About

The man who baptized Wilford Woodruff. A leader in the third-highest council of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a quarter of a century. A family man who has posterity numbering in the tens of thousands today. All of these describe the man who was known in life as Zerah Pulsipher. This blog–in connection with the Zera Pulsipher Project–exists to make information about this man’s life and work. The Project site will focus on presenting raw documents produced by the Pulsiphers and those around them while this site will focus on presenting historical research, though some highlights of typescripts will be presented here.

The author of this blog–Chad Lawrence Nielsen–is a descendant of Zerah Pulsipher by way of his son Charles. Chad is a full-time college student who has a deep interest in history–particularly Mormon history. That interest has led him into research in preparation for the production of a biography about Zerah, the maintenance of two blogs that focus primarily on the subjects of Mormon history and lore, and the production of prize-winning essays for the annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Student Essay Competition. It is his hope that writing for this blog will help in the production of the above-mentioned biography of Zerah Pulsipher.

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. I have a question. I am curious as to the location of the photo that tops your site. Is it Hebron, Utah? If so do you know when it was taken? I live in Enterprise, Utah and my husband is also a descendant of Zerah Pulsipher and Mary Ann Brown. Having taught Family History here for many years I am very interested in all things Hebron and Enterprise, Utah. Thanks for all you do in posting this information.

    1. That’s a good catch, Kathy. It is Hebron–a photo from spring 1903. I found it in the spring 1999 Utah Historical Quarterly with an article by W. Paul Reeve on Hebron.
      I’m glad to hear you appreciate the work I’m doing. I plan on posting some more primary sources from Zerah and family on this blog this summer, though he doesn’t talk too much about Hebron in the sources I have, unfortunately. Mary and their son David seem to have more on it in their records. I would love to make it down there sometime to see Hebron and Enterprise.
      While I’m thinking about it, do you know of any good Pulsipher documents that aren’t in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City? Maybe a manuscript or typescript in the Enterprise library or something that’s been passed down in your branch of the family?

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