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William John Benbow Carter missionary journals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8258

Scope and Contents

Materials include missionary journals for Carter's service in the area of Nottingham, England. Includes descriptions of Carter's attempts to find his ancestors and relatives throughout England. The fifth journal includes a description of his return to Utah via Sydney, Australia, and his report to President John Taylor upon his return. The sixth journal includes notes Carter took on his genealogy during his missionary service. Dated 1877-1879.


  • 1877-1879


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

William John Benbow Carter (1852-1908) was a Mormon missionary to England and son of pioneers of St. George, Utah.

William John Benbow Carter (known as John) was born June 29, 1852 to William and Ellen Benbow Carter in Salt Lake City, Utah. When he was nine, he moved with his family to help pioneer the area of St. George, Utah. John worked alongside his father and brothers in helping build the St. George Temple. From 1877-1879 he served as a missionary in England, primarily in the Nottingham area. Upon his return home, John married Lottie Rose Smith in the St. George Temple. He worked in saw mills and helped haul ore during the Silver Reef boom. They were the parents of six children. John died on March 8, 1908, of Brights disease in St. George, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Journals were acquired by Orrin Schwab Books in Providence, Utah, from Rosamond Ramstrom of St. George, Utah, who is a direct descendant of William Carter and his son William John Benbow Carter. They were purchased from Orrin Schwab Books in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Orrin Schwab Books; April 2012.


Mormon diarists (The Archives of the Mormon Experience).

Related Materials

See also the William John Benbow Carter diaries, 1877-1882 (MSS 681; photocopies) and William John Benbow Carter diary, 1879-1882 (MSS SC 2048).

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan Lee, 19th Century curator; 2013.

Register of William John Benbow Carter missionary journals
Ryan K. Lee
2013 September 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