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Zebedee Coltrin patriarchal blessing for Electa Bullock

Zebedee Coltrin patriarchal blessing for Electa Bullock

Dates: 1876 November 12

Contains a patriarchal blessing given by Zebedee Coltrin to Electa Bullock, who later became the first wife of Abraham Owen Smoot II. The blessing was given in Provo, Utah. Dated November 12, 1876.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.) : 4 pages ; 64 x 20 cm. folded to 32 x 20 cm.
  • Creator: Coltrin, Zebedee, 1804-1887
  • Call Number: MSS 8887
  • 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: Original restricted due to condition. Contact Supervisor of Reference Services for permission to access. Digital copy and transcription available.
  • Images: https://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15999coll31/id/420
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Zebedee Coltrin patriarchal blessing for Electa Bullock must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8887; Zebedee Coltrin patriarchal blessing for Electa Bullock; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8887, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Jeanine Madsen Beck in 2016. Beck received items from Fern Smoot Taylor, granddaughter of Abraham Owen Smoot II. Beck is Taylor's niece.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Jeanine Madsen Beck; July 2016.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Smoot, Electa Bullock, 1859-1887
Genre / Form
Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)
Processing Information
Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West 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
Coltrin (Zebedee) patriarchal blessing for Electa Bullock
Finding Aid Author
Ryan K. Lee
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-06-08 14:31:36 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Zebedee Coltrin (1804–1887) was a Mormon pioneer and a general authority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1835 to 1837.

Zebedee Coltrin was born on September 7, 1804 in Ovid, New York. In 1814, his family moved to Strongsville, Ohio. Sometime before 1828, Coltrin married Julia Ann Jennings.

On 9 January 1831, Coltrin was baptized into the Mormon Church by Solomon Hancock at Strongsville, Ohio and ordained an elder of the church on January 21, 1831. Just weeks after, Coltrin was assigned to go to Missouri as a church missionary with Levi W. Hancock. On July 17, 1832, Coltrin was ordained a high priest and in 1834 he served another mission, this time to Upper Canada. On 19 April 1834, Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Oliver Cowdery gave Zebedee a blessing that he would live to see 70 years old and be blessed with wisdom to preach the gospel. Also in 1834, Coltrin joined Zion's Camp and marched from Ohio to Missouri to assist Mormons there.

Coltrin became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on 28 February 1835. The next day, Coltrin was appointed to be one of the first seven presidents of the Seventy. When the church hierarchy realized that Coltrin had previously been ordained a high priest, Coltrin was released as one of the presidents of the Seventy on 6 April 1837.

Coltrin and his family moved to Commerce, Illinois in 1839 but soon moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He was appointed second counselor to Almon W. Babbit in the Kirtland Stake on May 22, 1841 and was received into the Nauvoo high priests quorum June 4, 1843. Coltrin traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. In 1852, he settled in Spanish Fork, Utah Territory. Coltrin practiced plural marriage, and his second wife, Mary Mott, gave birth to his eight children.

In 1873, John Taylor ordained Coltrin to be a church patriarch, a position he held until his death in Spanish Fork on July 21, 1887, at the age of 83.

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