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William Carter ledger

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8259

Scope and Contents

Materials include a single ledger used by William Carter as president of the committee responsible for digging the Virgin Ditch in St. George, Utah, dating from 1864-1868. Includes minutes of meetings and an account ledger for labor and supplies used in building the ditch. Ledger was later used from 1888-1893 for meetings of a committee to build a duck pond, later called the St. George Fish Pond Company, for which Carter was president and which was on his property. The entries for the meetings of this committee are on pages 17-21 and 287-288.


  • 1864-1893


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

William Carter (1821-1896) was an early Mormon pioneer and farmer in Utah, having arrived with the Advanced Company on July 22, 1847, and helped establishment settlements in southern Utah. He was known to have plowed the first half acre of land in Utah and for helping build a system of ditches from the Virgin River to help water the crops in the area of St. George, Utah.

William Carter was born February 12, 1821, in Sudbury, Herefordshire, England to Thomas and Sarah Parker Carter. On December 5, 1843, he married Ellen Benbow in Nauvoo, Illinois. They had three children together. Carter was among the Advanced Company to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley on July 22, 1847, and is known to have plowed the first acre of land in Utah. After their arrival in the valley, Carter's family settled in Salt Lake City. On November 29, 1853, Carter took his first plural wife, Harriet Temperance Utley, with whom he had eight children. His families would later be assigned to help settle St. George, Utah. While in St. George, Carter took another plural wife, Sophrona Ellen Turnbow on February 8, 1857, and they had eight children together. Carter helped build the St. George Temple, and was known for building a system of ditches from the Virgin River to help water crops in the St. George area. William Carter died on June 22, 1896, in St. George, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Ledger belonged to William Carter and was handed down in the family to Rosamond Ramstrom, a direct descendant. Orrin Schwab Books obtained the ledger from Ramstrom, and BYU Special Collections purchased it from Orrin Schwab Books in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Orrin Schwab Books; April 19, 2012.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

For additional papers for William Carter's son, William John Benbow Carter, including his journals for his mission to England, see MSS 681 (photocopies of missionary journals and other papers); MSS 8258 (original missionary journals, 1877-1879); and, MSS SC 2048 (last missionary journal and personal journal, 1879-1882).


Located in Box 593.

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan Lee, 19th Century curator; 2013.

Register of William Carter ledger
Ryan K. Lee
2013 September 26
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