Joseph Hawkins papers

Joseph Hawkins papers

Dates: 1838-1924, 1838-1839

Six items relating to Joseph Hawkins' role in the Mormon War in Missouri. Includes original handwritten and signed letters from Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs, Adjutant General B. M. Lisle, and Brigadier General Green White, which contain military orders to Hawkins. Also includes a printed general order (original was removed to print collection) by Lilburn W. Boggs and B. M. Lisle; and, a newspaper article on Joseph Hawkins from a 1924 Missouri newspaper.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.06 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hawkins, Joseph, 1794
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 724
  • 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 Joseph Hawkins papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 724; Joseph Hawkins papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 724, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was in the possession of a descendant of Hawkins in Missouri as late as 1924. It is unclear how or when the collection came to BYU.
Acquisition Information
Source of acquisition unknown.
Subject Terms
Missouri--Politics and government--To 1865; Military; Politics, Government, and Law; Mormons--Missouri--Persecutions--History; Missouri--Militia--History; Church and state--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Boggs, Lillburn W., 1792-1860
Genre / Form
Military orders; Articles; Letters
Processing Information
Record updated for DACS compliance and value-added processing; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Hawkins (Joseph) papers
Finding Aid Author
Leslie Evens
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-08-31 14:25:45 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Hawkins (b. 1794) was a colonel in the Missouri Militia during the Mormon Missouri War.

Joseph Hawkins was born in North Carolina to Matthew Hawkins and Esther Lytle. In 1819 he married Elizabeth McCrary, and they had two children together. From 1838-1839, Hawkins held the rank of a colonel in the Missouri Militia, serving as commander of the Gasconade County Volunteers. In about 1840, Hawkins married Prudence Reed in Gasconade County, Missouri.

Date and place of death is unknown.

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