Evan Samuel Morgan journal

Evan Samuel Morgan journal

Dates: 1833-1891

Evan Samuel Morgan records his family life events information. He then gives a brief autobiography, in which he writes about mining coal in Wales, joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1851 and, in 1854, preaching the gospel in the Welsh mission (under President Dan Jones). The journal entries span November 5, 1854, to August 1891 (for a time Morgan ran out of ink and had to write from memory). Evan Morgan preaches the gospel until 1857, when he immigrates to Utah. He works on farms and receives wheat and potatoes as pay. He shares the story behind the name of the town Vernon, Utah. He hears about gold in Denver in 1859 and goes there with three other men. He marries Mary Parry, who dies just after childbirth on February 7, 1863. He marries Margaret Roberts on May 1, 1863, and moves his family to Bear Lake, Idaho, where he grows crops. He builds railroad ties to support himself during a poor crop year. He goes on a mission to England from 1889-1891. The journal ends as he comes home from this mission. 60 photocopied leaves.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Morgan, Evan Samuel, 1833-1913
  • Call Number: MSS 4137
  • 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 Evan Samuel Morgan 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 4137; Evan Samuel Morgan journal; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4137, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Richard Ogden in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richard Ogden; 1989.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Wales; Jones, Daniel, 1811-1861; Diaries; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--Wales; Mormons--Emigration and immigration
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 16 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Morgan (Evan Samuel) 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 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Evan Samuel Morgan (1833-1913) was married to Mary Parry and Margaret Roberts. He fathered seven children altogether.

Evan Samuel Morgan was born November 29, 1833 to William and Sarah Davies Morgan in Cadoxton, Glamorganshire, Wales. His wives were Mary Parry (1840-1863, married 1861) and Margaret Roberts (1841-1918, married 1863). Mary died shortly after the birth of her first son (who also died). Margaret gave Morgan six children, John Samuel, Hannah, William Roberts, Hugh Evan, David Roberts and Sarah Jane. Evan Samuel Morgan passed away on May 25, 1913 in Liberty, Bear Lake County, Idaho.

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