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Jesse O. Ballenger letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 795

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of typescripts of four letters by Ballenger, three addressed to President Brigham Young and one to Apostle John Taylor outlining conditions in the settlement at Sunset Crossing, Arizona. Content includes relationship with local Native American tribes. Dated 1876-1877.


  • 1876-1877


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 Jesse O. Ballenger letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jesse O. Ballenger (1824-1881) was an early Mormon farmer in Utah and colonizer in northern Arizona.

Jesse Oglestone Ballenger was born November 20, 1824, in Jamestown, Kentucky, to Mary Ann (Polly) Hartley and Thomas Ballenger. He married Virginia Steveson Jones on March 9, 1869, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had one child together. He worked as a farmer while in Utah. In 1876, he was one of four leaders of companies to help establish Mormon settlements in northern Arizona along the Little Colorado River. Ballenger's settlement was first called Ballenger, but was changed in 1878 to Brigham City. The community was based on the United Order system of organization, and at its peak had about 275 people. By 1881 many became discouraged and it was disbanded, the settlers scattering to other Arizona communities, or leaving Arizona all together.

Jesse O. Ballenger died December 31, 1881, in Springville, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by George S. Tanner, who collected these letters while researching on Mormon settlements in northern Arizona.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; George S. Tanner. Date of acquisition unknown.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)

Register of Jesse O. Ballenger letters
Patsy Shin Hernandez
2010 July 20
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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