This collection focuses on the families of Neils Jessen, Jesse Miller, Charles Moreau, Peter Jessen and Nathan Miller. In 1862, the family of Neils and Maren Jensen immigrated to America from Denmark as converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After arriving in Salt Lake City, they became disillusioned with the Church's practice of polygamy. The Jensens joined a small sect called the Morrisites, which had branched off the LDS Church. This church was founded by Joseph Morris. Morris had been an active member in the LDS Church but was opposed to many of the practices and traditions of the Church (e.g. polygamy). After being excommunicated twice from the LDS Church, Morris began the Church of the First Born (also known as the Morrisites).
Followers of Morris gathered in Weber County until a confrontation with the LDS Church called the Morrisite War in 1862. After Joseph Morris was killed in the Morrisite War, the sect dispersed into various areas of the West with many eventually settling in Deer Lodge, Montana. What drew the Morrisites to htis area was their belief that Jesus would return to Earth in Deer Lodge. However, internal divisions further split the Morrisites into two different sects. This division also split the Jensen family between the two sects. Over the years membership in the Morrisite Chruch never grew above eighty people. Following the deaths of two prominent church officials, Andrew Hendrickson and George Johnson, in the 1920s and 1930s the Morrisite movement perished as well.
One of the Jensen children, Alice Mary, was wed to Peter Jessen, who came to America from Prussia around the time of the American Civil War. Another child of Neils and Maren Jensen, Annie, married Jesse Miller. Jesse Miller was born in Iowa and then later moved to the Deer Lodge area. The Charles and Zepherina Moreau family came to America from Quebec. Nathan Miller, son of Jesse and Annie Miller, married Clara Rose, daughter of Charles and Zepherina Moreau. Joan Crum's father, Leo Miller, was the son of Nathan and Clara Miller.
This collection consists of genealogies of families in the Deer Lodge, Montana valley area between the years of 1860-1990. This collection is of particular interest because of the presence of the Morrisite Church in this area of Montana. The collection has been put together in 45 sections. The sections are based upon the families of Neils Jensen, Jesse Miller, Charles Moreau, Peter Jessen, Sr., and Nate Miller. In addition to the numbered sections, an index to the families and individuals can be found in the collection. Each section has been placed in a separate folder, with the index and introduction placed in the first two folders.
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Joan Crum: Deer Lodge, Montana Genealogies must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
Initial Citation: Joan Crum: Deer Lodge, Montana Genealogies USU_COLL MSS 157, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 157, USUSCA.
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Processing Note :
Processed in 2000 of MarchAcquisition Information :
Donated in 1990, the genealogical work was put together by Joan Crum of Helena, Montana, whose father grew up in the Deer Lodge area. (Her father's family hvae been residents of the region since 1865.) Joan Crum prepared the index and introduction in this collection.Bibliography : Sources
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