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John Francis Howells missionary diary

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9246

Scope and Contents

Contains the missionary diary of John Francis Howells, who served in the British Mission from 1892-1894. He served primarily in Liverpool and Macclesfield, England; and, Cardiff, Aberdare, and Cwnbran, Wales. This diary is from 1893.


  • 1893


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 publish material from the John Francis Howells missionary diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

John Francis Howells was born on January 19, 1867 to Thomas Howells and Ann Evans Francis in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was one of thirteen children. In 1892, he was called to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the British Mission where he served in England and Wales until 1894. While serving his mission, he met Annie Matilda Hurley in Cardiff, Wales. Howells and Hurley were married on March 26, 1896, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had six children.

Upon his return from the British Mission, he campaigned for Joseph L. Rawlings of the Democratic Party and was credited in helping sway voters in Rawlings’ favor. In 1899, he was elected Sheriff in Salt Lake City, Utah, and served in the position for two years. After, Howells worked in dairy farming and insurance for a short period before joining the legal department of the Oregon Short Line, where he remained for his professional years. Howells died on April 22, 1944 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by W. Bart Christenson, Jr., descendant of John Francis Howells, in December 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; W. Bart Christenson, Jr.; December 2018.


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

Related Materials

"Some Christenson and Howells progenitors: stepping stones for eternity" (compiled by W. Bart Christenson, Jr.) is related to this resource. The call number is CS71 .C4557 C472 2018.


Across several sources (FamilySearch; FindAGrave), Howells' birthday was listed as both 1866 and 1867. In a letter addressed to his son, Edmund, he stated his own birthday as 1867.

Processing Information

Processed; Myles Ricks, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2019.

Register of John Francis Howells missionary diary
Myles Ricks
2019 January 8
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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