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Joseph Hawkins papers

Identifier: Vault MSS 724
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 publish material from Joseph Hawkins papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.


1 folder (0.06 linear ft.)

Biographical / Historical

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

Joseph Hawkins was born in North Carolina to Matthew Hawkins and Esther Lytle. In 1819 he married Elizabeth McCrary, and they had two children together. From 1838-1839, 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.

Date and place of death is unknown.

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

Source of acquisition unknown.


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

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
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017 March 3: Changed titled, removed one photocopy; Updated for DACS compliance; added item-level descriptions; Ryan K. Lee; 2017 March 3.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States