William John Benbow Carter missionary journals

William John Benbow Carter missionary journals

Dates: 1877-1879

Materials include missionary journals for Carter's service in the area of Nottingham, England. Includes descriptions of Carter's attempts to find his ancestors and relatives throughout England. The fifth journal includes a description of his return to Utah via Sydney, Australia, and his report to President John Taylor upon his return. The sixth journal includes notes Carter took on his genealogy during his missionary service. Dated 1877-1879.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Carter, William John Benbow, 1852-1908
  • Call Number: MSS 8258
  • 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: Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged chronologically.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William John Benbow Carter missionary 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 8258; William John Benbow Carter missionary journals; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8258, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Journals were acquired by Orrin Schwab Books in Providence, Utah, from Rosamond Ramstrom of St. George, Utah, who is a direct descendant of William Carter and his son William John Benbow Carter. They were purchased from Orrin Schwab Books in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Orrin Schwab Books; April 2012.
Related Material
See also the William John Benbow Carter diaries, 1877-1882 (MSS 681; photocopies) and William John Benbow Carter diary, 1879-1882 (MSS SC 2048).
Subject Terms
Carter family; Carter, William John Benbow, 1852-1908--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--England; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--England; Mormon missionaries--England--Diaries; Mormons--England--Nottingham
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Ryan Lee, 19th Century curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Mormon diarists (The Archives of the Mormon Experience).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Carter (William John Benbow) missionary journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ryan K. Lee
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-14T08:20-0600
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

William John Benbow Carter (1852-1908) was a Mormon missionary to England and son of pioneers of St. George, Utah.

William John Benbow Carter (known as John) was born June 29, 1852 to William and Ellen Benbow Carter in Salt Lake City, Utah. When he was nine, he moved with his family to help pioneer the area of St. George, Utah. John worked alongside his father and brothers in helping build the St. George Temple. From 1877-1879 he served as a missionary in England, primarily in the Nottingham area. Upon his return home, John married Lottie Rose Smith in the St. George Temple. He worked in saw mills and helped haul ore during the Silver Reef boom. They were the parents of six children. John died on March 8, 1908, of Brights disease in St. George, Utah.

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