Thomas Ashment journal

Thomas Ashment journal

Dates: 1851-1899

Thomas Ashment’s journal begins in 1851. This was two years after his marriage, three years after he was baptized into the Church. It ends in 1899, a year before his death. In addition to telling his life story, Thomas Ashment Sr. writes about the Crimean War. The English government makes religious proclamations--requiring fasts and Sabbath keeping--to assist the war effort. He refers to the Sepoy Rebellion in India 1857-1858, and the American Civil War, 1861-1865 (he lists the exact population of both sides of the war). The journal includes a newspaper article about Wilford Woodruff’s 90th Birthday celebration, a list of Latter-day prophets and apostles with their birth dates, a list of New Testament disciples and a little history on each one. His journal is dotted with gospel study notes and accounts of spiritual experiences. He records stories from missionaries and stories from the Deseret News. He takes notes on trees and on different countries. Ashment’s journal records income for the Crewkerne Branch in Somerset, England. It includes his family’s history. 126 double-sided, photocopied pages. Pages 118, 119, 120, 122, 124 & 125 are missing. Parts of other pages may be missing also.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Ashment, Thomas, 1827-1900
  • Call Number: MSS 4064
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Thomas Ashment journal 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 4064; Thomas Ashment journal; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4064, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by David Lee Merrill in 1982.
Acquisition Information
Donated; David Lee Merrill; 1982.
Related Material
BX 8605.1 .In7 Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901 Juvenile instructor (Salt Lake City, Utah). Thomas Ashment Sr. quoted from this periodical frequently in his journal.
Subject Terms
Diaries; Material Types; Mormons--Emigration and immigration; Somerset (England)--Mormons
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Genealogies
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 27 June 2007.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Ashment (Thomas) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-02T04:09-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Thomas Ashment Sr. (1827-1900) married twice and had eight children.

Thomas Ashment Sr. was born in Chewkerne, Somerset, England in 1827. He, his widowed mother and his sister, Margan[ ], joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in February 1848. He was married to Ann Huggins on August 6, 1849 in Chard, Somerset, England. His mother passed away in 1854; Ashment was comforted by a vision. (He composed a poem when his mother died and recorded it in this journal). He attended church conferences and taught the gospel in England. Measles and smallpox both plagued his town.

He immigrated to Richmond, Utah in 1869. There was a collision between “cars” during his journey to Utah (probably train cars) that killed some passengers. In Richmond, he strengthened his testimony by re-reading the Book of Mormon. He experienced wind and hailstorms. Many of his journal entries written in Richmond are about stories recorded from the Juvenile Instructor and Deseret News (church magazine) and talks given in Church meetings. He told very little about his day-to-day life in Richmond in this part of his journal.

Thomas and Ann Huggins Ashment had eight children, Elizabeth Christiana (1849-1926), Helena (1852-1933), Thomas (1854-1932), Mary (1856-1926), William (1857-1894), George (1860-1864), Rhona Ann (1863-1921), and James George (1865-1937). Ann passed away in 1873. Thomas Ashment married Elizabeth Wright Cottle on November 3, 1886 in Logan, Cache County, Utah. He passed away on February 27, 1900 in Richmond, Cache County, Utah.

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