John McEwan diary

John McEwan diary

Dates: 1843-1889

Materials include a handwritten diary detailing McEwan's experiences from 1843 to 1858. The diary includes brief entries about his travels from Ireland to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1843, and patriarchal blessings for both McEwan and his wife, Amanda. The majority of the journal contains writings on McEwan's experience as a member of the Elk Mountain Mission to negotiate for land with the Ute Indian tribes in southeastern Utah, from May to October 1855, including getting lost in the mountain during his journey back from the area to Provo. McEwan also documents his time as a clerk for a district court living in the territorial capital of Fillmore, Utah, from October 1855 to January 1856, and his service in the Provo Regiment of a militia to assist others stationed in Weber Canyon during the Utah War in May 1858. Also includes records of births, marriages, temple ordinances performed, and other genealogical records dating up to 1889. Dated 1843 to 1889.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.15 linear ft.) : 1 v., 208 p.
  • Creator: McEwan, John, 1824-1878
  • Call Number: MSS 1051
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
  • Images: http://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/SCMisc/id/80816
Languages and Scripts
English
Alternative Format
A photocopy of the John McEwan diary is located in Folder 2 and a transcription is located in Folder 3 of the collection.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John McEwan diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Note
Holograph, photocopy, and transcription.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1051; John McEwan diary; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1051, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Provenance and custodial history of item is unknown.
Acquisition Information
Source and date of acquistion unknown.
Subject Terms
Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Military; Indians of North America; Ute Indians; Civil Procedure and Courts; Politics, Government, and Law; Mormon Church--Missions--Utah--Elk Mountain; Material Types; Religion; District courts--Utah; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo; Territorial Government; Mormons--Utah--Provo; McEwan, John, 1824-1878; McEwan, John, 1824-1878--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church); Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; Rose Frank; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS1051
Finding Aid Title
McEwan (John) diary
Finding Aid Author
Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-03-13 13:19:03 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

John McEwan (1824-1878) was a Mormon pioneer, court clerk, and postmaster in Utah.

John McEwan was born February 24, 1824 in Bonbride, County Down, Ireland, to Henry McEwan and Jane Thompson. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saitns in Ireland on November 13, 1840. In 1843, he emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois, and there met and married Amanda Melvina Higbee on December 23, 1845. They had ten children together. McEwan served as a secretary to Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. He and his family emigrated to Utah in 1848 and were some of the early settlers of Provo. In April 1855, McEwan was called to serve in the Elk Mountain Mission to help establish friendships with the Ute tribes in southeastern Utah and explore the area for settlement. Upon his return from his mission later that year, McEwan was appointed as a district court clerk and moved to work in the Territorial State House in Fillmore, Utah. In May 1858, McEwan volunteered to be a member of the Provo regiment of soldiers called to assist those stationed in Weber Canyon during the Utah War. While in Provo, he also served as president of the 22nd Quorum of Seventies and as postmaster.

John McEwan died on February 27, 1878 in Provo, Utah.



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