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Joseph Hawkins papers

 Collection — Folder: 2
Identifier: Vault MSS 724

Scope and Contents

Six items relating to Joseph Hawkins' role in the Mormon War in Missouri. Includes original handwritten and signed letters from Missouri Governor Lilburn W. Boggs, Adjutant General B. M. Lisle, and Brigadier General Green White, which contain military orders to Hawkins. Also includes a printed general order (original was removed to print collection) by Lilburn W. Boggs and B. M. Lisle; and, a newspaper article on Joseph Hawkins from a 1924 Missouri newspaper.


  • 1838-1924
  • Majority of material found within 1838-1839


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Hawkins (born 1794) was a colonel in the Missouri Militia during the Missouri Mormon War.

Joseph Hawkins was born in North Carolina to William Henley Hawkins and Susannah Wesley in 1794. In 1819 he married Elizabeth McCrary, and they had two children together. From 1838 to 1839, Hawkins held the rank of a colonel in the Missouri Militia, serving as commander of the Gasconade County Volunteers. In about 1840, Hawkins married Prudence Reed in Gasconade County, Missouri. Hawkins served in the 1838 Missouri Mormon War.

Date and place of death is unknown.


2 folders (0.07 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Collection was in the possession of a descendant of Hawkins in Missouri as late as 1924. It is unclear how or when the collection came to BYU.

Immediate Source of Acquisition



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

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in folder 2.

Processing Information

Record updated for DACS compliance and value-added processing; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.

Register of Joseph Hawkins papers
Leslie Evens
2011 November 30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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