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Francis D. Hughes papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4160

Scope and Contents note

Photographs, letters, and six volumes of diaries of Francis D. Hughes. Some items are photocopied, some are typed as well. The first journal begins in Cardiff, Wales. Hughes is preaching for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and sharing a spiritual vision he had. He enjoys success in his preaching in spite of rampant anti-Mormon literature. In the second journal, he is continuing to preach in Lampeter County, United Kingdom. There are inspiring stories of faithful church members. In the fourth journal (the third is missing), he is still strengthening the Church in England. He writes his grandmother about seeing a “frightful” Sea Lion from the African coast, and about the Civil War. He then urges her to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the fifth journal, Hughes copied extracts from the journal of Elder William Ajax. He mentions the Crimean War. The Church has some struggling members and needs regulation. In the seventh journal (the sixth is missing), Hughes records trials and penalties affixed for some serious crimes. The eighth journal, easiest to read, describes some healings. He does some leisurely activities as well as preaching: visiting Welsh castles, pushing wheelbarrow blindfolded with friends and sea bathing. He rides on a train pulled by horses. He describes a conference. He describes his wife, Harriet’s visions of the spirit world, shortly before she passed away. He has a vision after she dies. He writes a poem for her. He closes with advice to his children.


  • 1861-1872


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Francis D. Hughes papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Francis D. Hughes (1839-1885) joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and preached in his native country.

Francis D. Hughes was born around 1839 near Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and began to preach in his native country. He married Harriet Davies on May 3, 1869 in Merthyr Tydfil. His wife, Harriet, passed away in June 1885. His children were Catherine Ann Kate, Elen[ ] Jane, Francis D., David, John and Florence. His other wife was Harriet’s sister, [Ellen?]. Her children were Harriet Lorena, Miriam Amelia, Hilda, Theophilus, James and Olive.


7 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Photographs, letters, and six volumes of diaries kept by Francis D. Hughes, 1861-1872.

Custodial History note

Donated by Ann H. Richards via. Ronald D. Dennis; 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Ann H. Richards via. Ronald D. Dennis; 1989.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Related Archival Materials note

MSS 4019 Evans, Will, b.1877 William H. Evans Family Papers, circa 1849-1990. Hughes’ second journal mentions a Thomas Evans, who is likely to be the same Thomas Evans whose papers and diary can be found in the Will Evans Collection.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 18 July 2007.

Register of Francis D. Hughes papers
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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