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Hammond family biographies and diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 834

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of typescripts of biographies and histories of members of the Hammond family and their ancestors. The biography of Jasper Melvin Hammond (1882-1958) was written "by his wife and daughters" sometime after his death. Jasper, often called Jesse, was born in Providence, Utah but was raised in Marysville, Idaho. He worked in hotels in Yellowstone Park, for a railroad, and as a farmer.

A typescript of the diary of Milton D. Hammond (1831- ) for the years 1856-1858 is also included. At this time Milton was living in Fort Limhi, Idaho. He describes life there and gives details on an engagement with Indians (perhaps Nez Perce) on 25 Feb. 1858.

The biography of Jasper Thornton (1832-1911) written by his children is also in the collection. Jasper was born in Canada and later emigrated first to Utah and later to Idaho. He was a carpenter by profession.

An incomplete biography of Sarah Elizabeth Dunn Thornton (1836- ) covering the years 1836-1863 "as related by her to her children" is also with the materials. Sarah was an early pioneer to Utah and California. She passed by the site of the "Mountain Meadow's Massacre" shortly after that incident.

A history of the Walker family entitled "About our Ancestors" by Frances H. Smith is also in the collection. It tells of the history of the family and includes family genealogies. Short biographies of Joseph Smith Hendricks (1838-1922) and Sariah Fedelia Pew Hendricks (1833-1919?) and a history of Grantsville, Utah given as a radio production in 1937 are also in the collection.


  • approximately 1856-1960

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research; The Walker Family history states: "Copyright 1912, by Frank Allaben Genealogical company."

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Hammond family biographies and diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


6 folders (0.10 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Blair Holmes in 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Blair Holmes; 1977.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Hammond family biographies and diary
Benjamin Sipes
2010 July 20
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