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Farnsworth, Moses Franklin, 1834-



  • Existence: 1834 - 1906


Moses Franklin Farnsworth (1834-1906) was an early member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a genealogist and historian.

Moses Franklin Farnswroth was born on February 5, 1834, to Reuben Farnsworth III and Mary Laymon. After a basic education, he worked as a book keeper and salesman in Indiana. He was one of the first pioneers to come to Utah and arrived in 1853 from Indiana. He married Elizabeth Jane Stewart on February 26, 1857, in Salt Lake City; they had 7 children and settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah. He later enrolled as a captain in the Black Hawk War. He twice served a mission in London, England--once in 1862 and again in 1868. He became a recorder for the St. George temple and later took the same role in the Manti Temple. He was an avid family historian and published a family history entitled "The Farnsworth in Memorial" and the history of Manti in a local paper. He died on February 25, 1906, in Manti, Utah.

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.522; extracted from Infobases Collectors Library; (Was a pioneer; Served in Black hawk war; served missions in England; settled in Pleasent Grove; Recorder for manti temple and St. Geroge temple; Worked as a book keeper and salesman)

Familysearch, Via WWW, January 3, 2023 (b. Feb. 5, 1834; d. 25 feb. 1906; father Reuben Farnsworth III; Mother Mary Laymon)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Moses Franklin Farnsworth autograph book

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230317569]
Identifier: MSS SC 1863
Scope and Contents

Autograph book of Farnsworth family members. The items were cut out of letters and other documents and pasted in a book with blank pages.

Dates: 1891-1908

Moses Franklin Farnsworth missionary diary and patriarchal blessings

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230317585]
Identifier: MSS SC 1867
Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries, patriarchal blessings, and miscellaneous items. Farnsworth gives a brief autobiography before he started his first diary in 1862. His diaries cover from 1862 to 1864 and from 1868 to 1870 when he was on a mission for the Mormon Church in England. Also included are patriarchal blessings for members of the Farnsworth family.

Dates: 1862-1903

Moses Franklin Farnsworth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1678
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, record books, pension petitions, certificates, pamphlets, articles of incorporation, poems, blessings, poems, and miscellaneous items. The materials relate to Farnsworth's activities particulary in the Mormon Church. Included in the collection are letters from the fourth president of the Mormon Church, Willford Woodruff, patriarchal blessings, letters relating to Mormon polygamy, and a book recording the work done in the Manti Temple of the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1870-1900

Moses Franklin Farnsworth photographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197239265611]
Identifier: MSS P 224
Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs of the Farnsworth family, with images of three of Moses Franklin Farnsworth's wives and their children. Dated approximately 1870-1919.

Dates: approximately 1870-1919

History of Manti manuscript

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230317577]
Identifier: MSS SC 1866
Scope and Contents

Typewritten manuscript of a history of Manti, Utah. The item covers the years from 1849 to 1897. It includes contributions from a number of authors who describe their experiences. A number of accounts of Indian troubles are presented as well as descriptions of how the town and its fort were constructed. The manuscript was apparently never published.

Dates: approximately 1900

Totals of ordinance work in St. George Temple

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230327196]
Identifier: MSS SC 2670
Scope and Contents

Handwritten list of totals for ordinance work done in the St. George temple from 1877 to 1883. Farnsworth lists the numbers of ordinances performed in such categories as baptisms, endowments, ordinations, sealings and "Second Anointings."

Dates: 1883

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Social Life and Customs 3
Home and Family 2
Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- Manti -- History 2
Manti (Utah) -- History 2
Patriarchal blessings (Latter Day Saint churches) -- History 2