Pt 41-J: Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr and
“More on” LeBaron Madness

Circa 1921: Dayer and Maud M. LeBaron with first 6
of eventually 13 children to come;
Back row, L. to R: Ben, Alma, Irene, Jenny
Front row: Ross Wesley Sr and Lucinda

The great enemy of truth
is very often not the lie–
deliberate, contrived, and dishonest–
but the myth–
persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic….
We enjoy the comfort of opinion
without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy

Ross LeBaron:
Interview to Dale Van Atta, 1977

Ross LeBaron interview

Ross Wesley LeBaron in June, 1977. | Photo: Dale Van Atta. Courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special Collections, BYU.

In 1977, as the murderous acts of Ross LeBaron’s brother Ervil gained international attention, journalist Dale Van Atta did some research on the priesthood claims of the LeBaron family. Van Atta later co-authored a book on Ervil LeBaron and his crimes.

The following file can be found among Van Atta’s research papers at the Special Collections of the Brigham Young University. Despite the title on the library catalog – “Interview with Ross LeBaron” -, the document might actually be a transcript of a radio show by Ross LeBaron, in June that year.

According to Ross, the violence was over ownership of land in Mexico, as was well as a Cain-and-Abel war over spiritual rights to preside in Joseph Smith’s patriarchal family.

In the following notes, Van Atta reports Ross LeBaron’s ideas on his brothers‘ churches, the Mormon Fundamentalist movement, and his own spiritual position as the heir of Joseph Smith:

Now this is going on in the LeBaron family particularly because we are, definitely, the patriarchal family of the line of the prophet Joseph Smith.”

Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr

To view the file, click here: Ross LeBaron – MSS 2258 Box 2 Interview Van Atta


Van Atta, Dale. Interview with Ross LeBaron for KSXX (1977)Dale Van Atta Collection, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University.

Mormon Fundamentalism and the Sealing Keys of Hyrum Smith

In “Documents”

Lyle O. Wright: Overview of Ross LeBaron’s Beliefs

In “Scholarly”August 26, 2017HolyOrder.OrgAlex JosephAlma Dayer LeBaronBenjamin F. JohnsonErvil LeBaronJoel LeBaronJoseph SmithLeBaronismMormon FundamentalistsMormon StudiesOfficesPatriarchPatriarchal heirPatriarchal PriesthoodRight of the FirstbornRoss Wesley LeBaronThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsThe Church of the FirstbornThe Holy Order of GodTheologyViolence

Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr on KZZI circa 1988
(Courtesy of Historian Kris Wray)

(MP3 clip #5)
(MP3 clip #2)

Continued January 9, 2020, “Pt 41-K:
Ross Wesley LeBaron Sr and “More on” LeBaron Madness

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