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Boyle, Henry Green, 1824-1902



  • Existence: 1824 - 1902


Henry Green Boyle (1824-1902) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and pioneer in Utah and Arizona.

Henry Green Boyle was born March 7, 1824, in Tazewell County, Virginia, the son of John Boyle and Jane E. Taylor. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1843. Boyle lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, when he was called on his first mission to Virginia in 1844 at the age of 20. After the Saints were forced from Nauvoo, Boyle joined the Mormon Battalion to serve in the war with Mexico from 1846 to 1848. On 6 September 1849 Henry married Keziah Donnell Holladay and made a home in Salt Lake City, where he raised grain. In 1850 he moved to Northern Utah, and began farming near the Weber River. Boyle returned to California in 1851 as missionary to help settle the colony of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Bernadino. Tragedy struck in 1853 when Keziah died. Boyle spent the remainder of his time in California as a missonary, preaching the gospel and obtaining money for the settlement at San Bernardino. In 1857 he returned to Utah. On 24 February 1859 Henry married Elizabeth Shumate Ballard and six years later, on 30 September 1865, Boyle entered the practice of plural marriage and married Arabella McKinley. Four years later, on 27 September 1869, Boyle married Martha Francis Taylor. Boyle's family would later settle in Payson, Utah, and Graham County, Arizona.

In 1867-1869 he filled a mission to the Southern States, where he baptized three hundred persons, and brought a second company of 160 Saints from the South to Utah by rail. He filled a second mission to the South and returning he brought seventy saints with him to Utah. Boyle served as president of the Southern States Mission from 1875 to 1878.

Henry was arrested on charges of practicing polygamy on 20 October 1887 and he was imprisoned in the territorial penitentiary. After his release from prison Henry relocated with his wife Arabella to Pima, Graham County, Arizona, in 1889, where he died 8 September 1902 at age 78.

Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

Henry Green Boyle diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 156
Scope and Contents Contains a handwritten autobiography and diaries related to Boyle's life and experience as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The autobiography was written beginning in 1844 and, in the same volume, he starts a diary in 1846. Boyle kept 14 additional volumes of diaries, dating from 1855 to 1889. Most of the content relates to Boyle's missionary experiences in California and to Southern States Mission, including while he was mission president from 1875 to 1878. Also...
Dates: 1844-1912

Henry Green Boyle papers

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230339860]
Identifier: MSS 59

The collection contains a printed certificate with handwitten notations affirming that Boyle was a Seventy in the LDS Church. Also included is a typewritten letter to Boyle from some unknown person in Arkansas between the years of 1851-1876.

Dates: 1851-1876

Henry Green Boyle autobiography and diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I1_B1_F1
Dates: 1844-1912; Majority of material found within 1844-1855

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I6_B1_F6
Dates: 1867

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I7_B1_F7
Dates: 1869 January-June

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I8_B2_F1
Dates: 1869-1870

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I9_B2_F2
Dates: 1871-1873

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I10_B2_F3
Dates: 1877-1878

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I11_B2_F4
Dates: 1878 January-June

Henry Green Boyle diary

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS156_I12_B2_F5
Dates: 1880

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Digital Record 16
Collection 2
Diaries 14
Certificates 2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2
Financial records 2
Missions and Missionaries 2