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Snow, Erastus Fairbanks, 1818-1888



  • Existence: 1818-1888

Biographical History

Erastus Fairbanks Snow (1818-1888) was an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a prominent settler of Southern Utah.

Erastus Snow was born on November 19, 1818 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Snow joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 when he was 15 years old. He served several missions for the Church, including one to Denmark. Because of his time in Europe, he was responsible for the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and other Church publications into Danish. He, with Orson Pratt, was one of the first Mormon pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley. He was later called to be an Apostle in 1849. In 1861 he was asked to settle southern Utah and played a crucial role in the settlement of St. George. He married Artimesia Beman on December 3, 1838, and they had eleven children together. He is known to have had multiple wives. Erastus Snow died on May 27, 1888 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Washington County Historical Society, via WWW, August 10, 2016 (Erastus Snow; b. November 19, 1818; joined the church at 15, served several missions; was responsible for the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and other Church publications into Dutch; served as an Apostle, supervised the settlement of southern Utah and St. George; d. May 27, 1888)

Church News archives, via WWW, August 10, 2016 (with Orson Pratt was the first of the Mormon Pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley, crucial in the settlement of St. George)

Wikipedia, via WWW, May 19, 2017 (Born St. Johnsbury, Vermont; had multiple wives; died Salt Lake City)

BYU Religious Studies Center, via WWW, April 16, 2018 (called as apostle in 1849)

Found in 22 Collections and/or Records:

Almon W. Babbitt legal documents

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 625
Scope and Contents Holographs. The collection includes legal documents concerning various cases in which Babbitt represented clients in the Hancock County, Illinois, courts.

James G. Bleak diaries and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1691
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten diaries and correspondence. Bleak's diaries cover the years 1864, 1869-1895 with a gap for parts of 1885 and for 1886. Bleak writes about his daily activities in St. George and in Santa Clara, Utah, about his activities while serving on the Southern Indian Mission, about his callings for the Mormon Church, and about his relationships with various leaders of the Mormon Church including Brigham Young (1801-1877), Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886), Erastus Snow (1818-1886), and...

Julius S. Dalley collection of Mormon materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3927
Abstract Materials from the lives of Elizabeth R. Snow and Erastus Snow, 1851-1933.

Joseph Fish typescripts of histories and diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2010
Scope and Contents The Fish diaries cover his life from the 1840s to 1926. His histories of Arizona and his series on Pioneers of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region cover aspects of western history from 1500-1905. The Joseph Fish typescripts include: "The Diaries of Joseph Fish," Fish's "History of the Eastern Arizona Stake of Zion and the Establishment of the Snowflake Stake," a "History of Arizona Territory," volumes 4-7 of "Pioneers of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region," and "History of Enterprise...

History of Erastus Snow

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2504
Scope and Contents Typewritten biography with handwritten notations. The item is a thesis for a master's degree. The document is a biography of Erastus Snow (1818-1888); Utah pioneer, colonizer, and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Mormon Church.

Minute book for William C. Allen's Company

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 779
Scope and Contents Collection includes one volume containing minutes of the chapter's business meetings from 1876 through 1888 and a second volume containing handwritten copies of the company's business correspondence and letters from various Mormon church leaders.

Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company receipts

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2854
Scope and Contents Handwritten receipts. Erastus Snow, an apostle in the Mormon Church signs a receipt in St. Louis, Missouri, on 18 April 1855 noting William Cooper's payment of $72. John Sanderson signs a promissory note on 10 Oct. 1853 stating he would bring the Thomas O'Brien family from England.

Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 843
Overview This collection contains correspondence, reports, documents, and passenger lists of ships of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company. The first folder contains an index of the collection.

Photographs of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles under President John Taylor

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 3712
Scope and Contents This large framed photo montage consists of images of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1881. The photographs are arranged in order of seniority: President John Taylor, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, Charles C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, Franklin D. Richards, George Q. Cannon (1st Counselor), Joseph F. Smith (2nd Counselor), Brigham Young Jr., Albert Carrington, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, and John Henry Smith. Around each photo is the man's age, stature...

Printer's galley proofs of "Erastus Snow"

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 337
Scope and Contents Printer's galley proofs of a book-length biography of Mormon apostle Erastus Snow which show corrections made by Larson. Does not include the endnotes, appendices, or index.