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Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney papers, 1957, 1847-1885

Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 2 Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, a poem, and patriarchal blessing of Whitney, dating from between 1847 and 1885. Primarily relates to Whitney's life in Utah, including business and family affairs.


  • 1957
  • 1847-1885


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Biographical History

Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney (1880-1882) was a Mormon woman in Utah. She served as a counselor in the initial organization of the Relief Society organization in Nauvoo, Illinois.

Elizabeth Ann Smith was born on December 26, 1800 in Derby, New Haven, Connecticut to Gibson Smith and Polly Bradley. Around 1818 she moved to Ohio, where she met and married Newel Kimball Whitney on October 20, 1822. Together they would have twelve children.

After her marriage she and her husband joined the Disciples of Christ, but in November 1830 was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family moved to Illinois during the winter of 1838-1839, rejoining the Saints in Nauvoo. There she served as a counselor in the initial organization of the Relief Society. In 1846 she and her family joined the exodus from Illinois, working their way to Salt Lake City, Utah in October 1848. She was widowed in 1850, and died in Salt Lake City on February 15, 1882.


5 folders

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Available on microfilm in repository.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States