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Autobiography and poems of George Washington Johnson

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 189

Scope and Contents

Collection includes handwritten autobiography, patriarchal blessings, poems, and letters created by Johnson. Also included is a transcription of those materials by his great-great granddaughter. Materials date 1893 and 2000.


  • 1893-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use the original must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use photocopies or transcript.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Autobiography and poems of George Washington Johnson must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

George W. Johnson (1823-1900) was a Mormon physician, postmaster, church leader, and pioneer in Ohio, Illinois, and Utah.

George Washington Johnson was born on February 19, 1823 in Pompfret, New York to Ezekiel and Julia Hills Johnson. Johnson moved to Kirtland, Ohio to live with the saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it was here on April 9, 1836 that he was baptised a member of the church. Johnson married Maria Jane Johnson on April 14, 1844 in Macedonia, Illinois and had nine children. After living in Nauvoo and helping build the Nauvoo temple, Johnson traveled to Utah with the Alfred Cardon company in 1851. In Salt Lake City he married Eveline Burdick on October 1, 1851 and they had eleven children. Johnson died on January 22, 1900 in Moab, Utah.


10 folders (0.17 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Transcript produced by Darla Petersen, great-great-granddaughter of Johnson, and donated to repository in 2000.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Darla Petersen; 2000.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcript of autobiography maintained in collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Sadie Hutchinson; 2015.

Register of Autobiography and poems of George Washington Johnson
Benjamin Sipes
2011 April 27
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