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William Wadley diary and family history

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4115

Scope and Contents

William Wadley's diary includes daily entries about his mission to England from 1888-1889 and family history. 173 pages, photocopied. Some loose pages, that don’t appear to come from the same diary, include more Wadley ancestor information, his personal history, and a story about picking wildflowers (which appears to be written in a juvenile hand). 10 pages, photocopied.


  • 1888-1889


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Wadley diary and family history must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William Wadley (1825-1912) served a mission in England for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

William Wadley was born in October 8, 1825, in Newent, Gloucester, England. He was the oldest son of Edward Wadley and Ann Reynolds. When he was nineteen-years-old, he left England to mine coal in Wales. He first encountered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales and was baptized in 1848. He was soon set apart to preach the gospel, first in Wales, then in England. Then, in 1853, he was ready to gather to Zion. He arrived in Salt Lake City on September 23, 1853. On July 31, 1854, he was married to Mary Chandler in Salt Lake City. He took two other wives, Isabella McKay (married on April 8, 1860) and Mary Byard (November 8, 1869). He married both in Salt Lake City.

This journal contains daily entries from the years 1888-1889, when Wadley was serving as a missionary in England. Some cities he went to were Cardiff, Lawksley, Worcester, Gloucester, and Queenstown. By April 7, 1889, he was back in Salt Lake City listening to General Conference. Wilford Woodruff was the President of the Church at the time. Wadley was a farmer. He passed away on June 28, 1912, in Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, and is buried in the City Cemetery there.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)




Diary of William Wadley covering his LDS mission in England and his family history, 1888-1889.

Custodial History

Donated by Effie Adams in 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Effie Adams; 1991.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Adams, Effie W. Tiller of the earth : William Wadley, his life and family (BX 8670.1 .W1185a 1986).

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 11 July 2007.
Register of William Wadley diary and family history
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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