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John Wood family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7937

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the Southern States missionary journals and other personal documents of John Wood, family records and photographs, and the autobiography of his mother, Naomi Chase Lane Wood.


  • 1882-1940


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 John Wood family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Wood (1858-1943) served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern United States, concentrated in areas of Texas and Louisiana. He married Emeline Crouch in 1889 and had five children.

John Wood was born on February 25, 1858, to John Wood and Naomi Chase Lane of Centerville, Utah. He was educated at Brigham Young Academy. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1872. He supported himself and his family in many different capacities, including cattle herder and general ranch hand, trapper, red pine hauler, farmer, and miller. On June 14, 1889, John married Emeline Crouch in the Logan Temple. They had three sons and two daughters: John Karl; Grace; Zella Myrtle; Herman LaMar; and Lyle LaVon. In 1895, John was called to serve in the Southern States mission. He was set apart by apostle John Henry Smith on January 17, 1896. His service was concentrated in Texas (Austin area, etc.) and Louisiana (Baton Rouge), where he and his various companions were instrumental in opening up areas previously impenetrable due to prejudice. He participated in at least two missionary conferences in Texas, and was released honorably on July 30, 1898. In addition to his missionary service, John Wood also served in many other Church callings throughout his life, including as a counselor in the Mutual program, a Mutual Improvement Association (MIA) missionary, gospel doctrine and general ward teacher, choir director, Sunday School assistant or superintendent, activities director, home missionary (organizing religion classes throughout the stake), special missionary (encouraging weekday religious education), counselor in the bishopric, High Priest Group leader, and ordinance worker in the Logan Temple. He also devoted his time to civic affairs: John was elected twice as Morgan County Commissioner, was once compelled to be Justice of the Peace, and was director and secretary of the Richville Millrace Irrigation Company. John Wood died on October 16, 1943, of uremic poisoning and was buried in the River Heights-Providence Cemetery.

Biographical History

Naomi Chase Lane Wood (1821-1899) was a Utah resident and convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who spent much of her later life in Logan doing ordinance work for her ancestors. She married twice and gave birth to six children.

Naomi Chase Lane Wood was born on October 18, 1821 to Edward and Roxy Chase of Solon, Somerset County, Maine. In February 1843, Naomi married Hyrum Mead Lane and the couple had three daughters: Alnora Naomi, Delia, and Maria Meady. After Hyrum’s death in April 1847, Naomi married widower John Wood of Ohio on December 27, 1849, purely for convenience. John and Naomi had three children: Jane, Emma, and John. In spring of 1853, the Woods moved to Salt Lake City to investigate Mormonism, and were baptized members of the Church a few months later. They received their endowments in 1857. Naomi and John were divorced in August 1866. For the rest of her life, Naomi moved back and forth between Salt Lake City, Bear Lake, Farmington, Provo, Logan, and other small nearby towns, supporting herself by spinning, weaving, raising livestock, taking in boarders, or any other honest means she could find. She spent much of her later life in Logan researching and assembling records of the lives of her ancestors, and going to the Logan Temple to do ordinance work for them, which she considered to be her life’s mission. She died on March 13, 1899.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The John Wood family papers include journals from John Wood's mission to the Southern States, as well as personal histories, photos, and other family materials, circa 1882-1940.


Materials are arranged by individual and type, then chronologically where applicable.

Custodial History

Materials were donated jointly by grand-children Katherine Wood Brown, John G. Wood, and Marian Wood Pickerd on July 6, 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Katherine Wood Brown, John G. Wood, Marian Wood Pickerd; July 2011.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; David Whittaker, Curator, and Amanda Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist; 2012.

John Wood family papers
Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist
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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