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Richard Steele journal

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Identifier: MSS 6074

Scope and Contents note

The journal discusses Richard Steele's life, including his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his preaching in Britain, his immigration to Nauvoo, the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, his marriage, the dedication of the Nauvoo temple, conflict with the mob, the births of his children, his journey to American Fork, troubles with the "Indians", grasshopper trouble and his mission call to Britain.


  • 1840-1876


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Richard Steele journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Richard Steele (1818-1881) was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who crossed the plains with the pioneers to Utah.

Richard Steele was born in Stourbridge, Worchestershire, Great Britain, on 14 February 1818. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 21 January 1840. He preached the gospel in Britain, and worked with Parley P. Pratt and one Elder Snow. He traveled to America by ship and joined the Saints in Nauvoo in April 1843, 14 months before Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred. He married Mary Ann Reese on 13 July 1845. His children were Thomas Grafton (born 1846), Mary Elizabeth (1847), Richard Reese (1854), William Henry (1856), George Edward (1859) and Sarah Ann (1863). He crossed the plains with the pioneers and settled in American Fork, Utah, in 1852. He received a mission call to Britain in 1876. He passed away in October 1881 in American Fork, Utah County, Utah (There is some disagreement among family historians about his death and burial dates. He died either on the 4th or 14th and was buried either on the 6th, 7th or 17th).


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Journal of Richard Steele.

Custodial History note

This copy of the Richard Steele's journal was made from a photocopy loaned to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Suzanne Steele Roach. The original journal was in the possession of the family in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Suzanne Steele Roach; 23 February 1987.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Microfilm available at Harold B. Lee Library. MSS Film 920 no.51.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler and John M. Murphy; 7 February 2008.

Register of Richard Steele journal
H. Christine Swindler
7 February 2008
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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