Philo Johnson autobiography

Philo Johnson autobiography

Dates: 1894

Photocopied and typewritten autobiography. Johnson tells mainly about his conversion to the Mormon faith, his experiences in Nauvoo with leaders of the Mormon Church and the Nauvoo Legion, and his migration to Utah. Philo mentions a retaliation by Mormon settlers against Native Americans in "Tutullry Valley" because of cattle stealing in 1850. He also mentions his own participation in this event. He first settled in Salt lake City but moved to Payson in 1857. He mentions seeing Joseph Smith (1805-1844), the Mormon church leader, on a horse.

  • Extent: 11894 item (5 leaves)(0.02 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Johnson, Philo
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1987
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • 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 Philo Johnson autobiography 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 1987; Philo Johnson autobiography; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1987, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Home and Family; Immigration and American Expansion; Indians of North America--Utah--Wars--History--Sources; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--Sources; Mormons--Utah--Payson--History--Sources; Mormons--Utah--Salt Lake City--History--Sources; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--Sources; Payson (Utah)--History--Sources; Pioneers; Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources; Social Life and Customs
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Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Johnson (Philo) autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-04T17:04-0600
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Biographical Note

Mormon hatter, pioneer, and member of the Nauvoo Legion.

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