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Robert and Meservy family records

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 8836

Scope and Contents

Collection includes two family record books related to the Meservy and Robert families coming out of the Isle of Jersey. The first record is a copy of a book titled "Genealogie de la Famille Messervy," and is a record of the Messervy family line on the Isle of Jersey extending into France and England as far back as 1400. This genealogical record contains the history of Jersey and possible origins of the Messervy name. Adjacent to the published pedigree charts for the family are records of temple ordinances performed for the listed family members, dating from 1912-1938. The part of the record on French lines is in old French, while the part on the American lines is in English. The second record is a color copy of the Joseph Robert Meservy record book, and it contains handwritten notes of research on the Robert line, which research was also done by Monsieur Jacques Alfred Messervy in about 1912. Within the record, Joseph Robert also record temple ordinances performed for family members. Also included are personal journal entries, brief biographical notes related to him or the family, and copies of patriarchal blessings for various family members. Both books also include a disk with a digital copy of the text inside the front cover. Contents published between 1899-2015.


  • 1899-2015


Language of Materials

Materials in English and French.

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 Robert and Meservy family records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Jacques Alfred Messervy (1859-1921) was a pastor at the Reformed Church of France in Mantilly, Normandy, France who also helped compile a family history and pedegree of his family, many of who would eventually join the Mormon Church and move to Utah.

Monsieur Jacques Alfred Messervy was born in France in 1859. During much of his life between 1885-1894, he served as a minister in the Reformed Church of France in Mantilly, department of Orme, in lower Normandy. While serving in his church, he spent much of his spare time compilinge a pedigree and family history of his family. While this included the members of his family in France, it also included the Robert-Messervy family who, in 1853, left from their home in France to join the Joseph W. Young 76th Pioneer Company to Utah. Later in his life, he grew to be blind until, on April 9, 1921, he died in St. Helier's, Jersey.

Biographical History

Albion Keith Parris Meserve (1833-1904) was a respected physician who graduated from medical school in Maine in 1859 and spent time serving his community, including as a member of the Maine Historical Society where he took his spare time compiling his family's Genealogy.

Albion Keith Parris Meserve was born in Maine in 1833. After graduating from Medical School in 1859, he worked as a respected physician in the community. In his spare time, he also served his community in a variety of different ways, including serving in the Maine Historical Society where he spent some time compiling and publishing his family's genealogy. This, with the assistance of his distant relative Jacques in France, helped ensure that both the American and French branches of their family tree would be able to be completed. He was also active in religious affairs, having also been a member of the Congregational Church in Buxton and the Willston Church in Portland, Maine. On September 15, 1904, he died at his home in Portland, Maine.

Biographical History

Joseph Robert Meservy (1842-1924) was a Mormon pioneer from the British Isle of Jersey who moved to the Salt Lake Valley. While in his service to the Church, he served as a missionary, built the "Spanish Wall" in Salt Lake City, and served in various Church callings for thirty-five years until his death in Fremont, Idaho.

Joseph Robert Meservy was born in the British Isle of Jersey on April 30, 1842. After spending his childhood in French school, after his family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints they emigrated to Utah in April 1853 via New Orleans. Once they arrived, he served in various positions in both Utah and Idaho for the Church. In addition to serving in various Church callings from being a missionary to serving as a clerk and MIA leader in his local ward, he also built the "Spanish Wall" in Salt Lake City to protect the city from Native American attacks, established various settlements in the "Mormon belt" from Santaquin, Utah to Franklin, Idaho, and aided other settlers to the region. After marrying Augusta P. Cook, Laura Stuttleworth, and Mary Kingsbury and having a total of fourteen children with the three wives, he died in Fremont County, Idaho on June 6, 1924.


1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft)

Custodial History

Donated by Cynthia H. Gale, descendant of the Meservy family, in January 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Cynthia H Gale; January 2016.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2016.

Register of Robert and Meservy family records
Eric Wolford
2016 May 10
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