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Sonia Peterson Aycock family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6759

Scope and Contents note

The Sonia Peterson Aycock family papers and collection of Henry Golden letters consist of approximately thirty-six Henry Golden letters, a Manti temple record book, certificates, and printed ephemera. The collection spans from 1855-1901. The letters in this collection are either written by or addressed to Henry Golden. The Manti temple book shows the temple's records concerning religious work for the dead. There are also multiple certificates certifying Henry Golden in various areas spanning from being ordained a seventy in the Nephi Council, to a certificate of British citizenship in the 1860s. Overall, these items display what life was like for a family living in the mid to late nineteenth century in southern Utah.


  • 1855-1901


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Sonia Peterson Aycock family papers and collection of Henry Golden letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Sonia Peterson (1938-) has done avid family history research, establishing the Aycock Center of Family History with her husband.

Sonia Peterson, the daughter of C. Ray Peterson and Geneva Mary Irons, was born in 1938. She married Max Aycock in the Salt Lake City Latter-day Saint temple on 16 December 1959. With her husband, the couple restored Max's great-great grandfather's home, turning it into the Aycock Center of Family History. This center, in North Carolina, served not only as the Aycock's Family History Center but also the couple's wintertime home. With this restored home, they have been able to help their family trace their family history. The pair also served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Joseph Smith Academy in Nauvoo, Illinois from 2001 to 2002. Together, the couple parented six children. Sonia Peterson Aycock currently lives in Ephraim, Utah. Her husband passed away in April 2009.

Biographical History

Henry Golden (1831-1902) was born in Minstead, England to John Golden and Mary Phillips. He married Elizabeth Maber on 27 March 1853 in Minstead, England. With his family, Golden immigrated to the United States and settled with the Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake City, Utah region. He eventually settled in Ephraim with his wife and family. While living in Utah, Golden had seven children with his wife, Elizabeth. During the time period Golden lived in Ephraim, he worked at the Latter-day Saint Manti temple. Golden died in Nephi, Utah on 18 January 1902.


2 oversize folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Approximately thirty-six Henry Golden letters, Manti Temple book, and printed ephemera, circa 1855-1901.

Custodial History note

Collection maintained by Sonia Peterson Aycock until time of donation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Sonia Peterson Aycock; 2008.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th century documents from a Latter-day Saint family.

Related Archival Materials note

See also: Golden Family Papers (MSS 4204; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections Department, Archival Manuscripts; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah).

Processing Information note

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.

Register of Sonia Peterson Aycock family paper
Lissa Bogart
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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