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Joan Crum: Deer Lodge, Montana Genealogies, 1860-1990

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Crum, Joan
Title
Joan Crum: Deer Lodge, Montana Genealogies
Dates
1860-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
2 boxes, (1 linear foot)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 157
Summary
A collection of Deer Lodge, Montana Valley genealogies between the years of 1860-1990.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

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.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Introduction, Index, and Sections 1 - 29, UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Introduction to the collection
Undated
1 2
Index
Undated
1 3
Background information
Undated
1 4
Jensen, Neils, Section 1
Undated
1 5
Jensen, Soren, Section 2
Undated
1 6
Jensen, Matte K., Section 3
Undated
1 7
Thomas, John Price, Section 4
Undated
1 8
Jensen, Neils, Section 5
Undated
1 9
Jense, James, Section 6
Undated
1 10
Jensen, Maries S., Section 7
Undated
1 11 Undated
1 12
Jensen, William, Section 9
Undated
1 13
Smith, Angus Donald, Section 10
Undated
1 14
Miller, Seymour, Section 11
Undated
1 15
Downing, George Clarence, Section 12
Undated
1 16
Cook, Alva, Section 13
Undated
1 17
Miller, James, Section 14
Undated
1 18
Miller, Edward, Section 15
Undated
1 19
Lawyer, Oscar L., Section 16
Undated
1 20
McLean, Arthur, Section 17
Undated
1 21
Cunningham, Tom W., Section 18
Undated
1 22
Gilmore, Tim, Section 19
Undated
1 23
St. Jean, Nagire/Joseph, Section 20
Undated
1 24
Conlon, Daniel B., Section 21
Undated
1 25
Miller, Charles Ezra, Section 22
Undated
1 26
Miller, Bernice, Section 23
Undated
1 27
Moreau, Charles, Section 25
Undated
1 28
Gannon, William H., Section 26
Undated
1 29
Bader, Primus Baden, Section 27
Undated
1 30
Baxter, Charles, Section 28
Undated
1 31
Knight, John B., Section 29
Undated

Sections 30 - 45, UndatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Jessen, Peter, Section 30
Undated
2 2
McCleary, Frank B., Section 31
Undated
2 3
Jessen, Marion Neil, Section 32
Undated
2 4
Jessen, William M., Section 33
Undated
2 5
McCleery, William C., Section 34
Undated
2 6
Jessen, Peter, Section 35
Undated
2 7
White, Arthur Allen, Section 36
Undated
2 8
Brown, Floyd Harlan, Section 37
Undated
2 9
DuVal, Alvie, Section 38
Undated
2 10
Miller, Nathan Jessie, Section 39
Undated
2 11
Miller, Charles, Section 40
Undated
2 12
Miller, Richard Edward, Section 41
Undated
2 13
Miller, Cyril Ray, Section 42
Undated
2 14
Foot, Cora Bateman, Section 43
Undated
2 15
Kochman, George, Section 44
Undated
2 16
Shores, Kenneth, Section 45
Undated