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David J. Evans letter to David John

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Identifier: MSS3995
Image of David J. Evans letter to David John
Image of David J. Evans letter to David John


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Biographical History

David J. Evans (1804-1883) was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy and served for twenty-eight years as a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

David J. Evans was born on October 27, 1804, in Cecil, Maryland, to parents Israel Evans and Abigail Alexander. As a young boy he moved to Pennsylvannia with his parents and lived there until 1826. There he married Mary Beck on July 25, 1826. They had seven children together, five of whom lived to maturity. Evans also eventually married six other wives: Margaret Christine Holm, Rebecca Coleman, Edna Hinchcliff, Clymenia Shaw, Sarah Thornton, and Barbara Ann Ewell. After marrying, David and Abigail purchased a farm in Richland County, Ohio, and moved there to live and work. In Ohio, on April 6, 1833, Evans was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in that same month Evans sold the farm to fund his missionary work.

In 1834, Evans joined Zion's Camp and was ordained to the First Quorum of the Seventy by Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. On May 20, 1836, he left Ohio with a company of Church members to go to Missouri. He settled in Shoal Creek, Missouri with his family, but in December, he left Missouri because of the mob violence. After resettling in Payson, Illinois, Evan's wife Abigail, died. Evans then moved to Nauvoo where he married Barbara Ann Ewell on November 23, 1841. After emmigrating to Salt Lake Valley, Evans was called as a bishop in Lehi, Utah, on February 15, 1851. Evans was bishop for twenty-eight years until he requested to be released because of his failing health. During this time he was a member of the first Utah legislature, the Colonel of the Militia, and the Major of the Lehi Military District.

Evans died on June 23, 1883, in Lehi, Utah.

Biographical History

David Johns (1853-1928) was a Welsh convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

David Johns was born on March 19, 1853, in Welch St. Donats, Wales, to parents John Johns and Margaret Thomas. Johns' family converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1848 and they immigrated to Utah in 1861, traveling with the Johnson Company. After arriving in New York, they traveled by cattle car to Nebraska, as protection because of the Civil War. Johns served a mission among Native Americans in 1876 and served another mission to Great Britain from 1892 to 1893. In 1878, he married Sarah Ann Thomas in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had seven children together. They settled in Pleasant View, Utah, where Johns became the presiding teacher in Pleasant View Ward.

Johns died on December 14, 1928 in North Ogden, Utah.



Custodial History

L. Tom Perry Special Collections purchased the letter from Lyndon Cook in 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Lyndon Cook; 2001.

General Note

Materials include a letter from David J. Evans to David Johns, dated August 27, 1879. In it, Evans resigns as bishop in Lehi, Utah, because of health concerns.

Processing Information

Processed; Rose Frank; 2011.


Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States