Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary
Scope and Contents
Handwritten autobiography and diary. The account is retrospective until 1856. Edwards writes extensively about his conversion to the Mormon Church in 1839, life at Nauvoo, Illinois, and the death of two of his wives. There is a lengthy discussion in the opening pages of the diary about astronomy and a family cooperative city, "Edwardsville," which he hoped to build. Edwards made the overland journey from Iowa to Salt Lake City in 1848 by ox team and writes briefly about the scarcity of feed and company organization. The rest of the diary discusses life in Utah, Edwards' business pursuits and legal problems, and family relations.
- Edwards, Esaias, 1812-1897 (Person)
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Mormon pioneer, sawmill operator, and farmer who settled in Utah in 1848.
1 v. (ca. 150 p.)(0.25 linear ft.) : (+ 1 vol. of photoscripts)(+ 1 typescript)
Language of Materials
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Existence and Location of Copies
Photocopies of original available in folder 2. Transcriptions available in folder 3.
- Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)
- Edwards, Esaias, 1812-1897 -- Diaries
- Home and Family
- Immigration and American Expansion
- Mormon pioneers -- Diaries
- Mormons -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History -- 19th century
- Mormons -- Utah -- History -- 19th century
- Nauvoo (Ill.)
- Saint George (Utah)
- Salt Lake City (Utah)
- Social Life and Customs
- Tooele (Utah)
- Register of Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary
- Benjamin Sipes
- 2011 May 23
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.