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Lydia G. Knight genealogical records and correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 17

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.


  • 1833-1883


Microfilm copy

Open for public research (SCM 001 277).

Original materials

Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Lydia G. Knight genealogical records and correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

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

32 items

3 v. (ca. 130 pages)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Lydia G. Knight genealogical records and correspondence
In Progress
Andrea Wyss
2011 February 25
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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