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Letters to and from Samuel Bateman, 1868-1886

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Identifier: MSS 128 File 1
Image of Letters to and from Samuel Bateman
Image of Letters to and from Samuel Bateman

Scope and Contents

This folder includes typescripts of a series of letters and other writings related to Bateman's different ventures from 1869 to 1886. Much of the correspondence is with Bateman's wife, Marinda Allen Bateman, documenting the hardships of this period of their life. The first letters document his call to settle southern Utah, eventually ending up in Long Valley, near present day Orderville. Bateman was asked to go without his family, leaving his wife and sons to tend their farm in West Jordan. The next series of letters document Bateman's call to southeastern Idaho and northern Utah to inspect settlements and do missionary work. The letters end with a tribute to Samuel's mother, Mary Street Bateman, on her 76th birthday in May 1886. The letter was written while Samuel was in exile for practicing polygamy.


  • 1868-1886


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use typescripts, microfilm, and CD reproductions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Marinda Allen Bateman (1838-1919) was a Utah pioneer and midwife.

Marinda Allen was born June 21, 1838 in Jamaica, Queens, New York to Daniel R. Allen and Eliza Martin. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1847, and emigrated to Utah in 1853. In 1853 she met Samuel Bateman, and they married on 27 November 1854 in West Jordan, Utah. They were later sealed in the Endowment House in March 1861. Samuel and Marinda had 13 children together.

Marinda serve as president of the Relief Society in West Jordan. We also raised chickens, ducks, and geese and used their feathers to make bed ticks and pillows. Marinda was a registered midwife in the Salt Lake Valley and helped deliver over 700 babies.

Marinda Allen Bateman died on 18 March 1919 in West Jordan, Utah, during the influenza epidemic.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Bateman (1832-1911) was a Mormon polygamist who served as a guard to the third president of the Mormon Church, John Taylor, and who was a friend to the fourth president of the Mormon Church, Wilford Woodruff.

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.


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Existence and Location of Copies

An edited and annotated edition of these letters by Mark Burkinshaw are located in Folder 3.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States