Harriet Elizabeth Cook Young was born on 7 November 1824 in Whitesborough, New York to Archibald Cook and Betsey Mosher Cook. She was the second youngest of their 7 children, the others being Celia Ann, Jane Eliza, Edwards Stephen, William Newton, Josiah Mosher, and Henry A. On 2 November 1843 in Nauvoo, Illinois, she was married to Brigham Young, the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and together they had 1 child, Oscar Brigham. Most notably, Harriet spoke during the “Great Indignation Meeting” of 13 January 1870, which was a meeting held by the ladies of Salt Lake City, Utah in protest of the passing of Cullom’s Bill, which prohibited the practice of polygamy in United States. In that meeting, she spoke out about how the United States had been founded on the principles of freedom of religion, among other freedoms. She cites plural marriage as a practice which helps prevent the national, more common practices of adultery, prostitution and abortion, founding her claim on the evidence that “wherever monogamy reigns,” these social problems are prevalent. She died on 5 November 1898 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This folder contains a single-page photocopy of a handwritten declaration, dated 30 April 1890 in Salt Lake City. It reads, “This is to certify that we have selected Messers Elias A. Smith and Jesse N. Fox, Jun., as Appraisers of the remainder of the Estate of our late Husband, President Brigham Young, to act in conjunction with Messrs. George Q. Cannon and Brigham Young, Trustees under the will, and in accordance with the provision of Section Twenty-seven (27), of our late Husband, President Brigham Young.” It is signed by the following: - Lucy D. Young (Lucy Ann Decker) - Harriet E.C. Young (Harriet Elizabeth Cook) - Susanna S. Young (Susanna Snively) - Martha B. Young (Martha Bowker) - Naamah K.J.C.T. Young (Naamah Kendel Jenkins Carter Twiss) - Zina D.H. Young (Zina Diantha Huntington) - Harriet B. Young (Harriet Emeline Barney)