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Samuel Stephen Jones papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1557

Scope and Contents

Collection includes the papers of early Utah resident Samuel Stephen jones, including letters, a short autobiography, naturalization records, the lyrics to "Hand Cart Song," a Utah militia commission document, a short, transcribed autobiography of Jones, receipts, a notebook, and stock certificates. Materials dated approximately 1850 to 1914.


  • approximately 1850-1914


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

Samuel Stephen Jones was born February 9, 1837, in Brentford, England to Samuel Jones and Sarah Ann Bradshaw Jones. At some point, their family converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in 1856, they emigrated to the United States, landing in Boston. They joined the Edward Martin handcart company and traveled to Utah. Upon arrival in Utah, he and his fiancée, Lydia Elizabeth Hooker, moved to Provo, Utah, where they were married on February 9, 1857. He worked as a farmer for a time before going into business. He established his own stores, including the S. S. Jones Department Store in downtown Provo, and was an employee and partner in a number of companies, including what would go on to become Z. C. M. I. Jones served as the mayor of Provo from 1898 to 1899. He had nine children with his first wife Lydia, two of whom survived infancy. He was a polygamist, marrying five more women: he married Julia Bulstine Ipson on April 27, 1867, with whom he had four children; Jessie Jones on September 26, 1871; Annie Marie Johnson on December 27, 1875, with whom he had eight children; Fannie Howard on September 26, 1876; and Emma Jane Allman on July 26, 1878, with whom he had one child. He died December 27, 1923, in Provo, Utah.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1979.


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

Related Materials

See also Samuel Stephen Jones papers (MSS 1435) and Samuel Stephen Jones photographs (MSS P 338).

Processing Information

Processed; Isabella Titus: 2024.

Register of Samuel Stephen Jones papers
In Progress
Isabella Titus
2024 April 5
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