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A short history of Amos Davis Jr.

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 382

Scope and Contents

Brief typewritten life sketch of an early convert to the Mormon Church. Also includes a TLS dated 1975 December 4 concerning an 1839 convert, Alfred Bell.


  • 1956


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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Open for public research.

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


Amos Davis, Jr.; born May 29, 1811 in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania; died December 8, 1878 in Joseph, Sevier County, Utah; Amos received a fairly good education; as a young man of twenty, he met and married Mary Jane Scott; she found she could never have children of her own, so they adopted three children: John Amos Davis (not related), Mary Jane Powell and Lillian who died in infancy; in Missouri Amos Davis Jr was converted to the LDS Church and, soon after his wife was converted; he helped to build up the city of Nauvoo and went west with the Saints; they settled at Long Valley; to have more children, Amos married Susannah Justet, from Italy; their first child was born September 10, 1871 and named Mary Jane after his first wife; two more children were born to this union: Lauretta, on August 10, 1873, and Nathan on May 8, 1875; later, the family moved to Joseph, Utah; there Amos helped build a schoolhouse, tithinghouse, and a home for his family; while living in Joseph, Amos was hitching a team of mules to a wagon to take his family to Richfield; one of the mules crunched him against the side of the barn which caused his death; when little Mary Jane was eight years old her mother, Susannah, married John Amos Davis, the adopted son; to this union five children were born, four girls and one boy (some of the short history of Amos Davis Jr. written by Eurilla Wilson as told by her mother-in-law, Mary Jane Lucas, oldest daughter of Amos Davis Jr.


Mary Eurilla "Rilla" Mecham Rich Wilson; born August 10, 1898 in Garden City, Rich County, Utah; died July 3, 1989 in Boise, Ada County, Idaho; daughter of Luman Lehi Mecham and Mary Ann Hess; Eurilla (Rilla) graduated from the Paris Fielding Academy after learning how to be a school teacher; she was asked to teach for about one year; after that experience she met her first husband, Lavell Hyrum Rich, and got married on October 8, 1919; after having two children with him and one on the way, he died from complications after an appendicitus operation; she made a living in various ways with her family for about four years; after making a trip to Jackson, Wyoming, she met Joy Sylvester Wilson at a dance; after a short courtship they got married on December 4, 1929 in Logan, Utah; Joy took his new family home to his ranch in South Park, Jackson, Wyoming; they moved to Boise after she had two more sons with Joy


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.) : (2 items)

Custodial History

Donated by R. Clinton Hinckley in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; R. Clinton Hinckley; 1976.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Register of A short history of Amos Davis Jr.
Benjamin Sipes
2010 July 1
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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