Jack Watson journals

Jack Watson journals

Dates: 1886-1943

Contains accounts of Jack Watson's shepherding in Tooele County, biographical information (like date of birth, parents' names, wives' and children's names), and ledgers for his financial accounts. Includes his written reflections on life events, such as the death of his daughter Phyllis, and daily interactions. Contains financial ledgers for individuals, including P. P. Anderson, Andrew Larsen, Ed Madsen, and others and sheets tracking their purchases and his own (buying goods like leather and meat.). Also includes accounts of his daily life, including travels to "Black Rock" and Delta, taking care of cattle, and working on his cars. These records include some financial records of cattle ranching.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.). -- 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Watson, Jack, 1867-1950
  • Call Number: MSS 7997
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Files left in their original order (chronological).
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Jack Watson 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 7997; Jack Watson; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7997, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Theresa Roe Jenson in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Theresa Roe Jenson; 2012.
Subject Terms
Watson, Jack, 1867-1950--Diaries; Agriculture and Natural Resources; Cattle--Utah; Home and Family; Mormon converts--England--Diaries; Mormon pioneers--Utah; Ranching--Utah; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts. Watson was an LDS convert and immigrant whose journals mostly contain his financial accounts and records of his cattle ranching labors.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Watson (Jack) journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Samuelsen
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-07T15:29-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid is written in English.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Jack Watson (1867-1950) was an Mormon convert from England who settled in Utah and became a cattle rancher.

Jack Watson was born in England on May 30, 1867 to Thomas and Ann Watson. His mother passed away when he was five years old. He receieved some education in England under a Henry Colman, but left in 1853 to Edinburgh to work on the North British Railway. He was married to Isabella Whitton on August 15, 1856. Isabella died on June 14, 1860. Watson was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 23, 1861. He married Elizabeth Anderson on May 18, 1862. He immigrated to Amerca in June or July 1876. After being widowed again, he married Sophia Watson. His children's names were Thomas Lionel Watson, Phyllis Chloe Watson (who died in 1915), and Sophronia Johannah Watson (died 1940). Watson himself was a cattle rancher for most of his life. He died on January 3, 1950 in Delta, Utah.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts