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Jack Watson journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7997

Scope and Contents

Contains accounts of Jack Watson's shepherding in Tooele County, biographical information (like date of birth, parents' names, wives' and children's names), and ledgers for his financial accounts. Includes his written reflections on life events, such as the death of his daughter Phyllis, and daily interactions. Contains financial ledgers for individuals, including P. P. Anderson, Andrew Larsen, Ed Madsen, and others and sheets tracking their purchases and his own (buying goods like leather and meat.). Also includes accounts of his daily life, including travels to "Black Rock" and Delta, taking care of cattle, and working on his cars. These records include some financial records of cattle ranching.


  • 1886-1943


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 Jack Watson journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jack Watson (1867-1950) was an Mormon convert from England who settled in Utah and became a cattle rancher.

Jack Watson was born in England on May 30, 1867 to Thomas and Ann Watson. His mother passed away when he was five years old. He receieved some education in England under a Henry Colman, but left in 1853 to Edinburgh to work on the North British Railway. He was married to Isabella Whitton on August 15, 1856. Isabella died on June 14, 1860. Watson was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 23, 1861. He married Elizabeth Anderson on May 18, 1862. He immigrated to Amerca in June or July 1876. After being widowed again, he married Sophia Watson. His children's names were Thomas Lionel Watson, Phyllis Chloe Watson (who died in 1915), and Sophronia Johannah Watson (died 1940). Watson himself was a cattle rancher for most of his life. He died on January 3, 1950 in Delta, Utah.


1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Files left in their original order (chronological).

Custodial History

Donated by Theresa Roe Jenson in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Theresa Roe Jenson; 2012.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Watson was an LDS convert and immigrant whose journals mostly contain his financial accounts and records of his cattle ranching labors.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Register of the Jack Watson journals
Kelsey Samuelsen
2012 March 20
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