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Josiah Rogerson autobiography and certificates

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3923

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a photocopy of an autobiography prepared by Josiah Rogerson, a short account of his experience in the Martin Handcart Company, citizenship papers, and two other certificates. The materials date from between 1841 and 1878.


  • 1841-1880


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 Josiah Rogerson autobiography and certificates must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Josiah Rogerson (1841-1926) was a Mormon clerk, farmer, and justice of the peace in Utah.

Rogerson was born to William and Mary Harrison Rogerson January 27, 1841, in Preston, Lancashire, England. His family was converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1837, but remained in England afterward. During his youth, Rogerson had a job reading to Ben Pitman, who was practicing shorthand, as well as doing office work for Thomas Cliff.

In 1856 his family emigrated to Utah, traveling with the Martin Handcart Company. He then settled in southern Utah, living in Parowan and Beaver. He made use of his shorthand skills working as a clerk for some time, but later turned to farming. He also served in elected office in Beaver County between the 1860s and 1880s.

Rogerson was married twice, to Ann Wignall in 1865 and to Isabel Wardrop in about 1866, and had a number of children. He passed away on March 15, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John M. Rogerson; 1989.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).

Existence and Location of Originals

Church History Library; 15 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150.

Register of Josiah Rogerson autobiography and certificates
Rose Frank
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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