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William Harrison Maughan missionary journal

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4109

Scope and Contents

Materials include William Harrison Maughan's original journal that he kept from February 1875 to July 1876 while serving a mission in England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1874 to 1876. It describes Maughan's sickness in England and his efforts to preach to the people, including family members and other ministers. The journal ends in July 1876 and has some details about Maughan's return to the United States. Dated 1875 to 1876.

Also includes photocopy of the journal.


  • 1875-1876


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 William Harrison Maughan missionary journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William Harrison Maughan (1834-1905) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England.

William Harrison Maughan was born on May 7, 1834, in Alston, England, to Peter Maughan and Ruth Harrison. In 1841, when he was approximately seven or eight years old, Maughan immigrated to the United States with his family. They first moved to Kirtland and then Nauvoo seven weeks later. In Nauvoo, Maughan heard the Prophet Joseph Smith speak and it had a lasting impression on him for the rest of his life. Maughn accompanied his father to explore for coal at Rock Island to add to the supply at Nauvoo, Illinois. He and his family left on the trek to Salt Lake City and arrived on September 17, 1850.

Maughan married Barbara Morgan on December 25, 1853, in Tooele, Utah, and they had eleven children together. He also had five other wives: Euphemia Nibley, Rachel Ann Barnes Woodward, Mary Jane Lloyd, Margaret Wilson Nibley, and Elizabeth Brice Hill. On November 12, 1859, Maughan was called as a the bishop of the Wellsville Ward in Cache Valley, Utah, and he kept this office for approximately forty years. On June 25, 1900, he was released as bishop and ordained as a stake patriarch. From May 1875 to July 1876 he served a mission to England and presided over the Birmingham conferences. Like many other polygamists during this time, he was also imprisoned and served a jail sentence for a few months because he had multiple wives.

He died on August 29, 1905, in Wellsville, Utah.


3 folders (0.03 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by Marcelle Belliston in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marcelle Belliston; 1987.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies and transcriptions of originals are located in Folder 2 of the collection. An additional edited transcription is available in Folder 3.

Related Materials

The following items were found to relate to this collection because they all contain information about William Harrison Maughan, his work, or his family. MSS Film 920 no.94 Spencer, Mae. William H. Maughan. Read by Libbie Haslam in the Tabernacle, June 23, 1934, at the annual encampment. Collected by Mae Spencer [microform] 1936; MSS 3873 Belliston, James Thomas, 1819-1895. James T. Belliston journal, 1875-1876, was given to the BYU library by the same donor.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.
Register of William Harrison Maughan missionary journal
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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