Nelson Higgins certificates

Nelson Higgins certificates

Dates: 1836-1909

Photocopies of handwritten and printed certificates, applications, correspondence, patriarchal blessings, and miscellaneous items. Most of the materials relate to Nelson's militia activities in Nauvoo, Illinois and in Utah. They include certificates relating to his various military appointments and applications for pensions relating to his military service. A few items relate to the "Walker War" (1853-1854) with the Ute Indians. A few of the materials were signed by the Mormon Church leaders Brigham Young (1801-1877) and Joseph Smith (1805-1844).

  • Extent: 52 items (52 leaves)
  • Creator: Higgins, Nelson, 1806-1890
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1974
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Nelson Higgins certificates 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 1974; Nelson Higgins certificates; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1974, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Allen C. Williams in 1982.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Allen C. Williams; 1982.
Subject Terms
Illinois. Militia. Nauvoo Legion--History; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Utah. Militia--History; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877; Military; Mormons--Utah--History; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)--History; Politics, Government, and Law; Ute Indians--Wars--History
Genre / Form
Applications for positions; Certificates; Letters
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Higgins (Nelson) certificates
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-16T04:20-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Latter-Day Saint pioneer, colonizer, member of the "Mormon Battalion," and militia leader.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts