Guide to the Nathaniel Vary Jones papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jones, Nathaniel V. (Nathaniel Vary), 1822-1863
Title: Nathaniel Vary Jones papers
Dates: 1847-1861 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 158
Summary: Correspondence and personal documents relating to the life of Jones. Also includes an estate account book.
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

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

Biographical Note

Nathaniel Vary Jones was born October 13, 1822 in Brighton, New York the son of Samuel and Lucinda Kingsley Jones. Jones worked as a ship carpenter under his father until about age seventeen. In 1839 Jones moved to Wisconsin and there joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1843 he moved to Nauvoo, Illinois.

During the summer of 1843 Jones was called to serve as a missionary for the Church in the eastern states (Ohio and New York) and proselyted from 1843 to 1844. In 1845 Jones married Rebecca M. Burton in Nauvoo. After working on the Nauvoo Temple, he moved with the Saints to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he joined the Mormon Battalion on July 16, 1846 and marched to California under the command of Col. Cooke. After his discharge at Fort Leavenworth on August 24, 1847, he met his wife and child in Far West, Missouri. On May 6, 1849, they left Council Bluffs, Iowa, and arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory in August 1849. He served in the Nauvoo Legion as a 1st Lieutenant, served as a Salt Lake City Alderman, was bishop of the LDS 15th Ward, and served a second LDS mission in Calcutta, India from 1852 to 1855. In the spring of 1856, Jones was called by Brigham Young to travel to Las Vegas and work in the church's lead mines. In 1857 he returned to Salt Lake City and served in the militia during the "Echo Canyon War." He served a third mission to England from 1859 to 1861. In the fall of 1861, he was sent to Iron County, Utah Territory to set up an iron-smelting operation, but was called back to Salt Lake in 1862 to set up plants nearer Salt Lake City. In February 1863 Jones died of pneumonia. He left four wives and ten children.

Source: Biographical sketch of N. V. Jones, by Rebecca B. Jones, Fd 9.

Content Description

This collection contains the papers of Nathaniel V. Jones (in photocopy form). These papers, spanning the years of 1847-1864, consist of correspondence, legal documents, missionary papers, certificates, a biographical sketch, and his estate settlement papers.

Of particular interest in this collection is the Jones' missionary correspondence during mission in England. During this time he became involved in a conflict with local church authorities over the collection of church money and was confined to his quarters. In one letter he berates his wife for passing on an incriminating letter to Brigham Young, and then Young requested that all of Jones' correspondence be passed on to him (Young). Another item of interest in this collection is Jones' estate settlement papers which documents how his estate was divided between his wives.

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 Nathaniel Vary Jones papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Nathaniel Vary Jones papers, 1847-1861. (COLL MSS 158). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  


Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Outgoing correspondence
(five letters)
1 2 Incoming correspondence
(four letters)
1 3 Third party correspondence, 1859 (one letter) and lead receipts
1 4 Jones's Certificate of Election to the Salt Lake City Council 1858
1 5 Certificates and proclamations 1847-1859
1 6 Documents pertaining to the Jones and Burton families 1840-1860
1 7 Notebooks, written during Jones' mission in England 1859-1860
1 8 Memorandum of Account of the Estate of Nathaniel V. Jones 1864
1 9 Biographical sketch of N. V. Jones, by Rebecca B. Jones
1 10 Miscellaneous papers concerning Nathaniel V. Jones 1840-1860


    • Corporate Names :
    • Utah State University. Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.  ( contributor)
    • Personal Names :
    • Bullock, Thomas, 1839-1906.
    • Campbell, Robert, 1825-1872.
    • John, David, 1833-1908.
    • Jones, Frederick.
    • Jones, Nathaniel Vary, 1822-1863.
    • Jones, Rebecca.
    • Kimball, Hiram.
    • Penrose, Charles W.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Las Vegas (Nev.)--History.
    • Salt Lake City (Utah)--History.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Diaries.

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