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Samuel William Goold reminiscence and journal

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Identifier: MSS 2067

Scope and Contents

Tells about his parents' conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales; his experiences during the 1850s and 1860s in the Abersychan branch of the Church in Wales; emigration to Utah in 1867, including experiences in the company of Brigham Young Jr.; and experiences while residing in St. George and Monroe in southern Utah. Several pages record LDS priesthood ordinances he performed from the 1890s to 1910s, including children's blessings; baptisms; confirmations; and the setting apart of ward members during his tenure as bishop. Also includes copies of patriarchal blessings given to him and his family by his father, Robert Franklin Goold. The reminiscence includes Samuel W. Goold's feelings about Brigham Young, placed in the narration after his mention of Young's death.


  • 1901-1916


Conditions Governing Access

The journal binding is nearly separated from the volume. The original is restricted because of its condition; a photocopy is available for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Between 1871 and 1878 Samuel W. Goold worked as Brigham Young's gardener and lived for a couple of years in the Brigham Young winter home in St. George. Goold was a member of the School of the Prophets in St. George and helped to build the St. George Temple. He saved his money and paid for the emigration from Wales of his mother, siblings, and Sarah Ann Lewis, whom he later married. Goold served in various positions in the LDS Church, including Sunday School teacher, leader of the ward and stake choir, and, beginning in 1901, bishop of the Monroe Ward.


1 v. ((152 pages) photocopy.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Linda Draper received the journal from Ruth Butler Roberts, a granddaughter of Samuel W. Goold, who received it from her mother, Ida Rebecca Goold, who received it from the author. Linda Draper donated the journal to BYU Special Collections on July 22, 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Linda Gordon Draper.


19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Reminiscence and journal
In Progress
Rose Frank
4 March 2011
Description rules
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