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Russell, Isaac, 1807-1844



  • Existence: 1807 - 1844

biographical statement

UPB files, Isaac Russell correspondence, Nov. 15, 2013 (Isaac Russell; b. Apr. 13, 1807 at Windy Haugh near Alston, England; family migrated to Canada in 1817, settling in Little New York (Toronto); m. Mary Walton on June 25, 1829; lived ub Charleston Settlement, now Downsview, Ontario; worked as carpenter; Russell's sister, Isabella Russell Walton, baptized by Parly P. Pratt in 1836; Russell family baptized after hearing Pratt preach gospel in Dawson home; baptized with John Taylor, Joseph Fielding, and John Dawson; moved to Kirtland, Ohio; served in first mission to England from 1837-1839 with Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Joseph Fielding; John Goodson; and John Snider; moved to Far West, Mo. and on Apr. 26, 1839 Russell's family and relatives cut off from Church by Sidney Rigdon; remained in Far West after Saints left; imprisoned in Richmond Jail for contempt of court; sold as a slave for not denying his religion; freed by a Mr. Raglan, but only after Russell insisted that he work for Mr. Raglan in exchange; lived on Raglan's farm in Ray County, Mo. (Woodward Farm); contracted swamp fever while working in Crooked River Bottoms of Missouri River; d. Sept. 25, 1844)

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Isaac Russell correspondence with Mormon leaders, 1837-1888

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 497 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence received by Russell during his missionary service in England between 1838 and 1839. Also includes a notarized statement by William Dawson from 1888 describing Russell's service in guiding immigrants to Far West, Missouri in 1838.

Dates: 1837-1888

Isaac Russell letter and featuring article, 1837 March 11

 File — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197233277588], Folder: 3
Identifier: MSS 1511 Series 2 File 3
Scope and Contents

Contains a handwritten copy of an article from the Latter-day Saint Millennial Star about Isaac Russell, and a photocopy of a letter from Isaac Russell to the Christian Guardian in Toronto. Dated March 11, 1837.

Dates: 1837 March 11

Isaac Russell biography

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227650584]
Identifier: MSS 4101
Scope and Contents

The biography of Isaac Russell including his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Canada, his missions to England, his family life, and explanations regarding his excommunication from the church.

Dates: 1807-1844

Isaac Russell correspondence

Identifier: Vault MSS 497
Scope and Contents

Materials primarily contain correspondence between Russell and his family and letters to and from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also includes some correspondence between Parley P. Pratt and his family. Most of the letters are originals, except for a string-bound typescript copy of some letters dealing with Isaac Russell, the originals of which are not contained in the collection. Dated 1828-1893.

Dates: 1828-1893

Typescripts of Isaac Russell correspondence, 1828-1843

 Series — Folder 12: Series 3 [Barcode: 31197233640041]
Identifier: Vault MSS 497 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains typescripts of correspondence to and from Isaac Russell and his family, written between 1837 and 1843. Includes letters relating to his missionary service in England, and to his family.

Dates: 1828-1843

Additional filters:

Archival Object 3
Collection 2
Letters 4
Latter Day Saint missionaries -- England -- Correspondence 2
Articles 1
Biographies 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1