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George Spilsbury autobiography

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 117

Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiography with a photocopy of the item. The volume includes handwritten copies of letters received and patriarchal blessings of family members. Spilsbury writes about travelling in southern Utah as a patriarch, gives a brief description of his mission to Wales, talks about some of the prophecies of the first president of the LDS Church, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), and describes the exodus west of Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois to Utah. Dated from 1843 to 1911.


  • 1843-1911


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 George Spilsbury autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

George Spilsbury (1823-1918) was a Mormon pioneer from England and patriarch who settled in St. George, Utah.

George Spilsbury was born on April 21, 1823, in Leigh, England, to Joseph Spilsbury and Hanna Vobe Haden. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1840. He married Fanny Smith on September 5, 1842, in England, and they had fifteen children together. He also had three other wives in his llife time Ann Cooper, Harriet Hoagland Wonfer, and Lydia Lemon. They moved to the United States in 1843 to join with the members of the church in Nauvoo where George worked as a builder and a quarryman. He later moved with the saints west to Utah and settled in southern Utah. George Spilsbury died approximately 1919 in Toquerville, Utah.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

1 computer disk

Language of Materials



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.)

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcriptions are located on m-disc, in MSS 117.

Processing Information

Processed; Rose Frank; April 2011.

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Rose Frank
2011 April 27
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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