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Young, Margaret Peirce Whitesides, 1823-1907



  • Existence: 1823 - 1907

Biographical History

Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young (1823-1907) was born to Latter-day Saint pioneers Robert and Hannah Peirce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was best known for being one of Brigham Young's wives in Salt Lake City and the mother of Brigham Morris Young.

Margaret Peirce Young was born on April 19, 1823 to Robert Peirce and Hannah Harvey Peirce in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1847, she with the rest of her family traveled in the Jedidiah M. Grant/Joseph B. Noble Company to the Salt Lake Valley. Around this time, both she and her sister Mary Harvey Peirce married Brigham Young (Margaret married in 1847) and soon gave birth to Brigham Morris Young on January 18, 1854. She remained in the Salt Lake Valley with her family until January 16, 1907 when she died.

Margaret Pierce Whitesides Young autobiography, 1903 (Margaret Pierce Whitesides Young)

FamilySearch, 11 August 2010 (Margaret Pierce; b. 19 Apr 1823; d. 16 Jan 1907; married Morris Whitesides 1844; married Brigham Young 1845)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Journal of Margaret Pierce Whitesides Young

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230233071]
Identifier: MSS SC 68
Scope and Contents

Typescript of a journal which gives accounts of Young's conversion to Mormonism, visits of church leaders, marriage to Brigham Young, exodus west, experiences in Utah and her feelings about women's suffrage and the practice of polygamy.

Dates: approximately 1900-1976

Lorenzo Snow letters to Margaret Pierce Whitesides Young

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233289799]
Identifier: Vault MSS 410
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of two handwritten and signed letters addressed to Margaret P. Young. The items are a birthday greeting from Snow and his wife, Minnie Jensen Snow, and a call for Young to work in the Salt Lake Temple of the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1893-1894

Margaret Peirce Whitesides Young letter

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232591054]
Identifier: MSS 8813
Scope and Contents

Single letter, both as a photocopied manuscript and as a typed transcription, written by Margaret Peirce, daughter of Robert Peirce and future wife of Brigham Young, detailing her time on the Mormon Trail including her time in Winter Quarters to her relatives in Pennsylvania. Letter was written in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 31, 1848.

Dates: 1848 August 31

Margaret Pierce Whitesides Young autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230306430]
Identifier: MSS SC 882
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a typescript. Originally written to be read at a 1903 meeting of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Mrs. Young describes her life in Nauvoo and her early years in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also comments on life as a polygamous wife of Brigham Young.

Dates: 1903

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