James Cragun papers

James Cragun papers

Dates: 1843-1868

Contains papers related to James Cragun, including letters, financial documents, legal documents, church documents, and ephemera from Indiana and Utah. Includes content related to his years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Utah pioneer, primarily from a financial perspective. Dated 1843-1868.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bunker, Jeffery N.. -- Cragun, James, 1814-1887
  • Call Number: MSS 9118
  • 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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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the James Cragun papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9118; James Cragun papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9118, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Jeffery N. Bunker, son of Iris T. Bunker, daughter of Rachel Evelyn Cox Bunker, daughter of Martha Cragun Cox, daughter of James Cragun, in March 2018.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Jeffery N. Bunker; March 2018.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Pioneers--Utah--History; Bunker, Jeffery N.; Cragun, James, 1814-1887
Genre / Form
Financial records; Legal instruments
Processing Information
Processed; Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2018.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1; 4, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Cragun (James) papers
Finding Aid Author
Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-08 13:35:08 -0600.
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Biographical History

James Cragun (1814-1887) was a farmer, soldier, and Mormon pioneer. James Cragun was born on July 26, 1814 in Connersville, Indiana to parents Elisha and Mary Osborne. He married Eleanor Lane on March 30, 1837 in Boone, Indiana, and they raised eight children together. After his marriage, Cragun lived in Eagle Village until relocating to North Field in 1842. It was there that Cragun met the Mormon missionaries and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 13, 1843. Moving west with Mormon pioneers, Cragun and his family traveled to the Salt lake Valley in 1849. There, he was an early settler of Millcreek, Utah. In 1851, he was ordained as an Apostle of the Seventies. During the Civil War, Cragun fought as a private in the Union Army. In 1863, he moved to St. George, Utah and worked as a farmer. He later fought in the Utah Indian Wars of 1866. James Cragun died on February 13, 1887 in St. George, Utah.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts