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Lee, John D. (John Doyle), 1812-1877

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1812-1877

Biographical History

John D. Lee (1812-1877) was a Mormon missionary and colonizer. He was executed for his participation in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Citation

His Journals of John D. Lee, 1846-47 and 1859, 1984.

Wikipedia, website viewed 21 July 2011 (John D. Lee; John Doyle Lee; b. September 12, 1812 in Kaskaskia, Illinois territory; d. March 23, 1877, Mountain Meadows, Utah; Joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1838; mission to Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee; practiced plural marriage; farming and rancher in Utah; US Indian Agent in Iron County, Utah in 1856; member of the Utah Territorial Legislature, 1848; Member of the "Council of Fifty"; established a ferry crossing on the Colorado River called Lee's Ferry near his ranch which was named Lonely Dell Ranch; involved in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, September 1857)

Pioneers and prominent men of Utah; L.D.S. biographical dictionary

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Andrew Amundsen journal

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 786
Scope and Contents Photocopy of typescript. Author describes the trip from the Lehi, Utah, area in company with his fellow missionaries to Moencopi, Arizona, where the group farmed, lived among the Indians, learned their language, and taught them about the Mormon Church. Amundsen also records his impressions of the Indians as a people and gives a day-by-day account of the Mormons' relations with them, as well as providing descriptions of various sites the group explored for potential settlement by Mormon...
Dates: 1873

Miles Anderson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2061
Scope and Contents This collection contains 2 diaries covering briefly related experiences and financial dealings of Anderson during the period of 1842-1856, from Nauvoo to the Utah Territory. Also includes patriarchal blessings given by Hyrum Smith and John Smith, as well as other documents and correspondence. Two diaries, family correspondence, patriarchal blessings, family land deeds, Nauvoo Legion Certificate, and War of 1812 pension certificate.
Dates: 1799-1877

George H. Carver diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 524
Scope and Contents Photocopy of handwritten diaries. The collection consists of two diaries. The first was kept from 1879 to 1880 while Carver was serving in the Southern States. The second was kept from 1898 to 1899 while Carter was working in the Northwestern States. Also included is an account of Carter's interview with a female servant of the infamous John D. Lee, who was associated with the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857.
Dates: 1879-1899

Fire in the Bones play manuscript

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1440
Scope and Contents Typed manuscript of Roger's play "Fire in the Bones." The play explores the circumstances surrounding the Mountain Meadows Massacre and subsequent execution of John D. Lee.
Dates: 1978

Collins Rowe Hakes letter

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 466
Scope and Contents Typewritten letter addressed "to whom it may concern: and especially my own family." The item was written in Mesa, Arizona, and dated 24 April 1916. It was copied by S. C. Richardson on 1 June 1931. Hakes heard of the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 before he moved to Parowan, Utah, in 1858. He writes with the intention of showing that Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had nothing to do with the massacre. He quotes Young as saying to...
Dates: 1916

Geroge Washington Hickerson correspondence and family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 840
Scope and Contents Handwritten correspondence largely to and from family members. Also included are biographies and a genealogy of Hickerson family members. Hickerson lived much of his life in Davis County, Utah. Some of the letters were written by Hickerson while serving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Illinois. Several of the letters were written by Hickerson's son, Isaac Hickerson, when he was in California and in Carson City, Nevada. Among the items is a letter from...
Dates: 1852-1932

James H. Jennings historical sketch

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3149
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typescript. The item is an autobiography of Jennings written in 1935. Jennings was born in Ohio in 1853 and moved to Utah with his parents in 1856. He went to the Dixie Mission in southern Utah in 1862 and settled at Rockville. He gave his observations on schools, lyceum discussions, and the economic situation in the area. He also presented short sketches of leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including: Brigham Young; second...
Dates: 1935

Ann Gordge Lee autobiography

 File — Box: 150
Identifier: MSS SC 1706
Scope and Contents Handwritten autobiography. Ann Lee tells about her family's conversion to Mormonism in Australia, their emigration to Utah, and her life as a Mormon woman in southern Utah. She gives details of the brutal activities of Mormon leaders including those of John D. Lee, her husband. She converted to Catholicism later in her life. While the work makes references to historical events, the researcher is cautioned that most of the work seems to be pure fiction.
Dates: approximately 1900

Ann Gordge Lee autobiography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5857
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a handwritten, incomplete version of Lee's autobiography. Ann Lee tells about her family's conversion to Mormonism in Australia, their emigration to Utah, and her life as a Mormon woman in southern Utah. She gives details of the brutal activities of Mormon leaders including those of John D. Lee, her husband. She converted to Catholicism later in her life. While the work makes references to historical events, the researcher is cautioned that much of the work seems to be pure...
Dates: 1900

John D. Lee diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 449
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary with a typed copy of the item. Lee kept this diary while serving in Tennessee as a missionary for the Mormon Church. Lee writes about his experiences as a missionary, the people with whom he stayed, the distances he travelled, and the debates he held with local ministers. He also includes poems, illustrations, and some genealogical notes.
Dates: 1840-1841