Scope and Content

Correspondence and other papers of Theodore McKean pertaining to his activities as Utah territorial marshal, Salt Lake City councilman, and counselor to Bishop Frederick Kesler in the Salt Lake City Sixteenth Ward. Collection contains extensive letters from mother Margaret I. McKean in Tom's River, New Jersey, and retained copies of Theodore McKean's letters to New Jersey family members.

Also includes letters from Washington McKean, Margaret McKean, Mary Page Gulick McKean, Matilda Ivins, Thomas W. Ivins, Anthony Ivins, William Perry Nebeker, Edward J. Bills, Adeline Allen, Emmeline Ivins McKean, Sarah Ivins McKean, Colonel Frederick W. Lander, Brigham Young Jr., A. C. Dewey, William J. Newman, William H. Hooper, William J. H. Frazee, Abe Alloway, Louisa M. Williams, B. S. Young, William S. Sharp, and Willard Young.

Contains information about the Black Hawk War, Utah War, Mountain Meadows Massacre, and the Civil War; LDS Church conferences in Ocean County, New Jersey; the Edmunds-Tucker Law; and McKean and Ivins family activities in New Jersey and Utah.

Contains references to Kirk Anderson, Lorenzo Barnes, John M. Bernhisel, Angus M. Cannon, George Q. Cannon, John Cradlebaugh, Alfred Cumming, Louisa M. DeBerry, William S. Godbe, Jedediah M. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Mary Jackman, Thomas L. Kane, Frederick Kesler, Adam Oughton, Orson Pratt, Zina Pratt, Phebe Butler Sevy, Joseph Smith Jr., Lorenzo Snow, John Taylor, Daniel S. Tuttle, Louisa M. Williams, Benjamin Winchester, Wilford Woodruff, and Brigham Young.

Other papers include an account book and sundry business, financial, and legal papers. Noteworthy items include McKean's address to the Salt Lake City Sixteenth Ward Sunday School, newspaper editorials, and a petition to U.S. President Benjamin Harrison requesting amnesty for unlawful cohabitation charges. Also includes an 1890s history of Mormonism in New Jersey and an 1892 diary briefly mentioning discourses by Brigham Young and Joseph F. Smith at Tom's River in 1875.

Collection also contains the papers of Stephen Pope, including an 1826 indenture and an 1845 LDS deacon's certificate issued at Cheltenham, England.

Printed material includes a Social Hall invitation honoring A. O. Smoot; a funeral announcement for Thomas W. Ivins; The Harrison Minstrel published at Philadelphia in 1840; and printed speeches of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Arrangement of Materials


2 boxes

2 boxes

Linear Feet

Use and Access

Open to research.

Copyright expired.

Preferred Citation

[Item description], Theodore McKean papers. Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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McKean, Theodore 1829-1897
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Open to research.
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