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John and Nancy Jane McCleve biography and Twiss Bermingham diary / compiled by Naomi A. Jensen

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1626

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the biography of John and Nancy Mccleve, compiled by Naomi Asay Anderson Jensen, and a transcript of Twiss Bermingham's diary. The biography occupies 7 pages, compiled June 1972. The typed copy of Twiss Bermingham's diary contains daily accounts of life on the Samuel Curling ship as it crossed the Atlantic, and crossing the plains to Utah. Bermingham was the first clerk of the ship and kept records of the people who emigrated on the ship from England, including the McCleve family. Entries are dated April 12 through September 21, 1856, and are 17 pages.


  • 1972 June
  • 1856 April-September


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Open for public research.

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Biographical / Historical

Patrick Twiss Bermingham was born on October 20, 1829, in Dublin, Ireland, the oldest of three children of John Bermingham and Mary Twiss. He married Elizabeth Catherine Rutledge on February 24, 1851, at St. Pauls in Dublin. They raised 9 children: Mary Katherine (1851), Edward John (1853), Jane Elizabeth (1859), Florence (1861), Charles Lloyd (1862), Twiss Albert (1868), Edith Frances (1869), Ne (1872), and Evelyn (1875). At some point, Twiss and Kate (as he called her in his diary) were converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Twiss was also a graduate of the University of Dublin and had worked as a private secretary to a British official.

The family emigrated to Utah in 1856. Patrick was elected first clerk of the ship Samuel Curling and kept the history of the emigrants who sailed with him from Liverpool, England, and crossed the American plains in the first two handcart companies of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Captain Ellsworth's company left Iowa City, Iowa on June 9 and Daniel D. McArthur's company on June 11, 1856. They arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 26, 1856. Salt Lake City was apparently very disappointing to Patrick and his family, who left the Church in 1857 and returned to Florence, Nebraska, where he had been offered a job as a school teacher. After seven years, they moved to Boston, and then later to New York City, where he eventually became Tax Commissioner. He died on February 24, 1899 in New York City, New York, and was buried in Valhalla, Mount Pleasant, New York.

Biographical / Historical

Naomi Asay was born to Jerome Asay Sr. and Nancy Jane Meeks Asay on February 3, 1898, in Hatch, Utah. She had 10 siblings and was the second youngest. Naomi was great in school and a talented musician. In 1920, she married Ervin Andrew Anderson. They had three children together, but unfortunately, Ervin died just six years later. In 1931, she married Hyrum Jensen, with whom she had two daughters. She completed bachelor's and master's degrees at Minnesota State University.

Naomi was a talented writer. She was a correspondent for the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune and wrote many local histories. She was a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, and was known for providing service in many ways, including working in a hospital and sponsoring an immigrant. Naomi died on May 7, 1987, in Ferron, Utah.


1 volume (24 leaves) ; 28 cm

Language of Materials



LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy IV.a.1, 2013).

Related Materials

See also Mary Jane McCleve Meeks biography (MSS SC 1627); Nancy Jane McCleve Meeks, wife of Dr. Preddy Meeks (MSS SC 2733).

Processing Information

Processed; Isabella Titusa and Amanda Crandall; 2024.

Register of John and Nancy Jane McCleve biography and Twiss Bermingham diary / compiled by Naomi A. Jensen
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Isabella Titus
2024 February 9
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States