Joseph Smith Jessop

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Joseph Smith Jessop
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Polygamist patriarch Joseph Smith Jessop with his youngest daughter Mabel Annie shortly before his death
Born (1869-01-25)January 25, 1869
Millville, Cache County, Utah, USA
Died September 1, 1953(1953-09-01) (aged 84)
Hildale, Washington County, Utah, USA
Resting place
Colorado City, Mohave County, Arizona, USA
Known for Co-founder of Hildale, Utah

Martha Moore Yeates Jessop, married Oct. 16 1889

Gertrude Annie Marriott Jessop, married Dec. 28 1928
Children 22
Parents Richard Jessop and Mary Ellen Shaffer Jessop

Joseph Smith Jessop (January 25, 1869 – September 1, 1953) was an early patriarch in the Mormon fundamentalist movement and, with John Y. Barlow, co-founder of Short Creek, Arizona (later Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah), home to the polygynous Short Creek Community (later the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or FLDS Church).[1]


Richard Jessop (1838–1899) and Mary Ellen Shaffer Jessop (1848–1928)[2]


Martha Moore Yeates was born on July 8, 1871, married Joseph Smith Jessop (then 20 years old) at age 18, and died on June 27, 1938 at age 66.[3]

Gertrude Annie Marriott was born on June 29, 1909, married Joseph Smith Jessop (then 59 years old) at age 19 (Martha was 57), and died on February 16, 1952 at age 42.[4]


Martha had 14 children: Sarah Genevieve (known as Genevieve), Joseph Lyman, Richard Seth, Dowayne Neor, Violet, Ruby, Martha (known as Mattie), Vergel Yeates, Sylmar Greene, Fawnetta (known as Fawn), Millicent (who was a stillborn), Frederick Meade, John (Bill) Millward and Allie.

Annie had 8 children: Thomas Smith, Albert Marriott, William Marshall, Ellen, Joseph Charles and John Marion (twins), Hyrum Martin and Mabel Annie.