Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell
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.
- approximately 1893-1950
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Open for public research.
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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.
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.
3 items (166 p.)(0.08 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
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
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Processing Information note
Processed; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 2010.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Missions--History
- Immigration and American Expansion
- Mormons -- Emigration and immigration -- History
- Mormons -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- History
- Mormons -- Mexico -- History
- Mormons -- Utah -- History
- Nauvoo (Ill.) -- History
- Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History
- Register of Biography of William Rufus Rogers Stowell
- In Progress
- L. Tom Perry Special Collections
- 2011 June 3
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- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States