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Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8813

Scope and Contents

Single letter, both as a photocopied manuscript and as a typed transcription, written by Margaret Peirce, daughter of Robert Peirce and future wife of Brigham Young, detailing her time on the Mormon Trail including her time in Winter Quarters to her relatives in Pennsylvania. Letter was written in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 31, 1848.


  • 1848 August 31


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 the Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young (1823-1907) was born to Mormon pioneers Robert and Hannah Peirce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was best known for being one of Brigham Young's wives in Salt Lake City and the mother of Brigham Morris Young.

Margaret Peirce Young was born on April 19, 1823 to Robert Peirce and Hannah Harvey Peirce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1847, she with the rest of her family traveled in the Jedidiah M. Grant/Joseph B. Noble Company to the Salt Lake Valley. Around this time, both she and her sister Mary Harvey Peirce married Brigham Young (Margaret married in 1847) and soon gave birth to Brigham Morris Young on January 18, 1854. She remained in the Salt Lake Valley with her family until January 16, 1907 when she died.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by James and Sheryl Mills, relatives of the Peirce family, on December 4, 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James and Sheryl Mills; December 2014.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor, and Cory Nimer, curator; 2016.

Register of Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter
Eric Wolford
2016 May 9
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States