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Urie family papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3171

Scope and Contents

Collection includes fourteen letters written primarily by or to John Urie, Priscilla Klingensmith Urie, or other Urie family members, mostly about everyday family matters and Urie genealogy. (Other writers and recipients of letters include John Urie's parents, George Urie and Agnes Maine Urie; his brother George Urie; a cousin, Herschell Main; and a James Cronelius Cattle and Dan H. Simmons, among others.) One of the letters, written by John Urie to his brother George is a lengthy (16 p.) outline of his religious beliefs; a second, written by John Urie to his family, is also a detailed account of his religious beliefs (29 p.). Also included is one eulogy written for John Urie by John Chatterely; one receipt for Priscilla Klingensmith Urie's funeral services; two affidavits affirming John Urie's marriage to Sarah Ann Farrell on 16 January 1858; one document (5-1/2 p.) relating information about the death and funeral of John Urie; and eighteen legal documents, mostly relating to George Urie's estate.


  • 1878-1921


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 Urie family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

The Urie family of Cedar City, Utah, was headed by John Urie (1835-1921). John was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Agnes Main and George Urie. He later migrated to Salt Lake City, where he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He worked as a blacksmith and eventually settled in Cedar City, Utah. He is believed to have been a participant in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, and some researchers suggest that his wife Priscilla Klingensmith (1855-1942) was one of the surviving children of the massacre. He married Elizabeth Hutcheson (dates unknown) in 1856; Sarah Ann McMillan Farrell (1826-1891) in 1858; and Priscilla Klingensmith (1855-1942) in 1873. The latter two wives were plural wives. John Urie died 11 February 1921.


37 items (0.08 linear ft.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 2005.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Urie family papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
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