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Bodily, James Richard, 1872-1967



  • Existence: 1872 - 1967

Biographical History

James Richard Bodily (1872-1967) was a farmer and Latter-day Saint missionary.

James Richard Bodily was born on February 1, 1872 in Hyde Park, Utah, to William and Sarah Talbot Bodily. He married Margaret Charlotte Cole, the daughter of Joseph and Celia Cole, in the Logan Temple in Logan, Utah, June 2, 1897. Fifteen days after their marriage, James left home to serve an LDS mission to the Southern States. He spent most of his mission in Kentucky; he returned home September 2, 1899.

In 1902 James and Margaret bought a 160 acre farm in Cherryville for $3000.00. While in Cherryville, James taught school. He purchased additional farms and homesteaded 160 acres at Bancroft in 1912. They lived there fourteen months before selling it and purchasing additional acres. In the early twenties they purchased their first electric milker.

The couple had five children, all of whom were educated in the Whitney Grade School and Preston High School. James was clerk of the Whitney School Board and took an active part in the construction of the school in 1924.

James served diligently in both the LDS church and his community. After spending the last 19 years of life in Mesa Arizona, he passed away April 12, 1967 at the age of 95 in the Preston Hospital and was laid to rest in the Whitney Cemetery beside his wife who had died three years before.

UPB files, May 15, 2013 (born February 1, 1872 in Hyde Park; father Willim Bodily; mother Sarah Talbot bodily; married Margaret Charlotte Cole; Margaret's father, Joseph Cole; Margaret's mother, Celia Cole; married in Logan Temple, Logan, Utah on June 2, 1897; James left on LDS mission 15 days after marriage; served in Southern states; served mainly in Kentucky; returned home September 2, 1899; bought 160 acre farm in 1902; Cherryville farm at $3000.00; taught school in Cherryville; purchased additional farms and homestead at Bancroft, 1912; lived there fourteen months and sold; purchased additional acres; early 1920s bought first electric milker; five children; all children education at Whitney Grade School and Preston High School; James clerk of Whitney School Board; active in construction of school in 1924; served in Church and community; last 19 years of life in Mesa, Arizona; died April 12, 1967; 95 years old; died at Preston Hospital; buried in Whitney Cemetery beside his wife; wife died three years before James)

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

James Richard Bodily mission diaries

Identifier: MSS 6120
Scope and Contents Two diaries from Bodily's mission to the Southern States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One journal is a “synopsis of (his) missionary labors,” beginning from the time of his call to his journey to the Southern States from Utah. Elder Bodily makes reference to conditions and also many of the individuals and families he had the privilege to visit, teach, and baptize. The second journal continues to document his labors in the Southern States Mission. In the second journal...
Dates: 1897-1900

James Richard Bodily mission diary, volume 1

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS6120_I1_F1
Dates: 1897-1899

James Richard Bodily mission diary, volume 2

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS6120_I2_F2
Dates: 1899-1900

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Collection 1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1
Latter Day Saint missionaries -- Kentucky 1
Missions and Missionaries 1
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