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Ann Evans Francis Howells family record book

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8909

Scope and Contents

Handwritten, leather-bound compilation of a journal, talks, and family records of Howells' family sewn together in one volume. Includes patriarchal blessings given to Howells' mother, Margaret Evans Francis, in 1853. Most of the items are in Welsh and do not have a date. The patriarchal blessings were translated into English and added to the middle of the volume. Dated approximately 1853.


  • approximately 1853


Language of Materials

Materials are in Welsh, with some translation in English.

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 Ann Evans Francis Howells family record book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Ann Evans Francis Howells (1833-1874) was a Mormon convert from Wales.

Ann Evans Francis was born on May 26, 1833, to Benjamin and Margaret Francis in Newcwrt, South Wales. She was baptized at age 14, and left Wales just over one year later, in 1849, to go to Utah. She left with her parents and three siblings, but only she and her mother made it there. Ann entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1852, and was married to Thomas Howells in 1853. She bore thirteen children, and provided for them almost single-handedly while Thomas served a mission. She died on May 30, 1874, in Salt Lake City, presumably of tuberculosis.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Item was held by Evelyn Hurley Howells Nelson, granddaughter of Ann Evans Francis Howells. Later given to her cousin, Rulon S. Howells, who transferred it to his grand-niece Shannon Howells. Shannon Howells donated the item to the repository in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Shannon Howells; August 12, 2016.


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



Processing Information

Processed; Natalie Kokol; 2016.

Register of Ann Evans Francis Howells family record book
In Progress
Natalie Kokol
2016 October 13
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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