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Diana E. Smoot correspondence, 1875-1914

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 3843 Series 1 File 2

Scope and Contents

This file contains letters addressed to Diana Eldredge Smoot from several family members. Topics include family updates and condolences for the death of Abraham O. Smoot. Materials dated 1875 to 1914.


  • 1875-1914


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Biographical History

Diana Eldredge Smoot, daughter of Ira Eldredge and Nancy Black, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 28, 1837. She grew up on a suburban farm. In 1840, when she was three or four, her father joined the LDS Church (her mother was converted at this point but not baptized due to family opposition). In 1846, after the Saints were driven from Nauvoo, the family followed them to Council Bluffs, where her father outfitted Ephraim Hanks and Joseph Baxter for the Mormon Battalion (being unable to join himself due to family responsibilities) and distributed dry goods to the families of those who joined it. The family started for the Salt Lake Valley in the spring of 1847, arriving in September, and the following spring, her mother was baptized. She witnessed the cricket plague of 1848 and its miraculous end that summer. Diana married Abraham Owen Smoot in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 6, 1855 (his fourth wife) and bore him thirteen children, ten of whom survived to adulthood: Abraham Owen II, Nancy, Olive, Elizabeth, Joseph Edmund, Ella Deseret, Vilate, Orson Parley, Horace Alma, and Wilford. The family lived in Sugar House where Abraham was bishop, then moved south to Pond Town avoid the invasion of Johnston's Army in 1856; here Abraham again served as bishop until the resolution of the conflict between the U.S. Government and the Saints allowed them to return to Salt Lake City in 1858. In 1868, Abraham was called to Provo to be its Stake President; Diana and family followed later, and here Diana lived for the rest of her life. She died in Provo, Utah on January 29, 1914 and was buried in Provo City Cemetery.


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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States