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Jesse Bigler Martin diaries

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 446
Image of Jesse Bigler Martin diaries
Image of Jesse Bigler Martin diaries

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries with a typed copy of one volume. Martin kept diaries apparently in three volumes. The second and third volumes covering the time from 1854 to 1857 are found with the collection. A typed copy of the first diary covering the years from 1853 to 1854 is also included. Martin writes about his work as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. He returned to the United States in 1857 and traveled by rail to Iowa City, Iowa. Martin writes in detail about preparation for the overland journey. He left Iowa City for Florence, Nebraska, where he continued the overland journey by ox team to Utah. The diary ends near Chimney Rock, Nebraska. Martin is a detailed diarist and describes travelling conditions and trail geography, his duties as captain, deaths from disease and accident, and several disputes within the company. Martin also gives a record of his expenses, the names of his family and their birthdates, and a list of addresses at the end of the diary. Photocopies of transcripts of the diaries are also included in the collection.


  • 1853-1857


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use photocopies and typescripts.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Jesse Bigler Martin diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

Jessee Bigler Martin (1825-1908) was a Mormon missionary and pioneer, soldier in the Mormon Battalion, and farmer who settled in Millard County, Utah.


3 v. (0.18 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of diary available in folders 2 and 2a. Transcription available in folder 3.

Register of Jesse Bigler Martin diaries
Benjamin Sipes
2011 May 23
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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