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Snow, Erastus Fairbanks, 1818-1888



  • Existence: 1818 - 1888

Biographical History

Erastus Fairbanks Snow (1818-1888) was an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a prominent settler of Southern Utah.

Erastus Snow was born on November 19, 1818 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Snow joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 when he was 15 years old. He served several missions for the Church, including one to Denmark. Because of his time in Europe, he was responsible for the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and other Church publications into Danish. He, with Orson Pratt, was one of the first pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley. He was later called to be an Apostle in 1849. In 1855 he served as director of the LDS Emigration Office in St. Louis. In 1861 he was asked to settle southern Utah and played a crucial role in the settlement of St. George. He married Artimesia Beman on December 3, 1838, and they had eleven children together. He is known to have had multiple wives. Erastus Snow died on May 27, 1888 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Washington County Historical Society, via WWW, August 10, 2016 (Erastus Snow; b. November 19, 1818; joined the church at 15, served several missions; was responsible for the translation of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and other Church publications into Dutch; served as an Apostle, supervised the settlement of southern Utah and St. George; d. May 27, 1888)

Church News archives, via WWW, August 10, 2016 (with Orson Pratt was the first of the Pioneers to enter the Salt Lake Valley, crucial in the settlement of St. George)

Wikipedia, via WWW, May 19, 2017 (Born St. Johnsbury, Vermont; had multiple wives; died Salt Lake City)

BYU Religious Studies Center, via WWW, April 16, 2018 (called as apostle in 1849)

UPB files, Feb. 3, 2021 (served as director of the LDS Emigration Office in St. Louis in 1855)

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

Almon W. Babbitt legal documents

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230244078]
Identifier: MSS SC 625
Scope and Contents

Holographs. The collection includes legal documents concerning various cases in which Babbitt represented clients in the Hancock County, Illinois, courts.

Dates: 1844-1846

James G. Bleak diaries and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1691
Scope and Contents Photocopies of handwritten diaries and correspondence. Bleak's diaries cover the years 1864, 1869-1895 with a gap for parts of 1885 and for 1886. Bleak writes about his daily activities in St. George and in Santa Clara, Utah, about his activities while serving on the Southern Indian Mission, about his callings for the Mormon Church, and about his relationships with various leaders of the Mormon Church including Brigham Young (1801-1877), Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886), Erastus Snow (1818-1886),...
Dates: 1829-1918

Julius S. Dalley collection of Mormon materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3927

Materials from the lives of Elizabeth R. Snow and Erastus Snow, 1851-1933.

Dates: 1851-1933

Joseph Fish typescripts of histories and diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2010
Scope and Contents The Fish diaries cover his life from the 1840s to 1926. His histories of Arizona and his series on Pioneers of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region cover aspects of western history from 1500-1905. The Joseph Fish typescripts include: "The Diaries of Joseph Fish," Fish's "History of the Eastern Arizona Stake of Zion and the Establishment of the Snowflake Stake," a "History of Arizona Territory," volumes 4-7 of "Pioneers of the Southwest and Rocky Mountain Region," and "History of...
Dates: 1902-1970

History of Erastus Snow

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230324235]
Identifier: MSS SC 2504
Scope and Contents

Typewritten biography with handwritten notations. The item is a thesis for a master's degree. The document is a biography of Erastus Snow (1818-1888); Utah pioneer, colonizer, and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the Mormon Church.

Dates: approximately 1935

Minute book for William C. Allen's Company

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 779
Scope and Contents

Collection includes one volume containing minutes of the chapter's business meetings from 1876 through 1888 and a second volume containing handwritten copies of the company's business correspondence and letters from various Mormon church leaders.

Dates: 1876-1888

Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company contracts or bonds with emigrants departing from St. Louis, 1855 April-June

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232550480], Folder: 19
Identifier: MSS 843
Scope and Contents

A collection of documents issued by Erastus Snow from the LDS Emigrating Office in St. Louis, Missouri, to immigration officer James McGaw in Atchison, Kansas. The documents verify a named immigrant from Europe had deposited a sum of money in Liverpool and that this money is to be used in exchange for goods and supplies for their journey to Utah. The documents are numbered No. 7-60, with some gaps, and date from 14 April to 8 June 1855. Many are signed on Snow's behalf by James M. Brown.

Dates: 1855 April-June

Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company receipts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230326594]
Identifier: MSS SC 2854
Scope and Contents

Handwritten receipts. Erastus Snow, an apostle in the Mormon Church signs a receipt in St. Louis, Missouri, on 18 April 1855 noting William Cooper's payment of $72. John Sanderson signs a promissory note on 10 Oct. 1853 stating he would bring the Thomas O'Brien family from England.

Dates: 1853-1855

Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company records

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232550480]
Identifier: MSS 843

This collection contains correspondence, reports, documents, and passenger lists of ships of the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company. The first folder contains an index of the collection.

Dates: 1853-1880

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Collection 22
Archival Object 2
Letters 12
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 7
Correspondence 6
Material Types 6
Diaries 5
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Saint George (Utah) -- History 5
Church Government 4
Contracts 3
Mormon pioneers -- History 3
Photographs 3
Utah -- History 3
Biographies 2
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 2
Certificates 2
City and Town Life 2
Emigration and immigration -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2
Mormon Church -- Apostles 2
Mormons -- Arizona -- History 2
Mormons -- Utah -- History 2
Mormons -- Utah -- Saint George -- History 2
Notes 2
Salt Lake City (Utah) 2
Social Life and Customs 2
Agreements 1
Agriculture and Natural Resources 1
Arizona -- History 1
Articles 1
Autobiographies 1
Black Hawk War (Utah), 1865-1872 1
Books 1
California -- History 1
Church officers -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Correspondence 1
Civil Procedure and Courts 1
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 1
Collective settlements -- Arizona -- History 1
Colleges and Universities 1
Doctrine and Covenants -- Manuscripts -- History 1
Drafts (Documents) 1
East (U.S.) 1
Economics and Banking 1
Education 1
Electronic dissertations 1
Family histories 1
Family records 1
Genealogies 1
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Photographs 1
Hancock County (Ill.) -- History 1
Histories (Literary works) 1
Hopi Indians -- History 1
Images 1
Immigration and American Expansion 1
Indians of North America -- Arizona 1
Indians of North America -- Arizona -- History 1
Landscapes -- Arizona -- Photographs 1
Legal instruments 1
Lists 1
Log cabins -- Photographs 1
Minutes (Records) 1
Missions and Missionaries 1
Mormon Church -- Apostles -- Correspondence 1
Mormon Church -- Apostles -- History 1
Mormon Church -- Illinois -- History 1
Mormon Church -- Presidents -- Correspondence 1
Mormon missionaries -- Arizona -- History -- Sources 1
Mormon pioneers 1
Mormon women -- Utah -- Correspondence 1
Mormons -- Arizona -- Photographs 1
Mormons -- Colonization -- Arizona -- History 1
Mormons -- Colonization -- Mexico -- History 1
Mormons -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Mormons -- Utah -- Santa Clara -- History 1
Mountain Meadows Massacre, Utah, 1857 1
Navajo Indians -- History 1
Newsletters 1
Notebooks 1
Photocopies 1
Photographic prints 1
Pioneers 1
Politics, Government, and Law 1
Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History 1
Receipts (Acknowledgments) 1
Religion 1
Retail trade 1
Saint George (Utah) 1
Snowflake (Ariz.) -- History 1
Soldiers -- United States -- Photographs 1
Southern States 1
Temple work (Mormon Church) 1
Temple work (Mormon Church) -- History -- Sources 1
Transcripts 1
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History 1
United orders (Mormon Church) -- Arizona -- History 1
United orders (Mormon Church) -- History 1
Utah -- Emigration and immigration -- History 1
Washington County (Utah) 1
Water and Water Rights 1
Water rights -- Utah -- Washington County 1
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