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William Eugene Bingham mission journal

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9210

Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to Willard Eugene Bingham's service as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Carolina from 1885 to 1886. Includes both the original journal of Willard Eugene Bingham and a transcription created by his grandson George Bingham in 1978. Includes short, daily entries pertaining to the events of his day, individuals taught, members baptized, service administered, and areas traveled to. Dated approximately 1885-1886.


  • 1885-1886


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 Willard Eugene Bingham mission journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Willard Eugene Bingham (1856-1918) was an early Mormon missionary.

Willard Eugene Bingham was born on October 3, 1965 in Ogden, Utah to Willard Bingham and Amanda Snow. He went on to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Southern States mission from 1883 to 1886. He married Hannah Sarah McFarland and together they has 13 children. He remained an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints throughout his life. Willard Eugene Bingham passed away on December 13, 1918 in Ogden, Utah at the age of 62.

Biographical History

George Willard Bingham (1940-) is an auto adjuster and manager at State Farm Insurance, and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

George Willard Bingham was born on March 29th, 1940 in Nyssa, Oregon to parents Oles May Saunders and Joseph Harvey Bingham. After growing up in Twin Falls, Idaho, he went on to marry Carma Crane on June 30, 1960. He attended BYU from 1958-1963, when he was drafted into the United States Army and trained to be a medic and physical reconditioning specialist. After being honorably discharged in 1965, he went on to work as an auto adjuster for State Farm Insurance for 15 years, then in a managerial position for 18 years. He retired in 2001. George Willard Bingham was heavily involved in the Boy Scouts of America program, serving as a Scoutmaster for 13 years and in several district and council positions. He was highly active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and held several callings including bishop, single's branch president, and district second counselor.


2 folders (0.5 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by JoAnn Wadley, who is the niece of George Bingham, and George Bingham, who is the grandson of Willard Eugene Bingham in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; JoAnn Wadley and George Bingham; September 2018.


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

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of original journal is included in Folder 2.

Separated Materials

Hymnbook of Willard Eugene Bingham donated with the journal was added to the Americana book collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2019.

Register of Willard Eugene Bingham mission journal
Chelsea McNeil
2019 January 9
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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