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Forscutt, Mark H. (Mark Hill), 1834-1903

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1834-1903

biographical statement

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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Mark Hill Forscutt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 811
Scope and Contents 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.