Francis D. Hughes papers

Francis D. Hughes papers

Dates: 1861-1872

Photographs, letters, and six volumes of diaries of Francis D. Hughes. Some items are photocopied, some are typed as well. The first journal begins in Cardiff, Wales. Hughes is preaching for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sharing a spiritual vision he had. He enjoys success in his preaching in spite of rampant anti-Mormon literature. In the second journal, he is continuing to preach in Lampeter County, United Kingdom. There are inspiring stories of faithful church members. In the fourth journal (the third is missing), he is still strengthening the Church in England. He writes his grandmother about seeing a “frightful” Sea Lion from the African coast, and about the Civil War. He then urges her to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the fifth journal, Hughes copied extracts from the journal of Elder William Ajax. He mentions the Crimean War. The Church has some struggling members and needs regulation. In the seventh journal (the sixth is missing), Hughes records trials and penalties affixed for some serious crimes. The eighth journal, easiest to read, describes some healings. He does some leisurely activities as well as preaching: visiting Welsh castles, pushing wheelbarrow blindfolded with friends and sea bathing. He rides on a train pulled by horses. He describes a conference. He describes his wife, Harriet’s visions of the spirit world, shortly before she passed away. He has a vision after she dies. He writes a poem for her. He closes with advice to his children.

  • Extent: 7 folders (0.7 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hughes, Francis D., b. ca. 1839
  • Call Number: MSS 4160
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • 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 Francis D. Hughes papers 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 4160; Francis D. Hughes papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4160, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Ann H. Richards via. Ronald D. Dennis; 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ann H. Richards via. Ronald D. Dennis; 1989.
Related Material
MSS 4019 Evans, Will, b.1877 William H. Evans Family Papers, circa 1849-1990. Hughes’ second journal mentions a Thomas Evans, who is likely to be the same Thomas Evans whose papers and diary can be found in the Will Evans Collection.
Subject Terms
Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Wales; Diaries; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--Wales
Genre / Form
Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 18 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Hughes (Francis D.) papers
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

Francis D. Hughes (1839-1885) joined the LDS church and preached in his native country.

Francis D. Hughes was born around 1839 near Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and began to preach in his native country. He married Harriet Davies on May 3, 1869 in Merthyr Tydfil. His wife, Harriet, passed away in June 1885. His children were Catherine Ann Kate, Elen[ ] Jane, Francis D., David, John and Florence. His other wife was Harriet’s sister, [Ellen?]. Her children were Harriet Lorena, Miriam Amelia, Hilda, Theophilus, James and Olive.

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