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J. Warren Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2275

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains journals from 1895-1899. The collection also contains material on the Southern States Mission during the years 1895-1899 and of the Mutual Improvement Program along the Wasatch front from 1901-1902.

Dates

  • 1895-1902

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

J. Warren Johnson (1870-1905), son of John Lycurgus Johnson and Cora Isabelle Davis. He served in the Southern States LDS Mission, mainly in Kentucky, from September 1895 - September 1897. He also served a mission in Wasatch County, Utah as a Mutual Improvement Missionary from October 1901 - February 1902. He died on June 22, 1905.

James Warren Johnson was born October 25, 1870 in Laketown, Rich County, Utah Territory, United States. He was the son of John Lycurgus Johnson and Cora Isabelle Davis. He was the second of twelve children and shared the same birthday as his mother. On May 29, 1895, J. Warren Johnson married Minerva Melvina Wilkins in the Salt Lake Temple. They settled in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. Not long after, he received his mission call to the Southern States mission on September 3, 1895. He was ordained a seventy by Apostle Heber J. Grant on July 15, 1896 and reported for his mission on July 16, 1896. His first child, Warren, had been born three months earlier.

Elder J. Warren Johnson labored most of his mission in Kentucky and West Virginia. However, he was able to travel to all over the mission, including Washington D.C. while attending a conference and writes of his four-day trip there. While Elder Johnson was serving his mission, he was called to be the First Counselor to the Conference President of Kentucky. He served faithfully in his calling. He was released from his mission on February 24, 1899.

J. Warren Johnson's second child, Mary Venice was born on December 29, 1899, just ten months after returning home from his mission. He was home for about a year and a half before he was called on his second mission as a Mutual Improvement Missionary in Wasatch County, Utah. He reported for his mission on October 8, 1901. He was to be absent from his home for five months. During this time though, he was able to see his family and spend time with them during the holidays. He was released from his mission on February 1, 1902.

J. Warren Johnson returned to his home in Vernal, Utah on February 6, 1902. He arrived just in time for his wife to give birth to a little girl, Cora Isis, four days later. Two more children were to follow within the next few years. Arvan Iril was born on August 16, 1903 and Jessie Minerva was born August 25, 1905. J. Warren Johnson died before his last child was born. He passed away at the age of thirty-four years on June 22, 1905. His life was short but full.

Extent

3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

The collection contains the journals of J. Warren Johnson before and after his mission to the Southern States during the years 1895-1899. It also contains the journals while he was serving as a Mutual Improvement Missionary in Wasatch County, Utah. The Journals are organized chronologically. The collection contains material on the Southern States Mission during the years 1895-1899 and of the Mutual Improvement Program along the Wasatch front from 1901-1902.

Arrangement note

This collection contains the journals of J. Warren Johnson before and after his mission to the Southern States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called LDS or Mormon Church) during the years 1895-1899. It also contains the journals while he was serving as a Mutual Improvement Missionary in Wasatch County, Utah from October 1901- February 1902.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2275.xml

Custodial History note

The Brigham Young University Library was donated this collection by an unknown donor in March 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; 2001.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; Erin Chapman and Sterling Fluharty; 2001.
Title
Register of the J. Warren Johnson papers
Status
Completed
Author
David J. Whittaker, Erin Chapman, and Sterling Fluharty; Benjamin Sipes
Date
2001; 2011 March 18
Description rules
Appm
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States