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Stanley and Myron Thurber collection of Thurber family papers

Identifier: MSS 8230

Scope and Contents

Materials include Joseph Heber Thurber (1858-1948) journal detailing his conviction and time served for polygamy and unlawful cohabitation in the Utah Penitentiary. The journal entries are dated November 2, 1886-August 9, 1888. Collection also includes a 16 page biography of Annie C. Christensen Thurber (1866-1944), Joseph's second wife. The biography was typed in March 1939 by Alice K. Hatch, a historian at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.D.U.P.


  • 1886-1939


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

Biographical History

Joseph Heber Thurber (1858-1948) was born in Spanish Fork, Utah. He married his first wife, Laura Ann Keeler (1859-1909) in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1876. Together they had 9 children. He took Anne Christina Christensen (1866-1944) as his second wife in St. George, Utah in 1885 and had 7 children with her.

Joseph Heber Thurber served time in the Utah Penitentiary from December 1886-February 1889 for polygamy and unlawful cohabitation. Joseph Heber Thurber received his sentence in December 1886. Laura Ann Keeler had just born twins in June 1886, and Anne gave birth to her first child in August of the same year.

Joseph Heber Thurber died on July 26, 1948 in Dingle, Idaho near Bear Lake and was buried in Richfield, Utah.

Biographical History

Anne (Annie) C. Christensen (1866-1944) worked as a grade school teacher in Greenwich, Piute County, Utah, in 1884-1885. She boarded with Joseph and Laura Thurber during the winter of 1885 and became well acquainted with the family. Joseph proposed to Annie, and she accepted his offer to enter into a plural marriage. Together they parented 7 children. Annie enjoyed a close association with Joseph’s first wife, Laura Ann Keeler (1859-1909).

Annie C. Christensen studied obstetrics in Salt Lake City and became a renowned midwife, delivering more than 1,000 babies during her career. She also contributed greatly in various capacities in the Latter-day Saint community, particularly in Primary, Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association, and Relief Society presidencies. Annie C. Christensen also travelled to Washington, D.C. in 1904 to participate in the Reed Smoot trial.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Joseph Heber Thurber journal and Annie Christina Christensen biography donated by Stanley and Myron Thurber to L. Tom Perry Special Collections on April 22, 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Stanley and Myron Thurber; 1993.


Journal written 1886-1888 in Utah Penitentiary and biography typed in 1939, thus qualifying for the 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Wiederhold; 2013.

Register of Stanley and Myron Thurber collection of Thurber family papers
Anne Wiederhold
2013 July 22
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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