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Smoot, Diana E., (Diana Eldredge), 1837-1914



  • Existence: 1837 - 1914

biographical statement

Diana Eldredge Smoot (1837-1914) was a Latter-Day Saint convert and pioneer, the daughter of Ira Eldredge and Nancy Black. She was a plural wife of Abraham O. Smoot, and mother of thirteen.

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.

Citation:, accessed November 26, 2013 (parents Ira Eldredge, Nancy Black; born in Indiana March 28, 1837; married Abraham Owen Smoot, seven children listed: Olive, Joseph Edmund, Ella Deseret, Vilate, Orson Parley, Horace Alma, and Wilford; died in Provo, Utah, January 29, 1914; buried Provo City Cemetery)., accessed November 26, 2013 (married in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 6, 1855; three additional children: Abraham Owen II, Nancy, Elizabeth; Abraham married to Margaret McMeans, Sarah Gibbens, Emily Hill, then Diana Eldredge)

Diana E. Smoot autobiography [MSS SC 1587], 1912 (born in Indianapolis; grew up on farm; father joined LDS Church in 1840, mother converted but not baptised - family opposition; family followed Saints to Council Bluffs 1846, father helped outfit two members of Mormon Battalion, helped families of other soldiers; family traveled to Salt Lake Valley, spring-September 1847; mother baptized spring 1848, survived cricket plague and gull miracle summer 1848; lived in Sugar House, Abraham bishop; moved to Pond Town 1856, Abraham bishop until 1858; conflict resolved with U.S. Government, family returned to SLC; husband called as Provo Stake President 1868, family followed; Diana in Provo rest of life)

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

A. O. Smoot family correspondence, 1851-1914

Identifier: MSS 3843 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains incoming and outgoing letters from members of the Smoot family. Materials date from between 1851 and 1914.

Dates: 1851-1914

A. O. Smoot family documents, 1815-1961

Identifier: MSS 3843 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains receipts, diaries, poetry, account and memo books, certificates and other personal documents, autograph books, invitations, bank notes and warranty deeds, speeches, periodicals, letters, IOUs, and newspaper clippings. Materials are dated approximately 1815 to 1961.

Dates: 1815-1961

A. O. Smoot family publications, 1847-1919

 Series — Box 3: Series 3; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197227657217], Folder: 6
Identifier: MSS 3843 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Assorted items owned by, compiled or otherwise created by, or about various Smoot family members. Includes newspaper clippings, George E. Anderson book on the handcart trek and the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, book of world maps, John M. Mcfarlane emigration diary, and Diana Eldredge Smoot memorial card, approximately 1852-1914.

Dates: 1847-1919

Card for Diana E. Smoot, 1914 January 29

 Item — Box 3: Series 3; Series 4 [Barcode: 31197227657217], Folder: 7
Identifier: MSS 3843 Series 4 Item 5
Scope and Contents

This file contains a memorial card in honor of Diana Eldredge Smoot. Materials dated January 14, 1914.

Dates: 1914 January 29

Diana E. Smoot correspondence, 1875-1914

 File — Box 1: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 31197227657191], 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.

Dates: 1875-1914

Photographs of Abraham O. Smoot and Diana Eldredge Smoot

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9561
Content Description

Three platinum photographs of Abraham O. Smoot and Diana Eldredge Smoot. Dated approximately 1880-1890.

Dates: approximately 1880-1890

A. O. Smoot family papers

Identifier: MSS 3843
Scope and Contents

The A. O. Smoot family papers consists of correspondence, publications, genealogy records, journals, account books, receipts, and related ephemera. The collection covers several generations and family members of the Smoot Family. Materials are dated 1815 to 1961.

Dates: 1815-1961

A. O. Smoot papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 896
Scope and Contents The A. O. Smoot papers comprise the accumulation of records over the period of fifty-seven years and include journals, diaries, financial records and correspondence dealing with business, personal, church, and Brigham Young Academy matters. The letters are holograph and typewritten, the journals are in both the original handwritten form and xerox copies.The missionary journals were written by A.O. Smoot for the years of 1837 to 1838 and 1844 to 1845 while he was serving in the...
Dates: 1837-1894

Diana E. Smoot autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230313378]
Identifier: MSS SC 1587
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a typewritten autobiography of Diana Eldredge Smoot which describes the trek of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Utah in 1847 in some detail.

Dates: 1912

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Archival Object 5
Collection 4
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Letters 4
Social Life and Customs 4
Diaries 3
Kirtland (Ohio) 3