Ephraim H. Nye autobiography and journal

Ephraim H. Nye autobiography and journal

Dates: 1845-1920

Ephraim Hesmer Nye writes about his family members’ work as hired-out farm laborers, going to Australia with his father in 1852, fighting Australian wildfires, coming in contact with Mormon missionaries in Australia and being baptized as a family, the splitting of his parents, emigrating to Ogden, Utah, weddings of himself and his siblings, a horse buggy accident and his missionary service in Great Britain. Here, in 1882, his daily journal entries begin. He returns to Ogden in 1884 and has a difficult time finding employment. He is set apart to serve in Presidency of the 77th Quorum of the Seventy. He sees the funeral procession of missionaries killed by a mob in Georgia. He becomes a home missionary. Here, the journal ends. A few blessings are included. Correspondence is copied into the journal. 1 bound volume, 123 photocopied handwritten pages.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Nye, Ephraim H. (Ephraim Hesmer), 1845-1903. -- Thompson, Emily Lydia Snyder, 1846-1928
  • Call Number: MSS 4136
  • 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.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ephraim H. Nye autobiography and 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 4136; Ephraim H. Nye autobiography and journal; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4136, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1994.
Subject Terms
Black Hawk War (Utah), 1865-1872; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Immigration and American Expansion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--England; Mormons--California--History; Ogden (Utah); Pioneers
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Diaries
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 16 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Nye (Ephraim H.) autobiography and journal
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 2014-01-05T04:01-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Emily Lydia Snyder Thompson is the daughter of George Gideon Snyder and Sarah Wilder Hatch Snyder. She was born in Nauvoo, Illinois on January 27, 1846 and died in Scipio, Utah on December 12, 1928. She married Orvil Browning Thompson, son of William “G” Thompson and Elizabeth McAulay.

Biographical History

Ephraim Hesmer Nye was born to John Nye and Charlotte Osborn on August 6, 1845 in Ashford, Kent, England. He married Harriet M. Horspool on February 9, 1867 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away on June 5, 1930 in Ogden, Weber County, Utah.

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