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Peter Gottfredson and Alice Adell Keeler Hatch Gottfredson family papers, 1865-2001

Identifier: MSS 7615 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers of both Peter Gottfredson and Alice Hatch Gottfredson and dates between 1865 and 2001. Peter's materials include his research work on the Indian Wars, and his own account of Gottfredson and Gledhill family history. Alice's papers include photographs, newspaper clippings, a significant amount of correspondence, and family history records of the Keeler and Hatch families. Materials dated approximately 1865-2001.


  • 1865-2001


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Gottfredson family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Peter Gottfredson (1846-1934) was an immigrant farmer and soldier who researched the Indian Wars in Utah.

Peter Gottfredson was born in Jutland, Denmark on April 17, 1846 to Jens and Karen Jensen Gottfredson. His parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1851, and he was sent to live with his grandma, Else Marie Margrethe Christensen, and step-grandfather, Peder Christian Jensen (Ton) until the fall of 1855, when the Jens Gottfredson family sailed to the United States to gather with the Saints in Utah. After landing in New York, the family rode a train to Alton, Illinois, where Peter lost his mother to consumption, and then St. Louis, Missouri, and Omaha, Nebraska, before finally traveling with a group of immigrants to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1858. As a teenager Peter worked on ranches milking cows and herding sheep, and then moved with his parents and siblings to Richfield, Utah, in 1864. He eventually obtained his own land of fifteen acres in Richfield. During the summer of 1865 and sporadically until 1867, Peter served in the local militia to defend Richfield and the surrounding cities from local hostile Native Americans in what became known as the Black Hawk War. In the fall of 1865, Peter and his brother Hans moved to Mount Pleasant to find work. He worked in various places in Northern Utah until 1868, when he met Betsy Gledhill. He intended to marry her, but she passed away in April 1869. After she died, Peter promised to eventually be sealed to her in a Mormon temple. By 1870, Peter and his brother, Hans, went into business together hauling and selling hay. They did this for a couple of years, and Peter married Betsy Gledhill's younger sister, Amelia, on April 17, 1872. He continued to ranch and haul, visiting his wife often. She lived in Mount Pleasant while he traveled. In 1874, Peter and Amelia went to work on the farm Peter owned in Vermillion, Utah, to avoid being part of the United Order in Glenwood, where Jens Gottfredson was living.

In 1876 the citizens of Vermillion applied for a county court and school district for Sevier County. The request was granted by the Utah Territory, and Peter was elected Justice of Peace in the Vermillion precinct, and was re-elected in 1884, 1888, and 1890. Then, in 1891 he was elected County Commissioner for Sevier County, and under his administration the county courthouse was built. He was also the bishop of the Vermillion ward from 1877 to 1898. While living in Vermillion and serving in community offices, Peter continued to work on his farm and raise his family.

Peter and Amelia Gledhill Gottfredson had nine children together between 1873 and 1890: James Edward, Maud Amelia, William Hans, Rosella Ann, Arthur, Carrie Helene, Wilford Peter, Violet Adell, and Vida Severine, seven of which grew into adulthood. Amelia passed away on March 17, 1893. Immediately after her death, Peter hired Alice Adell Keeler Hatch, a widow with two daughters, to keep house for him and take care of his children while he worked to provide for his family. In July of that year, 1893, Peter and Alice were married for time in the Manti Temple. Together they had five more children: Edna, Louelle, Lenore, David Booth, and Morris Jonathan. In June of 1907, however, Peter and Alice separated. Alice moved to Manti with her children, but soon wrote to Peter and begged him to take her back. Later that year, he agreed to try living with her again, and together they purchased a new lot and house in Manti. They worked in the temple together, but only managed to stay together until 1913, when Peter moved out and sued for divorce. To occupy his time as a single man, Peter began work on a history of the Indian Wars. He lived in Richfield. He traveled to various cities and counties which had been involved in the conflict and looked up old records and interviewed veterans. The book was submitted for publishing in 1919. In late 1914, Peter married Rachel Scovil Mason, a woman he had known in his youth who had been widowed four years previously. The couple was married in the Salt Lake Temple and made their home in Springville, Utah for six and a half years, until Rachel passed away on January 23, 1921. From 1921 to 1933, Peter Gottfredson lived in a Soldier's Home near San Bernardino, California. He spent the majority of the year at the home, but returned to Utah every summer for a three to six month furlough. During the time he spent in Utah, he did odd jobs for old friends, visited with the Indian War veterans, visited family, and worked more on his Indian War and family history work. Peter Gottfredson passed away on February 20, 1934 in Richfield, Utah, shortly after leaving the Veteran's Home in California and coming to Utah to live with his daughter Adell Gottfredson Jensen.

Biographical History

Alice Adell Keeler Hatch Gottfredson (1865-1956) was married to Peter Gottfredson, served as a temple worker in the St. George and Manti temples, and raised seven children.

Alice Adell Keeler Hatch Gottfredson was born on October 29, 1865 in Goshen, Utah and baptized into the LDS church on July 1, 1875. Her parents were George Keeler and Eliza Shelton. She was married to her first husband, George Andrew Hatch, on December 29, 1886 in the St. George LDS temple. George died on December 10, 1888, leaving Alice with two daughters, Georgia Eliza Hatch and Ethel Adell Hatch. She lived with her daughters in Richfield, Utah. In early 1893, she met Peter Gottfredson, a recent widower, and moved to Vermillion, Utah to keep house for him. On July 18, 1893, Alice and Peter were married for time in the Manti LDS temple. From 1898 to 1900, Alice worked as the postmaster in Vermillion.

After having five children together, Edna, twins Louell and Lenore, David Booth, and Morris Jonathan, the couple separated in 1907. They reunited and moved to Manti, Utah until 1913, when the separation was finalized in a divorce. She then earned her living doing washing for neighbors and working at the Manti temple three days a week. Later she moved to St. George to work in the temple. She died on June 27, 1956 in Richfield, Utah, and was buried in Manti.


32 folders

1 oversize folder

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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States