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John T. Dorcheus memoirs

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 1879
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Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiography, 75 pages of John Nicolai Thueson Dorcheus, who lived in Gunnison, Utah, and later in Ashton, Idaho, and participated in the Black Hawk War against the Ute Indians in Utah. Also included are typed copies of patriarchal blessings of Dorcheus family members. Dated 1911.


  • 1911


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical History

John Nicolai Thueson Dorcheus (1843-1932) was a polygamist pioneer in Utah and Idaho.

John T. Dorcheus was born on April 25, 1843 in Copenhagen, Denmark to Neils Thueson and Angelica C. Lund Dorcheus, and came to Salt Lake City in 1860 with the pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Seven years later his family moved to Scipio and then to Monroe in 1874. He married Ellen Jensen in 1865, Alice P. Wasden in 1869, and Mary McDonald in 1881. When the territorial militia was organized in 1863, John was first lieutenant in company B at Gunnison, Utah. John participated in the "Black Hawk War" against the Ute Indians. He later served a mission to Kansas for the Church in 1870. He passed away on February 11, 1932 in Salt Lake City at the age of 88. He was buried in Murray, Utah.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Ivan O. Thueson in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ivan O. Thueson; 1981.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in Folder 2.

Register of John T. Dorcheus memoirs
Elisa Visick
2010 September 10
Description rules
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