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Reese, William Griffiths, 1857-1938



  • Existence: 1857 - 1938

Biographical History

William Griffiths Reese (1857-1938) was from Wales who lived the majority of his life in Cache Valley, Utah. While he spent the majority of his life serving as a local politician and educator, he also served as a missionary both in the British Isles and Australia.

William Griffiths Reese was born the oldest child to Charles and Sarah Griffiths Reese in Pembrokeshire, Wales on August 15, 1857. After getting baptized by John Bloomfield, he eventually moved to Benson, Cache Valley, UT - where he would spend most of his life. While spending the majority of his life as both an educatior (serving as a principal in Benson and a member of the Logan Board of Education, and a politician in his local community, he also served in two missions: the British Isles on 1882-1884 and the Australain mission on 1906-1909. After 81 years of life, he died in his home in Benson, UT on October 13, 1857.

Citation:, July 22, 2014 (William Griffiths Reese; W. G. Reese; b. Aug. 15, 1857 in Amroth, Pembrokeshire, Wales; parents: Charles Reese and Sarah Griffiths; emigrated to Utah in 1861, settled in Hyde Park; family called to help establish Benson, Utah; attended Brigham Young College (Logan, Utah); principal of school in Benson; served on Logan Board of Education; served as missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Great Britain, 1882-1884; m. July 2, 1884 in Logan, Utah to Mary Maria Rees, five children; taught school in Logan, Utah; served in stake Sunday School, formed MIA; m. Nov. 15, 1899 in Logan, Utah to Karen Andrea Andersen, eight children; served mission to Australia, 1906-1909; d. Oct. 13, 1938 in Benson, Utah), October 26, 2016 (Reese served as a missionary in Britain when he was 24 between 1882-1884; served as a missionary in Australia when he was 49 between 1906-1909)

Find A Grave, October 26, 2016 (Reese was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, August 15, 1857; died in Cache County, Utah, October 13, 1938.)

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William Griffiths Reese diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1952
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries with photocopies of the items. Reese writes about his work as a teacher and as a school administrator, his missions to Wales and Australia for the Mormon Church, his service as a local politician, and his assignments as a local Mormon leader. Reese also tells about personal and family matters and records partriarchal blessings and lists important dates in family history. Materials dated 1882-1979.

Dates: 1882-1979