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Help Transcribe Brigham Young’s Probate Case!

Lauren Katz
August 31, 2020
Brigham Young’s Last Will and Testament with Codicil from 1875

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Brigham Young, the first governor of the Utah Territory and president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died August 29, 1877. At the time, the church practiced an arrangement wherein the president held property and real estate as “trustee-in-trust.” This allowed Young to direct and finance many major construction and other enterprises during the early years of settlement. Upon his death, it complicated his estate to a great degree. Much of it was settled within about two years, but the case stretched into the 20th century in order to clarify property deeds.

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Learn more about probate files in this blog post, the final one in a 3-part series on the Salt Lake County Probate Case Files.