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Edmund Lovell Ellsworth papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8686

Scope and Contents

Contains a flash drive with a digital copy of Ellsworth's journal giving an account of his service in England, a journal kept while in prison in Yuma, Arizona, for polygamy, and a brief autobiography. Also includes a digital copy of a short journal and life sketches recorded by Ellsworth's wife, Mary Ann Jones; various manuscripts, photographs and family portraits; a family bible; and Ellsworth Family Organization information. Materials date from 1856 to 1925.


  • 1856-1925


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 the Edmund Lovell Ellsworth collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

Edmund Lovell Ellsworth (1819-1893) was a lumberman, farmer, and Mormon pioneer in New York, Nauvoo, Utah, and Arizona.

Edmund Lovell Ellsworth was born on July 1, 1819 in Paris, New York to Jonathan Ellsworth and Sarah Galley. Ellsworth was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 20, 1841 in New York and one year later in Nauvoo, Illinois he married Elizabeth Young on July 10. With Elizabeth, Ellsworth had eight children. He later became a member of the fourth quorum of the seventy and on his trek to Utah was the captain of the first handcart company.

In Salt Lake City, Utah, Ellsworth married Mary Ann Dudley on December 24, 1852 and had nine children with her. While living in Utah, in 1854 he was called as a missionary for the LDS church and served his mission in England. On October 10, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah, he married Mary Ann Bates and Mary Ann Jones. With Mary Ann Bates he had thirteen children and with Mary Ann Jones he had twelve children. All together, Ellsworth had four wives and forty-two children.

Later in his life while living in Arizona, Ellsworth was imprisoned for polygamy in June of 1885 in the Yuma Territorial Prison. On December 29, 1893, Ellsworth died in Showlow, Arizona.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Robert Roy Forsberg who received the collection from his mother, Pearl Ione Crismon Forsberg. Pearl Forsberg had received it from her mother, Sarah Vilate Ellsworth Crismon, who is the daughter of Edmund Lovell Ellsworth. Donated in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Robert Roy Forsberg; February 25, 2015.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Originals

Originals are at the Church History Library and a digital collection of the material is on their website.

Existence and Location of Copies

A copy of the flash drive material is on a DVD that's with the flash drive in the folder.


File type: image file.


Encoding format: JPEG.


File size: 574 MB.

Processing Information

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.

Register of Edmund Lovell Ellsworth papers
Sadie Hutchinson
2015 October 14
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