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Commodore Perry Liston autobiography

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3109

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a typescript. The item is a ten-page autobiography of Commodore Perry Liston. Also included is an index to the item. Liston describes how he was born in Ohio in 1821 and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in 1851. He came to Utah in 1852 and moved to Cedar City. He was present at Mountain Meadows in 1857 when the Fancher Train was destroyed. He thought "there were some good people among them, consequently I did oppose Killing them. I did not have anything to do with it," he added, "and my life was at Stake for refusing, but the Lord showed me my way and I walked it and he preserved me." He worked with the Indians in 1857 and moved to Pinto, Utah, in 1861, and served as a missionary for the Mormon Church from 1866-1868. He moved to St. George, Utah, around 1869.


  • 1877


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 Commodore Perry Liston autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Commodore Perry Liston (1821-1877) was a Mormon pioneer in Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

This item was photocopied from reel 5 of the 920 microfilm collection.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Commodore Perry Liston autobiography
Amy Perez
2011 February 22
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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