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Watson, Wingfield



  • Existence: 1828 - 1922

Biographical History

Wingfield Watson (1828-1922) was influential member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Strangite).

Wingfield Watson was born April 28, 1828 in Ireland. He immigrated to the United States in 1848 and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1852. Shortly thereafter, Watson became a follower of James J. Strang and moved to his headquarters at Beaver Island, Michigan. After witnessing Strang's death in 1856, Watson sought to carry on the legacy of Strangite movement by preserving and publishing historical documents and pamphlets. In 1897 Lorenzo D. Hickey, one of the last remaining Strangite apostles, ordained Watson the presiding High Priest over the Strangite church, a position he held until his death on October 29, 1922.

Latter Day signs, 1897:p. 15 (Wingfield Watson, minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Lyons)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Aug. 20, 2010:(Wingfield W. Watson; b. Apr. 28, 1828; d. Oct. 29, 1922 in Voree, Wisconsin; religious leader in the Church of Jesus Christ (Strangite))

Wingfield Watson: A Midwest Visit, Journal of Mormon History, Summer 2009: p. 234 (born in Ireland in 1828; immigrated to the United States in 1848) p. 235 (joined the LDS Church in 1852; joined the Strangite church; moved to Beaver Island) p. 238 (collected and published documents and pamphlets) p. 240 (ordained presiding High Priest by Lorenzo D. Hickey)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Church of Jesus Christ records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 445
Scope and Contents

The Church of Jesus Christ (Strangites) was established by James Jesse Strang in 1844, though they claim to be the successor of the Mormon Church founded in 1830.

Compilation of typescripts of correspondence of James J. Strang, Wingfield Watson and other Strangites; biographical sketches and doctrinal outlines. Many items have more than one letter per typescript page.

Dates: 1844-1958

Hancock County records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230236942]
Identifier: MSS SC 212
Scope and Contents

Film contains 22 items, including three collections: Nauvoo court records; Eudocia Marsh's Mormons in Hancock County : a Reminiscence; and the Strangite Papers, 1851-1963.

Dates: 1840-1963

Wingfield Watson letter to Grace B. Lewis

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233622940]
Identifier: MSS 8095
Scope and Contents

Contains a letter from Watson written to his daughter, Grace B. Lewis, in 1906 regarding affairs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite).

Dates: 1906

Wingfield Watson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2268

This collection, containing letters and newspaper articles, has been organized into folders by year, starting in 1860 and going through 1922.

Dates: 1860-1922

Additional filters:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2
Letters 2
Religion 2
Church Government 1
Civil Procedure and Courts 1