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Huntington, Oliver Boardman, 1823-1907

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1823-1907

Oliver Boardman Huntington (1823-1907) was a Mormon pioneer, explorer, missionary, and diarist.

Oliver Boardman Huntington was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York in 1823. When his father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church in 1835, his family relocated to Kirtland, Ohio. Following this move, Huntington and his family continued to move across the country with the Church, finally establishing themselves in Utah. Huntington was ordained an elder in the Latter-day Saint Church in 1843 and served a mission to the western state of New York. He later served a mission in 1846 to England.

In Utah, Huntington worked as a farmer, schoolteacher, miner, and beekeeper. He settled with his family in Springville, Utah where he remained active in the Church. He died in Springville on February 7, 1907.

Citation

UPB files, Apr. 4, 2016 (Oliver Boardman Huntington; b. in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York in 1823; father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church in 1835; family relocated to Kirtland, Ohio, the same year; continued to move across the country with the Church; finally establishing themselves in Utah; was ordained an elder in 843; served a mission to the western state of New York; later served a mission in 1846 to England; in Utah, worked as a farmer, schoolteacher, miner, and beekeeper; settled in Springville, Utah; d. in Springville on February 7, 1907)

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Addison Everett letter to Oliver Boardman Huntington, 1881 February 17

 Item — Folder: 7
Identifier: MSS 8406
Scope and Contents Statement by Everett describing a conversation he had heard of Joseph Smith recounting events at a legal hearing.
Dates: 1881 February 17

Biographies

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1592
Scope and Contents Photocopies of typewritten biographies of Henry Bailey Jacobs and Zina Diantha Huntington Young, along with photocopies of typed and handwritten letters. The items, which relate to family matters and marriage relationships, include a letter from the LDS Historical Department regarding the marriages of Zina to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and a letter from the U.S. Customs Court in New York denying the existence of any records relating to a divorce between Henry and Zina.
Dates: 1844-1976

Charles Ora Card correspondence, 1884-1906

 Series
Identifier: MSS 1543 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence in the form of letters predominately written to Zina Presendia Young Williams Card by Charles Ora Card and Oliver Boardman Huntington. The dates on the letters range from 1884 to 1906 and the locations from which the letters were sent include Cardston, Canada; Logan, Utah; and Springville, Utah. Includes topics of family, business enterprises, and work within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dates: 1884-1906

Oliver Boardman Huntington autobiography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2219
Scope and Contents Handwritten unsigned, autobiographical account believed to have been written by Huntington. The author writes of being called by Brigham Young and Daniel H. Wells to go with an expedition to Carson Valley and tell the Mormons there to return to Utah to meet the United States army, known as "Johnston's Army" in 1857. Huntington gives and account of this expedition and mentions those who participated in it.
Dates: approximately 1880

Oliver Boardman Huntington diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3836
Scope and Contents Type-written copy of the Huntington diary, volume 2.
Dates: date of production not identified

Oliver Boardman Huntington papers

 Collection — Box: 3
Identifier: MSS 162
Scope and Contents Collection contains diaries, ephemera, and patriarchal blessings produced by Oliver Boardman Huntington and his son, Oliver B. Huntington. Items document the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon exodus to the West, and the establishment and early development of Utah. Materials date from between 1843 and 1932.

Transcriptions of most items also available.
Dates: 1843-1932

William Huntington diary and autobiography

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 272
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary including a retrospective account of Huntington's life. Huntington writes about his early life, his conversion to the Mormon Church, and his experience as a Mormon in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. He also writes about the death of Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church, service in the Nauvoo Legion militia organization, and preparations of the Mormons to migrate to the mountains. Huntington made diary entries in 1846. The item was transcribed by O. B....
Dates: 1784-1846

Letters received

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 1050
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten and signed letters. Three of the items are letters of introduction by the second president of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young. Another letter is from Brigham Young asking William Huntington for his aid in bringing Clarissa A. Scofield to Mormon Church headquarters. This item also includes a lengthy postscript concerning activities in preparation for the Mormon migration to Utah. Also included is a letter from the Mormon Apostle, Heber C. Kimball, asking...
Dates: 1846-1849

Oliver B. Huntington record books and other material, 1845-1928

 Series
Identifier: MSS 162 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains records of patriarchal blessings, newspaper clippings, and other ephemeral items written or gathered by Oliver B. Huntington. Some of these items were originally found in the diaries of Huntington's father, Oliver Boardman Huntington.
Dates: 1845-1928

Oliver Boardman Huntington diaries, 1843-1907

 Series
Identifier: MSS 162 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains diaries written by Huntington between 1843 and 1907. Includes descriptions of his early life, his life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his service as a Mormon missionary in England, and his life as an early pioneer in Utah. Diaries also include reminiscent accounts of early Church history written by Huntington later in life. There are many gaps in the record.
Dates: 1843-1907