William Jordan Flake diary

William Jordan Flake diary

Dates: 1884-1885

Handwritten diary kept while Flake was kept in the Yuma, Arizona, prison for polygamy. Also included is a map of the lay out of the facility. The diary includes descriptions of the treatment of the Mormons by the guards, including work by the prisoners to repair and unload railroad cars. Also includes poetry and information from letters he received from his family.

  • Extent: 1 v. (64 p.)
  • Creator: Flake, William Jordan, 1839-1932
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1453
  • 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.
  • Images: http://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/SCMisc/id/24773
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Jordan Flake diary 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 SC 1453; William Jordan Flake diary; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1453, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Chad Flake in 1978.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Chad Flake; 1978.
Subject Terms
Mormons--Arizona--Diaries; Prisoners--Arizona--Diaries; Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Flake, William Jordan, 1839-1932--Diaries
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Processing Information
Processed; Patsy Shin Hernandez; 2010.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Flake (William Jordan) diary
Finding Aid Author
Patsy Shin Hernandez
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-07-21 14:19:43 -0600.
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Biographical History

William Jordan Flake (1839-1932) was a Mormon rancher and cattle man in Arizona.

William Jordan Flake was born on July 3, 1839 in Smith Creek, North Carolina to James Madison Flake and Agnes Haily Love. In the 1840s his family moved to Mississippi, where they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They migrated west with the Church, settling in San Bernardino, California by the 1850s. In 1858 Flake married Lucy Hannah Smith in Beaver, Utah, where he set up a cattle ranch. He later married Prudence Jane Kartchner in a polygamous marriage in 1868. In 1877 Brigham Young called Flake and his family to help settle the Arizona Territory. With other pioneers he settled Snowflake, Arizona in 1878. Under the Edmunds Act he was imprisoned for polygamy around 1883. He died on August 10, 1932 in Snowflake.

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