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Norma Elliott collection on John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt

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Norma Elliott collection on John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt

Dates: 1837-1954

The collection contains papers, notes, transcripts, and biographies written by Elliott about John and Lois Barnes Hunt. Also includes Lois' New Testament in Tahitian. Dated 1904-1954.

  • Extent: 10 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009. -- Hunt, John, 1833-1917. -- Hunt, Lois Barnes Pratt
  • Call Number: MSS 8659
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English with one book in Tahitian.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Norma Elliott collection of John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt materials 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 8659; Norma Elliott collection on John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8659, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The materials were created and gathered by Norma Larson Elliott, who then passed them on to her sister, Dorothy Larson Brown Lisonbee, who then donated them to the library in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Dorothy Larson Brown Lisonbee; 2014.
Related Material
There is more information about John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt in the collection Norma Larson Elliott family papers, MSS 8264.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Genealogy; Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009; Hunt, John, 1833-1917; Hunt, Lois Barnes Pratt
Genre / Form
Family records; Compact discs
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).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Elliott (Norma) collection on John Hunt and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt
Finding Aid Author
Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-10-22 14:48:24 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

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

John Hunt (1833-1917) was a Mormon Pioneer who helped to settle areas in California, Utah, and Arizona.

John Hunt was born on March 9, 1833, near Albion, Illinois, to parents Jefferson and Celia Mounts Hunt. After his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Hunt family shared in the persecutions of members of the early church. As a young man of thirteen years old, Hunt traveled with the Mormon Battallian as a family member of his father, who served as the captain of Company A, and drove the team of oxen for his family wagon for the entire journey. He then helped to build adobe cabins for his and other families, as well as the old Fort. A year later, Hunt travelled with his father and others to California to purchase cattle and grain. He and his family helped to colonize the Provo, Utah area, served in the Black Hawk (1865-72) and Wakara (1853-55) Indian Wars, and Hunt carried mail between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, California, through dangerous Indian territory.

Hunt married Lois Barnes Pratt (1837-1885) on July 4, 1857, in San Bernardino, California, and together they had eight children. Hunt also married Sarah Jane Crosby (1862-1941) on March 18, 1883, in St. George, Utah, and toghether they had nine children. Hunt also married Happylona Sanford (1855-1927) on March 19, 1887, in St. George, Utah, but had no children.

Hunt lived and helped to settle areas of San Bernardino, California, Bever, Utah, and Snowflake, Arizona. He worked as a sheriff, freighter, rancher, farmer, interpreter, guide, and on the Apache County, Arizona, Board of Supervisors, and helped Arizona work toward statehood. He served in many church callings such as Pioneer, Presiding Elder, and Bishop.

Hunt died on June 1, 1917, in Snowflake, Arizona.

Biographical History

Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt (1837-1885) was a Mormon Pioneer in California, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt was born on March 6, 1837, in Ripley, New York, to parets Addison and Louisa Barnes Pratt. She was baptised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by cutting a hole through the ice of the Mississippi River near Nauvoo, Illinois. When her father was sent to the Pacific Islands a second time to serve a mission, the whole family went with him, and Lois was assigned the job of teaching English to the children of the Tahitian Islands. She grew to love the people she taught, and learned their language most fluently. After they returned to America, the family settled in San Bernadino, California, where she met John Hunt.

She married John Hunt on July 4, 1857, in San Bernadino, California, and together they had eight children.

John and Lois moved their family to Beaver and Joseph City, Utah, Savaia Valley, New Mexico, and Snowflake, Arizona.

Hunt died on March 9, 1885, in Snowflake, Arizona.

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