William Harrison Maughan missionary journal

William Harrison Maughan missionary journal

Dates: 1875-1876

Materials include William Harrison Maughan's original journal that he kept from February 1875 to July 1876 while serving a mission in England for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1874 to 1876. It describes Maughan's sickness in England and his efforts to preach to the people, including family members and other ministers. The journal ends in July 1876 and has some details about Maughan's return to the United States. Dated 1875-1876. Also includes photocopies and transcriptions of the journal.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Maughan, William Harrison, 1834-1905
  • Call Number: MSS 4109
  • 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/p15999coll24/id/33029
Languages and Scripts
Alternative Format
Photocopies and transcriptions of originals are located in Folder 2 of the collection, they can be accessed through L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Harrison Maughan missionary 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 4109; William Harrison Maughan missionary journal; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4109, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Marcelle Belliston in 1987.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Marcelle Belliston; 1987.
Related Material
The following items were found to relate to this collection because they all contain information about William Harrison Maughan, his work, or his family. MSS Film 920 no.94 Spencer, Mae. William H. Maughan. Read by Libbie Haslam in the Tabernacle, June 23, 1934, at the annual encampment. Collected by Mae Spencer [microform] 1936; MSS 3873 Belliston, James Thomas, 1819-1895. James T. Belliston journal, 1875-1876, was given to the BYU library by the same donor.
Subject Terms
Material Types; Religion; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); England; Mormon missionaries--England--Diaries; Mormon missionaries--England--History; Maughan, William Harrison, 1834-1905; Maughan, William Harrison, 1834-1905--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. British Mission
Genre / Form
Diaries; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
Maughan (William Harrison) missionary journal
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 2017-02-17 13:30:44 -0700.
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Biographical History

William Harrison Maughan (1834-1905) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England.

William Harrison Maughan was born on May 7, 1834 in Alston, England, to Peter Maughan and Ruth Harrison. In 1841, when he was approximately seven or eight years old, Maughan immigrated to the United States with his family. They first moved to Kirtland and then Nauvoo seven weeks later. In Nauvoo, Maughan heard the Prophet Joseph Smith speak and it had a lasting impression on him for the rest of his life. Maughn accompanied his father to explore for coal at Rock Island to add to the supply at Nauvoo, Illinois. He and his family left on the trek to Salt Lake City and arrived on September 17, 1850.

Maughan married Barbara Morgan on December 25, 1853, in Tooele, Utah, and they had eleven children together. He also had five other wives: Euphemia Nibley, Rachel Ann Barnes Woodward, Mary Jane Lloyd, Margaret Wilson Nibley, and Elizabeth Brice Hill. On November 12, 1859, Maughan was called as a the bishop of the Wellsville Ward in Cache Valley, Utah, and he kept this office for approximately forty years. On June 25, 1900, he was released as bishop and ordained as a stake patriarch. From May 1875 to July 1876 he served a mission to England and presided over the Birmingham conferences. Like many other polygamists during this time, he was also imprisoned and served a jail sentence for a few months because he had multiple wives.

He died on August 29, 1905, in Wellsville, Utah.

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