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Young, Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith, 1821-1901



  • Existence: 1821 - 1901

Biographical History

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young (1821-1901) was the third president of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a sericulturist, and the wife of Ladder-day Saint prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.

Zina Diantha Huntington was born January 31, 1821 in Watertown, New York, to William Huntington and Zina Baker Huntington. Zina was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Hyrum Smith on August 1, 1835. On March 7, 1841 Zina married Henry Bailey Jacobs, with whom she had two sons: Zebulon Williams Jacobs and Henry Chariton Jacobs. Later that year, she married to Joseph Smith, Jr. on October 27, 1841. On February 2, 1846 she married Brigham Young, with whom she had a daughter, Zina Presendia Young. In addition to her three biological children, she raised four stepchildren (Mary, Clarissa Maria, Willard, and Phoebe) after their mother Clarissa Ross Chase Young died. In her later years, Zina served as Relief Society General President beginning in 1888 until her death on August 27, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:


 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230313915]
Identifier: MSS SC 1592
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of typewritten biographies of Henry Bailey Jacobs and Zina Diantha Huntington Young, along with photocopies of typed and handwritten letters. The items, which relate to family matters and marriage relationships, include a letter from the LDS Historical Department regarding the marriages of Zina to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, and a letter from the U.S. Customs Court in New York denying the existence of any records relating to a divorce between Henry and Zina.

Dates: 1844-1976

Zina Young Card Brown family papers

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197223107134]
Identifier: MSS 2232
Abstract Contains papers relating to Zina Card Brown and her ancestors, including her parents; her grandmother, Zina D. H. Young; and her great-grandfather, William Huntington. Includes a notebook kept by Zina Card (Brown) for a sewing class at Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah; correspondence; a Daughters of Utah Pioneers notebook belonging to Zina Y. Card, 1912-1914; a list of Brigham Young's daughters and granddaughters, 1947; a postcard image of the C. O. Card home in Cardston, Alberta; and...
Dates: 1835-1968

Zina Presendia Young Williams Card photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 105
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of Zina Presendia Young Williams Card, Brigham Young's wives and family, Joseph F. Smith, George Albert Smith, Eliza R. Snow, Zina D.H. Young, Susa Young Gates, and the Card family. C.R. Savage is the photographer of many of the photographs. Materials dated approximately 1830-1949.

Dates: approximately 1830-1949

Jacobs family letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7699
Scope and Contents

The Jacobs family letters are correspondence between Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young, Henry Bailey Jacobs, and their son, Henry Chariton Jacobs. In addition to these letters, there are also diary excerpts from Zina and Henry's other son, Zebulon Jacobs. The collection consists of two folders and is 123 pages in length. The dates of the correspondence ranges from 1846-1915.

Dates: 1846-1915

Robert Orr papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 814
Scope and Contents

Handwritten poems, minutes of a meeting of the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a biography of Zina D. H. Young, a wife of the second president of the Church, Brigham Young. The poems were written at the death of Brigham Young in 1877. The Relief Society minutes relate to a meeting held in the 64th District school house on 7 Nov. 1893 in an unknown location.

Dates: 1877-1893

Zina D. H. Young family papers and photographs

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3884
Scope and Contents

The Zina D. H. Young family papers and photographs included photos and papers pertaining to Zina D. H. Young and her family. Notable items include a letter from Zina D. H. Young to her husband, President Brigham Young, and a photograph of the "Three Zinas": Zina D. H. Young, Zina Young Card, and Zina Card Brown.

Dates: 1876-1898

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230312297]
Identifier: MSS SC 1393
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter addressed to Young's step-son, Willard, at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The item relates news about family and friends in Salt Lake City, including his father, Brigham Young (1801-1877). Also included are exhortations to pray and rely on God. A typed transcript of the item is included.

Dates: 1872

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2184
Scope and Contents

Handwritten correspondence, notes, poems, drafts of speeches, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to family matters, questions on Mormon polygamy, Mormon doctrine, and Baker family history.

Dates: 1818-1880

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young photographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233614178]
Identifier: MSS P 541
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 19 photographs of the family and associates of Zina Young in Cardston, Alberta.

Dates: approximately 1850-1909

Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young incoming correspondence, circa 1847-1897

 Sub-Series — Box 18: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 31197233599429], Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3192 Series 2 Sub-Series 1 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence from family members, such as son-in-law Charles Card, daughter Zina Y. Card, and from peers (Relief Society Presidency), and occasionally church leaders (Heber J. Grant, Lorenzo Snow). Dated circa 1847-1897.

Dates: circa 1847-1897