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Lake family biographies

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Identifier: MSS SC 768

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript. Contains biographies of James Lake (1788-1874); Philomelia Smith Lake (1794-1873); James Lake, Sr. (1760- ); and George Lake (1838-1898) written by some of their grandchildren. Also includes autobiography of George Lake (1838-1898). Discusses the family's genealogy; their conversion to the Mormon Church in 1832; their migration with the Mormons to Ohio, Illinois, and Utah; illnesses and deaths in the family; life on the Utah frontier; George's mission in Great Britain (1869-1871); and the family's subsequent move to Arizona and Mexico to assist in establishing Mormon colonies there. George Lake's autobiography also discusses his participation in the Utah War and the flight of the Saints out of the path of Johnston's Army in 1858, as well as the impact the Mormon Reformation (1856-1857) had on his life.


  • 1760-1898

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 Lake family biographies must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Early converts to the Mormon Church; Utah and Arizona pioneers; first settlers in the Mormon colonies in Mexico.


2 items

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition



19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Register of Lake family biographies
In Progress
Elisa Visick
2010 July 16
Description rules
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