Jesse O. Ballenger letters

Jesse O. Ballenger letters

Dates: 1876-1877

Photocopies of typescripts of four letters by Ballenger, three addressed to President Brigham Young and one to Apostle John Taylor outlining conditions in the settlement at Sunset Crossing, Arizona. Content includes relationship with local Native American tribes. Dated 1876-1877.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ballenger, Jesse O. (Jesse Oglestone), 1824-1881. -- Tanner, George S.
  • Call Number: MSS SC 795
  • 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.
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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 Jesse O. Ballenger letters 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 795; Jesse C. Ballenger letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 795, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by George S. Tanner, who collected these letters while researching on Mormon settlements in northern Arizona.
Acquisition Information
Donated; George S. Tanner. Date of acquisition unknown.
Subject Terms
Frontier and pioneer life--Arizona; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Indians of North America--Arizona; United orders (Mormon Church)--Arizona; Mormons--Colonization--Arizona; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877--Correspondence; Taylor, John, 1808-1887--Correspondence; Ballenger, Jesse O. (Jesse Oglestone), 1824-1881--Correspondence; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Arizona; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Arizona; Tanner, George S.
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Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
Ballenger (Jesse O.) letters
Finding Aid Author
Patsy Shin Hernandez
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-07-08 15:08:36 -0600.
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Biographical History

Jesse O. Ballenger (1824-1881) was an early Mormon farmer in Utah and colonizer in northern Arizona.

Jesse Oglestone Ballenger was born November 20, 1824, in Jamestown, Kentucky, to Mary Ann (Polly) Hartley and Thomas Ballenger. He married Virginia Steveson Jones on March 9, 1869, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had one child together. He worked as a farmer while in Utah. In 1876, he was one of four leaders of companies to help establish Mormon settlements in northern Arizona along the Little Colorado River. Ballenger's settlement was first called Ballenger, but was changed in 1878 to Brigham City. The community was based on the United Order system of organization, and at its peak had about 275 people. By 1881 many became discouraged and it was disbanded, the settlers scattering to other Arizona communities, or leaving Arizona all together.

Jesse O. Ballenger died December 31, 1881, in Springville, Utah.

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