Thomas Karren mission journals

Thomas Karren mission journals

Dates: 1853-1854

Materials include two original volumes of journals kept by Karren while serving as a missionary in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). He describes learning the language, teaching doctrines and principles, developing the branch, and attending and holding conferences as well as dealings with ministers of other religions, miracles that occurred, and international events affecting the Sandwich Islands. The end of volume II includes some poems and song lyrics by Karren. Folders three through five contain photocopies and transcripts of the original journals. Dated 1853-1854.

  • Extent: 5 folders (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Karren, Thomas, 1810-1876
  • Call Number: MSS 4065
  • 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.
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Alternative Format
Photocopies of both volumes are included in collection.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Thomas Karren mission journals 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 4065; Thomas Karren mission journals; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4065, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Lydia Smith in 1988.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lydia Smith; 1988.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--Hawaii; Mormon missionaries--Hawaii--Diaries; Mormons--Hawaii; Karren, Thomas, 1810-1876; Karren, Thomas, 1810-1876--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sandwich Islands Mission; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Hawaii
Genre / Form
Diaries; American poetry
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 22 June 2007. Updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2013. Updated; Zoƫ Brimhall; 2015.
Appraisal Information
Mormon diarists (The Archives of the Mormon Experience.)
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Finding Aid Title
Karren (Thomas) mission journals
Finding Aid Author
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-10-06 11:58:03 -0600.
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Biographical History

Thomas Karren (1810-1876) was a Mormon pioneer in Utah.

Thomas Karren was born on May 2, 1810, on the Isle of Man. He married Ann Ratcliff in England in 1833. He served in the Mormon Battalion (Company E) from 1846 to 1847, and was then called to serve as a missionary in Hawaii from 1853 to 1854. He was the first settler in Lehi, Utah. He later married Selina Miller (1857), Elizabeth Milne (1865), Hannah East (1865), and Elizabeth Bowen (1868). He passed away April 4, 1876, in Lehi, Utah County, Utah.

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