Enoch B. Tripp personal papers, 1841-1906
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Contains correspondence, writings, and other personal documents such as a license, a certificate, and blessings. Dated 1841 to 1906.
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Enoch B. Tripp was born in Bethel, Maine on May 29, 1823, to Methodist preacher and shoemaker William Tripp, and Naamah Hall Bartlett. His family was somewhat prominent in Maine, and his father and his older brother both served in the legislature of that state. Enoch attended an academy at age 18, and worked in shoemaking in Maine. Tripp became familiar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he heard of their movement west and went to visit his Aunt, Patty Sessions, who was a member living in Nauvoo. He eventually joined the Church in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1846, and married Roxanna Sophia Billings that same year. He lived in Iowa from 1846 to 1853 before emigrating to Utah in 1853 with the Enoch Bartlett Tripp Company. Tripp settled in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served three missions to Maine. In 1857, he was made a captain of the first fifty in Major F. Kester's Battalion of the territorial militia. He went with his company to Echo Canyon to defend Utah from the army until the army had set up camp at Hams Fork. Later, in 1858, he moved his family from Salt Lake to Provo, following the command of Brigham Young to abandon Salt Lake City. Enoch was appointed captain of the guard of the city west of Main Street, which was in the city while the army passed through. After the crisis was over, Enoch moved his family back to Salt Lake. He practiced plural marriage, taking four more wives throughout his life. He owned various businesses, and served as justice of the peace for several terms in different districts. Tripp died January 25, 1909 in Murray, Utah.
Language of Materials
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Maine -- History
- Missions and Missionaries
- Mormon missionaries -- Maine
- Nauvoo (Ill.) -- History
- Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Salt Lake City (Utah) -- History
- Smith, Emma Hale
- Smith, Joseph, III, 1832-1914
- Smith, Lucy, 1775-1856
- Utah Expedition (1857-1858)