Joseph Lawson diary

Joseph Lawson diary

Dates: 1866-1868

Joseph Lawson Mission Diary (typed). 79 pages. 15 October 1866 to 10 January 1868. Joseph Lawson was called to serve a mission to England during a General Conference on 8 April 1866. The people in England were excited about his being there from Salt Lake City, his “mountain home,” but were not as interested in the Church at first. Joseph often felt inadequate but prayed for strength to do some good. The journal includes some family history information Joseph found while serving in England. It describes visits to his family members. It mentions many Latter-Day Saints living in Cold Clay and other cities in England in the 1860s. The journal does not describe the end of his mission. It abruptly ends 10 January 1868, while Joseph Lawson was still in the mission field.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lawson, Joseph, 1824-1896
  • Call Number: MSS 3914
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph Lawson diary 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 3914; Joseph Lawson diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3914, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Mrs. Jaque Lawson in 1995.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mrs. Jaque Lawson; 1995.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--England--History; Diaries; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--England
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; 15 May 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Lawson (Joseph) diary
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Broomhead, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:36-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph Lawson (1824-1896) married twice and had seven children.

Joseph Lawson was born at St. Matthew, Douglas, Isle Of Man, England, on 9 December 1824. He married Eleanor Garnett on his birthday in 1845 in the same city he was born. Eleanor passed away 27 July 1853 before she and Joseph had any children. Joseph married Ruth Margaret Greenway on 9 September 1855 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their seven children were named Joseph, Brigham, Benjamin, John, David, Ephraim and Sarah. Joseph had many relatives in England and visited them during his mission. He passed away on 1 January 1896 in Ogden, Weber, Utah.

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