"They came here many years ago. Eighteen and ninety-six. From Utah. They came because of the statehood. In Utah. I was a Mormon"
The wives and children of Joseph F. Smith, prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (c. 1900)
Public DomainThe wives and children of Joseph F. Smith, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (c. 1900) - Credit: Utah State Historical Society

The territory of Utah had been home to the Mormons since the mid-19th century after they settled in the Salt Lake Valley area.

In 1896 Utah was admitted into the U.S. statehood, with the condition that a ban on polygamy was written into the state constitution. Many Mormons unwilling to give up the practice relocated to Mexico, joining the other colonists in Sonora and Chihuahua who had already fled America after specific laws prohibiting plural marriage were passed by U.S. Congress in the 1870s and 1880s.