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Julia Ellen Davis Dillman diary

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Identifier: MSS 8977
Image of Julia Ellen Davis Dillman diary
Image of Julia Ellen Davis Dillman diary

Scope and Contents

Diary of Julia Ellen Davis Dillman, beginning with a brief autobiographical sketch and followed by infrequent entries about her life in St. Charles, Idaho (near Bear Lake) and later Ashley Valley (near Vernal, Utah). Also mentions her marriage to Peter Dillman in 1882, some poetry, and a closing entry about her funeral and farewell entries from the associations she belonged to. Dated 1878 to 1906.


  • 1878-1906


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Julia Ellen Davis Dillman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Nathan Cutler Davis and Isabella Wells Davis on February 7, 1862. Julia's father worked as a mechanic repairing and making equipment for emigrants crossing the plains. As a child, the family moved to St. Charles, Idaho, near Bear Lake, and then Ashley Valley in Utah. On May 21, 1882, Julia Ellen married Simon Peter Dillman. The couple had four children: Harold Elmer, Frances Fern, Ray Eugene, and Isabel Hope. Dillman served for six years as secretary in the Stake Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association and was a charter member of the Thalia Club. Julia Ellen resolved to do something kind for others every day and recorded it in her daily journal. Julia Ellen Davis Dillman died on October 28, 1904, in Vernal, Utah.


1 volume (138 pages) ; 25 cm

16 sheets (31 pages) ; 28 cm

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by ReNae Houston Ashton, great-granddaughter of Julia Ellen Davis Dillman, in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; ReNae Houston Ashton; January 2017.


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

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of diary available in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Itza Mostert, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2023. Completed value-added processing.

Register of Julia Ellen Davis Dillman diary
Itza Mostert
2017 May 17
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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