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John L. Smith journals, 1846-1895

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 680 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Includes journals and photocopies of journals created by John L. Smith, from 1846 to 1895. Journals discuss early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, personal history, and the missionary service of John L. Smith in Switzerland, Italy, and England. Also includes letters and photocopies of letters.


  • 1846-1895


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopies available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

John Lyman Smith (1828-1898) was born November 17, 1828, in Potsdam, New York, to parents Clarissa Lyman and John Smith (brother of Joseph Smith Sr.). He was an early pioneer and missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smith lived in various places (Ohio, Illinois, and Utah) that have historical significance to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served two missions in Switzerland and Italy.

John Lyman Smith held various church callings (mission president, patriarch, etc.) and state positions, such as Justice of the peace and Utah Territorial Legislature. He married Augusta Bowen Cleveland on July 9, 1845, in Nauvoo, Illinois. They had eight children. He passed away on February 21, 1898, in St. George, Utah.


1 box

6 folders

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