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Bullock, Thomas, 1816-1885



  • Existence: 1816 - 1885

Biographical History

Thomas Bullock (1816-1885) was a pioneer who worked as a clerk for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois and Utah.

Thomas Bullock was born on December 23, 1816 as the youngest of nine children to Thomas and Mary Bullock in Leek, Staffordshire, England. At age thirteen, he began apprenticing as a clerk at a law office. In 1838, he began working in the government's excise department and married Henrietta Rushton. They were baptized as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in November of 1841. By 1843, Bullock and his family traveled to the United States to join the other Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Thomas's clerkship skills enabled him to serve as Joseph Smith's personal clerk up through Joseph's martyrdom. He later stayed behind to record the saints' final days in Nauvoo before their mass exodus to Salt Lake City, Utah and then recorded their consequent pioneer trek west to Utah. He held numerous clerkship positions in Utah for the duration of his life, including clerking for Brigham Young and various projects for the Church.

Bullock practiced plural marriage. In addition to Henrietta, he married Lucy Clayton in 1846 and Betsy Prudence Howard in 1852. Thomas Bullock died in Coalville, Utah on February 10, 1885 leaving behind twenty-three children and a legacy laced with multiple influential clerical undertakings.

Citation:, May 10, 2017 (b. 1816 in Staffordshire, England; d. 1885 in Coalville, UT; married Henrietta Rushton, Lucy Caroline Clayton, and Betsey Prudence Howard)

Wikipedia, May 10, 2017 (worked as legal figure in the British government, as a clerk for the Church, and as a participant in one of the pioneer companies of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Thomas Bullock letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230316181]
Identifier: MSS SC 1820
Scope and Contents

Handwritten letter to Robert Ball along with two corrected, typed copies of it. The letter bears witness to his belief in Joseph Smith and Brigham Young as prophets of God and praises the wholesome lifestyle in Utah.

Dates: 1855

Thomas Bullock papers

Identifier: Vault MSS 772
Scope and Contents Contains materials pertaining to the life and family members of Thomas Bullock. Includes personal and professional materials of journals, letters of correspondence, financial records, certificates, genealogical data, recorded blessings, and poems. His original and copied journal excerpts document day to day life, spiritual experiences, and recorded historical moments while living in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the Mormon Trail in 1858, and living in Utah. Letters of correspondence are penned by...
Dates: 1808-1991; Majority of material found within 1808-1892

Greg Knight honors thesis

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS772_S2_F3_I2
Dates: 1991 March 22

Names of the offices in Summit Stake of Zion

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230322817]
Identifier: MSS SC 2619
Scope and Contents

Photomechanical reproduction of a handwritten manuscript. The item is a list of all stake officies in the Summit Stake of the Mormon Church as of 10 Aug. 1879. The manuscript includes the names of the office holders, time and place of their births, the names of their parents, when and where they were baptized into the Mormon Church for the first time and when and where they were rebaptized into that faith, and when and by whom these persons were ordained.

Dates: 1879

Jennetta Richards letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 781
Scope and Contents

Five holograph letters plus typescripts of each. All of the letters were written to the family of Jennetta Richards (d. 1845) in England. Three are by Jennetta and were composed in Nauvoo, Illinois. They are largely concerned with family matters. One dated 8 July 1844 tells of the assassination of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844).

Dates: 1841-1848

George Albert Smith mortgage agreement

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2250
Scope and Contents

Handwritten mortgage agreement of George A Smith (1817-1875) for property in Salt Lake City, Utah. The item was signed by Thomas Bullock (1816-1885), the recorder for Salt Lake City.

Dates: 1857

Thomas Bullock genealogical papers, approximately 1830-1893

Identifier: Vault MSS 772 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Includes genealogies for both the Bullock and Howard families, discussing members of the family up until the passing of Thomas Bullock. Materials dated approximately 1830-1893.

Dates: approximately 1830-1893

Thomas Bullock journal

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS772_S2_F2_I1
Dates: 1845-1846

Thomas Bullock journal

 Digital Record
Identifier: VMSS772_S2_F5_I4
Dates: 1858 May-June

Thomas Bullock journals, 1845-1991

Identifier: Vault MSS 772 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains Thomas Bullock's original journals and typescripts documenting experiences of a personal and informative nature in Nauvoo, Illinois and on the Mormon trail west. Dated 1845-1991.

Dates: 1845-1991

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Digital Record 5
Collection 5
Archival Object 3
Diaries 7
Latter Day Saints -- Illinois -- Nauvoo 6
Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- Salt Lake City -- History 4
Latter Day Saints -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History 3
Letters 3