John Jones and John Jay Thomas journals

John Jones and John Jay Thomas journals

Dates: 1900-1915

Nineteen journals belonging to John Jones and John Jay Thomas, a father and son residing in Fish Springs, Utah. The journals span the years 1900-1915 and relate the work of the family's everyday life on their ranch in Fish Springs. Sixteen of the journals are leather-bound, Excelsior brands. All have been recorded in pencil.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Thomas, John Jay, 1893-1972. -- Thomas, John Jones, 1852-1917
  • Call Number: MSS 6780
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 John Jones and John Jay Thomas journals 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 6780; John Jones and John Jay Thomas journals; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6780, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by S. Olani Durrant, great-grandson of John Jones Thomas, in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; S. Olani Durrant; 2009.
Related Material
MSS OH 63 Ethel Goates oral history interview: Tape and transcript, 1974.
Subject Terms
Thomas, John Jay, 1893-1972--Diaries; Thomas, John Jones, 1852-1917--Diaries; Fish Springs (Utah); Lehi (Utah); Material Types; Ranching--Utah--History
Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 26 March 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Thomas (John Jones and John Jay) journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-02T04:02-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

John Jones Thomas (1852-1917) was the county commissioner for Juab Counter, Utah, and also operated a successful ranch there in Fish Springs.

John Jones Thomas was born to Daniel Stillwell Thomas and Martha Pane Jones 10 January 1852 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents were Mormon pioneers from the eastern United States who had settled in Utah. John married Myra Amanda Clark on 4 November 1873 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had eleven children: Myra Lenore, Jerome Clark, Pearl, Victor Stillwell, Ethel Stanley, Genevieve, Hazel May, Inabell, John Jay, Beulah, and Myra. His wife died in 1900 in Lehi, Utah, and he remarried Leanore Genevieve Kearney 22 October 1901 in Salt Lake City. They had one daughter, Eva Kearney. John served as county commissioner for Juab County, Utah, and owned a ranch there in Fish Springs. He loved the desert, so he confidently homesteaded his land in Fish Springs despite the isolated conditions and ran a successful business. The ranch became a way station for travelers passing through the area. He operated the ranch up to the time of his death. His daughter described him as “a stand out man,” big, tall, and with hair as “black as tar.” The Thomas Range in Juab County was named for him. John died 17 April 1917 in Fish Springs, Juab, Utah. He was buried in his hometown of Lehi, Utah.

Biographical History

John Jay Thomas was born 9 June 1893 in Lehi, Utah, to John Jones Thomas and Myra Amanda Clark. He married Rose Winnifred Kirkham on 15 May 1913. They had ten children. John worked on his father’s ranch in Fish Springs before his father’s death in 1917. He died 11 February 1972, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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