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Evan Austin Williams letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8804

Scope and Contents

Color copy of a letter from Evan Austin Williams, writing from Willard, Utah, to his parents in Wales. In his letter, Williams talks about armies being sent to destroy the Mormons and shares his testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Mormon religion. He also inquires about other family in Wales and talks about his own, including his son, Noah. Dated January 22, 1863.


  • 1863 January 22


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Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Evan Austin Williams letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Evan Austin Williams (1822-1887) was a blacksmith in Utah.

Evan Austin Williams was born on October 29, 1822 in Wales to Noah and Jane Austin Williams. While still in Wales, he married Mary Ann Tompkins on February 28, 1848 and together they had ten children. After becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Williams left his parents and siblings and emigrated with his own family to the United States in about 1859 to live with the Saints. He lived in Willard, Box Elder County, Utah Territory for awhile working as a blacksmith. Williams also lived in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho where he died on October 18, 1887.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by Peter Jones, a descendant of Evan Williams, in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Peter Jones; January 4, 2014.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013.)

Processing Information

Processed; Sadie Julian; 2016.

Register of Evan Austin Williams letter
Sadie Julian
2016 January 6
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States