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Enoch B. Tripp papers

Identifier: MSS 2032

Scope and Contents

Eighteen volumes of journals and other papers. Volumes document Enoch B. Tripp's conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his missions to the state of Maine, his visit with Joseph Smith's mother (Lucy Mack Smith), wife (Emma Smith), and son (Joseph Smith III) in Nauvoo in November 1855, his participation in the Utah War in 1857, and his life in Salt Lake City. Tripp discusses anti-polygamy legislation, his time on the Mormon "Underground" to avoid arrest for practicing polygamy, and his arrest. The first volume begins with a reminiscence. Also includes a small number of letters and Church-related documents, including patriarchal blessings.


  • 1841-1908


Conditions Governing Access

Original journals restricted. Transcripts, photocopies, and microfilm available for patron use.

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Biographical History

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.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

4 microfilm reels

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Enoch B. Tripp journals, 1854-1908. 2. Enoch B. Tripp personal papers, 1841-1906.

Other Finding Aids

Box-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Jay Robert Johnston, a grandson of Enoch Bartlett Tripp, in June 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jay Robert Johnston, Spanish Fork, Utah; 1995.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Proccessed; Megan Furcini; April 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; David J. Whittaker, Darcee Barnes; March 1998, February 2001.

Processing Information

Processed; Todd A. Smith; 2003. Encoded.

Register of Enoch B. Tripp papers
David J. Whittaker and Darcee Barnes
1998 March
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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