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Lucy H. Flake letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4114

Scope and Contents note

A letter from Lucy H. Flake (writing from Snowflake, Arizona) to her brother, William Henry White, March 4, 1883. She writes that her family has been spared so far from the smallpox epidemic (she was vaccinated the day before writing this letter). Her mother has just cut her visit short to go to the Temple. She is happy to share her Latter-day Saint religion with inquiring outsiders. 4 pages.


  • Other: 1883


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Lucy Hanna White Flake (1842-1900) married William Jordan Flake in 1932. They had thirteen children together.

Lucy Hannah White (later Flake) was born on August 23, 1842, in Walnut Grove, Knox, Illinois. Her parents were Samuel David White and Mary Hannah Burton. She married William Jordan Flake (1839-1932) on December 30, 1858, in Cedar City, Iron County, Utah. She passed away on January 27, 1900, in Snowflake, Navajo County, Arizona. Her children were James Madison (1859-1946), William Melvin (1861-1861)*, Charles Love (1862-1892), Samuel Orson (1864-1864), Mary Agnes (1866-1909), Osmer Dennis (1868-1958), Lucy Jane (1870-1952), Wilford Jordan (1871-1871)**, George Burton (1875-1878), Roberta (1877-1981), Joel White (1880-1977), John Taylor (1882-1973), and Melissa (1886-1886).

* Some of these children whose birth and death years are the same lived for a few months.

**Another Wilford Jordan is shown same birth and death dates, only in 1872 instead of 1871.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



A letter from Lucy H. Flake (writing from Snowflake, Arizona) to her brother, William Henry White, March 4, 1883.

Custodial History note

Donated by Chad Flake in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Chad Flake; 1991.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

MSS 3894 Flake, John Taylor, 1882-1973, John T. Flake Mission Journals, 1907-1910. [Her son’s journals.] BX 8608 .A1a no.2735 Excerpts from the diary of Lucy Hannah White Flake BX 8670.07 .F598d Diary of Lucy Hannah White Flake BX 8670.07 .F598c 1973 To the last frontier; autobiography of Lucy Hannah White Flake MSS SC 13 Flake, Lucy Hannah White, 1842-1900. Journals, 1894-1899.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 10 July 2007.

Register of Lucy H. Flake letter
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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