Scope and Contents
Collection contains materials pertaining to the life of Rulon C. Allred. Included are typed and handwritten journal entries and letters, handwritten financial records, and his handwritten autobiography. A typed scrapbook made by his daughter Rhoda as well as Allred family recordings, family histories, and an interview with John Stewart on compact discs are also included. His religious materials include a book with records of work Allred did for the dead in Mesa, Arizona, and diary entries about his service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and as leader of the Apostolic United Brethren. His personal papers include information about his childhood, profession, and life events, including his involvement with polygamy. The Allred family recordings include information on the investigation of Allred’s murder in 1977, and on the women in the Allred family. Dated approximately 1930 to 2005, with the bulk of material dated 1958 to 1978.
Majority of material found within 1958-1978
Conditions Governing Access
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 Rhoda J. Allred and Sharon Allred Jessop collection on Rulon C. Allred must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Rulon Clark Allred was born March 29, 1906, to Byron Harvey Allred Jr and Mary Evelyn Clark in Chihuahua, Old Mexico. He was raised in a polygamous family but during his teenage years joined mainstream Mormonism through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. On June 9, 1926, he married Katherine Lucy Handy in the Salt Lake City temple and moved to California to pursue work in the medical field. While in California, Allred held various positions in the Church including serving in the Stake Genealogical Society and Stake Presidency and planned and participated in many trips to the Mesa Arizona temple to assist with work for the dead.
1n 1933, Rulon’s father wrote a book that defended the practice of polygamy called, A Leaf in Review. Rulon wrote many letters to his father asking him to stop his practice and belief in polygamy and in the process was converted to his father’s point of view. Throughout this time Rulon spent years trying to convert Katherine and other church members to his new belief in polygamy. By October 1935, Katherine and Rulon divorced and by May 8, 1940, Rulon was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After his excommunication, Rulon moved to Salt Lake City and joined the United Order Effort, a break off polygamist group. Rulon quickly climbed the ranks by establishing congregations in Mexico and California, and through his work with and relation to Joseph Musser.
In 1954 after Joseph Musser’s death, Rulon assumed the role of the leader of the Apostolic United Brethren, a break off from the United Order Effort. As leader and prophet of the Apostolic United Brethren, Rulon was arrested multiple times for his practice of polygamy, established congregations in Arizona, Montana, and Utah. By the time of his murder, Rulon was sealed to at least sixteen women and had forty-eight children. On May 10, 1977, by order of Ervil LeBaron, a rival polygamist leader, Rena Chenoweth and Ramona Marston shot and killed Rulon at his naturopathic clinic in Murray, UT. Rulon’s funeral was held at Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, with over 2600 people in attendance.
Rhoda J. Allred is the daughter of Rulon C. Allred, and was born on April 21, 1943. She graduated from high school in Pocatello, Idaho. Allred married Lynn Anderson Thompson. They had ten children together and then divorced in 2005 and she returned to using her maiden name. In 1980, Allred was a library aide in the Jordan School District.
Sharon Allred Jessop (born 1942) is a teacher and phrenologist in Pinesdale, Montana.
Sharon Allred Jessop is the daughter of Rulon C. Allred, and was born in 1942. Jessop attended high school in Idaho. She married Marvin Jessop and had thirteen children. She was a part-time teacher at Pines Academy. Jessop currently lives in Pinesdale, Montana.
4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
2 oversize box (0.95 linear ft.)