Emily Stewart Barnes family papers, 1902-1906  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Barnes, Emily Stewart, 1846-1932
Title
Emily Stewart Barnes family papers
Dates
1902-1906 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0547
Summary
The Emily Stewart Barnes family papers (1902-1906) contain several letters written by Emily Stewart Barnes and others to Emily's son, Claude Teancum Barnes. Claude was serving a mission in England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) when the letters were written to him.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Emily Stewart Barnes (1847-1932) was the third wife of John Richard Barnes (1833-1919). John was born in England and after his family converted to the LDS Church, he journeyed to Utah and settled in Kaysville with his first wife. He became a polygamist by marrying two other wives in 1865 and 1869, the latter being Emily Stewart. One of John and Emily's eight children was Claude T. Barnes (1884-1968). John was arrested in 1887 with the new anti-polygamy laws and spent three months in jail. A Jewish friend of John, Isador Morris, obtained a presidential pardon for John. After his release, he became involved in various businesses in the Kaysville area. He eventually died from a stomach ailment. Emily Stewart Barnes was also born in England but arrived in the Salt Lake Valley when she was five years old. The Stewarts settled in Kaysville and experienced the various hardships associated with the frontier lifestyle. She was known for being a resourceful woman and an able hostess, having various LDS Church leaders visit her home. Emily was the dominant influence on her children during her husband's frequent absences. Claude Barnes was the seventh child of Emily and was known to be a very healthy child. His father nicknamed him "Von Tromp." After serving a mission to England he returned to Utah and became a naturalist. In 1949 wrote a book on his mother's early years called The Grim Years.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Emily Stewart Barnes Family Papers (1902-1906) contain several letters written by Emily Stewart Barnes and others to Emily's son, Claude. Claude was serving a mission in England for the LDS Church when the letters were written to him. The letters are typical of a Mormon mother worrying about her son on a mission. Most of Emily Stewart's letters are lectures to her son on doing what is right and exhortations to stop doubting. She was also concerned that Claude was writing to too many girls. In fact, a letter to Claude from a girlfriend in England is in the collection. Emily gives many details about home life and the letters give an excellent picture of what life in Kaysville was like at the start of the Twentieth Century. Other letters included are from Claude's father, John; Claude's sister, Elizabeth; and Claude's Grandmother Shelton.

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 Emily Stewart Barnes family papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Emily Stewart Barnes family papers, Ms 547, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations:Ms 547.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The Emily Stewart Barnes Family Papers, 1902-1906Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1
Correspondence from Emily Barnes
1902-1903
2
Correspondence from Elizabeth Barnes
1903
3-7
Correspondence fom Emily Barnes
1903
8
Correspondence from John Barnes
1904
9-10
Correspondence from Emily Barnes
1904
11
Correspondence from John Barnes
1904
12-15
Correspondence from Emily Barnes
1904
16
Correspondence from a Girlfriend
1904
17-18
Correspondence from Emily Barnes
1905
19
Correspondence from Grandmother Shelton
1906
20
Correspondence from Emily Barnes
1906
21
Undated Correspondence from Emily Barnes

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church--Missions--England
  • Mormons--Missionary experiences--England
  • Personal Names :
  • Barnes, Claude T.--Correspondence
  • Barnes, Emily Stewart, 1846-1932--Correspondence
  • Family Names :
  • Barnes family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Kaysville (Utah)--Social life and customs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence