneer who settled in Utah and Arizona.

Willmirth Margaret Greer was born November 18, 1824 in Bedford, Georgia to Nathaniel Hunt Greer and Nancy Ann Terry Roberts. She married Edward Wallace East on October 2, 1839 in Washington County, Texas, and together they had twelve children. In 1853 he and her husband joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and emigrated to Utah in 1855. They settled in Salt Lake City, where she taught school and wrote poetry. In 1875 she went with her husband on a mission to Texas. Then in 1877 the family moved to Arizona, living in Apache and Graham counties. Willmirth East died on March 31, 1902 in Pima, Arizona.

Biographical History

Eliza R. Snow (1804-1887) was a Mormon poet in Utah.

Eliza Roxcy Snow was born January 21, 1804 in Becket, Massachusetts to Oliver Snow and Rosetta Lenora Pettibone. Her family moved to Ohio while she was a child, where she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1835. She followed the early migrations of the Saints, working as a teacher in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1842 she married Joseph Smith, and after his death married Brigham Young in 1849.

Snow was deeply involved in the Church, participating in the organization of the Relief Society and later serving as its second general president. She was also a noted author and poet in pioneer Utah. Snow died on December 5, 1887 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

The East family were Mormon pioneers from the American South who settled in Utah and Arizona. The family was established with the marriage of Edward Wallace East (1814-1884) and Wilmirth Matilda Greer (1824-1902) in Texas in 1839. Together they had twelve children. In 1853 the Easts joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and emigrated to Utah in 1855. The family settled in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Edward East worked as a court clerk. In 1864 he married Emma Lundburg (1846-1902), and together they had one daughter. Prior to 1880 Edward and Wilmirth East moved to Pima, Arizona, while Emma remained in Utah.



comments powered by Disqus

Site Navigation

Search this Collection

Collection Arrangement

Yellow highlight indicates current location in collection description

Item/folder in MSS 8091

Print View

Help with this Collection

Ask us a Question

Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
ryan_lee@byu.edu