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Book F, 1856-1857

Identifier: MSS 3905

Scope and Contents

Materials include one bound record book containing records for deeds of consecration to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the transfer of two female African slaves. The documents say African Servant Girls. These were recorded by Lucius N. Scovil, county recorder, and Dominicus Carter, probate judge. Dated December 26, 1856-January 29, 1857.


  • 1856-1857


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.

Biography note

Dominicus Carter (1806-1884) was an early Latter-day Saint blacksmith, polygamist, and probate judge in Utah County.

Dominicus Carter was born on June 21, 1806, in Scarbourough, Maine, to parents John Carter and Hannah Knight Libby. He married Lydia Smith on May 11, 1828 and they had eight children together. Carter and Smith moved to Kirtland, Ohio, after being baptized in 1834; Smith and their two-year-old daughter both died during the move from Ohio to Missouri in 1838. After this event but in the same year, Carter married Sophronia Babcock. He moved with Babcock to Illinois where he was ordained as a a high priest by Isaac Morley in 1841. He later married six more wives: Sylvia Meacham, Mary Durfee, Caroline Hubbard, Elizabeth Brown, Polly Miner, and Frances Nash. Altogether he had approximately fifty-one children.

Carter mostly worked as a blacksmith throughout his life, but after traveling west and settling in Salt Lake Valley in June 1851, Carter opened and managed the Lion House, the first hotel in Provo. He also served on the Provo City Council and as a probate judge in 1852. In the early 1880s, Carter was apprehended by the federal government and imprisoned for practicing polygamy, which had recently been outlawed. He was released after a few months.

Carter died on February 2, 1884 in Provo, Utah.


290 p. ; 19 cm



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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States