A typescript of a biography of Samuel Bateman written by James A. Oliver is also included. Also includes edited and annotated versions of transcriptions of Samuel Bateman journal and letters, and James Oliver's biography of Bateman, edited by Mark Burkinshaw, a great-great grandson of Samuel Bateman. Also includes "The Life and Times of Samuel Bateman" - a biography of Bateman by Burkinshaw using excerpts from Bateman's journals that are annotated by Burkinshaw in 2016.
The collection is dated 1868-2016.
- Bateman, Samuel, 1832-1911 (Creator, Person)
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1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
4 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
Samuel Bateman was born July 1, 1832, in Manchester, England to Thomas Bateman and Mary Street. His father joined the Mormon Church in 1838 and emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1839. Bateman's family arrived in Utah in 1850, and Samuel volunteered to go on a mission to Iron County that December. On November 27, 1854 he married Marinda Allen. Bateman was called to raise a platoon of soldiers in September 1857 to confront Johnston's army, and the platoon joined others at Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Led by Lot Smith, these soldiers confronted the army wagon train, burned wagons, ran off livestock, and succeeded in stalling the army from entering the Salt Lake Valley. Later Bateman returned home, but was appointed to watch the army’s movements as the Saints prepared to move south. In the spring of 1861, he accompanied Brigham Young and others to visit the settlements of southern Utah. Bateman attended the "School of the Prophets" in 1868, and in 1870 he was asked to accompany Brigham Young on a trip to settlements in northern Utah. He married a second wife, Harriet Egbert, in 1871. Bateman later served as guard to John Taylor, third president of the Mormon Church, and was with him during the anti-polygamy raids and his death in July 1887 in Kaysville, Utah. He also served as a guard and friend to Wilford Woodruff, who succeeded John Taylor as president of the Mormon Church. From 1888-1889, Bateman served a term in the Utah penitentiary for plural marriage. For work, he was a brick and adobe maker, mason, miller, farmer, and had many other trades. Bateman served as superintendent of the Sunday School in the West Jordan Ward and later as senior president of the 33rd quorum of the Seventy. He died on January 23, 1911, of Bright's disease.
James Albert Oliver was born on July 2, 1861 in South Jordan, Utah to James Oliver and Maria Dalley. He married Emma Mary Ann Holt (1866-1934) on December 14, 1882 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had seven children. He taught school in Bountiful before settling in Provo, Utah. Oliver died in Nephi, Utah on February 7, 1941.
Additional material donated by Mark Burkinshaw, a great-great-grandson of Samuel Bateman, in 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Updated and revised; Ryan K. Lee; 2013.
Added material and updated; Sadie Julian; November 2017.
- Bateman family
- Bateman, Samuel, 1832-1911 -- Diaries
- Church Government
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Mormons -- Utah
- Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Taylor, John, 1808-1887
- Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898
- Register of Samuel Bateman papers
- Amy Perez
- 2011 February 28
- Description rules
- Language of description
- 2013 October 17: Updated for DACS compliance; Ryan Lee; October 2013.
- 2017 February 01: Added material and updated online resource; Sadie Julian; February 2017.
- 2018 March 21: Updated for DACS compliance; Hayley Gorham; March 2018.
- 2020 May 21: Added file-level descriptions for collection in preparation for digitization, and added description for Mark Burkinshaw addition; Ryan Lee; May 2020.