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Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 506

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains typewritten and handwritten biographies of William Rufus Rogers Stowell. One item was "written under his supervision by James Little, Colonia Juarez, 1893." Many of the passages of this manuscript quote Stowell verbatim. Also included are typed excerpts from the biography and photocopies of an account of Stowell's death handwritten by his grandson, Earl Stowell.

Dates

  • approximately 1893-1950

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 Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Born in Oneida County, New York, 22 September 1822; son of Oliver Artemus Stowell and mary Stephens Holmes. (First Par in 1846 Guide). Moved to Musquetoe Creek near Council Bluffs in the spring 1848. The winter 1849-1850 Apostle John Taylor instructs him to gather to Utah, came with Captain David Evan's company. Stayed with Edward Dalton in Salt Lake city on their arrival then moved to Provo in 1851. In 1852 his wife divorced him and in October 1852 he married Cynthia Jane Park. Became member of Provo Militia and was sent to Iron County in 1855 during Indian disturbances. Moved again, this time to Fillmore. Assisted in Captal Building construction. In June 1855 moved to Weber county. Married plural wife Sophronia Kelly 9 October 1855. Moved in the spring of 1857 to Ogden. During Utah War he was appointed Adjutant to Major Joseph Taylor battallion of infantry; took command of company and captured by U.S. Army and tried for treason, but escaped. The weather being too cold, they turned themselves in to the U.S. Army Camp; attempts on his life; released by new governor and went to Salt lake City and to Utah valley to meet family. Finally came back to Ogden in August 1858; moved from Ogden City to a farm on East Bench in 1862. Worked on railroad in 1867-1868; began geneology work for family members; called on a mission 1884 to eastern States; visited Minnesota, Illinois, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Michigan, Iowa; visited old Nauvoo; arrives back in Utah August 26, 1984; worked at Logan temple; visited California.

Extent

3 items (166 p.)(0.08 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

Includes typewritten and handwritten biographies of William Rufus Rogers Stowell. Also included are typed excerpts from the biography and photocopies of an account of Stowell's death handwritten by his grandson, Earl Stowell. William Stowell was a convert to the Mormon Church. He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, migrated to Utah in 1852, served in the Utah Militia during the Utah Expedition, served on missions for the Mormon Church, and went to Mexico to avoid prosecution for polygamy.

Other Finding Aids note

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

Custodial History note

Donated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 2010.
Title
Register of Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell
Status
In Progress
Author
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
Date
2011 June 3
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