Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter

Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter

Dates: 1848 August 31

Single letter, both as a photocopied manuscript and as a typed transcription, written by Margaret Peirce, daughter of Robert Peirce and future wife of Brigham Young, detailing her time on the Mormon Trail including her time in Winter Quarters to her relatives in Pennsylvania. Letter was written in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 31, 1848.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Young, Margaret Peirce Whitesides, 1823-1907
  • Call Number: MSS 8813
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8813; Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8813, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by James and Sheryl Mills, relatives of the Peirce family, on December 4, 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; James and Sheryl Mills; December 2014.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Pioneers; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormons--Nebraska--Winter Quarters--Correspondence; Mormons--Nebraska--Winter Quarters--History; Mormon women--Nebraska--Winter Quarters--History--Sources; Frontier and pioneer life; Young, Margaret Peirce Whitesides, 1823-1907; Peirce, Robert, 1797-1884; Peirce family
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Processing Information
Processed; Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)
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Finding Aid Title
Young (Margaret Peirce Whitesides) letter
Finding Aid Author
Eric Wolford
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-06-20 16:52:09 -0600.
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Biographical History

Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young (1823-1907) was born to Mormon pioneers Robert and Hannah Peirce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was best known for being one of Brigham Young's wives in Salt Lake City and the mother of Brigham Morris Young.

Margaret Peirce Young was born on April 19, 1823 to Robert Peirce and Hannah Harvey Peirce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1847, she with the rest of her family traveled in the Jedidiah M. Grant/Joseph B. Noble Company to the Salt Lake Valley. Around this time, both she and her sister Mary Harvey Peirce married Brigham Young (Margaret married in 1847) and soon gave birth to Brigham Morris Young on January 18, 1854. She remained in the Salt Lake Valley with her family until January 16, 1907 when she died.

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