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Levi James Taylor papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2200
Includes ten journals, 1873-1935. There are date gaps in the journals, and some volumes are missing. Includes a typed copy of the journals. Also contains a Taylor family genealogical record which includes an autobiographical sketch of Levi's father, Pleasant Green Taylor. Also includes a journal of Levi's first wife, Nancy Jane Gates, September 1868-August 1869. Her record includes lists of students she taught at Lynne, Utah, in 1868; lists of children who attended Sunday School in Lynne, 1868-1869; and other information. The materials are duplicates of the originals.

Dates

  • 1868-1935

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to 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 Levi James Taylor papers must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Abstract

Includes ten journals, 1873-1935. There are date gaps in the journals, and some volumes are missing. Includes a typed copy of the journals. Also contains a Taylor family genealogical record which includes an autobiographical sketch of Levi's father, Pleasant Green Taylor. Also includes a journal of Levi's first wife, Nancy Jane Gates, September 1868-August 1869. Her record includes lists of students she taught at Lynne, Utah, in 1868; lists of children who attended Sunday School in Lynne, 1868-1869; and other information. The materials are duplicates of the originals.

Biographical History

Levi James Taylor was born 20 May 1851 at Kaysville, Utah Territory. He spent most of his life in Harrisville, Utah. He was a farmer and also taught school for a time. In 1873 he went to Arizona on a colonizing mission, returning after four months. In 1882-1884 he served a Latter-day Saint mission to the Southern States (Virginia and West Virginia). From 1895 to 1909 he served as bishop of the Harrisville Ward, and served as stake patriarch beginning in 1910. From May to October 1887, and again from October to December 1892, he served terms in the Utah Penitentiary for "unlawful cohabitation."

Levi James Taylor was born 20 May 1851 at Kaysville, Utah Territory. His parents were Pleasant Green Taylor and Clara Lake. He was baptized 20 May 1859 and spent most of his life in Harrisville, a community just north of Ogden, Utah. He was a farmer and taught school for about ten years.

In 1873 he went to Arizona on a colonizing mission, returning after four months. In 1882-1884 he served an LDS mission to the Southern States (Virginia and West Virginia). From 1884 to 1893 he was president of the 60th Quorum of the Seventy. In 1895 he was called to be the bishop of the Harrisville Ward, in which capacity he served until 1909. In 1910 he was ordained to be a stake patriarch.

In 1871 he married Nancy Jane Gates (b. 29 December 1850). She died 26 October 1872 along with her newly born daughter. He married Flora G. Bingham 3 February 1873, and her sister, Josephine Bingham, in plural marriage, 30 November 1875. From May to October 1887, and again from October to December 1892, he served terms in the Utah Penitentiary for "unlawful cohabitation." He fathered twenty-three children by his last two wives.

He died 24 December 1935.

Arrangement note

The collection consists of two series: 1. First installment of Levi James Taylor Papers, 1868–1935; and 2. Second installment of Levi James Taylor Papers, 1872–1935.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.
Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2200.xml

Custodial History note

The collection remained in the Taylor family after Levi's death in 1935. It was donated to the BYU Library by family member Lora Dean Priest in January 2000.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Lora Dean Priest; January 2000.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

The Historical Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, has microfilm copy of twenty-three volumes of Levi James Taylor journals, dated 1874-1935.

Processing Information note

Processed; David J. Whittaker; January 2000.
Title
Register of the Levi James Taylor papers
Status
completed
Author
David J. Whittaker
Date
January 2000
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid encoded in English.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • finding aid revision date not supplied: 2009 September 03 GilEADized to correct small errors. 2009 September 03 Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance by Ryan Sagers.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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