Susan Amelia Young

18 March 1856–27 May 1933

Born 18 March 1856 in Salt Lake City. Daughter of Brigham Young and Lucy Bigelow. Married Alma Dunford, 1 December 1872; two children. Divorced, 1878. Married Jacob Gates, 5 January 1880; eleven children.  Prominent author and genealogist. Served on Relief Society general board, 1911–1922, and as editor of the Young Woman’s Journal, 1889–1901. Represented Utah and the church at the International Council of Women, London, June 1899. Died 27 May 1933 in Salt Lake City.[1]


[1] “Gates, Susa Young,” in Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. 4 (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson Memorial Association, 1936), 185; “Gates, Susa Young,” in Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia: A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men and Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, vol. 2 (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History, 1914), 626–629; R. Paul Cracroft, “Susa Young Gates: Her Life and Literary Work” (Master’s thesis, University of Utah, 1951), 8–9; Susan Young to Zina Young Williams, 18 May 1878, Susa Young Gates Personal Papers, Susa Young Gates Papers, ca. 1870–1933, Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City; “Home Affairs,” Woman’s Exponent (Salt Lake City), 15 Jan. 1880, 124; “Represent Utah at International Council,” Salt Lake Herald, 4 June 1899, 3.