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Margaret Smith Larson and Norma Larson Elliott collection on Joseph West Smith

Margaret Smith Larson and Norma Larson Elliott collection on Joseph West Smith

Dates: 1814-1994

Collection contains biographies of Smith, his wives, and their ancestors, written by their descendants; journals and transcripts of journals of Smith and his wives; correspondence among the family; Smith, Marsden, Fish, and Goodall genealogy; and family photos. Also contains the Joseph W. Smith Book of Remembrance that was created by his seventeen children, especially Margaret Smith Larson. Dated 1814-1994.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.). -- 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smith, Joseph West, 1859-1944. -- Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009. -- Larson, Margaret Smith, 1884-1973
  • Call Number: MSS 8652
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th 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.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Margaret Smith Larson and Norma Larson Elliott collection of Joseph West Smith 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 8652; Margaret Smith Larson and Norma Larson Elliott collection of Joseph West Smith papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8652, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The items in this collection were passed down to Smith's granddaughter, Dorothy Lisonbee, who donated them to the Library in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Dorothy Lisonbee; 2014.
Related Material
There is more information about Joseph West Smith in the collection Norma Larson Elliott family papers (MSS 8264).
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Mormons--Biography; Smith, Joseph West, 1859-1944; Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009; Larson, Margaret Smith, 1884-1973
Genre / Form
Family records
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Larson (Margaret Smith) and Elliott (Norma Larson) collection on Joseph West Smith
Finding Aid Author
Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-12-08 13:01:20 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph West Smith (1859-1944) was a Mormon pioneer who helped to settle the Snowflake, Arizona area.

Joseph West Smith was born on September 6, 1859, in Minersville, Utah, to parents Jesse Nathaniel and Margaret Fletcher West Smith. He married Sarah Ellen (Nellie) Marsden (1860-1924) on November 5, 1879, in St. George, Utah, and together they had twelve children. He also married Della Fish (1864-1934) on October 29, 1886, in St. George, Utah, and together they had eight children.

Smith and his new wife Sarah left for the Territory of Arizona soon after getting married. There, he helped settle Snowflake and the surrounding area as one of the founding pioneers to that area. He served the community, state, and federal government in areas of the Irrigation Congress, the Arizona Counsel of Defence, the Kansas City International Congress, and delegations to Washington and New York City.

Smith worked as a home builder, farmer, teacher, mail man, banker, mayor, insurance salesman, dairy man, and cash store (grocery, etc) owner. He was highly involved in church work also, and served as missionary, Superintendant of YMMIA, patriarch, and temple worker.

Smith died on December 22, 1944, in Snowflake, Arizona.

Biographical History

Norma Larson Elliott (1916-2009) was a Mormon family history specialist in Arizona.

Norma Larson Elliott was born on May 30, 1916 to Margaret Smith and Alof Pratt Larson in Lakeside, Arizona. She studied family history at Brigham Young University in 1962, and it remained a passon for her whole life. She not only found much of the genealogy that is listed for the Larson, Smith, Hunt, and Marsden families, but also collected their histories. She also maintained records about her parents' homestead businesses, Latter-day Saint missions, and lives.

She had no children of her own, but was a motherly influence in the lives of her nieces and nephews. Elliott died on June 5, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.

Biographical History

Margaret Smith Larson (1884-1973) was a Mormon pioneer, educator, merchant, and postmaster in Arizona.

Margaret Smith was born on May 14, 1884 in Snowflake, Arizona, to parents Joseph West Smith and Sarah Ellen (Nellie) Marsden Smith, Margaret was the third child of the twelve they eventually had. Graduated from the Snowflake Stake Academy, then went on to teach. On June 1, 1904, she married Alof Pratt Larson in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had eight children: Hellen, May Belle, Maxine, Marsden, Norma, Gladys, Joseph, and Dorothy.

Together with Alof, she was a pioneer, homesteading in Lakeside, Arizona; later, she ran the Taylor Cash Store and was the Post Mistress in Taylor, Arizona. She loved to play the piano or organ and sing; and she loved being involved in her communities. She held many offices in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including president of the ward Relief Society. She and her husband served two missions to the Maricopa Indians of Arizona and in Hawaii. She lived in Snowflake, Taylor, Lakeside, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Margaret died on August 10, 1973 in Phoenix, Arizona. She is buried in Lakeside, Arizona.

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