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Edmund Owen Barlow, polygamist whose family has long history, dies at 70

Published January 20, 2013 5:48 pm

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Sunday's Salt Lake Tribune included an obituary for Edmund Owen Barlow, who died of cancer Jan. 13. He was 70.

Barlow's obituary lists his three wives and 32 children as survivors. Just as interesting was Barlow's late father, Albert Edmund Barlow.

The elder Barlow was belonged to the group that would become known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Albert Barlow was imprisoned twice for "unlawful cohabitation." That was a Utah law on the books used to prosecute polygamists. Barlow's was imprisoned first in 1945 and again in 1959.

After being sentenced to the Utah State Prison in 1945, the state paroled him to help care for his children, which by that point would have included Edmund Barlow.

But Albert Barlow continued living with his three wives and had at least one more child with each of them, according to court documents. So in 1955, the Salt Lake County attorney charged Albert Barlow again. He appealed his conviction but lost at the Utah Supreme Court in 1959.

Albert Barlow died in 1994 at age 91.

— Nate Carisle

Twitter: @natecarlisle