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Some Descendants of John Doyle Lee
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Written by Manetta Prince Henry
Compiled by Lorraine Manderscheid
Softbound, color pictures, 41 pages with 439 descendants over 7 generations.

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Some Descendants of John Doyle Lee - On-Line
2 Vols compliled by Lorraine Manderscheid (on-line)

History of John D. Lee and his wife, Aggatha Ann Woolsey, their son, John Willard Lee and his wife Lucinda Margaret Clark and their descendants. John Willard Lee and Lucinda Margaret Clark had fourteen children. About 750 pages. We have aver 650 pictures in the book. We have reprinted three times and will do so again for as many as want it. I have 11 copies left from the third printing.

It can be obtained by sending $50.00 which covers the printing ans shipping to: Marion R. Lund. 1791 South 320 West, Orem, Utah 84058. Or, I can be reached at 801-226-5465.

A Mormon Chronicle
The Diaries of John d. Lee 1848-1876 2 vols
editied and annotated by Robert Cleland and Juanita Brooks

John Doyle Lee (1812-1877) was one of the most controversial figures of early Mormon history. A fervent convert, he was adopted by Brigham Young and rose to become a leading member of the church's hierarchy. Lee left behind a number of colorful diaries that reveal in fascinating clarity and detail the everyday life of Utah's pioneer settlers. In them, he describes his close relationship with Brigham Young, his experiences in converting Native Americans to Mormonism, his trials with farming and livestock, his encounters with his 19 wives, and his eventual exile to the barren wastelands of Lee's Ferry.

In the 1950s, five of Lee's diaries in the Huntington collections were meticulously edited and annotated by historians Robert Glass Cleland and Juanita Brooks and published in two volumes by the Huntington Library in 1955 to great acclaim as A Mormon Chronicle, The Diaries of John D. Lee, 1848-1876. The University of Utah Press kept the book in print until the 1990s; it has now been reprinted as a Huntington Library Classic with a new foreword by Andrew Rolle, a Huntington research fellow and retired Cleland Professor of History from Occidental College. In his foreword, Rolle discusses the collaboration between Cleland, a leading historian of the Southwest, and Brooks, a notable scholar of Mormon history.

John D. Lee Zealot-Pioneer-Builder-Scapegoat
by Juanita Brooks - Out of Print

I give the book highest marks. While it is history, and a biography, it is as captivating as any novel, and a treat for the immagination as well as the rational mind. Full marks for the late Ms. Brooks in her ability to weave together the elements that make the man, her insight mostly derived from his own copious writings and those of his faithful wives. The result is a reasonably complete look at the complex man, faithful to his dying moments in the Church and gospel he thought he was defending, a look that includes his intimate thoughts, a sense of his apparent egotism, his devotion to his multiple families, and the role that his wives and children played in his life.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre
by Juanita Brooks -

The definitive study of when an emigrant wagon trail crossing southern Utah was attacked by Indians and Mormons, and all of the emigrants, with the exception of a few children, were slaughtered.

Writings of John D. Lee,(paperback)
Writings of John D. Lee,(hardcover version)

This selection from the writings of John Doyle Lee include his autobiography, his confession (regarding the Mountain Meadows Massacre), letters, poems, last words for his families, as well as related historical documents regarding his arrest, trials and execution. The book includes 14 engravings from the 1891 edition, as well as a bibliography.
Edited by Samuel N. Henrie

(This is highly recommended)

Emma Lee (Paperback)
by Juanita Brooks (Author)

One cannot visit Lee's Ferry without becoming curious about Emma Lee, John D. Lee's courageous and lonely wife, who lived alone at the Ferry while her husband was off fraternizing with Mormon bishops and ending up taking the fall for church leaders in the Mountain Meadow Massacre. Reading her life story, including giving birth alone in the rude cabin on the bank of the Colorado River, her dealings with Lee's other wives, and her steadfast and unswering loyalty to her husband, is a sobering look at the demands of a pioneer, and a Mormon wife.

Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian
by Peterson, Levi S.

Levi S. Peterson has done a remarkable job of researching and collating an enormous amount of material in revealing the wonderful life and career of a magnificent lady. Juanita Brooks, in her own right, was a premier writer of Mormon Utah and environs, who represented the very best in objective reporting in an environment that can be rather reserved. Dr. Levi Peterson, Professor of English at Weber State University in Utah brings Juanita Brooks to all of us who have admired her for so very many years. Professor Peterson has made a marvelous contribution to the autobiographical literature of historical writing, showing the best in organization and leading the reader onward, and onward with great anticipation to the next sentence, and the next. It is as wonderful an account of a worthy life as I have ever read!

Video - The Mountain Meadows Massacre
An engrossing documetnary including interviews with historians, reenactments, and photographs that tell all sides

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Lee's Ferry
By P.T. Reilly - Available at

Lee's Ferry was a primary link between Utah and Arizona. Mormons trying to reach potential Indian converts and new lands for colonization to the south first developed the site. John D. Lee and parts of his family, seeking an inconspicuous spot after the Mountain Meadows massacre, first took up residence at what they called Lonely Dell. In subsequent decades, many interesting and important western characters passed through this topographical and historical funnel, from John Wesley Powell to Buffalo Bill. As river exploration and adventure increased, the place became as important to those using the river-surveyors, miners, river runners-as to folks crossing it. In recognition of its importance, Lee's Ferry has been partially restored as a historic site in the national park system.

The Ferry Woman, a novel of John D. Lee and the mountain Meadows Massacre by Gerald Grimmett

In Ferry Woman, Gerald Grimmett tries to shed light on the role of John Lee, the man who bore the brunt of the blame for the historical massacre.

The author creates a fictional character (the Ferry woman) --one of Lee's wives. It is through her questioning eyes that the reader sees the events unfold. John Lee is hardly a pleasant character, the Mormons don't come off at all well. Even though Lee's role is toned to "participated" rather than "instigated", Lee is not exonerated in the least. We also get a very gritty glimpse of the less-attractive side of life in Utah during the early days of the Morman settlements, and it seems pretty accurate. Life was, as is the familiar quotation, nasty, brutal and sometimes short.

Hiking And Exploring The Paria River: Michael R. Kelsey
Contact Mike about tours of John D Lee sites.

Including, The Story Of John D. Lee And Mountain Meadows Massacre

This is a hiking guide to the Paria River drainage of southern Utah. The upper part of the system begins near Bryce Canyon National Park, and flows south to the Colorado River and Lee's Ferry. Lee's Ferry is not far below the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Many people have now heard of the hike down the Paria, but there are many less-known and less-visited parts of this drainage included in this book.

This guide covers the entire river system, including a couple of mountain climbs in the far north, plus the dozen or so slot canyons in the middle and lower end. The more famous slot canyons are Bull Valley Gorge, the scene of a pickup wreck (still lodged in the slot) which left 3 hunters dead. Also,Round Valley Draw, the Buckskin Gulch and of course the Paria itself. This 3rd Edition includes for the first time Coyote Buttes and its best know part, The Wave, an international destination for fotographers. For this edition, 16 pages and several new hiking areas have been added, plus the author re-hiked many canyons and updated all of them. This editon has 178 fotographs.

As in previous edtions, the history of early-day ranchers and cattlemen are included. The history of gold miners at Lee's Ferry and around the old ghost town of Pahreah is also discussed. And the best story of all is that of John D. Lee, and his involvement in the Mountain Meadows Massacre (about 120 people were killed), and his life on the run from Federal authorities. It was John D. Lee who was sent by the Mormon Church to the lower end of the Paria River to hide out and build & operate a ferry across the Colorado River. His entire life story is told. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The author was born in 1943, and experienced his earliest years of life in eastern Utah's Uinta Basin; first near the town of Myton, then Roosevelt. In 1954, the family moved to Provo, where he attended Provo High School, and later Brigham Young University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Sociology. Shortly thereafter he discovered that was the wrong subject, so he attended the University of Utah, where he received his Master of Science degree in Geography, finishing that in June, 1970.

It was then real life began, for on June 9, 1970, he put a pack on his back and started traveling for the first time. Since then he has seen 223 countries, republics, islands, or island groups. All this wandering has resulted in a number of books written and published by himself. Here are his books, listed in the order they were first published: Climber's and Hiker's Guide to the World's Mountains and Volcanos (4th Edition), Utah Mountaineering Guide (3rd Edition); China on Your Own and the Hiking Guide to China's Nine Sacred Mountains (3rd Edition-Out of Print); Canyon Hiking Guide to the Colorado Plateau (4th Edition); Hiking and Exploring Utah's San Rafael Swell (3rd Edition); Hiking and Exploring Utah's Henry Mountains and Robbers Roost (Revised Edition); Hiking and Exploring the Paria River (3rd Edition); Hiking and Climbing in the Great Basin National Park (Wheeler Peak, Nevada); Boater's Guide to Lake Powell--Featuring Hiking, Camping, Geology, History and Archaeology (2nd Updated Edition); Climbing and Exploring Utah's Mt. Timpanogos; River Guide to Canyonlands National Park & Vicinity; Hiking, Biking and Exploring Canyonlands National Park & Vicinity; The Story of Black Rock, Utah; and Hiking, Climbing and Exploring Western Utah's Jack Watson's Ibex Country.

He also helped his mother Venetta B. Kelsey, write & publish a book about the town she was born and raised in, Life on the Black Rock Desert--A History of Clear Lake, Utah. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Mormonism Unveiled: The Life and Confession of John D. Lee, by John D. Lee

This book was first published in 1877, just after the execution of John D Lee. He dictated and wrote the book after his 2nd trial and subsequent conviction and the time of his execution to tell his own side of the whole story and provide a means to pay his legal fees.

Have Lee's words been manipulated? Lee had two copies made, one kept by his wife and one for publishing. This he did to prevent his writing from being changed. The family copy is not available any longer. However, after the book was published in 1877, no member of the Lee family challenged it's accuracy.

Did Lee have an axe to grind? Yes. He had kept a code of silence about the massacre. After his conviction and in his words betrayal, Lee had no further obligations of silence.

This book remains the most open and blunt assessment of the Mormon period leading up to 1877.

Massacre at Mountain Meadows
by Richard E. Turley, Jr., Richard Walker and Glen M. Leonard

On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter.

Massacre at Mountain Meadows offers the most thoroughly researched account of the massacre ever written. Drawn from documents previously not available to scholars and a careful re-reading of traditional sources, this gripping narrative offers fascinating new insight into why Mormons settlers in isolated southern Utah deceived the emigrant party with a promise of safety and then killed the adults and all but seventeen of the youngest children. The book sheds light on factors contributing to the tragic event, including the war hysteria that overcame the Mormons after President James Buchanan dispatched federal troops to Utah Territory to put down a supposed rebellion, the suspicion and conflicts that polarized the perpetrators and victims, and the reminders of attacks on Mormons in earlier settlements in Missouri and Illinois. It also analyzes the influence of Brigham Young's rhetoric and military strategy during the infamous "Utah War" and the role of local Mormon militia leaders in enticing Paiute Indians to join in the attack. Throughout the book, the authors paint finely drawn portraits of the key players in the drama, their backgrounds, personalities, and roles in the unfolding story of misunderstanding, misinformation, indecision, and personal vendettas.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre stands as one of the darkest events in Mormon history. Neither a whitewash nor an expose, Massacre at Mountain Meadows provides the clearest and most accurate account of a key event in American religious history.

Available at Deseret Book

Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Paperback)

Bagley's work is the product of years of effort and the assembly of some new material. However, the book is very weak in the assessment of official documents, probably its greatest defect.

John D. Lee and the Moutain Meadows Massacre
A Reader. This is a compilation of source material relating to the massacre. Compiled by Dr. Wes Larsen