James Elbert Leavitt record book

James Elbert Leavitt record book

Dates: approximately 1894-1896

Contains minutes of meetings of the high priest's group in Joseph, Utah between May and June 1894. Also includes a record of their "teams," which could possibly be teams of livestock, in 1896. Also includes brief account of a hunting trip Leavitt had in Southern Utah possibly in 1896, including how many rabbit and quail were killed each day. In all, the dates of the contents range from approximately 1894-1896.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Leavitt, James Elbert, 1858-1934
  • Call Number: MSS 8825
  • 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.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the James Elbert Leavitt record book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8825; James Elbert Leavitt record book; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8825, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Scott Swisher in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Scott Swisher; 2016.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Melchizedek Priesthood (Mormon Church); Mormon Church--Utah--History--19th century; Leavitt, James Elbert, 1858-1934
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes; Account books
Processing Information
Processed; Eric Wolford; 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
Leavitt (James Elbert) record book
Finding Aid Author
Eric Wolford
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-12 14:40:09 -0700.
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Biographical History

James Elbert Leavitt (1858-1934) Mormon convert and pioneer in Utah.

James Leavitt was born in Cambria, Michigan on May 12, 1858. After migrating to Utah, he soon married Hulda Jane Parker in Kanosh, Utah on December 25, 1879. Together they had eleven children in all, although four of them passed away early in their childhood. As he lived in Joseph, Utah, he served as the clerk from 1894-1896 to his ward's high priests' group, where he kept a record book which contained both the members of the group and certain activities, such as hunting. After this, he had purchased a plot of land from Isaac and Cora Birdall. However, this land ran into some difficulties, particularly as he had to sue the Birdsall's in 1901 to guarantee the purchase of the property. After his wife died in 1924, he stayed in Joseph until his own death on December 1934.

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