Guide to the Smithfield diaries,
1850-1940

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Smithfield diaries
Dates: 1850-1940 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 34
Summary: This collection contains diaries and family records of the early settlers in Smithfield, Utah. This collection would be useful to any person interested in the early history of Smithfield. It would also be useful to persons interested in the records of genealogy of a particular family in Smithfield. The collection is arranged alphabetically and is very easily accessible by anyone.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

In 1859 Brigham Young sent Robert Thornley and his cousin north to found a settlement on Summit Creek. They named their new community Summit, but the name was soon changed to Smithfield in honor of John Glover Smith, the town's first LDS Bishop. Smithfield was officially incorporated by the territorial legislature in 1868. The materials in this collection originate from settlers residing in Smithfield during these formative years and subsequent decades.

Content Description

This six-box collection consists of typescripts and photocopies of diaries, family records, biographical sketches, and oral history interviews concerning the early settlers in Smithfield, Utah. The materials in this collection were collected and compiled by Lawrence Cantwell, a former resident of Smithfield. The diaries, family records, and biographical sketches, have been organized alphabetically by the last name of the individual. The oral history interviews conducted by Lawrence Cantwell between 1970 and 1989 have been placed at the end of the collection and arranged alphabetically by the interviewee's late name.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Smithfield diaries must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Smithfield diaries, 1850-1940 (COLL MSS 34). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized alphabetically by the last name of the individual

Acquisition Information :  

The materials in this collection were donated to Utah State University Special Collections & Archives by Lawrence Cantwell in two batches, the first in 1976 and the second in the early 1990s.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Typescripts and photocopies of diaries, family records, biographical sketches
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
1 1 Ahrens, John and Dorthea Elizabeth Christensen
(1 item)
1 2 Ahrens, Walter D. and Bessie Sorensen
(1 item)
1 3 Ainscaigh, William Thomas and Margaret Thompson
(1 item)
1 4 Anscough, William Sr. and Mary Clark Wakefield, and Christian
(1 item)
1 5 Anderson, Anna Celia
(1 item)
1 6 Anderson, Betsy
(1 item)
1 7 Barber, Alonzo George -- Biography
(1 item)
1 8 Barber, George Sr. Families
(1 item)
1 9 Barber, Herbert and Emma Farrell
(1 item)
1 10 Boice, John, Families
(1 item)
1 11 Brough, Elizabeth Bott
(1 item)
1 12 Cantwell, James and Julia Ann Collett
(1 item)
1 13 Cantwell, James and Julia Ann Collett
(1 item)
1 14 Cantwell, James and Julia
(1 item)
1 15 Cantwell, James Sherlock and Elizabeth Homer
(1 item)
1 16 Cantwell, Lorena Downs
(1 item)
1 17 Cantwell, Mary
(1 item)
1 18 Cantwell, William Homer and Lorena A. Downs
(1 item)
1 19 Carter, Emma Nilson
(1 item)
1 20 Chambers, Alfred and Mary Langton
(1 item)
1 21 Chambers, Mary Langton
(1 item)
1 22 Chambers, William and Clarissa Bense
(1 item)
1 23 Coleman, Franklin
(1 item)
1 24 Coleman, George and Mary Jane Smith
(1 item)
1 25 Coleman, John and Roda Smith
(1 item)
1 26 Coleman, William and Mary Done
(1 item)
1 27 Coleman, William Family
(1 item)
1 28 Collett, Adelbert Teancum
(1 item)
1 29 Collett, Daniel Families
(1 item)
1 30 Collett, Reuben and Elthura Merrill
(1 piece, 1 item)
1 31 Collett, William Gordon
(1 item)
1 32 Craghead, Thomas Family
(1 item)
1 33 Cragun, Amelia Chambers
(1 item)
1 34 Cragun, Calvin
(1 item)
1 35 Cragun, James A
(1 item)
1 36 Cragun, Thomas and Emma
(1 item)
1 37 Cragun, Thomas Calvin
(1 item)
1 38 Cragun, Wallace
(1 piece)
1 39 Done, George and Alice Family
(1 item)
1 40 Douglas, William Jr
(1 piece)
1 41 Douglas, William Mochire, Cynthia Merrill, and Annie Copeland
(1 item)
1 42 Downs, James Alma and Mary Gittens
(2 items)
1 43 Downs, James and Mary Ann Greathouse
(2 items)
1 44 Erickson, Jeanettie Low
(1 piece)
1 45 Everton, Elizabeth Pitcher
(1 item)
1 46 Everton, Elizabeth Pitcher
(1 item)
1 47 Ewing, Jackson and Rebecca Smith
(1 item)
1 48 Farrell, George Lionel and Amanda Adeline Steel
(1 item)
1 49 Fishburn, Robert and Laura Matilda Fishburn
(1 item)
1 50 Gardner, John and Martha Dunlop
(1 piece, 1 item)
2 1 Garnet, William and Germma Rhodes
(1 item)
2 2 Gibson, Robert Rulasha
(1 item)
2 3 Gittens, James Sr
(1 item)
2 4 Gittens, James William and Mary Elizabeth Cragehead Family
(1 item)
2 5 Goodrich, Harriet Penelope
(1 item)
2 6 Goodwin, Isaac
(1 item)
2 7 Green, Evan Melbourn
(1 item)
2 8 Gyllenskog, Catherine Ann Smith
(1 piece)
2 9 Gyllenskog, Theodore and Anna Smith
(1 item)
2 10 Hadfield, James and Margaret Gardner
(1 item)
2 11 Hammer, Austin
(1 item)
2 12 Hammer, John Family
(1 item)
2 13 Hanson, Ida Louisa Gamet
(1 item)
2 14 Hansen, Ole
(1 item)
2 15 Hanson, Peter
(1 item)
2 16 Harper, Richard
(1 item)
2 17 Harper, William F
(1 item)
2 18 Harris, Martin Jr. and Nancy Ann Hamer
(1 item)
2 19 Hatch, Jeremiah Family
(1 item)
2 20 Hendrickson, Diana Kelsy
(1 item)
2 21 Hill, Joseph and Betsy Ann Harper Family
(2 items)
2 22 Hillyard, Emma Harper
(1 item)
2 23 Hillyard, Mary Ann Heaps
(1 item)
2 24 Hillyard, Thomas and Elizabeth Wood
(1 item)
2 25 Hillyard, Thomas Jr
(1 item)
2 26 Hillyard, William
(1 item)
2 27 Homer, Edmund
(2 items)
2 28 Homer, William Harris and Rebecca Raymond
(1 item)
2 29 The House on the Hill
(1 piece)
2 30 Jones, John Redding
(1 item)
2 31 Jones, Parmineas and Mary Miles
(1 item)
2 32 Jones, Robert John and Eliza Collett
(1 item)
2 33 Jeushaw, Elizabeth Irene Littlewood
(1 item)
2 34 Kelsey Family History
(2 items)
2 35 Kirkbride, James and Lucinda Gibson
(1 item)
2 36 Kirkbride, James W
(1 item)
2 37 Kirkbrides
(2 items)
2 38 Langton, Seth, Sarah Swebenberg, and Sarah Caine
(1 item)
2 39 Limmon Family
(1 item)
2 40 Floyd, Benjamin Sr
(1 item)
2 41 Low, Margaret Smith and Griffiths
(1 item)
2 42 Low, Osborne Family
(1 item)
2 43 Low, Osborne
(1 item)
2 44 Low, SylYester, Anna, and Smith
(1 item)
2 45 Low, SylYester Jr
(1 item)
2 46 Low, Sylvester and Ann Allan Patten
(1 item)
2 47 Lowder, James and Mary Sharloetta Downs
(1 item)
2 48 Lower, Abraham
(1 item)
2 49 McBride
(1 item)
2 50 McCann, Ellen Cantwell
(1 item)
2 51 McCann, Joseph Nephi and Ellen Cantwell
(1 item)
3 1 McCann, Joseph Nephi and Ellen Cantwell
(1 item)
3 2 McCann, Thomas and Sarah Johnston
(1 item)
3 3 McCann, Thomas Revenhall
(1 item)
3 4 McCarthy, John
(1 item)
3 5 McCracken, Henry and Sarah Shaw
(1 item)
3 6 McCracker, Joseph and Anna
(1 item)
3 7 Mack, James and Elizabeth Miller
(1 item)
3 8 Main, Robert, John McKay, and Euphema
(1 item)
3 9 Mather, James
(1 item)
3 10 Mather, Thomas and Mary Ann Cantwell
(1 item)
3 11 Merkle, James and Amelia Tidwell
(1 item)
3 12 Merrill, Alberto John and Idah H
(1 item)
3 13 Merrill, Austin Shepherd and Laura Wilder Harris
(2 items)
3 14 Merrill, Austin Shepherd and Maria Wilder Harris
(1 item)
3 15 Merrill, Dudley and Aluira Huntsman
(1 item)
3 16 Merrill, Freeborn Shephard
(1 item)
3 17 Merrill, George G. and Alice Smith
(1 item)
3 18 Merrill, Horatio Family
(1 item)
3 19 Merrill, Justin J. Family
(1 item)
3 20 Merrill, Ralph Tancum and Mary Plowman
(1 item)
3 21 Merrill, Orion Jackson and Elizabeth White
(1 item)
3 22 Merrill, Orson J. and Elizabeth White
(1 item)
3 23 Merrill, Philomen C
(1 item)
3 24 Meikle, Robert
(1 item)
3 25 Merrill, Samual
(1 item)
3 26 Merrill, Samual B
(1 item)
3 27 Merrill, Samual Beamis
(1 item)
3 28 Merrill, Samual and Phoebe Odell
(1 item)
3 29 Merrill, Solyman and Laura Walder
(1 item)
3 30 Merrill, Virgil Levi and Stacy Ann Lemon
(1 item)
3 31 Merrill, Yirgil W. and Jan Taylor
(2 items)
3 32 Merrill, Virgil Washington
(2 items)
3 33 Merrill, Wallace and Lenora
(1 item)
3 34 Miles, Albert
(1 item)
3 35 Miles, Edwin Ruthven and Three Families
(1 item)
3 36 Miles, Edwin Ruthven Jr. and Annie Smith
(1 item)
3 37 Miles, Thomas Family
(1 item)
3 38 Miles, William Albert
(1 item)
3 39 Milligan, Margaret Elizabeth and Douglass Morehead
(1 piece)
3 40 Morehead, James Madison and Elizabeth Thomas
(2 items)
3 41 Morehead, Preston Thomas
(1 item)
3 42 Morehead, Preston Thomas
(1 item)
3 43 Mourtizen, Lars and Maria Sorensen
(1 item)
3 44 Moursten, Mourits
(1 item)
3 45 Mouritsen, Susan Elizabeth Wildman
(1 item)
3 46 Nelson, Alma Franklin and Mary Orenson
(1 item)
3 47 Nelson, Joseph and Lydia Collett
(1 item)
3 48 Nelson, Joseph and Lydia Collett
(1 item)
3 49 Nelson, Robert and Elizabeth Joseph
(1 item)
3 50 Nelson, Robert James and Ellen Saxton
(1 item)
4 1 Nelson, Samual and Mettie McBride
(1 item)
4 2 Nilson, Kreista J
(1 item)
4 3 Nilson, Nils Peter
(1 item)
4 4 Nilson, Peter and Loretta Lucinda Miles
(1 item)
4 5 Nilson, Samual Peter and Loretta Lucinda Miles
(1 item)
4 6 Noble, Ira E. and Mary E
(1 item)
4 7 Noble, William Aquilla
(1 item)
4 8 Noble, William Aquilla and Sarah C. Merrill
(1 item)
4 9 Noble, William G. and Mary Ann Harper
(1 item)
4 10 Merrill, Ira Elias Merrill and Lucinda Jane Olmstead
(1 item)
4 11 Olson, Ole
(1 item)
4 12 Peterson, Jens Christian and Johannah Steffensen
(1 item)
4 13 Peterson, John August
(1 item)
4 14 Phillips, Martha Mathews
(1 item)
4 15 Pilkington, Margaret Farrell
(1 item)
4 16 Pilkington, Richard and Ida Hardman
(1 item)
4 17 Pilkington, William Sr. and Lydia Holden
(1 item)
4 18 Pitcher, Henry George and Sarah Ann Saxton
(1 item)
4 19 Pitcher, James Daniel and Nancy Jane Smith
(1 item)
4 20 Pitcher, John and Rebecca
(1 item)
4 21 Pitcher, John Jr. and Rebecca Brown
(1 item)
4 22 Pitcher, John William and Mary Clarissa Thornley
(1item)
4 23 Pitcher, William and Ellen Thornley
(1 item)
4 24 Platt, George and Hannah
(1 item)
4 25 Platt, John and Betty
(1 item)
4 26 Plowman, Christian Jacobsen and Amelia Raymond
(2 items)
4 27 Plowman, John Jacob and Mary Anderson
(1 item)
4 28 Lauritzen, John Jacobsen and Mattie Marie
(1 item)
4 29 Postma, Beense William
(1 piece)
4 30 Postma, Julie Ann Collett
(1 piece)
4 31 Price, Moroni and Mary Elizabeth Raymond
(2 items)
4 32 Raymond, Zilpha Noble
(1 item)
4 33 Reid, James and Elizabeth Cummings
(1 item)
4 34 Reid, Robert and Annie Low
(1 item)
4 35 Rex, Mary Elizabeth Brough
(1 item)
4 36 Rice, Oscar North
(1 item)
4 37 Richardson, Eliza
(1 item)
4 38 Richardson, Joseph and Eliza
(1 item)
4 39 Richards, Louisa Green
(1 item)
4 40 Richardson, Peter
(1 item)
4 41 Richardson, Thomas
(2 items)
4 42 Roberts, Hugh and Mary Griffiths
(1 item)
4 43 Roskelley, James and Francis Emery
(1 item)
4 44 Roskelley, Mary Jane Rigby
(1 item)
4 45 Roskelley, Mary Roberts
(1 item)
4 46 Roskelley, Rebecca Hendricks
(1 item)
4 47 Roskelley, Samual
(1 item)
4 48 Roskelley, Samual Jr
(1 item)
4 49 Roskelley, Sarah Maud Burton
(1 item)
4 50 Roskelley, William Hendricks
(1 item)
5 1 Smith, Abraham
(1 item)
5 2 Scrowther, William
(1 item)
5 3 Scrowther, Mary Ann Moon Lowder
(1 item)
5 4 Sant, Margaret Mustard and George
(1 item)
5 5 Smith, Alice Done
(1 item)
5 6 Smith, George Young, Joanna Luck, and Elizabeth Reid
(1 piece,1 item)
5 7 Smith, Jonathan Heber
(1 item)
5 8 Smith, Joseph and Sarah Owens
(1 item)
5 9 Smith, Joseph J. and Julia Elnora
(1 item)
5 10 Smith, Manford and Mary Owens
(1 item)
5 11 Smith, Nathen and Jane Sant
(1 item)
5 12 Smith, Thomas and Emily Peacock
(1 item)
5 13 Smith, William A. and Julie Hammer
(1 item)
5 14 Sorensen, Lars Christian, Karen Marie Peterson and Bertha Anderson
(1 item)
5 15 Sorensen, Peter and Bertha
(1 item)
5 16 Thomas, Daniel Claburn
(1 item)
5 17 Thomas, Harrison Ayers and Ann Morehead
(1 item)
5 18 Thomley, John and Helen Langton
(1 item)
5 19 Thornley, John and Margaret Stringfellow (click to view)
(1 item)
5 20 Thompson, Louis J. and Elizabeth
(1 item)
5 21 Thompson, Louis J. and Elizabeth
(1 item)
5 22 Thompson, William and Elizabeth Bourne
(1 item)
5 23 Thornley, John and Margaret Stringfellow (click to view)
(1 item)
5 24 Thornley, John Stuart
(1 item)
5 25 Thornley, Ralph
(1 item)
5 26 Thornley, Robert and Annie Brighton
(1 item)
5 27 Thornley, William and Emma Clark
(1 item)
5 28 Tidwell, Royal
(1 item)
5 29 Tidwell, Shphronia Hatch
(1 item)
5 30 Timmins, William James and Helen Thornley
(1 item)
5 31 Toolson, Andrew and Ghena Funk
(1 item)
5 32 Toolson, John and Cuzandra Smith
(1 item)
5 33 Toolson, Lars and Ingra Johnson
(1 item)
5 34 Toolson, Lorenzo and Alice Harper
(1 item)
5 35 Two Brave Women who Shared Hardships with Mormon Battalion
(1 item)
5 36 Watts, Henry
(1 item)
5 37 Watts, Henry Family
(1 item)
5 38 Watts, Joseph and Helen Lundstrom
(1 item)
5 39 Weeks, David and Hannah Riches
(1 item)
5 40 Weeks, David John and Mary Luella Winn
(1 item)
5 41 Weeks, Robert and Mary Boldry
(1 item)
5 42 White, Walter Henry
(1 item)
5 43 Wiliman, Edward and Jane Baxter
(1 item)
5 44 Williams, Ezra G
(1 item)
5 45 Winn, Thomas Family
(1 item)
5 46 Winn, William L
(1 item)
5 47 Woodruff, Newton and Elizabeth Susan Weeks
(1 item)
5 48 Woolford, Thomas and Hannah Priscilla Thomas
(1item)
5 49 Wright, Charles
(1 piece)

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Recordings and oral history interviews conducted by Lawrence Cantwell, 1970-1989.
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
6 Tape 1: L. Cantwell reminisces on the Union Hall, Smithfield 1977
6 Tape 2: L. Cantwell reminisces on the Union Hall, Smithfield 1978
6 Tape 3: L. Cantwell on fishing trip with E. Hansen; C. and H. Haslam 1988
6 Tape 4: L. Cantwell reads from the 1892 diary of LaVeda Pilkington Griffiths
6 Tape 5: Downs, Theoda 1980
6 Tape 6: Febriceas, Orpah R., Larsen, Julie R., and Coot, Edith
6 Tape 7: Griffiths, W. H
6 Tape 8: Gyllenskog, George Oscar, tape 1
6 Tape 9: Gyllenskog, George Oscar, tape 2
6 Tape 10: Gyllenskog, George Oscar, tape 3
6 Tape 11: Hansen, J. F 1978
6 Tape 12: Jardine, LaRue
6 Tape 13: McCann, Marc 1988
6 Tape 14: Miller, Lowell & Genell 1981
6 Tape 15: Miller, Lowell & Genell 1981
6 Tape 16: Oliversen, Glen & Francine 1981
6 Tape 17: Olney, Lorin & Mona 1978
6 Tape 18: Peterson, Leslie 1986
6 Tape 19: Peterson, Leslie 1986 continued
6 Tape 20: Peterson, Leslie 1987
6 Tape 21: Peterson, Leslie, "series 3"
6 Tape 22: Rasmussen, Alfred & Mildred 1977
6 Tape 23: Raymond, Mr. & Mrs 1977
6 Tape 24: Richardson, Vaughan 1989
6 Tape 25: Reed, Erwin 1977
6 Tape 26: Seamons, Harvey & Melba 1979
6 Tape 27: Sorenson, Gaylord & Golden, and Higginson, Grant 1977
6 Tape 28: Thurston, Ollie 1987
6 Tape 29: Tidwell, Vernon 1986

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Subjects

    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormon pioneers--Biography.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--Diaries.
    • Smithfield (Utah)--History.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Biographies.
    • Family histories.
    • Genealogies.

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