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William Blaisdell cyphering book

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 427
Image of William Blaisdell cyphering book
Image of William Blaisdell cyphering book

Scope and Contents

Handwritten book of calculations belonging to Blaisdell (spelled Blasdel in the book) of Cambridge, Vermont, when he was a school teacher and young man. Also included are genealogical lists and notes about the life of Blaisdell. Dated 1808.


  • 1808


Conditions Governing Access

Original restricted due to condition. Patrons should use digital copy available online.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Blaisdell cyphering book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

William Blaisdell (1783-1863) was a Vermont farmer and school teacher.

William Blaisdell, also spelled Blasdel, was born on November 1, 1783, in Weare, Hillsborough, New Hampshire to Jonathan Blaisdell III and Merriam Blaisdell. When he was about thirteen years old, William moved to Vermont with his mother and siblings, his father having died when he was two years old. On August 18, 1816, William married Miriam or Mary Mudgett in Cambridge, Vermont, and they had six children together.

In Cambridge, William was a successful farmer and school teacher. He is known to have been knowledgable of arithmetic, and tested whiskey and "high wines." When he died he left a considerable estate.

William Blaisdell died on January 24, 1863, in Cambridge, Vermont.


1 volume (0.05 linear ft.) : (ca. 200 pages)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by the LDS Church History Department in 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; LDS Church History Department; 1980.


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

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy available online.


The item has fire damage.

Processing Information

Record updated; Ryan K. Lee; March 2018.

Register of William Blaisdell cyphering book
Lucas J. Chehda
2012 April 05
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Language of description
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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

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