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Carpenter family histories

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1507

Scope and Contents

This collection contains separate transcribed copies of the Carpenter Family. The first document, by J. Hatten Carpenter, describes the origin of the last name "Carpenter." The author begins the family history starting in 1200 in France and England. He then continues with the ancestry of the Carpenter family, who emigrated from England to the United States. The second copy is a sketch biography of Margarett McCullough. The sketch contains a transcript of Erastus Snow Carpenter's letter about his mother, Margarett, to his son Joseph L. Carpenter. It also includes a note by Margaret Carpenter Smith (Margaret McCullough's granddaughter). This biography was written and transcribed by the second great granddaughter Salome Smith Hunter (1901-1976). The third copy, written by Laura Smith, includes a transcribed note of the history of the first choir in the valley. Joseph L. Carpenter sent the note in 1963. It also includes information about General John Steele (1758-1827) from Pennsylvania and copies of temple records of John Steele Carpenter (1822-1852). This third copy contains a short biography of Margarett McCullough and more information about the death of John Gheen from different sources. Materials are dated 1963-1970.


  • Other: 1963-1970


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

Joseph Hatten Carpenter was born on April 4, 1861 at Devonport, Devonshire, England to Robert Wright Carpenter and Elizabeth Link Hatten. After completing his studies he worked for a large mercantile firm in London, and in 1886 decided to help settle Australia. The following year he voyaged to San Francisco with the intention of living in California, but he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked in the Salt Lake County recorder's office. He then served a three-year mission in Samoa. Upon returning home, he moved to Manti, Utah and obtained employment as city recorder for Manti, then at the Manti City Bank, where he worked for sixteen years. In March 1911, Joseph quit his job to become a full-time recorder in the Manti Temple. He also actively participated in the Genealogical Society of Utah. In 1953, at the age of ninety-three, he retired as temple recorder but continued to conduct genealogical research. He died at home in Manti, Utah on December 10, 1964.

Biographical / Historical

Margarett McCullough was born on October 15, 1822, to John McCullough and Eliza Ann Stilley, in Centerville, New Castle, Delaware. Margarett married John Steele Carpenter on September 19, 1844. Together they had four children. Margarett was widowed after eight years of marriage. She and her small family emigrated west to Utah with the help of her brother-in-law, Joseph Crossgrove. Margarett was a member of the Jacob Hoffhein wagon train from April-September 1857. Upon arrival in Salt Lake, the McCullough family were members of the 8th ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Margarett married John Gheen on August 7, 1858, and together they had one daughter. After the sudden death of John, Margarett married Robert Boyd Stewart on August 20, 1861, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had two children. Margarett and Robert settled the area now known as Glendale, Kane, Utah. During her life, Margarett served as the treasurer of the Relief Society. Margarett died on December 4, 1915, in Glendale, Kane, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Lancaster Carpenter was born on July 11, 1881, to Erastus Snow Carpenter and Julia Ann Van Orden, in Glendale, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Southwestern states in 1903. On April 6, 1908, He married Jensine Antonette Jensen in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had one child. Joseph died on December 21, 1968, in Thatcher, Arizona.

Biographical / Historical

Salome Carpenter Smith was born on October 11, 1901, to Jacob Nephi Smith and Margaret Ellen Carpenter, in Glendale, Utah. She is the second great granddaughter of early Utah settler, Margarett McCullough. Salome married Lamont Williams Hunter on December 14, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had five children. Salome died on October 26, 1976, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The collection was donated by Elda Stafford in 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Elda Stafford; 1978.


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; Jamie Wiser; 2024. Processing involved a survey and creation of the finding aid.

Register of Carpenter family histories
In Progress
Jamie Wiser
2024 March 19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States