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Whitney, Newel Kimball, 1795-1850

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1795-1850

Biographical History

Newel Kimball Whitney (1795-1850) was a American merchant, pioneer, and ecclesiastical leader. He served as the second general bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1831-1850).

Newel Kimball Whitney was born on February 5, 1795 at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont to Samuel and Susanna Kimball Whitney. Whitney joined the Church in Ohio in 1830, and was a personal friend of Joseph Smith (1805-1844) who founded that faith. He also served as associate justice and treasurer of the provincial state of Deseret (later Utah) in 1849. He married seven times; his wives included Elizabeth Ann Smith (1800-1882, m. 1822), Ann Houston (1821-1848, m. 1846), Elizabeth Almira Pond (1827-1899, m. 1846), Abigail Augusta Pond (m. 1846), Olive M. Bishop (1807-1852, m. 1846), Elizabeth Moore (1826-1858, m. 1846), Henrietta Keyes (1821-1901, m. 1846), and Emmeline Blanche Woodward (1828-1921, m. 1849). Whitney died on September 3, 1850 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

Harold B. Lee Library. Division of Archives and Manuscripts. Register of the Newel Kimball Whitney papers, 1979 (subj.) t.p. (Newel Kimball Whitney) p. 1 (b. Feb. 5, 1795, Bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), p. 10 (d. Sept. 23, 1850)

Kimball and Whitney Cemetery report, 1911: p. 4 (Newell Kimball Whitney; b. Feb 5, 1795; d. Sept. 23, 1850)

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints financial records, 1832-1882

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 5
Scope and Contents Contains land records, indentures, promissory notes, receipts, bills, and other materials related to businesses operated by the Church or its leaders. Includes materials from Kirtland, Ohio; Missouri; and Nauvoo, Illinois, dating from between 1832 and 1882.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4123
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, church related, financial records, legal records, and miscellaneous documents. Notable documents (all photocopies) include an 1844 letter from Joseph Smith while in Carthage Jail and a list of Mormon Battalion soldiers.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records, 1833-1861

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Contains deeds and bonds, tithing and donation records, receipts, minutes of conferences, and other materials related to Church business. Includes primarily records from the Kirtland and Nauvoo periods, with many relating to the construction of the Nauvoo Temple. Materials date from between 1833 and 1861.

Kirtland Council minute book

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2920
Scope and Contents Typed copy of the minutes of the Kirtland Council of the Mormon Church between 1832 and 1837. The materials were recorded while the Mormon Church had its headquarters in Kirtland, Ohio. The volume includes records of activities, ordinations, blessings, and one letter from Newell Kimball Whitney. The clerks who recorded the minutes were William W. Phelps, Orson Hyde, Oliver Cowdery, and George W. Robinson. Joseph Smith, first president of the Mormon Church, presided at the meetings. The item...

Newel Kimball Whitney collection of correspondence, 1837-1845

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains letters pertaining to the operations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its expanding activities. Several are directed to Joseph Smith, and some were written by him or by officials representing him. Others were sent either to or from other prominent figures, including Bishop Newel K. Whitney and Bishop George Miller, who acted for a time with Bishop Whitney as a trustee-in-trust of the Church. Also contains correspondence related to the Whitney family and the Groo...

Newel Kimball Whitney collection of legal and municipal records, 1838-1846

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains declarations, petitions, and other legal documents pertaining to court and legislative actions in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. Materials date from between 1838 and 1846.

Newel Kimball Whitney collection of revelations, 1829-1847

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains early manuscript copies of more than twenty revelations, all but two of which have since been published in the Doctrine and Covenants. Seven of these these are addressed to Whitney, either mentioning him in a priesthood role or giving him instructions. Materials date from between 1829 and 1847.

Newel Kimball Whitney collection on military units, 1840-1858

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains poll books, certificates, petitions, reports, orders, and other materials related to Mormon militia units, including both the Nauvoo Legion and the Mormon Battalion. Materials date from between 1840 and 1858.

Newel Kimball Whitney collection on Mormon Church, 1829-1882

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains revelations, correspondence, legal records, military documents, and church records created and collected by Whitney between 1829 and 1882. Materials document Whitney's service as bishop in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as other aspects of the administration, economics, and community life in Mormon communities in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois.

Newel Kimball Whitney papers, 1817-1900

 Sub-Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 2 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains the personal papers of Whitney, including correspondence, account books, patriarchal blessings and other materials dating from between 1817 and 1900. These papers primarily document his church and personal business in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois. Includes extensive correspondence with his brother, Samuel F. Whitney. Documents from after Whitney's death deal with the disposition of his estate and his burial.