Lydia G. Knight genealogical records and correspondence
Scope and Contents
Handwritten genealogical records and 32 miscellaneous items, mostly letters. Also included are photocopies, typescripts, and three microfilm reels of the originals. The correspondence is between Lydia and her family members in the New Albion area of New York state. They relate family matters and include Lydia's testimony of polygamy. Also included are several pages of a journal giving an account of an unnamed person on a mission in 1836 for the Mormon Church to work on the temple in Kirtland, Ohio. Also included is an anonymous account of a revelation of the near destruction of the people of the United States and the divine rescue of persecuted Mormons.
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Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey Knight was a Mormon woman from Massachusetts, wife of Newel Knight, plural wife, and worker in Mormon temples.
She was born on June 9, 1812, in Sutton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, one of twelve children to Jessse Goldthwaite, her father. In 1828, she married Calvin Bailey, but he left her three years later. She was converted by Joseph Smith while visiting friends in Mt. Pleasant, Ontario, Canada, in 1833.
In 1834, she returned to New York. Her parents did not support her decision. She then gathered with the saints at Kirtland in 1835. While working for Hyrum Smith, she met and married Newel Knight, who was boarding at Hyrum’s home. After the death of her husband in 1847 during the Mormon exodus, Lydia and seven children arrived in Utah in 1850. She resided in Salt Lake City, Provo, Payson, and Santa Clara. On April 3, 1884, she died in St. George.
1 microfilm reel
3 v. (ca. 130 pages)
Language of Materials
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History--19th century
- Kirtland Temple -- History
- Knight, Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey, 1812-1884 -- Correspondence
- Knight, Newel, 1800-1847
- Mormon temples -- History -- Sources
- Mormons -- Correspondence
- Polygamy -- Utah -- History -- 19th century
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