William Wadley diary and family history

William Wadley diary and family history

Dates: 1888-1889

William Wadley’s diary includes daily entries about his mission to England from 1888-1889 and family history. 173 pages, photocopied. Some loose pages, that don’t appear to come from the same diary, include more Wadley ancestor information, his personal history, and a story about picking wildflowers (which appears to be written in a juvenile hand). 10 pages, photocopied.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Wadley, William, 1825-1912
  • Call Number: MSS 4115
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 William Wadley diary and family history 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 4115; William Wadley diary and family history; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4115, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Effie Adams in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Effie Adams; 1991.
Related Material
BX 8670.1 .W1185a 1986 Adams, Effie W. Tiller of the earth : William Wadley, his life and family.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Great Britain--History; Diaries; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--Great Britain; Mormons--Emigration and immigration
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 11 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Wadley (William) diary and family history
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

William Wadley (1825-1912) served a mission in England for the LDS Church.

William Wadley was born in October 8, 1825, in Newent, Gloucester, England. He was the oldest son of Edward Wadley and Ann Reynolds. When he was nineteen-years-old, he left England to mine coal in Wales. He first encountered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales and was baptized in 1848. He was soon set apart to preach the gospel, first in Wales, then in England. Then, in 1853, he was ready to gather to Zion. He arrived in Salt Lake City on September 23, 1853. On July 31, 1854, he was married to Mary Chandler in Salt Lake City. He took two other wives, Isabella McKay (married on April 8, 1860) and Mary Byard (November 8, 1869). He married both in Salt Lake City.

This journal contains daily entries from the years 1888-1889, when Wadley was serving as a missionary in England. Some cities he went to were Cardiff, Lawksley, Worcester, Gloucester, and Queenstown. By April 7, 1889, he was back in Salt Lake City listening to General Conference. Wilford Woodruff was the President of the Church at the time. Wadley was a farmer. He passed away on June 28, 1912, in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, and is buried in the City Cemetery there.

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