Brigham Young Family Association

     John Young, Jr.                  Joseph Young                         Brigham Young                    Phinehas Howe Young            Lorenzo Young  

Nancy Young Kent Fanny Young Carr Rhoda Young Greene John Young, Jr. Nabby Young Susanna Young Little Joseph Young Phinehas Howe Young Brigham Young Louisa Young Sanford Lorenzo Young


The purpose of the Brigham Young Family Association is to foster and nurture family relationships, and develop, secure, and preserve  family records and histories.
 All descendents of John Young, Sr. are invited to become members of this family association.




History of the Brigham Young Family Organization


Family News


Brigham Young Granddaughters Association  

Summer is finally here and it is time to turn our thoughts to our annual family reunion, Saturday the 23rd of July, 2011. We will meet at the Brigham Young Farmhouse, This is the Place Heritage State Park. Admission is free! Train rides and an hour to visit and socialize begin at 4:00 pm. Bring your own picnic dinner and sit on your blanket while we enjoy our special program guest, artist Julie Rogers, show her beautiful portraits of Brigham Young and the Pioneers. PLEASE, RSVP with Robert Doxey at Hope to see you there!



Mother, Carry On: Julie Rogers' original artwork showcased at The Mission Gallery, 171 North Main Street, St. George, UT 435-688-9670


Young Family Reunion Updates               
Young Family Newsletter  
Family Officers and Board of Trustees


The Brigham Young and Joseph Smith Jr. Families


The annual Young Family Temple Night will be held on Thursday the 28th of July, 2011. We will be meeting at 5:00 pm in the Chapel of the Salt Lake Temple for a special family fireside prior to attending the 6:00 pm Session. This event is cosponsored by the John Young Sr. & Brigham Young Family Associations.




Salt Lake Mormon Temple
The Salt Lake Temple was dedicated 6-24 of April, 1893.          © 2008, Josh Smith

 Come join us at Brother Brigham’s Ball Saturday the 23rd of July, 2011. Open to all, Brother Brigham's' Ball is the perfect activity to finish a month of family events. There will be live period music, traditional dress, vocalists, dance instruction and more. An event for the whole family, the ball begins at 6:00 pm at The Garden Place, This is the Place Heritage State Park.


School teacher and children pull handcart
Above: the 2nd annual Brother Brigham's Ball with period dancing and full costumes. Come and join the fun!

 In an attempt to continue the healing between the two families; Mary Ellen Elggren, the Immediate Past President of the Brigham Young Family Association, and Michael Kennedy, the current President of the Joseph Smith and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society continue to inspire family and friends alike with their experience healing the rift between the Brigham Young and the Joseph Smith Families. 
Bridging a Rift of False Tradition; 2011
Deseret News Article: June 25, 2009


Mary Ellen Elggren, Immediate Past President of the Brigham Young Family Association, sits in front of the Lion House in Salt Lake City. Kristin Murphy, Deseret News 2009

On June 9, 2007, the Joseph Smith Jr. Family Reunion invited representatives of the Young family to attend and present a statement regarding the relationship between Brigham Young and Emma Smith. Our statement began, "We revere [her] as a truly great and saintly lady..."





Kari Robinson, Mary Ellen Elggren, and  Peter Kennedy represented the Brigham Young Family Association at the Joseph Smith Jr. Family Reunion this past June, and presented a statement regarding the relationship of Brigham Young to Joseph's wife, Emma

Call to Family Members

Please share your histories and photos. Our goal is to gather transcripts and high-resolution scans of all photos and materials available regarding the children of John Sr. and Abigail (Nabby) Young and their descendants. We want to make all of this material available to the membership of the Brigham Young Family Association. Please contact Peter Kennedy, webmaster. 


Contact Information
Email Peter Kennedy with comments, suggestions, questions or additional content.

Updated July 2011