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Parley P. Pratt and Belinda Marden Pratt book of poetry and accounts

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 725

Scope and Contents

One notebook with handwritten items in it. It includes poems by Pratt and his wife Belinda Marden Pratt. One poem deals with the martyrdom of the Mormon Prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844). Also included are financial records. Likely produced in Utah, although no locations are identified. Dated 1847.


  • 1847


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 Parley P. Pratt and Belinda Marden Pratt book of poetry and accounts must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

Belinda Marden Pratt (1820-1894) was a wife of Parley P. Pratt and an active member of the early LDS church.

Belinda Pratt was born Melinda Marden on December 24, 1820 in Chichester, New Hampshire to John Marden and Rachel Shaw. She was converted to the LDS Church in 1843. She was sealed to Parley P. Pratt November 20, 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois. She moved to Utah and was an active member of the Church there, serving as Relief Society president of her ward and later her stake. Belinda Marden Pratt passed away February 19, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical history

Parley P. Pratt (1807-1857) was an American religious leader and missionary.

Parley P. Pratt was born April 12, 1807 in Burlington, New York, to Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson Pratt. He served as an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1835 to his death in 1857. Parley P. Pratt was assassinated May 13, 1857 in Alma, Arkansas.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft)



Custodial History

Item was placed at BYU on permanent loan by Kristen McKendry in 1988. The item has been handed down to women in the family, beginning with Belinda Pratt. Ownership was transferred to her niece, Sarah Nielsen Barrows, in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Loaned; Kristen McKendry; 1988.


LDS, Utah and Western American cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Leslie Evens; November 2011.

Processed; Maddi Landrith; March 2018.
Register of Parley P. Pratt and Belinda Marden Pratt book of poetry and accounts
Leslie Evens
2011 November 30
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