J. Warren Johnson papers

J. Warren Johnson papers

Dates: 1895-1902

The collection contains journals from 1895-1899. The collection also contains material on the Southern States Mission during the years 1895-1899 and of the Mutual Improvement Program along the Wasatch front from 1901-1902.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Johnson, J. Warren, 1870-1905
  • Call Number: MSS 2275
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
This collection contains the journals of J. Warren Johnson before and after his mission to the Southern States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called LDS or Mormon Church) during the years 1895-1899. It also contains the journals while he was serving as a Mutual Improvement Missionary in Wasatch County, Utah from October 1901- February 1902.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2275; J. Warren Johnson papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2275, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The Brigham Young University Library was donated this collection by an unknown donor in March 2001.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 2001.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2275.xml
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Southern States Mission; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Southern States; Johnson, J. Warren, 1870-1905--Diaries; Mutual Improvement Associations; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Kentucky; Mormon Church--Missions--Southern States; Mormon missionaries--Southern States; Vernal (Utah); Washington (D.C.)
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Erin Chapman and Sterling Fluharty; 2001.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Johnson (J. Warren) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker, Erin Chapman, and Sterling Fluharty; Benjamin Sipes
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-19T10:37-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

J. Warren Johnson (1870-1905), son of John Lycurgus Johnson and Cora Isabelle Davis. He served in the Southern States LDS Mission, mainly in Kentucky, from September 1895 - September 1897. He also served a mission in Wasatch County, Utah as a Mutual Improvement Missionary from October 1901 - February 1902. He died on June 22, 1905.

James Warren Johnson was born October 25, 1870 in Laketown, Rich County, Utah Territory, United States. He was the son of John Lycurgus Johnson and Cora Isabelle Davis. He was the second of twelve children and shared the same birthday as his mother. On May 29, 1895, J. Warren Johnson married Minerva Melvina Wilkins in the Salt Lake Temple. They settled in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. Not long after, he received his mission call to the Southern States mission on September 3, 1895. He was ordained a seventy by Apostle Heber J. Grant on July 15, 1896 and reported for his mission on July 16, 1896. His first child, Warren, had been born three months earlier.

Elder J. Warren Johnson labored most of his mission in Kentucky and West Virginia. However, he was able to travel to all over the mission, including Washington D.C. while attending a conference and writes of his four-day trip there. While Elder Johnson was serving his mission, he was called to be the First Counselor to the Conference President of Kentucky. He served faithfully in his calling. He was released from his mission on February 24, 1899.

J. Warren Johnson's second child, Mary Venice was born on December 29, 1899, just ten months after returning home from his mission. He was home for about a year and a half before he was called on his second mission as a Mutual Improvement Missionary in Wasatch County, Utah. He reported for his mission on October 8, 1901. He was to be absent from his home for five months. During this time though, he was able to see his family and spend time with them during the holidays. He was released from his mission on February 1, 1902.

J. Warren Johnson returned to his home in Vernal, Utah on February 6, 1902. He arrived just in time for his wife to give birth to a little girl, Cora Isis, four days later. Two more children were to follow within the next few years. Arvan Iril was born on August 16, 1903 and Jessie Minerva was born August 25, 1905. J. Warren Johnson died before his last child was born. He passed away at the age of thirty-four years on June 22, 1905. His life was short but full.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts