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Jean Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8768

Scope and Contents

Contains digital copies of papers related to Jean (Jane) Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce. Includes marriage and other legal documents for her progenitors and children, letters, receipt for her burial plot, and her original handwritten diaries from 1851 and 1878. The 1851 diary documents Jean (Jane) Rio's journey from England to America to join the Latter-day Saints in Utah, including her trials crossing the ocean by ship and the plains. Dated 1780-1878.


  • 1780-1878


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsiblity of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jean Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

Jean Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce (1810-1883) was a concert singer, musician, dress maker, and Mormon pioneer in England, Utah, and California.

Jean (Jane) Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce was born on July 8, 1810 in London, England to John Walter Griffiths and Susanna Ann Burgess. On September 24, 1832 she married Henry Baker (1811-1849) and together they had seven children. In January of 1851 she and her children left England to live with the Latter-day Saints in the Salt Lake Valley. Her company, the John Brown company, arrived there on September 28, 1851. Pearce lived in Salt Lake, Ogden, and California. She died on July 21, 1883 in Antioch, California.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Roberta L. Bagwell, descendent of Jean Rio Griffith Baker Pearce, in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Roberta L. Bagwell; June 15, 2015.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religiuos 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 in possession of the donor.


File type: image file


Image encoding format: Blu-ray


File size: 11.3 GB

Processing Information

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.

Register of Jean Rio Griffiths Baker Pearce papers
Sadie Hutchinson
2015 October 14
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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