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Jacob Gates papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8904

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials pertaining to a lawsuit regarding Jacob Gates's father, Thomas', previously-owned property in Salt Lake City, Utah. It includes letters between George A. Smith, a representative of the Mormon Church and Jacob Gates. The correspondence describes the dispute surrounding the Church's attempt to purchase Thomas Gates's property without the permission of the Gates family. Much of the content is a description of property laws and a progression of the law suit regarding this matter. Dated circa 1872. Items were housed in an envelope, included, dated October 3, 1895, when the lawsuit was filed.


  • 1872


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jacob Gates papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Jacob Gates (1811-1892) was an early Mormon leader and one of the first members of the First Seven Presidents of the Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Jacob Gates was born on May 9, 1811, to Thomas Gates and Patty Plumbly in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. From an early age, he worked as a farmer with his father, and eventually became a carpenter. While his work was broad and constant, Gates' education was very limited. On March 16, 1833, Gates married Millie (Mary) M. Snow. That same year, Jacob Gates was baptized into the Mormon Church by Orson Pratt and was confirmed a member of the Church that same day by Zerubbabel Snow. In 1834, the newlyweds moved to Missouri.

Under the hands of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon in 1838, Gates was ordained a member of the Seventy. He practiced plural marriage and married three other women, and eventually fathered a total of thirteen children. Gates successfully traveled from Missouri to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1854. He served a Mormon mission from 1859 to 1861 in Liverpool, England, where he was informed by Brigham Young that he had been called one of the First Council of Seventies. He was ordained to that position in 1862.

Jacob Gates' political career began once he moved to St. George, Utah. There he served as a member of the county court for several years, and was elected a member of the house of representatives of the legislative assembly of the Utah Territory every year between 1864-1867. On May 12, 1866, he was appointed brigade aide-de-camp, First Brigade of the Nauvoo Legion Militia of Utah, with the rank of colonel of infantry. Jacob Gates died at his residence in Provo, Utah on April 14, 1892.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Mary B. Kirk, great-granddaughter of Jacob Gates, in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary B. Kirk; August 3, 2016.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013.)

Processing Information

Processed; Rebecca Fetzer; 2016.

Register of Jacob Gates papers
Rebecca Fetzer
2016 September 22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States