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Lois Angeline Smith Bushman family letters

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9505

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of letters related to the family of Lois Angeline Smith Bushman. Includes six letters: 1) letter from Bushman's grandfather, Benjamin Foscue, to her father, John Smith, dated July 4, 1849, expressing displeasure that Smith and his wife, Maria, Benjamin's daughter, were moving from Texas to Utah with the Mormons; 2) letter from Maria Foscue Smith, Goshen, Utah, to Lois Angeline Smith Bushman, dated May 7, 1877, asking her to come to Goshen to help take care of her mother's sister, Gussie, who was in poor health; 3) letter from John Bushman from Allen City, Yavaipai County, Arizona to his wife, Lois, in Lehi, Utah, dated June 24, 1877; 4) letter from John Bushman, presumably to his wife, Lois, dated July 2, 1877; 5) letter from John Bushman, Allens Camp [Arizona], to his wife, Lois, dated August 12, 1877; and, 6) letter from Lois Angeline Smith Bushman, Lehi, Utah, to her husband, John Bushman, dated November 11, 1877. John Bushman had been called to settle the area that became Joseph City, Arizona, and was there with his second wife while Lois stayed in Utah with the children. Transcriptions of letters are included.


  • 1849-1877


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Lois Angeline Smith Bushman was born on January 25, 1844, in Little Rock, Arkansas to John Mitchell Smith and Maria Amanda Foscue. Her family relocated from Texas to travel to Utah with the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Along the journey, her father contracted cholera and died, leaving behind his wife and their four small children which included Lois. Once in Utah, the family settled in Lehi, Utah. While in Lehi, Lois met John Bushman and they were married on February 11, 1865, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had twelve children. In 1874 Lois and John were sent to establish the settlement of St. Joseph, Arizona. In 1902, Lois received a cash dowry of $500 from an uncle, which she used to open a dry goods store. The dry goods store was the first store in St. Joseph and served as a trading center for the Navajo Indians. Lois returned to Utah with her husband where they resettled in Lehi, Utah. She died on September 19, 1921, in Lehi, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Materials were handed down through the descendants of the Smith Bushman family. The materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Julynn Chipman Larson, a great-great granddaughter of Lois Angeline Smith Bushman on September 13, 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Julynn Chipman Larson; September 13, 2021.


The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormonism (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020).

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; September 2023.

Register of Lois Angeline Smith Bushman family letters
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 September 18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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