Mark Hill Forscutt papers

Mark Hill Forscutt papers

Dates: 1855-1900

This collection contains the journals of Mark Hill Forscutt from June 1855 to May 1900. They illustrate his religious conversions from membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to a follower of the Morrisite movement, and finally to a leader in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (now the Community of Christ). The collection also contains some miscellaneous material such as copies of The Saints' Harmony and The Saints' Harp, as well as photographs and other material.

  • Extent: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Forscutt, Mark Hill, 1834-1903
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 811
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Originals restricted.
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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 Collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Acquisitions; Bill Drescher, Edward L. Faunce, and Eric Rogers. (2002)
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 811; Mark Hill Forscutt papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 811, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The materials in this collection were donated in separate installments by three different donors. Several of the journals were donated by Bill Drescher, the husband of Marcine Faunce, a great granddaughter of Mark H. Forscutt, in July 2002. The rest of the journals and several miscellaneous items were donated by Edward L. Faunce, a great grandson of Mark H. Forscutt, in May of 2002. A folder of miscellaneous documents was also donated by Eric Paul Rogers. Those items were given to Rogers by Virginia Job, a great granddaughter of Mark H. Forscutt, in 2000.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Church of the First Born (Morrisites); Forscutt, Mark Hill, 1834-1903--Diaries; Griffiths, Gomer T. (Gomer T.), 1856-1950; Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Religion; Illinois; Iowa; Mormon Church; Nebraska; Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island); Utah
Genre / Form
Diaries; Hymnals; Photographs
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Forscutt (Mark Hill) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Leslie Evens
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:42-0600
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Biographical/Historical note

Mark Hill Forscutt was born 19 June 1834 in Godmanchester, England. He became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1853 and later immigrated to Utah. There he served as secretary to Brigham Young for a short while before he left the Church to join a group called the Morrisites, led by Joseph Morris. He was given several leadership positions within the Morrisite group. However, when a prophecy given by Morris about the date of the Second Coming went unfulfilled, there was an uprising and Morris was killed. A few years later, Forscutt joined with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (renamed The Community of Christ in 2001), where he became good friends with Joseph Smith III. Forscutt also had significant musical talents from which he wrote, directed, performed, and composed numerous hymns. Forscutt died on 18 October 1903.

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