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Utah County record books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3905

Scope and Contents

Materials include nine bound record books spanning the years 1851-1864. They record deeds of transfer, land survey certificates, deeds of consecration, and transfer records of African slaves. Most of the records were kept by Lucius N. Scovil, the county recorder of Utah County, but some were also kept by Dominicus Carter and Howard Coray. The deeds of consecration recorded in Utah County begin in 1855 and primarily mention land and property rather than cash contributions. Dated 1851-1864.


  • 1851-1864


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 Utah County record books must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

Utah County was settled by Mormon pioneers in the southwest United States in approximately 1849.

Utah County used to be home to Native Americans, religious explorers, and fur trappers, but the first permanent settlers in Utah Valley were Mormon pioneers sent south by Brigham Young in approximately 1849. On January 28, 1850, the territorial legislature, called General Assembly of the State of Deseret, declared that Utah Valley would be Utah County and they named Provo as its county seat. For the next two years, county record-keeping was inconsistent as there were no permanent officials instated. However, on February 7, 1852, Preston Thomas was appointed as probate judge and institiuted order amongst the government's record keeping. Certain "selectmen" including a probate judge, clerk, recorder, sheriff, and treasurer, were also appointed.

From 1857 to 1861 the Salt Lake City area was used as a base for military troops, which upset many of the Mormon settlers living there. Utah County has been the site of various development projects such as constructing the Deer Creek Dam and Reservoir, which provides irrigation and water to nearby communities. The population in Utah County has grown over the years. In the early twentieth century the county was the main provider of steel for the war effort during WWII. Now it is known for its large amount of high-tech, computer companies and for its multiple universities, including Brigham Young University.

Biographical History

Lucius Nelson Scovil (1806-1889) was a probate judge for Utah County and a member of early Mormon Church.

Lucius Scovil was born on March 18, 1806, in Middlebury, New Haven, Connecticut to parents Joel Scovil and Lydia Manville. He married Lury Snow on June 18, 1828, and they had nine children together. In 1835, Snow and Scovil moved to Kirtland, Ohio, where they were both baptized into the Mormon Church by the Prophet Joseph Smith on July 2, 1836. In October, Scovil was ordained an Elder and in November he was called on his first mission to Delaware County, Ohio. He came home because of rumors of mob violence, which would eventually drive him, his family, and other members of the Church to Missouri and Illinois. Scovil served a second mission in England and immigrated to the West with his family when it was over. In Utah he became the Superintendent of Public Works for Provo and served as a probate judge for Utah County. Scovil married six other wives: Alice Greaves Hurst, Emma Whaley, Hannah Marie Marsden, Sarah Elizabeth (Libby) McArthur, Rebecca E (Celia) Brown, and Jane Fales.

Scovil died on February 14, 1889, in Springville, Utah.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)



Other Finding Aids

An item-level finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Custodial History

Donated by Daryle Bartholomew, Utah County Government Records Officer, in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Daryle Bartholomew; 2007.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay Larson, 19th Century Manuscripts Processor; 2007.

Register of Utah County record books
Lindsay Larson
2007 May 04
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States