The Just and Reid families are descendants of Morrisites, so have a keen interest in the history of that group. The Morrisites broke away from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1860. The resulting church was called the Church of the Firstborn, and its followers were collectively called Morrisites, after their leader Joseph Morris (left).
This page is meant to facilitate research on the history of the Morrisites. If you have a source you would like to add, please contact Presto Preservation Executive Director Rick Just. Note: A listing is not an endorsement. Most books available on Amazon allow you to do keyword searches that will provide you with good information regarding the extent to which the book will be of some value to you.
Wikipedia page on the Church of the Firstborn
Guide to the Morrisite Collection at Utah State University
Names of persons baptized during the administration of Joseph Morris, at South Weber, Utah Territory, in the years of 1861 and 1862.
Salt Lake Tribune article about Joseph Morris, with excerpts from his brother's autobiography.
Salt Lake Tribune article written in 1891 giving some history about the Morrisite War.
Frontier Times article about the Morrisites written in 1965 by Peter Anderson, son of prominent Morrisites Neils and Mary Anderson. **Highly recommended**
Men, Motives and Misunderstandings: A New Look at the Morrisite War of 1862, by G.M. Howard, an article that originally appeared in Utah Historical Quarterly (1976) 44:112-132.
Excerpt from B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church (1930), Vol. 5, p. 39
The Lost Letters, Agnes Just Reid Cedar Creek Press, Boise, ID, 2006 $10, plus tax and shipping. Contact Presto Preservation
Letters of Long Ago, Agnes Just Reid, (with extensive notes by Brigham D. Madsen) Cedar Creek Press, Boise, ID, 1997 $10, plus tax and shipping. Contact Presto Preservation. Also available on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle.
Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Conner, Brigham D. Madsen University of Utah Press, 1990 Available on Amazon
Brigham and the Brigadier: General Patrick Conner and His California Volunteers in Utah and Along the Overland Trail, James F. Varley Westernlore Press, Tucson, 1989 Available on Amazon
Along the Rivers, A Western History, Alma J. Reid Sagebrush Studio, Firth, Idaho, 1994 $29, plus tax and shipping. Contact Presto Preservation
Joseph Morris and the Saga of the Morrisites, C. Leroy Anderson Utah State University Press, 1998 Available on Amazon
Joseph Morris: and the Saga of the Morrisites Revisited, C. Leroy Anderson Utah State University Press, 2010 Available on Amazon **Highly recommended**
The Light Within, A Fictional Account of the Morrisite Rebellion, Utah Territory 1861-1862 Robert Fitzgerald Kelly University of Montana, 1987 Available on Amazon
Brigham's Destroying Angel, Bill Hickman Kessinger Publishing, 2003 Available on Amazon
The Saints and Union: Utah Territory During the Civil War, E.B. Long University of Illinois Press, 2001 Available on Amazon
Differing Visions, Dissenters in Mormon History Roger D. Launis and Linda Thatcher editors University of Illinois Press, 1998 Available on Amazon
Melchizedek & the Temple: The Promise of the Ages, R.J. Konczyk Authorhouse, 2008 Available on Amazon
The Mormon Prophet and His Harem or An Authentic History of Brigham Young, His Numerous Wives and Children, C.V. Waite Kessinger Publishing, 2004 Available on Amazon