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Wingfield Watson letter to Grace B. Lewis

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8095

Scope and Contents

Contains a letter from Watson written to his daughter, Grace B. Lewis, in 1906 regarding affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite).

Dates

  • 1906

Creator

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 Wingfield Watson letter to Grace B. Lewis must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Wingfield Watson (1828-1922) was influential member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Strangite).

Wingfield Watson was born April 28, 1828 in Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1848 and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1852. Shortly thereafter, Watson became a follower of James J. Strang and moved to his headquarters at Beaver Island, Michigan. After witnessing Strang's death in 1856, Watson sought to carry on the legacy of Strangite movement by preserving and publishing historical documents and pamphlets. In 1897 Lorenzo D. Hickey, one of the last remaining Strangite apostles, ordained Watson the presiding High Priest over the Strangite church, a position he held until his death on October 29, 1922.

Biographical History

Grace B. Lewis (born approximately 1860) was the daughter of influential Strangite, Wingfield Watson. She married Charles G. Lewis, an active member and local leader in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS Church), who served as the president of the Northern Michigan District and later as president of the Boyne City Branch of the RLDS Church. They eventually settled in Lamoni, Iowa.

Extent

1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language

English

Custodial History

Purchased from Ken Sanders Rare Books in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Ken Sanders Rare Books; 2012.

Appraisal

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

The Wingfield Watson letter is a letter from a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite) who was a leader in that church.

General

Holograph, signed.

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Creator

Title
Register of the Wingfield Watson letter to Grace B. Lewis
Status
Completed
Author
Peter Hoyt, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Date
2012 September 6
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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