Henry William Bigler diary

Henry William Bigler diary

Dates: 1846-1899

Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten autobiography and diary. Bigler wrote about his early life from 1815 to 1846 when his diary began. He was born in West Virginia, had encounters with Indians in that state, and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1837. He moved to Far West, Missouri, in 1838; met Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church; suffered persecutions in Missouri; moved to Qunicy, Illinois, in 1839; and served on a mission for the Mormon Church in the Eastern States from 1839-1842. He served in the "Mormon Battalion", but there is a gap in the record from 1846 to 1853. Bigler served as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Hawaii from 1853 to 1855. He married Cynthia Jane Whipple in 1855 and lived in Farmington, Utah. He served on another mission to Hawaii in 1857. Bigler lived in St. George, Utah, for a time and worked on the Mormon Temple there.

  • Extent: 1 v. (227 p.)
  • Creator: Bigler, Henry William, 1815-1900
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3132
  • 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.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 3132; Henry William Bigler diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3132, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These materials were photocopied from reel 6 of the 920 microfilm collection in 2001.
Subject Terms
Mormons--Missouri--History; Mormon Church--Missions--Hawaii; Indians of North America--West Virginia; Mormon pioneers; Mormon missionaries--Hawaii; Mormon missionaries--East (U.S.); Farmington (Utah)--History; Saint George (Utah)--History; Bigler, Henry William, 1815-1900; United States. Army. Mormon Battalion
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Diaries; Photocopies
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Bigler (Henry William) diary
Finding Aid Author
Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-11-10 12:30:58 -0700.
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Biographical / Historical

Henry William Bigler (1815-1900) was a Mormon pioneer and missionary.

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