Pioneer, Missionary, Builder
John Parry's Journal
With notes and
additional commentary by Orvid R. Cutler, Jr.
The influence of the Welsh people on the history of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints began in October 1840 when
Henry Royle and Frederick Cook were assigned to preach in North
Wales. Little came of the
first effort, but convert growth was rapid following the assignment of Captain
Dan Jones to preside over the Welsh Mission in 1845. Since that time the Welsh people have
contributed greatly to Church history and growth, particularly in the fields of
music and of construction. Prominent
among these contributors have been members of the Parry family of North Wales. This
book attempts to document the activities of John Parry and his family from the
time they first heard of the "Mormons" about 1845, until after John Parry's
death in 1882.
The Parry family, prominent in the Flintshire area of
North Wales in building, music, and in religious affairs, first heard 'Mormon'
Elders preach one hundred and fifty years ago in Liverpool, England, and joined
the Church shortly thereafter. Their
influence and missionary zeal helped to bring many from North
Wales into the Church.
John Parry Jr.'s Journal, covers his family, and his
life, up to the time he was on his mission to Wales in 1866-68. He apparently began writing it when he
in 1866, so many events of earlier times are from his memory. His last entry was several months before he
returned to America,
and later events in his life have been obtained from various family, church,
and newspaper sources.
His journal was passed down to his daughter Mary
Aneron parry Nielson, who gave it to my mother just before her death in
1938. I obtained it about 1955 as I
began to be seriously interested in my ancestry. A copy of the original journal is in the
Church Historian's office, in Salt
Lake City, Utah.
The process of editing John Parry's Journal began as
just a literal copy of his journal.
However, as I began to get involved in this project, I found myself
becoming deeply concerned with answering the questions of "Just who were these
people whom John Parry mentions" and "What is the background of this
event?" This has resulted in the
inclusion of many footnotes.
There are also occasional insertions of explanatory
material or historical background in the original text as written by John
Parry. I have tried to keep these to a
minimum. Most explanatory notes have
been included as footnotes in each chapter.
I have tried to remain true to his style of writing, although there have
been spelling changes made to make the Journal more readable.
I am indebted to several people for their assistance
in assembling this book. Dr. Ronald
Dennis of Brigham Young University
has provided much direction and background information on the Parry family, the
Church in Wales
in the early years, and many of the people who interfaced with the Parry family
in those years. He has also given me
valuable guidance in assembling this book.
R. Fred Roberts, of Abergele, Wales provided the translations for
the poems written by John Parry, Sr. (copied in the original Welsh by John
Parry Jr. in his Journal), and reviewed many of the Welsh words and phrases for
accuracy. I also appreciate the valuable
help I received from Dr. Donald W. Parry of Brigham Young
University and Mrs.
Jackie Westergard, both of whom reviewed draft copies of this book.
I am most grateful for the help and encouragement of
my wife, Jeanne, and my daughters, Becky and Susan, who have aided in reviewing
this work, and who have continued to offer support and encouragement.
I, John Parry, son of John Parry and Mary Williams,
was born on the 15th of October 1817 at Ochr y Gop farm, Newarket,
Flintshire, North Wales. My father was born in the same parish March
10, 1789, the son of Bernard Parry and Elizabeth Saunders. The abover Bernard Parry died April 6, 1822,
age 79 years. His wife, Elizabeth
died December 6, 1805, age 61 years. The
name of my great grandfather was Edward Parry; his wife was Elizabeth
Tucker. All of the above, except my
father, were buried in the Newmarket
My mother, Mary Williams, was a daughter of William
Williams, Belan, Mold,
Flintshire. She was born in the year
1784, at the above place. She had many
distant relations in the above place, even at this present time, 1867.
Father and she married in the year 1808
and resided at Newmarket. The following are their children:
(ED. NOTE: Death dates after 1868, and related places, were inserted in
John Parry's Journal by family members after his death.)
Bernard, born October 9,
1809, died Nov. 12, 1841, in Ruthin, Denbighshire.
Elizabeth, born July 21, 1811, died
April 29, 1821, at Newmarket.
Mary, born May 4, 1813, died
Oct. 16, 1893 at Mill Creek, Salt Lake
Sarah, born May 2, 1815, died
July 29, 1846, at Adelphi Terrace, Birkenhead,
John, born October 15, 1817,
died May 16, 1882 at Logan,
William, born October 16,
1820, died April 22, 1891 at Ogden,
Utah. His wife, Jane Vaughn, died
Oct 1, 1893 at Ogden.
Caleb, born October 9,1823,
died Sep. 19,1871 at Birmingham,
He left a wife, Catherine,
living in Ogden.
Catherine died Nov 20, 1893. Winifred Parry,
his second wife and a sister to Mary R Morris,
died many years earlier (17 Oct 1865).
father's occupation was mason, stonecutter, builder and contractor.
The following are the names
of my grandfather's sons and daughters:
Edward Parry, Parish Clerk
(as his father was before him), kept a shop and tavern (the Cross Keys Inn) and
a farm at Newmarket, and was the father of Edward Parry, Chester, the author of
the Royal Visits to Wales, which book is greatly estimated by high and low,
even the Royal Family of England, his patrons. The remainder of his family, 12
sons and daughters, reside in the vicinity, except for Elizabeth, who married
and died in 1869 in Cedar City, Utah, and Joseph,
who married Janes Payne
and died in 1911 in Ogden, Utah,
and their families who went to America.
Bernard Parry (b. 2 June
1771) lived at Marian, Newmarket,
and was a mason by trade. He died at a good old age in 1845 or 1846.
He did not profess any religion. He left a large family, some in Wales, some in Liverpool.
Mary (b. 25 Mar 1778),
the wife of John Owens, farmer and agent for a wealthy gentleman, resided at
Mold. She died about 1848 in Wales,
Elizabeth (b. 6 Jun 1780) widow
of Daniel Griffiths,
resided at Flint,
well off for wordly things. She believed the gospel but did not obey it. She
died about 1847-50 in Wales,
Margaret (b. 25 Mar 1778),
wife of Robert Davies,
resided at Newmarket.
She obeyed the gospel and died in the faith. She was buried at Flint now (1867), and is a
good Latter Day Saint.
Joseph (b. 21 Jan 1784)
died February 12, 1839. He was a great scholar, poet, and musician. He did not
profess any religion, but when he was on his death bed he said to my father,
"Oh, John, if you knew what a great Kingdom the Lord has in reserve for
you." He married a wealthy woman, Jane Jones,
and died childless.
Sidney, born about 1787 (12 Nov
1788), was the wife of Edward Evans, saddler, of Newmarket.
She died May 28, 1867. Her son, Hugh,
has gone to Utah
with his family.
She believed the Gospel but did not obey it, although she was very kind and
hospitable to the Elders.
I will not omit my father,
born March 10, 1789, until the last.
The three following children
are by his (Bernard's) second wife, Dorothy Jones:
born about 1807, was a mason and builder, who resides at Llandudno,
He has lately bought the house and farm where my grandfather lived as a tenant
of Sir Thomas Mostyn,
and has built three or four new houses on the place. He is very wealthy, has
two sons and three or four daughters, but does not believe the Gospel.
Robert, born in 1809, died
July 3, 1845, aged 36. He left one son, who is a drugist. He was a shopkeeper,
a sober and upright man.
born about 1811, died without accepting the Gospel. She was a zealous sectarian
(Wesleyan). She was married to Edward Roberts, and left, I think, 2 sons and 2
JOHN PARRY SR., AND FAMILY
My father, John Parry,
resided at Newmarket
until 1846 and had a comfortable livelihood by following his occupation. He
kept a couple of cows and a pony to ride as a general thing, and employed many
workmen of his time. For a period, because of ill health, he kept a school.
He was considered one of the
best singers in the country, and a good musician and composer of music.
He delighted much in playing the piano.
He acted as Clerk in the
Church of England in place of his father when he was young.
His religious tenets were as follows: When about 28 years of age
he embraced the Doctrine of the Baptized, a denomination called Scotch
Baptists, and soon began to preach and advocate the same. Though there were
none of the same persuasion for many miles around, he stood firm for upwards of
20 years, and made only a few proselytes.
About the year 1836 he
received the Reformed Baptists, called Campbellites,
He was the first in Wales
to preach the new doctrine, even faith, repentance, and baptism for remission
of sins, and continued diligently for about ten years. He made many proselytes
though he had many obstacles and much opposition to encounter. He traveled and
labored through North Wales in order to
convert his old friends and brethren, all at his own expense as he never believed
in "hireling priests."
In the year 1846 he and his
family moved from Wales to
The following is the history
of us, as the children of John Parry and Mary Williams, until September 1846,
at which time we received the Gospel.
Occupation: Mason, stone
cutter, and engraver. He studied music and later became a good musician. He was
an organist in the Church of England at St. Asaph.
He also taught himself to be a portrait painter. For conscience's sake he gave
up his post as an organist, and followed the business of artist and engraver,
working on marble monuments, etc.
About this time he was
baptized into the Campbellites, and traveled with father through North Wales to try to convince the baptized of the new
In the year 1841, he resided in
Ruthin, Vale of Clwyd (Denbighshire), Wales, where he continued the
business of portrait painting, teaching music, and regulating and tuning
pianos, and let some out on hire.
In the beginning of November, 1841, he was taken sick with a fever
of the brain. Father and I were sent for, and we stayed with him at the
Waterloo Hotel while
he was sick. He died on the 12th of November 1841. Two nights before he died he
was very quiet in his bed about midnight, while father and I were sitting up
with him. After a while he called father and I to his bedside and told us that
the Lord had shown him great and marvelous things that should come to pass in
our time, but that he should not see them as he was to die very soon. Said he,
"The Lord is going to make a great work and a wonder upon the earth, and
you shall be called to it, Father, and you shall preach the everlasting Gospel
to thousands in Wales
here yet." He then said, "And you also, John, shall be called to it
and shall preach the Gospel to tens of thousands, and shall baptize many, even
in the Vale of Clwyd here, and my body shall not altogether rot before the
Savior will stand upon the earth."
(The above was fulfilled to the letter, as will be shown in my history in this
The following day he wished
me to get a large coffin for him, and make a vault to put him in, and not put
any soil on his coffin. I did this, but am sorry to say we did bury two of my
sister Mary's children on his coffin.
His coffin was still quite clean when we buried the last child, some 12 years
The night before he died, he
asked me if I would do one thing for him. I said "Yes".
"Well," said he, "Move all those things on the table one by one
to the other room." After I did this, he then said, "Bring them all
back and put them on this table as they were." Again I followed his
directions. Then he said, "Well done my boy, for doing it without asking
questions. Now I wish you to remember that that is the way to serve the Lord,
whatever he commands you to do, do it without asking questions." Then he
lay down and said that he was very sick, and said no more. He died in the
Father penned the following
"Englynion" (composition) and engraved it upon his tombstone:
Bu'n ufudd o'i fedydd i'w fedd - I lesu
Brenin da a'i briod hedd
Ei gorff a gyfyd o'i geufedd.
Cwynaf ac wylaf o galon -
A distaw ochneidion
Am fy mab, fy annwyl fab ffyddlon
Wyf bob dydd yn brudd fy mron.
Na wylwch fy nhad -
Dof eto er ymddatod - daw
I fyny o'r beddrod.
Llef fy Mrynwr a'm mhriod
Am Dethol i fythol fod.
Gwir yw y ceidw Duw di -
Rhag weled trueni.
Angylion dewrion di-ri
Cant o'r wiwnef dy weini.
(a free translation of this,
done by Fred Roberts of Abergele, Wales, is as follows.)
He was obedient from cradle to grave - to
The Prince of Peace.
The good king with his righteous peace,
His body rose from the grave.
I wail and weep for my son - grieving
With heartfelt sighs
For my son, my dear faithful son
I am each day sad at heart.
Do not weep my father -
I will come again - my soul
Will rise from the grave.
The voice of my rightful Redeemer
Has chosen me to live for ever.
It is true that God will keep thee - he
Shield thee from all ill
Numberless brave angels
From heaven will keep and protect thee.
died when about 10 years of age, and is buried in the Newmarket (St Michael's) Church Yard. A
little before she died she was singing hymns.
was brought up at home. She married John Williams,
son of Thomas Williams, Ochr y Gop farm, parish of Newmarket, about the year 1836, and lived in
the above farm with the old gentleman.
soon as she was able, she went to service to a relation of ours. Afterwards she
hired with Colonel Edward Morgan, of Goldengrove
in the next parish. Then she went with some of the family to Cheltenham, England.
In 1844 she came home and took in hand, millinery and dressmaking. Early in
1846 she came with our family to Birkenhead, near Liverpool,
to live. That summer she was taken sick with Typhus fever.
was a member of the Campbellites, an excellent singer, and of good report by
all her acquaintances, walking blameless before the Church to which she
at Cheltenham, she became acquainted with the
Latter Day Saints, and was convinced of the truth of the Gospel which they
preached. She often spoke of them, and wanted us to go hear them, but we
persuaded her not to meddle nor have anything to do with them. Although I had
never heard a sermon by any of them, I was still prejudiced against them
because of false and lying reports circulated by "hireling" priests
and religious people.
on her death bed, she challenged father and me in the following words:
your religion is worth nothing in the hour of Death. I have lived it as
faithfully as a mortal could, and it is no good to me now in Death. I am going
to utter darkness, even to Hell. Therefore, look to yourselves, and seek a
religion that will support you and enable you to face Death fearlessly. The one
you have is of no value."
and John persuaded and hindered me from going to the Church of Jesus Christ,
and now I am going to utter darkness."
then fainted and fell down. I came to later, but do not remember that she ever
spoke again before she died. She died on the 29th of July 1846 at Adelphi
Terrace, Birkenhead, England. She was buried at the old
Church Yard near the seashore.
I was schooled until 11 or 12 years of
age, then I took charge of father's cows and sheep and other things for some
years. After that I went to work with father and learned the trade of masonry.
When father went to teach school, I began to take contracts, and though young,
was successful in all my undertakings.
about 19 years of age (about 1836) I went to Mold, my mother's old home, and
joined a company from London
who were building a large iron foundry at Rhydymwyn, near Mold.
They employed me to take charge of the work and paid me 5 shillings a day,
which was two shillings above the usual wages. I had need to work but very
stayed there for 7 or 8 years, then an uncle of mine on my mother's side,
gave me a small piece of land to build upon. I built four houses on this plot
and rented them.
a Saturday evening in 1844, when in Mold, a young friend of mine asked if I had
seen the news of that day. I replied, "No, was there something
particular?" "Yes," he said, "Did you hear of Joe Smith of America, that
man who calls himself a prophet?" "Yes, what of it?" I said.
"Well, he has been shot through like an old basket. Although he defied
anyone to kill him, they have killed him at last." As soon as I heard
that, something whispered to me and said that he was a servant of God.
that moment I never had a bitter feeling against the Saints, but heard very
little about them except for false rumors to which I paid little attention,
until we went to reside at Birkenhead in 1846.
this time (about 1844) I went to Chester,
to take charge of putting up a large building and machinery to make or grind
white lead for Sir Edward Walker.
After I finished there, I went to Bagillt, Flintshire to take charge of putting
up a building and machinery to purify the smoke that was coming out of the lead
smelting works, and red lead manufacture.
in 1846, I invited my parents and my sister, Sarah, to go to Birkenhead
to live, as I had a great desire to be near a Church of the Campbellite
Baptists. I wanted to serve the Lord faithfully, and live my religion purely,
because there were hardly any of our sect in the neighborhoods where I was. I
was baptized (a Campbellite) by my father in 1842. My brothers William and
Caleb were working at Birkenhead at this time.
went to Liverpool and bought a piece of
building land in Huskinson Street,
and built two large houses upon it for myself. One Sunday in early September,
while going to Liverpool, I met an Elder named
on the packet, and he invited us to go with him to hear the Latter Day Saints.
I persuaded the entire crowd of Campbellites, about 10 of us, with 3 preachers,
to go with him. We went to the Music Hall for a 2 o'clock Saints meeting. As I
first went in, I said that this was my eternal home, and felt such a heavenly influence.
Many testified of the truth of the work of the Lord, and among them was Joseph
a missionary from America,
who testified with much power that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of the Most high
God. I believed him with all my heart, and with great joy and satisfaction.
another missionary, spoke and confirmed the doctrine.
we went out, I asked one of the Campbellite preachers what he thought of these
people. He said that their doctrine was a "damnable heresy."
"Well," said I, "One of the sayings of Paul has been fulfilled
in you and me today." "What is that?" says he. "That the
word of the Lord would be a savor of life unto life to those that would believed
it, and of death unto death to those that would reject it. Therefore it has
been life unto life to me, and I shall be a Latter Day Saint."
as a family, attended the evening meeting. After meeting, father and I asked
his schooling, he became an apprentice painter, plumber, and glazer. After this
apprenticeship, he went to learn to be a portrait painter, which he followed
for a season and quit for health reasons. In 1846 he recommenced his old
business, and took work in Birkenhead and Liverpool.
was a good pianist and played other instruments. He was very favorable toward
the Saints and sometimes went to hear them in their meetings.
was brought up to be a mason, and learned to be a portrait painter, but not to
perfection. He was also a good singer and understood music, piano and harp. In
1844 he went to Birkenhead to work as a mason.
He also was very favorable toward the
Latter Day Saints, and often went to hear them at the Music Hall in Liverpool. He resided with us at Birkenhead
The following is a hymn composed by my
father before he knew the Gospel.
iachawdwriaeth fel y mor
A dreffnodd Ior yn glau,
Yn rhad i bawb ar hyd y byd
Yn hyfryd i'w fwynhau.
Nae ynddi rinwedd ryfedd iawn,
Grasusol ddawn ein Duw,
I olchi'n lan yr aflan rai
Sydd yn ein byd yn byw.
translation by Fred Roberts)
is like unto the sea
By God faithfully given,
Free to all throughout the world
A pleasure to enjoy.
It truly has a virtue strange -
The saving grace of God
Which washes clean the sinners all
Who dwell within our world.
WILLIAM WILLIAM'S FAMILY
William's son, was born about 1776.
He went from Mold, Wales to Liverpool and kept a brewhouse. He was married and had
sons and daughters. My mother never saw him after her childhood, and had no
more knowledge of him.
Elizabeth was born about 1778.
She married a soldier and went to England, where she died soon after.
was born about 1780.
He died at Chester, England about 1835. He was a
was born about 1782.
She died about 1835, an old maid.
my mother, was born about 1784, and married in 1808. She came with father to Birkenhead to reside in 1846.
following is a sketch of the history of John Parry Jr. with a few references to
father and family from the time we received the Gospel of Jesus Christ in
early September, I, along with father, mother, and my brothers, William and
Caleb, and others of the same persuasion, were on a boat going to Liverpool to a Sunday afternoon meeting. An Elder of the
Latter Day Saints, named William Kent, was on the same boat going to his
meeting at the Music Hall.
persuaded the others to go along with me to hear the Latter Day Saints, and all
agreed. When I entered the Hall, the expression of my heart was, "This is
my eternal home" and I felt full of joy and gladness.
all sat near the stand. Elders Lucius Scovil and Joseph Cain, both from America, bore
their testimonies. When Elder Cain said that he knew that Joseph Smith was a
prophet of the Most High God, it pierced me like a two-edged sword, and I
believed with all my heart and never had a doubt from that day to this.
meeting, as we were leaving, I asked one of the preachers who had come with us,
what he thought of this people. His answer was, "It is a damnable
heresy." I told him that the word of the Lord which says that the word of
the Lord is a savor of life unto life or of death unto death was fulfilled in
him and me, and it has been life unto life for me and I shall be a Latter Day
Sunday evening September 5, father and I asked for baptism. On September 12,
father, mother and I went to Liverpool to be baptized.
Elder Thomas Wilson,
the president of the Liverpool Conference, baptized us in the Channel (River
Mersey). On Sunday September 13, Father was confirmed by Thomas Wilson, mother
by Robert Evans,
and I was confirmed by Elder Crandall Dunn
In about three weeks, my brothers William and Caleb and my cousin Joseph Parry,
along with George Chappel,
one of those who came with us to that first meeting, were baptized. George
Chappel was a preacher with the Campbellites.
October 17 and 18, 1846, a general Conference was held in Manchester, England,
under the presidency of Apostles John Taylor, Parley P. Pratt, and Orson Hyde.
At this conference, Dan Jones reported one thousand saints in Wales, probably not including the Parry family,
who were in Liverpool.)
the seventh of October I went to Liverpool to invite Elder John Taylor
of the Twelve to come to visit us at Birkenhead.
He came and stayed two days, ordained Father and I Elders, and said to me that
I should be sent to my own nation and brethren to preach the Gospel. Afterward,
I called upon the Lord in fervent prayer for a testimony. Although I had
received the gift of the Holy Ghost in great power, even in unspeakable joy and
love, I still wanted some of the signs that were promised to follow the
believer. While praying, a voice answered me, saying, "The gift of healing
shall follow thee to a great extent." This was later verified to the
the month of March 1847 at a Conference in Liverpool I was appointed to preside
over a branch in Birkenhead.
In that year I had a vision of a beautiful branch of a tree, which was of
magnificent workmanship, descending from Heaven. This branch alighted at Birkenhead, and I called all around to come and see the
Branch which was a miracle that no one could deny. After a while, the beautiful
branch arose and fled toward the West toward Wales.
this time I was sleeping one night at my father 's house. My brother, Bernard,
and my sister, Sarah, who were dead, appeared by my bedside. She called me by
name twice, then I turned toward the floor and saw them both standing by my
bedside. I told them, "Do not be uneasy, my children, you shall have your
bodies in about thirty years." "No, John," said my sister.
"Well," said I, you shall have them in forty years."
"Yes," said she, "in thirty five years."' Then they
disappeared, and the room became very light from the gas light opposite the
the same year, in a night vision, I saw myself in the Temple
of the Lord in Zion,
and the building was not quite finished. I was in a room inside when a man told
me to undress so that I might be washed. I did this and laid myself down in the
water, then came out, and the same man told me that he was to anoint me with
this time I was troubled with evil spirits very often in my sleep. On one
occasion, I asked brother Simeon Carter,
an American Elder who presided over the Liverpool Conference at the time, what
was the reason that the Powers of Darkness were abusing me, because I hadn't
done wrong of sinned to my knowledge. He answered that they trouble some more
than others, and told me to use the following words in my prayers every night
as I went to bed: "O God the Eternal Father, I ask thee in the name of Thy
Son, Jesus Christ, to give thy angels charge over me this night, and not allow
the powers of darkness to molest my spirit or body." I did so, and was not
troubled any more.
night, though, I felt very sleepy, and used a different prayer. That very night
the powers of darkness came upon me, and nearly overcame me. But I prayed
fervently to the Lord in my mind when I could not utter any words because I was
bound up. In an instant I saw the Heavens open and an angel of Glory descended,
dressed in white robes. He was the most beautiful personage that mortal could
imagine. He took hold of me by putting his hands under my arms and lifted me a
little. The moment he touched me, the powers of darkness disappeared. When I
asked him why the Lord allowed the powers of darkness to abuse me in such a
manner, he replied, "Because thou didst not pray from thy heart, but with
thy lips." I asked the Lord to forgive me, and the vision ended.
this time Elder Orson Hyde
came and visited us and preached in our house in Adelphi Terrace, Birkenhead,
and related to us his journey to Jerusalem.
We had a very interesting conversation. Both he and Elder Simeon Carter in our
this year, Orson Spencer
was taken ill in Liverpool and came to our
house to stay for a week or two. I annointed, or washed him all over with
whiskey because of his illness. He was very sick for some time, but recovered,
and later blessed me.
Joseph Cain paid us a visit and preached in our house. Also Elder David
and we made a donation of a few shillings to help him pay his passage to America.
Elder Dan Jones
visited us shortly before we joined the Church, and again later. We were also visited
by Elders Abel Evans,
and a few others in the same year.
this time, Alexander Campbell from America,
came to Liverpool, and I went to hear him
preach. He related a little about the fulfillment of prophecy, including that
the Jews would be a nation as long as the sun and moon would revolve in the
wrote to him with a testimony of the truth of the Gospel and its restoration
through Joseph Smith. Mr. Campbell, in reply, sent a messenger to ask father to
visit him in Liverpool, but father was away
preaching at the time.
the above occurred while I presided over the Birkenhead Branch, with a
membership of 60 to 70. We baptized a few during the year. My temporal business
at the time was building houses for myself in Livepool.
this time Lorenzo Butler
came from America,
and he and my brother, Caleb, were called to travel in the Liverpool
Conference, in the neighborhood of Salopshire.
Father went to Wales to
preach, and we, as a family, moved to Liverpool
to live in one of my houses. The Docks of Birkenhead stopped, and in March 1848
the Birkenhead Branch was disorganized.
that spring (1848) I was sent to Wales to preach. I asked President
Orson Pratt if I should work or go without purse of script. He told me that I
should have the Spirit of the Lord to direct me as to the best way.
commenced work as a mason at Point of Air lighthouse
in place of my father so that he could go preach, because he was experienced in
that. He went through North Wales and had a good deal of opposition, so, some
time in the summer he returned home to Liverpool.
I met with Eliezer Edwards from South Wales
about the middle of that summer, and we both agreed to go out without purse of
script. We preached in the principal towns of the six counties of North Wales.
at Llanfair, Caernarvon on a Saturday evening,
we had no money. We took lodgings in a small shop, and called for food on
credit, as we had faith that the Lord would provide for us to be able to pay
our way. In the morning we went to the mountain to pray for the Lord to open
the hearts of the people to give us money to pay our way. At one o'clock in the
afternoon we preached to a large congregation, and we had all the money that we
needed with some to spare.
traveled and preached throughout the country, and came to Llanidloes,
Montgomeryshire. After preaching, I went through the congregation with my hat
in my hand and asked them to assist us. Some did with a small sum, but there
were 3 or 4 priests who refused. On our way to our poor lodging house, a child
came across the street to me and put a half-penny in my hand. I felt to bless
the little one, because that was just enough to pay all our bills for food and
night just as I retired, the powers of darkness rested upon me. I called upon
the Lord and asked Him to rebuke the influence from me, and to give me some
havenly vision. At once I was caught up, and saw the paradise of the Just, even
a glorious and heavenly country, and the Glory of God was the light thereof,
beautifully ornamented with different kinds of trees and flowers. There were
mansions of pure white marble, and the one I was at had steps along the middle
part, as it was rising inward, with the most delightful flowers growing on both
sides of the steps. The entrance was off a half-circle porch, which also was
recessed into the body of the mansion. The pillars by the door were of pure
glass or of stone like glass, and the door was of the same material, with
hinges and door handles of pure gold.
saw 5 or 6 heavenly beings walking toward this mansion across an area of level
and pleasantly green grounds sparkled with all kinds of trees. The apparel of
these beings was whiter than any mortal tongue can describe. I was not asleep
when I had this vision.
we began to return to my old home about 80 or 90 miles away, preaching along
the way, we stopped at Llansilin where we had to gather berries on a
mountainside for our breakfast. We got to Glyndyfrdwy in the evening, and
called on a Baptist minister who was a wealthy man and asked him for something
to eat. After we told him who we were, he refused. Later in the evening we
preached and asked the audience to assist us. A few of them got together and
collected enough for us to have supper and lodging.
following day we went to the Cefn-Mawr Branch in Debingshire. Eliezer Edwards
stayed there, and I persuaded John Davies
from South Wales, who was working in that place, to accompany me to Flintshire,
Caernarvon, and Merionethshire, where we
preached in all the principal towns.
this time my father and family came to Wales
to live in Newmarket, about 25 miles from Liverpool.
got some mason work at Abergele and began to preach in the evenings at Jane
on Crown Street.
I soon baptized the old lady. Then I baptized Jane Parry,
a distant relation of mine; then Elias Morris
and his mother, Barbra,
and soon after, several others.
Branch was organized in a conference held in Merthyr
Tydfil on 1 January 1849.
I was called to preside over it, and over the Denbighshire Conference.
expected to go to Zion, but President Orson
told me that I and one of my brothers must stay in Wales, and the other one should go
with our parents and young brother. Caleb was the one to go, and he married
Catherine Vaughn Evans from the Pook Key Branch before he left.
Mother, Caleb and his wife, and Edward Parry
and his wife Ann (distant relations of ours)
all emigrated in February 1849 on the ship Buena Vista,
from Liverpool to New Orleans,
spring I, with some of my cousins, took some contracts for building, and by so
doing got work for several of the brethren. At this time we built a strong
branch at Abergele, in spite of considerable persecution.
16 July 1849 I baptized the following at Abergele Branch; John Morris,
and Elizabeth Williams.
this time several of the Saints came to the conlusion to have a prayer meeting
to pray for the gifts of the spirit as promised in the Gospel. One night I met
with others at John Morris's house. Our meeting commenced at 10 o'clock. After
we all prayed and made a vow that we would stay there until morning unless the
Lord would be pleased to bless us, we sat down quietly. Then we began to pray
again, and immediately the Holy Ghost rested upon us in mighty power, so that
several of the brethren received the gifts of the spirit; some the gifts of
tongues, some interpretations, and others singing in tongues. And an evil
spirit possessed one of the group, but it was rebuked by the priesthood in an
the fall of this year we were mobbed and stoned and slugged very often. I was
called all the names that could be manufactured by our enemies, but they had
not the least fault upon our characters, as we all walked blameless.
Sunday night as I and young Barbara Morris
were coming from meeting, a gang of ruffians followed us, calling us all kinds
of names. At last one of the boys struck the girl in her face. My patience was
exhausted, and I struck him in his face. Then the Constable, Robert Roberts,
the worst enemy to the Saints in town, came and wanted to lock me up. But the
Police came and ordered him off, and whipped many of the mob, and came to see
us safely out of their reach.
sister was struck in the head with a stone. Abel Evans and I went to Squire
to get a summons on them. He took us into his house, and we preached to him. He
gave us the Summons, and would not be paid for it because he would make our
enemies pay for it.
all appeared before the Justice, the Constable bore a false witness against me.
The Justice said it was all right, if it was the case. The enemy had a lawyer
to plead their case, but he was not allowed to say a word in favor of the
"rebels". They, the rebels, were punished and would have been put in
prison, but I told them that all we wanted was peace. Then a penalty was fined
upon them, and the lawyer who was paid 5 pounds ($25) by the enemies, was
obliged to translate what the Justices said in our favor. And he reprimanded
our enemies and told them if ever any of them would come before him again, the
penalty would be 40 pounds ($200), and imprisonment. From this time on our
the fall we received a letter from Father from Council
Bluffs, Iowa, stating that our
mother had died of Cholera when coming up the Missouri River
and was buried at Council Bluffs.
My cousin, Edward Parry, also died of the same disease.
continued to preach in all the villages around. David Williams,
from South Wales, was a traveling Elder for
the Conference for a season.
organized a Branch at Llandudno, Caernarvonshire, and my brother William was
called to preside. Later he was moved to preside over the Denbigh Branch.
1850 I gave up working, and went to preach through the country. David Williams
and I went to a small village called Cyffylliog. When David Williams was
preaching, a ruffian came along and stripped naked, wanting Bro. Williams to
fight. After a while he left, but we were obliged to stop preaching. We then
went to a public house to lodge, and a house full of mob gathered in. I saw
that they were disposed to evil, so, in the presence of the mob, who were
calling for drinks by the gallon, I told the landlady we would go for a walk in
the village for a half an hour, then return to go to bed.
soon as we left, we went out of the village. After I told Elder Williams my
thoughts, we agreed to draw lots in the name of the Lord to know if it was
wiser for us to stay in that place or go on to Ruthin, about six or seven miles
away. Our decision was to go to Ruthin, where we arrived between 12 and 1
o'clock at night. We knocked at a lodging house, and when doing so, a drunken
man came and swore the he would have lodgings if we would. We both agreed to
run to the other end of town, and he ran after us, but we outran him and got
lodgings, I with a drunken man and D. Williams with a man that had fits all
night long. In the morning we went to the village to get our carpet bag, and
met a man on the way, who said to us, "My dear men, I am glad to see you.
I did not sleep at all last night on your account." "Why?" I
asked. In reply, he told us that all the blackguards of the village had been
hunting us all night until 7 in the morning. They had hunted every stack yard
and hovel, and every place they could think of, even among the tombstones in
the Church Yard, and made a vow that they would kill us.
to the Lord, he led us out of their grasp.
this time the Conference was divided, and the other part was called Dyffryn
Vale of Clwyd was in the Conference where I was, and with my brothers, I built
several Branches and baptized many. When in the Town of Ruthin, where my
brother Bernard died, when preaching one Sunday, the Spirit of the Lord rested
upon me mightily, and I prophesied before about 1000 people that there would be
a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ in that town, with the gifts and
blessings of the Holy Ghost, which they called the miraculous gifts in the
possession of the members. This was to come about before the end of the year,
and it was already September, with only one Saint in the Town, and he was newly
baptized. Although I knew no one in Town at that time, by the end of November
we had organized a Branch with 13 or 15 members, and the gifts of the Spirit
were imparted to them before the end of the year.
shall here refer to my brother Bernard's comments concerning me, that is that I
should preach the gospel to many thousands and baptize many in the Vale of
Clwyd. This was in fulfillment of a promise, and in answer to prayer, in
relation to the gift of healing.
shall relate an incident that took place sometime last year, or the beginning
of this year, 1850. I, along with Abel Evans, was at Cefn Mawr Branch,
Flintshire Conference, where lived a Sister Tomkinson, wife of John Tomkinson,
who was afflicted with cancer. Her nose was wholly eaten away, and by all
appearances her life would soon be at an end.
Priest of the Parish visited her often in attempts to persuade her to leave
such a deluded sect since they had not healed her of her dangerous disease. She
did not wholly trust the Lord, and tried all kinds of doctors, or physicians,
and traveled far and near to seek a cure. She kept getting worse, though, until
no one could stay in the same house with her, as the odor of the disease was so
she came to the conclusion that she should trust in the Lord, and the
ordinances of anointing with oil and laying on of hands, we administered to
her. Some time afterwards I saw her at Manchester Conference with a perfect new
nose. She told me that she began to get well from the day we administered to
Williams, my sister's (Mary's) husband, had the lower part of his mouth and
most of his chin eaten away by cancer. After he tried everything in the power
of man to be healed, he was finally persuaded to appeal to the Elders to
administer to him. He requested my sister to ask me and others to do so, which
we did. We administered to him twice, and shortly he was healed, and got a new
part of his mouth and chin.
daughter of Thomas and Ann Parry,
St. George, Abergele Branch, and her mother Ann, had a fever and ague for over
two weeks. They requested me to administer to them, which I did, and the
disease left them at once.
the daughter of Thomas and Ann, was cured of Cancer in the same way. Many
others might be named who received the gift of Healing.
The gifts of Tongues, Interpretations,
and Prophecy were enjoyed in all the Branches.
1852 Elias Morris, Mary Parry of St George, Mary Parry of Newmarket,
Eliz. Edwards, and Peter Jones,
Llysfaen, emigrated to New Orleans.
1852 I was appointed to be Pastor
over the North Wales Conferences, and President of the Denbighshire,
Flintshire, Caernarvonshire, Anglesey,
Montgomeryshire, and Merioneth Conferences. I traveled to all the above every
this time I received a letter from father wishing me to come to Zion. If I had no means
to come, I should sell my coat rather than stay in this country. He also said
that he was a member of the High Council,
and that he was married to President Brigham Young's sister.
the year 1853, my brother, William, was married to Jane Vaughn, daughter of
Henry Vaughn, Joiner, Holywell, Flintshire. He was also released from the
Presidency of the Flintshire Conference to emigrate to America. He emigrated on 5 February
1853, on the ship, Jersey, bound for New
Orleans, and was appointed 2nd counselor on the ship
to George Halliday.
Roberts was a traveling Elder for the Denbigshire Conference at this time, and had
been for nearly a year.
from North Wales emigrated on the above ship:
John Morris and family, David Williams and family, Edward L. Parry and Family,
Isaac Morris and wife, and others. I used to reside with Edward L. Parry, and
some times with John Morris, who was very hospitable to me at all times, just
as if I were in my own home.
will mention a few others who assisted me, who are not members of the church,
namely: Mary Wiliams, wife of deceased David Williams, of Criccieth,
Caernarvonshire, who would always assist me with means, food, and money. She
was born October 1787 at Llanstyndwg.
Mr. Edward Jones,
butcher, Black Lion Inn, Llanfair Talhaiarn, who told me to come to him when I
wanted meat, money, or no money. When I settled with him, he allowed me over 2
Cross Foxes, Henllan, gave me food and lodging very often.
Aunt Sydney, father's sister, has always been kind in assisting in money, food,
and lodgings in Newmarket,
came from South Wales about this year. He and
I were preaching in Denbigh, when the mobs got D. Daniels down on the ground
after we had preached, while others tried to get hold of me. Someone, who was a
stranger, interfered, and we got away unmolested. I went to try to get into a
shop where I had given them some tracts, but he would not open the door, so we
had to run further. We stepped into the first house we could find with an open
door. The people of the house were kind to us, as we were pelted with stones by
the people who gathered around the door.
this time a man who I had previously taught came to our rescue with a heavy
club in his hand. He swore that he would knock down the first man that would
touch or molest us, and he succeeded in dispersing the mob. While he was doing
that, we escaped with stones whistling about our heads. I have been stoned and
slugged many a time, but never was anyone allowed to do me harm.
times I would be watched at night. Once they took another man for me, and abused
him badly until they found they had the wrong person. That was done between
Abergele and St. George, Denbighshire.
distributed tracts in Denbigh, Henllan, Ruthin, and Abergele, and preached in
every town and village in all the country round about. We organized several
branches and the brethren, both those that went to Zion and those who stayed, were very faithful
in preaching and helping to build up the Church in this part of the vineyard. I
shall name a few of them, and some that died.
are those who emigrated: Edward L. Parry,
Elias Morris, Griffith Roberts, John Morris, Reese (Rice) Williams, Bernard
Parry (died on the way), Thomas Williams (stayed in California), William Parry, John Parry,
Isaac Morris, David Wiliams, Edward Parry, and many others.
that died: Richard Griffiths died at Llanfair Talhaiarn, Hugh Evans died at
still lives there, also Joseph Evans.
shall mention one thing that transpired in Abergele Branch. In a meeting, after
I was informed in a letter from my father who our God was, I told the Saints
that in a short time we would be informed who our God is, that is which of the
Old Testament patriarchs whose name was familiar to us. I was not authorized to
tell them yet, but all were uneasy, wanting to know. Consequently, Sister
Barbara Morris, J. Morris's wife, went to ask the Lord in prayer who our God
was. And the Lord answered her request and told her that it is Adam, or the
Ancient of Days. The following day she came to me and told me that the Lord had
revealed it to her.
almost all of this is from memory, the dates are not perfect, it now being
1867, and I am in Wales
on a mission.
PERIOD - WALES TO UTAH
the year 1853 I married Harriet Julia Roberts
of Ruthin, Denbigshire, daughter of Robert
and Margaret Roberts.
We married at Llanfrwog
Church on December 26,
with Richard Roberts
as best man and Elizabeth Frances
this time I went into business with a cousin of mine at Kinmel Park.
I was timekeeper for him for a few months in order to get some necessary
things. I also often engraved grave stones to support my house. I also
continued traveling through the conferences.
1854 several of our most bitter enemies died unnatural deaths. One, named
who was a Minister and preacher with an independent denomination, always a
great enemy, went almost like a mad dog. He had to be chained to his bed post,
and fed like a dog for a long time before he died.
time back, Elder John Taylor
of the Twelve, paid us a visit at Abergele, and preached in our chapel.
NOTE: The following letter, written by John Parry, Jr. at this time, was
published in Udgorn Seion, December 2, 1854. It is not part of his journal, but
adds somewhat to an under- standing of his missionary zeal.)
St. George, Nov. 24,1854
PRESIDENT JONES, - I shall use these few minutes to send a word to you,
notifying you that everything is fine with us at present. The Saints in
Flintshire are going forward better than they have for some time, - with
everything in good order, - good unity among the officials, and everyone quite
firm in the faith; but the Ceffi Mawr Branch had suffered some from the
presence of Brigham Young's nephew on Sunday, who (so he said) was traveling in
the neighboring Conference, and he was refused by them because he did not have
a license; then he turned traitor, and he told many lies there to the Saints and
to the world, saying that they were having dog fights and cock fights on
Sundays in the Valley, and that everyone had to be slaves to support the
leaders, that thousands wanted to come back had they been able, - that his
father had broken the heart of his mother by preferring other wives over her,
and hosts of such things.
books are being sold there than have been for quite some time. We had a good
Conference in Newmarket
also last Sunday, better than we have had for a long time; everything fine and
an attentive hearing by the world.
are selling books rather well, but there is room for us to improve. I read your
exhortation in the TRUMPET, to all the Saints, about paying for books, and
there is every sign that we shall do better.
confirmed one of the Wesleyans at the Conference; and there was one other
Wesleyan at the Flintshire Conference testifying that after coming out
"that he thought he was in heaven."
Welshman here, who belongs to the Independents, that is Dr. Thomas, has been in
America, and is speaking
form town to town about the logic and the need of emigrating to America, etc.
He praises the dwelling place of the Saints, and says that if people wish to go
live in a heavenly peaceful and healthful country, they should go to the country
of the Saints, where no one is permitted to get drunk, or swear or profane;
also, where there are no prostitutes or thieves! That has changed the feelings
of many toward the Saints in some places here.
Please remember me to Brothers Thos. Jeremy and D. Daniels.
humble brother in the E. C.,
from the Welsh original in Udgorn Seion, 2 December 1854, pp 591-593, by Ronald
the year 1855 we held a Conference for Denbighshire at Abergele. The follwoing
Elders were there: Franklin D. Richards,
Dan Jones, James Ferguson,
and John Scott.
was at Caernarvon preaching on the 26 of
April, when my wife gave birth to a son at 9 o'clock at night. On 30 April,
with Griffith Roberts and Edward parry, I blessed him and gave him the name of
Brigham Bernard Parry.
this year, Griffith Roberts
married Jane Parry.
He was Counselor to me for the Conference.
I visited the Merthyr Conference. The first time, in 1851, Elias Morris
accompanied me. And in 1853 I again attended conference in Merthyr, when
was President of Wales (District).
early 1856 I was released to emigrate to Zion.
About one hundred Saints from North Wales came
at the same time. We embarked from Liverpool, bound for Boston, on the 19th of April on the Sanders
Dan Jones was President, with David Grant and John Oakley
his counselors. I had charge of a Ward in the vessel.
were about 900 Saints,
with 3 or 4 hundred of them Welsh. With us were my sister Mary and her husband
with four daughters,
my cousin John Parry
and wife and two sons and two daughters, my distant cousin Edward Par
and wife. Also, Sarah Parry with her husband and child. In all 20 of our family
emigrated at this time.
had a very rough passage. Five weeks on the ocean, but only two or three deaths
The Captain was very kind to us.
landing in Boston, we took the train to Iowa via Buffalo, Chicago, Rock Island, and Iowa City, and camped within 3 miles of Iowa City.
little boy had the measles (as did other children before we left the ship), and
on the way to Chicago,
as he was very sick, we administered to him often, but with little effect. As
he was in such pain, my wife and I agreed to ask the Lord, if he was not to
recover, to take him out of his pain. In just a few hours he died. We buried
him in a Chicago
burial ground, along with Thomas Giles'
camped in Iowa
for three weeks to wait for wagons and hand carts. This was the first time for
hand carts to be used in crossing the plains.
first Company went a few days before us, with Bro. McArthur
third Company left Iowa City
on June 23, 1856, with Edward Bunker
as Captain, and David Grant,
and I as Captains of Hundreds.
After we traveled the first day and put up our tents, it began to thunder and
lightning, and we had the most awful storm that I had ever witnessed.
omitted to mention one of my cousins who came with us, Thomas Parry, son of
Robert Parry of Newmarket.
He was left in Iowa to drive a team for Dan
Jones, but he got wet, caught a cold, and died in the neighborhood of Newton, Iowa.)
we got dry the following day, we started again and traveled hard. Our ration of
food was half a pound of flour a day and a little tea and sugar, and a very
little of anything else. We had a hard task to stand the journey from Iowa City to Council
Bluffs, a distance of about 300 miles. When at Newton, we stopped over
Sunday, and many of our Camp, because of short rations, decided to stop there,
and arranged with some of the Gentiles to work for them. On Monday morning
several of them turned aside into town with their handcarts. While the rest of
the Camp went on ahead, I went after them to persuade them to come along with us.
At last I prevailed and we started after the Camp which was far ahead. When I
was about in the middle of Newton,
I was surrounded by a large crowd of people angry because I had persuaded those
that had promised to work for them to come along. After some discussion, they
sent several of the crowd to get tar and feathers to put on me. While I was surrounded,
who had been in a local store, came along and asked why they had stopped me on
the highway. While they turned their attention to him, I slipped through the
crowd and made my escape. As I turned a corner, I looked back and saw many
coming after me, so I started to run. Before I got to the Camp, I was overcome
by two ruffians, who began to take hold of my collar. I spoke very harshly and independently
to them, and got away.
traveling through Iowa,
many mobs came after us, some on horseback other on foot, with revolvers,
clubs, etc. They wanted to persuade some of our men or women to turn back, and
told them they would get good positions on farms, etc. However, not one of the
emigrants left us.
traveled until we came to Florence,
where we had to fit out to cross the plains. A few stayed on the way. I labored
very hard to help some widows and fatherless and the weak to pull their carts
up hilly places. This, besides pulling my own, along with my wife and my
sister's young daughter, Elizabeth.
stopped at Florence
about a week. James McGraw was in charge of starting the emigration over the
the beginning of August, 1856, we started over the plains. We buried Sister
the day before we started; her death was caused by diarrhea.
had more food now, 7 pounds a week, to cross the plains, and a few things
besides. It was still not nearly enough as we were working so hard in pulling
our carts. We were allowed only 17 pounds of materials besides our food. We had
a team to every Hundred to help us.
traveling a few days, we saw tens of thousands of buffalo. We killed a few to
eat. We waded the rivers. Little children age 6 would walk 26 miles a day.
evening, one old brother was missing from my hundred, about 120 miles west of Laramie. It was ten
o'clock when I found that he was missing, and three of us went to look for him.
We found him about 8 miles back, coming very slowly. He had been sleeping on
the way, until some wolves came and barked at him. We put him on our handcart
and took him to camp.
died on the way, but only one from my Hundred, a little sick child who was
in the neighborhood of the upper crossing of the Platte
River, teams from Salt Lake City came to meet us with flour,
which we needed badly. Although we were not totally out of flour, we didn't
have enough to reach the Valley.
a Sunday, at Pacific Springs, we met Parley P. Pratt
of the Twelve, and others going to the States. We also met patriarch John Smith,
going to meet his sister. He gave us some salt.
met us some times, and helped us pull our carts, which was great fun for them.
We had no trouble of any kind in crossing the plains, except for fatigue. I
pulled Samuel Brooks' boy, Frank, for some hundreds of miles because he was an
was a hard pull up the Big
Mountain. When we came in
sight of the City,
our hearts were overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving to the Lord that our
lives had been spared through such a journey, one that is incomparable in
we neared the City, my father met us on horseback. Tears of joy filled my eyes
when I met him and we kissed one another.
SALT LAKE CITY PERIOD
arrived in the City on the 3rd of October, 1856. We had a glance at President
Brigham Young as we entered the City. We camped on Union Square, then all of Father's family
went home with father.
the following Sunday, I had the great privilege of seeing Presidents Brigham
Young and Heber C. Kimball,
and of hearing them preach. This brought tears of joy to my eyes.
Conference, my brothers William and Caleb, came from Ogden to meet me, and several other friends
and relations received us kindly. Samuel Brooks died a day or two after we
arrived, due to weakness and fatigue. He was over 60 years of age. After a few
days, I went to Ogden to borrow my brother
William's ox team to get fire wood for Father and ourselves, which I got from City Creek
Canyon. Then I took the
team back to William, and stayed there until January.
1857 I returned through very deep snow to Salt
Lake City with Edward Parry.
I stayed with my wife in Father's house and threshed some wheat for him.
the 10th of March, I rented a house for $4 a month from Thomas Moss
on the northwest corner of the block above Father's house. I got a little wheat
for working in Ogden
and borrowed some flour from Jesse W. Fox,
and a little from William Moss,
to help us live until I obtained work.
had to lie on straw and had two blankets. Father gave us a quilt. All the other
furniture, I roughly made. After I put the garden in, I hired out to Thomas
Moss, gardening at a dollar and a half a day.
early May, I got work cutting stone on the Temple. In July I went to Sessions'
to build the stonework for a new tabernacle. From here, I got sufficient work
to support me for winter and to buy a good rifle.
the fall of that year, I was called to stand ready at a minute's notice, as we
were training ourselves to defend against the United States Army, sent by
President Buchanan to destroy the authority of the Church, and scatter the
Saints. At about this time I was ordained a member of the 37th Quorum of
Seventy, and my wife and I had our endowments.
the news came that the troops were near Fort Bridger,
we were commanded to go meet them. There were already a few hundred ahead of
us, both foot men and horsemen. The first day we traveled about 9 miles to just
a little above the foot of Little Mountain, where we camped. We were under
Major, E. B. Tripp,
Captain of 50, and Bro. Phippen, captain of our 10.
cleared about two feet of snow to put our tent, but as the ground was so wet,
we had to replace the snow and put our blankets on it. We retired early without
making a fire because it was snowing and freezing so hard.
following day we went over the top of Big Mountain
and camped near the top. Most of us got frozen toes. The snow was so deep that
even the oxen pulling our tents, grub, and cooking utensils were shivering, as
were we. It was awfully cold that night. The third day we camped at the mouth
of Echo Canyon in some huts made by the men who
preceded us. The fourth day we arrived at our assigned place to meet the enemy,
about four miles up the canyon. There we built wickiups
to shelter ourselves. We also built dams to dam the creek in case the enemy
should come. And we made several stone batteries. We stayed here for about a
month, with some staying all winter.
the new governor, Cummings,
came in and left the Army at Fort
Bridger, we went home,
where I stayed until spring. There were in all about three thousand men in the
in 1858, we, as a people, moved to the south of the Territory. I arranged with
Richard Griffiths to take my wife and a child
born to us while I was in Echo
Canyon with them
southward. I did not know where they were going, but understood afterwards that
they had very stormy weather. My wife and baby had to shelter under the wagon
in the mud for most of the night, then went some distance to beg for shelter
near Pond Town.
The people got up and made a fire and were very kind to them.
March, I went again to Echo
Canyon. I was also sent
as a captain of ten to Dry
to build batteries. We stayed out three weeks, and then peace was proclaimed on
condition that the troops could come in if they would go 60 to 100 miles from
the city. They went to Cedar
I came home I was a city guard for a while.
Then I went to Summit Creek
where my family, my Father and brother William and their families were. After I
returned to the City, a Mr. Livingston,
merchant, employed me and 3 others and 4 joiners to go to Fort Bridger
to build a store. My brothers Caleb and William and I went, and stayed for 3 or
4 months. I brought home nearly 400 dollars in gold. We were home in the latter
part of November.
soldiers at Fort Bridger
(we worked for the government at Fort
Bridger also) told us how
hard it had been for them the past Winter when we were keeping them from
entering the Valley. They told of how they had to kill their mules and eat
them, as well as all the edibles in the Store. Finally they decided to stay at
that place over the winter. They held three councils, the first among the
officers to consider what they should do, fight their way through or not. Some
were for coming, others for staying, and as they could not come to any conclusion,
they called all the soldiers together for a vote. They voted to come in to the Valley and fight
the Saints. Then Colonel Alexander
said that he had received a letter from Governor Brigham Young warning that if
they came any closer than Bridger, they would only close their eyes in
death. Then he said, "You may go to the
slaughter house if you choose, but I shall not come with you," and thus he
checked their intentions on the second day of meetings.
third day they were still divided, but as a general meeting including even the
teamsters, they decided that since they didn't have enough food and could get
none from anywhere else, they decided that, life or death, they would go to the
Valley. Colonel Alexander said that he
would follow them, but now lead them.
they got the wagon train ready to start, but could not move the wagons. They tried double teams, but with only 6
inches of snow on the ground, they still could not move. Something was stopping them, they did not
know what, only they all felt like hell, ready to kill one another, and they
did not know what for. Harnesses were
breaking for some, chains and axle trees for others, etc. So with the utmost difficulty, they traveled
a few miles with half the train. Within
three miles they lost 560 of their mules.
finally came to the conclusion to stay at Fort Bridger over the winter, thus
verifying the word of the Lord through his prophet Brigham Young, a few weeks
earlier, when he said that not a man would be lost if we would keep the
commandments of the Lord. He would fight
out battles. The above was the testimony
of the American soldiers to me and others.
December, I hired my brother William's team to go to get my family from Summit
Creek. We came back on an awful cold day. Brother Taylor, when coming home from
the soldier's camp, was frozen to death. It was very hard on my wife and daughter,
Lavinia, riding in the ox-drawn wagon. The first night we stopped with William
Parry's husband, at Provo.
Then we stopped at Mill Creek with my sister Mary (Williams). Then we went to
the house where we had lived before. We were alright again.
I was at Summit Creek, before I went to Bridger, I made a kind of dugout, no
doors and only some willows for a roof, for myself and one for my father. And we
put in a garden in an acre of ground, but the grasshoppers and cattle destroyed
most of it. Some brother gave us a trifle for it.
I was away, Harriet, my wife, was in bed with our child when a very large snake
crawled over them to a hole at the side of the fireplace in the dugout.
Later in the fall, Benjamin Johnston,
president of this place, rented her a room. I brought two steers to this place,
given to me by my brother William. We lost one, but left the other with George
paid him for taking care of it. It too disappeared, strayed or stolen.
money I was paid at Fort
Bridger was used to pay
my tithing, and to pay off my debt to the Perpetual Emigration Fund. I also
gave father a few dollars and paid John Williams, from
whom I had borrowed some money to emigrate, 100 dollars. In Wales we had been counseled by
Brother Orson Pratt to borrow from those who were emigrating before us and had
more money than they would use, and that I did, borrowing about $30. I also
bought half a lot from my brother Caleb, next to my father's lot.
the spring of 1859,
I put a small shanty up on my half lot, and planted some trees on it, and
bought a cow from David Jeremy
for about $40.
summer, I went to build an addition to Brother Anson Call's house in Bountiful.
I also built houses for several others in that place.
October 24, our second daughter, Mary Aneron
winter, or sometimes before, I was called to be a teacher, and later to be
water master of the block.
In the spring of 1860, I,
Henry Eccles, and
Isaac Morris took some of the President's big wall to build, and got about $6 a
day for it, as it was piece work. I also worked for Morris J. Snedegar,
and Anson Call and his son, Anson V. Call.
think it was in the fall of this year that I was sworn in as a policeman.
fall of that year I sent a loan of $40 to Hugh Evans, a cousin of mine in Wales
who was presiding over the Denbighshire Conference, and was married for the
second time to Jane Roberts, a sister to my wife. This was to assist them in
year Thomas Parry, a second cousin of mine, and his wife and children, Joseph,
Lea, David, and Emma also immigrated to the Territory.
1861 I put an additional room in the hut I had built in 1859.
in the spring I went to build a mill east of Weber Valley
for brother Hoyte.
At this place a little boy about 3 or 4 years old, came among the stones and
building materials. As he was crying, I told him to go to his mother, but he
went past his mother's door and out into the sagebrush and was lost. We, Thomas
Parry, Elias Morris, John Isaac, Joseph Parry, and I, joined with Brother Hoyte
and his men, and went to look for the child. We searched for two days with no
sign of him, and concluded that he had drowned in the river. Five days later we
found him high up the mountain. He had been dead for some time.
we were sleeping in very damp dugouts, I caught a severe cold, and was very
sick. Patriarch John Smith, who was going on a mission, laid his hands on me,
and I got a little better. Still feeling low, I asked brother Elias Morris if
he would anoint me for a quarter hour or so. He said he would and I took my
clothes off. I was in bed and could not eat or walk, so he anointed my body,
and laid his hands on me and prayed and rebuked the disease. I felt much better
immediately. The following morning I felt well in all my upper body where he
had anointed me, so I requested him to anoint my thighs and legs, which he did,
and strength returned to my whole system, and I was soon back to my normal
went to work for Anson Call and Sydney Kent
and worked on the theater
for the President.
this time I was appointed Captain of the third Ten of the first Fifty, Second
Battalion, Second Regiment, Second Brigade of the Nauvoo Legion.
In 1862, I went to work on
the Temple at
the request of President D. H. Wells. Brother
Staples was foreman. President Brigham Young met Elias Morris and me as we were
going to work, and said, "Brothers Parry and Morris, I do want you to do a
good work on the Temple.
The work that was done before was shameful. Even if they had done it for
Pharaoh, Herod, or any other tyrant, they could have made it no worse." I
said that it was a poor work. "Yes," said he, "Shameful. Now I
want you to do a good work, and take time to do it right, but I do not mean for
you to stick with it." Some time later he came to us with President Wells,
and told him, by taking my arm, that he was highly satisfied with my work, as I
had fixed the rocks to his satisfaction. We were paid $21 a week for our wages.
cut stone work of the Temple
was taken down because it had not been put together right. The expense for this
was 10 to 20 thousand dollars.
NOTE: On 14 Nov 1862, a third daughter, Armenia Julia [Manah] Parry, was born
in Salt Lake City).
this time, my brother Caleb bought a farm at Ogden from one of the followers of the false
prophet, Jo Morris. This Jo Morris and others of his followers were killed in a
skirmish with the militia commanded by a United States civil officer. He was
accused of treason because he would not be governed by the law.
In the Spring of 1863 I
again went to cut rock on the Temple
block. At this time, Government troops were camping about four miles east of
the City, with
the most devilish enemy that Hell could produce at their head as commander, Pat
in Government were plotting to take President Brigham Young prisoner, but he
was posted of their intentions. Consequently, he prepared to defend himself
with the help of his faithful brethren. Several of us were guarding him day and
night. I was constantly there for 3 weeks, then we took turns guarding him at
night for 2 or 3 months. I continued my
work on the temple. And we, Elias Morris and I, made a store room for Walker Brothers, merchants.
year I bought 20 acres of grassland on the slough over Jordan for $5 an acre. I sold most
of it later at the same
1864 I went to work for the City Council at City Hall. Then, with James Moyle, Peter
Morris, and James Farmer,
I took a contract from Joseph Woodmaney
to build a store on Main Street
with a cut stone front.
with James Staples,
I took a contract to lay the foundation of the west end of the Temple. Also James Staples
and I contracted to build an addition to the Theater. We both had to hire men
to work for us.
that year, I made an addition to my house, and bought 10 acres of land in the new
survey over Jordan,
at $10 an acre. In the fall I contracted to build a new house for one of the
merchants Walker. I had my brothers, William and Caleb, come from Ogden to help me. I gave
them $60 each from the profits, as well as $4.50 per day in pay.
in the spring of 1865 James Moyle, P. Gillespie, J. Farmer, and I took a
contract to build a new cut stone front for Walker Brothers store.
April Conference I, along with the following brethren, was called to go to Europe on a mission (I was at the meeting at the time): Abel
Evans, Elias Morris, Griffith Roberts, Richard J. Davies,
and Barry Wride.
We were called to go to Wales,
and several others were called to go to different parts of the world.
order to prepare myself with the necessary means, I sold 5 acres of the land
to James Moyle for $50. A cow and calf that I had lost for a year or two came
back, and I sold them for $81. James Moyle and Peter Gillespie gave me $10
each, as I delivered to them the contracts of the work we had at hand.
little before I was called on the mission, I entered into partnership with
Bishop John Sharp
and William H. Folsom,
architect, to contract for buildings. This went void because of my mission
JOURNEY TO THE MISSION FIELD
According to Church Chronology, John Parry was among thirty missionaries bound
for Europe who were set apart on May 1, 1865, in the Church Historian's Office.)
following missionaries joined to procure a team: Griffith Roberts, Elias Morris, Able Evans,
and I. A wagon was obtained by Cumberland, and we joined
in getting horses so that we had four horses.
left my family with two cows and about 18 sheep, some calves, pigs, etc., and a
good quantity of provision in the house.
What else they would stand in need of they could get from the Storehouse
of the Lord.
bidding farewell to my wife and three children, and my father and his family,
and friends, we started from Salt Lake
City on the 24th of May, 1865. We camped on the east side of Little
25, Thursday. The Company was organized,
comprising 54 men and 2 women, 47 horses and mules, 13 wagons. W. B. Preston
was Captain; A.K. Thurber,
Captain of the Guard. Camped that night
on Silver Creek.
26, Friday. Crossed the Weber River and camped on Grass Creek.
27, Saturday. We camped 5 miles up Echo Canyon.
28, Sunday. We camped near Cache Cave.
29, Monday. Left early, traveled many miles, camped near Pioneer Hollow.
30. Passed Fort Bridger 10 miles, and camped.
31, Wednesday. Crossed Smiths Fork, and camped on the west bank of Hams Fork (near present day Granger, Wyoming).
1, Thursday. We were ferried over Hams Fork by Bro. Lewis Robinson.
He also came to take us over Green River without any charge, then we camped.
June 2, Friday. We passed
Lot Smith's Hollow, where he burned the United States wagons when they were
coming to fight the saints. We crossed over Big Sandy
Creek, traveled 30 miles, and camped.
3, Saturday. Camped at Pacific Springs.
4, Sunday. Very cold weather. Camped by a spring.
5, Monday. Traveled about 30 miles each of the two last days. Camped on the
6, Tuesday. Today we passed the three crossing stations where 120 US
troops were to protect the telegraph. Camped near Whiskey Gap.
7, Wednesday. We passed Devils Gate, traveled 30 miles, and camped near Horse
8, Thursday. Traveled over the Antelope Hills and camped on the banks of the Platte River.
9, Friday. Started early, got breakfast at Platte Bridge.
Traveled 25 miles and camped near the Platte.
10, Saturday. Crossed Deer Creek, camped near Ropneral Creek.
11, Sunday. Traveled about 30 miles, and camped on the Platte.
12, Monday. Traveled along the Platte and took
to the hills, and stopped on Boulder Springs.
13, Tuesday. Traveled and camped within 8 miles of Fort Laramie.
14, Wednesday. Traveled on, got breakfast near Laramie, where there were 600 troops. Pat Connor
hanged 3 inoffensive Indians, and their bodies were on the gallows as we
passed. We went to the Fort to buy some sugar. Elias Morris, Griffith Roberts
and I bought a horse a few days ago because one of H. Cumberland's gave out.
Here at Fort Laramie,
traded his two ponies for a Mexican mare.
15, Thursday. Traveled about 30 miles and camped about a mile from the road.
16, Friday. Some Indians followed us for a whole day, and we met a camp of
about 500 people with 200 wagons bound for the gold mines. We camped about 5
miles west of Chimney Rock, where we met anothercompany of emigrants, or a freight
train consisting of 30 wagons. One of their teamsters was missing.
June 17, Saturday. Started
early and found the missing teamster, who had been killed by the Indians. We
traveled about 30 miles.
18, Sunday. The roads sandy all day.
19, Monday. Passed Ash Hollow (now Ash
Hollow State Park, Nebraska)
and camped about 15 miles below.
20, Tuesday. We met a company of emigrants and 63 Indian soldiers with 25 white
ones escorting them.
21, Wednesday. Crossed over the sand hills, and camped near the Platte River.
22, Thursday. Road very sandy. Camped near Skunk Creek, 7 miles west of Pawnee Springs.
23, Friday. This night, J. V. Evans, Griffith Roberts, and Elias Morris were on
guard, and we experienced one of the greatest storms of lightning and thunder,
with a very heavy rain.
24, Saturday. Left the main road and traveled through a swampy country and got
to dig wells to get water.
25, Sunday. Passed Buffalo Creek and Elm Creek, and camped near Fort Kearney.
26, Monday. Arrived at Wood River (near present day Grand
Island), bought some corn, and camped on the banks of the Wood River.
27, Tuesday. Traveled to the Platte
River and camped.
28, Wednesday. Continued to travel along the Platte,
and crossed the Loup Fork on a ferry. Paid $1.25 for each wagon, and camped
after traveling 39 miles. We passed about 2000 warriors with their women and children,
29, Thursday. We passed through the city of Columbus.
30, Friday. Passed Fremont City, and crossed the Elkhorn River,
and camped on the west bank of Big Papillion Creek.
1, Saturday. Arrived within 3 miles of Omaha.
2, Sunday. We held a meeting at our camp ground.
3, Monday. Went to Omaha
to sell our teams, and stayed at this place until Saturday
8, Saturday. We went on board a steamer, Colorado,
to engage passage.
9, Sunday. Started early and continued until midnight, then stopped till morning.
10, Monday. Started early, arrived at St.
Joseph at 6 AM. (We
agreed for our passage on the steamer and on the railway in the same office for
$42 from Omaha to New York.) We were about 72 traveling hours
making the journey. Went through the following places in the States. We started
on the train at St. Joseph at 11:30 PM on July
10, called at Chillicothe (MO), and Hudson, and Palmyra in Iowa.
Then crossed over the Mississippi River to
Quincy (IL). We changed cars here and traveled on the Michigan,
Central, Great Western, and Grand Trunk Railways, and arrived at Chicago, where we changed
cars again. Took the Grand Trunk Railroad to Detroit,
then crossed the river that connects Lake Huron and Lake Erie, and came to Windsor, in upper
Canada. Then we took the cars from here to Suspension
Bridge, a distance of about 300 miles.
stopped here for about 9 hours to see the Niagara
Falls. We also saw a man aged 52 years who weighed 640
pounds. We went down about 300 steps to get to what they call the Rapids, at
the river side. McMaster
went with me.
6 PM, we started on the train to New
York. We passed along the Hudson River, passed Albany, and arrived at New York about 12 noon on Friday, July 14.
15, Saturday. Started at noon. Paid for our passage over the ocean to Liverpool, $28. The name of the steamer was Louisiana, under Captain
McNevin. We were 27 missionaries out of a total of 142 passengers.
16, Sunday. We met a steamer going West.
17, Monday. Fair wind, going very fast.
18, Tuesday. Waves rolling very high,
going fourteen miles an hour. Little sea
19, Wednesday. Fine day, moving on
20. Fair wind.
21, Friday. Going smooth and fast.
22, Saturday. As some of the brethren
bought some liquor from the house where we stayed in New York, they decided to drink it, but it
was nothing but colored water, so they dumped it overboard.
23, Sunday. All the sails up, going 12
miles per hour.
24, Monday. Fair wind, saw a sailing
25, Tuesday. Fine weather, fair wind, 9
miles an hour.
26, Wednesday. Raining. 11 miles per hour.
27, Thursday. Very foggy. We passed Cape
Clear lighthouse (southern Ireland)
at 4 AM. Arrived opposite Queenstown at
10 AM where 33 passengers were put ashore, then went on. Met many steamers, etc.
28, Friday. We passed Holyhead
at 5 AM. About 10 AM we passed Abergele Bay,
and landed in Liverpool about Noon. Took quarters with Wm. Clark, Hunter Street. In the evening a council was called by
President Daniel H. Wells, at which time Griffith Roberts, Elias Morris, and I
were appointed to labor in North Wales. The other 3 Welsh brethren were assigned to South Wales under the direction of W. D. Williams.
(July 1865 - January 1866)
29, Saturday. Stayed in Liverpool and visited Jane Parry
and Thomas Davies,
both cousins of mine.
30, Sunday. In the afternoon, Griffith
Roberts and I took the train at 4 PM to Ruabon, North
Wales. We arrived at 6 PM
and went to Rhos (a suburb of Wrexham)
and found a few old friends among the Saints holding their meeting in a small
room. We were very glad to see one
31, Monday. Went to Wrexham to visit
President of the Conference, and stayed with him overnight.
1, Tuesday. We went to Rhosymedre and
preached in the open air to a small congregation.
2, Wednesday. We preached at the Saints
room in Rhosllanerchrugog, good meeting.
3. Went to CoedPoeth to preach in the
open air. I stayed in the house as I was
4, Friday. We visited the Saints at
BwlchGwyn, and preached out of doors at Brymbo, good times.
5, Saturday. Went to see William Jones
at Hawarden. Took the train from
Queensferry to Holywell. Stayed at
Dorothy Williams, Trevor. We were kindly
received by her, a faithful old sister.
6, Sunday. Went to Bagillt to visit the Branch and the President of Denbighshire,
Thomas P. Green.
The Saints from Newmarket
were there and we had an excellent time.
7, Monday. We went to Holywell, bought some pants and vests, and went to Newmarket,
the place of my birth, and were kindly received by Brother Robert Parry.
8, Tuesday. Preached on the street after visiting my old friends and relatives.
Many came to listen.
9, Wednesday. We visited several of our distant relatives and others who had
relatives in the Valley, and bore our testimonies to them, Mostyn, Tan y Lan,
etc. Came to Newmarket
to sleep and met Elias Morris.
10, Thursday. We went to Gwaenysgor to visit John Parry and family at Meliden.
We were too
wet to preach so visited old
11, Friday. G. Roberts and I visited my brother in law's father, Thomas
we went to Balabach to
brother Thomas Hughes'.
August 12, Saturday. Came
13, Sunday. E. Morris, G. Roberts, and I went with others to Llanasa to preach
in the open air, good hearing. Came to Newmarket
and held a Saints meeting; they came together from different parts. In the
evening the three of us preached on the street to a large congregation.
14, Monday. We went to Rhuddlan
Town. After sending the
bellman around, we preached on the street to a very large congregation.
15, Tuesday. Called at St. George. From there we went to Abergele. We sent the
bellman aroundand we all preached. Many people, including one who always used
to create disturbances when we were here before, came to try to create a
disturbance, but did not do much harm, because some of our relatives and
a stop on him. His name is
16, Wednesday. We went to Eglwysbach. We saw a few Saints who had been
"blasted" by the Strangites who
recently had been through the country visiting all the Saints. They had left a
bad influence on the Saints, but with our excursion and through the help of the
Lord, we soon brought them to the light again.
17, Thursday. We went to Llandudno, visited my father's brother, Thomas, and
bore a strong testimony of the Latter Day work to him and family. Also visited
an old brother and sister, Edward Parry, who I had baptized in 1851. He is now
81 years old.
18, Friday. We called on Brother John Roberts, Pensarn, after walking many
miles. Took the train to Ruthin.
19, Saturday. After visiting my wife's mother and sister, and other friends, we
went to Brymbo and stopped at Edwin Price's.
20, Sunday. Saints Meeting at Brymbo.
21, Monday. Visited Thomas Jones, who has a daughter in Utah, and went to Cefn Mawr. We could not
preach on account of too many drunkards.
August 22, Tuesday. Today
I wrote the first letter to my family. In the evening G. Roberts and I preached
to a large congregation in Cefn Mawr in the street.
23, Wednesday. We went to Llangollen, but it was too wet to preach out.
24, Thursday. At Cefn Mawr, E. Morris joined us, and we preached on the street.
Had a good many hearers and an excellent outpouring of the Holy Ghost.
25, Friday. Visited some old Saints, and went to Glynceiriog to John Jones, and
preached to a house
full. One of the baptized
gave us lodgings and breakfast.
26, Saturday. Visited some Saints, and went to the fields to call on the name
of the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord rested upon us in great power, and we
blessed the field of our labors in the name of the Lord.
27, Sunday. At Rhos we attended a council for the Flintshire Conference, and a
Saints meeting. We preached twice in the open air, and once in the room. Very
good times. E. Morris went to South Wales on
Friday to labor.
28, Monday. We went to CoedPoeth, and preached in the open air. Many hearers.
29, Tuesday. Called on my cousin, Bernard Roberts.
We were very kindly received. Then we went to Brymbo to preach.
30, Wednesday. Left E. Price's house and traveled to Mold where we called on
Robert Williams, who gave us food. His sister is a Saint.
31, Thursday. We went to visit some of my old acquaintances at Waenrhwyddfyd,
and my relatives on Mother's side. They were very kind to us and some were favorable
to the truth. Came to Mold to sleep.
1, Friday. Traveled through Rhydymwyn, Flint,
Bagillt to Trevor to sleep.
2, Saturday. Went to Newmarket
to get clean clothes, then to Bagillt and to Trevor to sleep.
3, Sunday. Went to Mold and organized a Branch with William Jones, president.
4, Monday. Went back to Trevor and preached in Sister Dorothy Williams' house.
5, Tuesday. Went to FfynnonGroyw. Good spirit to preach. 3 or 4 families from here had gone to Utah. They gave us
lodging and food.
September 6, Wednesday.
Went to Newmarket.
On the way we called on many old friends and relatives in Gwespyr and Llanasa,
and testified of the Gospel at every opportunity.
7, Thursday. Put on a new pair of pants and gave the old ones to the
poor, and went to Rhuddlan.
8, Friday. Went to Rhyl to visit some old saints but did not see them. Then
went to Glascoed and called on Phebe Jones, she was kind and gave us each a
shilling. Then we went to Wm. Conway's.
9, Saturday. We went to look for a place to baptize William Conway and son,
then went to St. Asaph. Thomas Parry gave us food and lodgings.
September 10, Sunday. Went
to Rhuddlan to a Saints meeting.
September 11, Monday. I
baptized William Conway and his son, John. We confirmed them the same night.
12, Tuesday. Traveled from Glascoed to Llandudno and were welcomed by uncle T.
Parry. Testified to him and his wife. They are favorable, but he refuses to
believe the truth.
13, Wednesday. Went to Conway
Town, called on E. Parry,
Tan y Graig, good
chat with them, good old saints. Called on John Roberts, Pensarn, who gave us
1s/1p each. Slept at Conway.
14, Thursday. Took the train to Llanddulas, then walked to Denbigh and visited
15, Friday. Took the train to Ruthin. Traveled over the mountain to
Bryn-Eglwys, and called on J. Hughes' brother, who did not ask us to sit down.
Traveled to Llangollen and slept at a Temperance House.
16, Saturday. Went to Cefn Mawr without breakfast as we had no money. When we
got to John Roberts' we got plenty to eat. In the evening I baptized John Ellis
and Ellis Edwards.
We confirmed them in the meeting on Sunday the 17th. Preached in the open air,
and in the house; very good times. The Lord blessed us greatly.
18, Monday. G. Roberts and I went to Glyn (Glynceiriog) to preach to a house
full, and baptized John Jones. Brother Roberts confirmed him.
September 19, Tuesday. We
went to Rhos, and preached at Amos Clark's to a house full.
20, Wednesday. Visited a friend, David Jones, and attended a Saints meeting.
21, Thursday. Visited my nephew, Bernard Roberts, and also my cousin, Bernard
Roberts. He gave us a hearty welcome and
paid for our lodging.
September 22, Friday. We
went to Edwin Price's and slept there.
September 23, Saturday.
Called on my cousin, Thomas Parry.
24, Sunday. Several of the Saints met together, and we hired the Town Hall.
Because we were disturbed by the Methodists meeting in the next room, the
proprietor returned our money. We held our council and meeting in William
September 25, Monday. Went
to call on a sister of father's wife's at Holywell Union
as she was a cook there. Spoke to my cousin, Sarah Lloyd, and slept at Trevor.
September 26, Tuesday.
Visited Thomas Hughes at Brickill and went to Newmarket to sleep at my cousin, Robert
Parry's. Father's cousin, Robert Parry, died at 2 AM in his 82nd year, an old
bachelor. He had been a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ for 18
27, Wednesday. Went to Denbigh, and preached at Brother Robert Jones house.
28, Thursday. We went to Llanrwst, 20 miles away, always traveling on foot.
Slept at a Temperance House, and called on Peter Evans' sister. I bore my
testimony to her and her family for some hours.
29, Friday. Went to Ffestiniog, 18 miles, to Evan Jones. He received us kindly.
30, Saturday. G. Roberts baptized 2 of Evan Jones' children.
1, Sunday. We held a meeting at Brother E. Jones and confirmed his children. At
evening we preached at a Testimony to hundreds of people.
2, Monday. Went to Harlech to visit James Amoyl and others.
3, Tuesday. Came back and preached in a house of a man of the world; good
feelings. He gave us food, and some at this place gave us money.
4, Wednesday. Preached at Bro. E. Jones' house, and slept there.
5, Thursday. Traveled to Bethesda
(Caernarvonshire), 15 miles. October 6, Friday. Visited some who had been
7, Saturday. Traveled 12 miles, then took the train to Rhuddlan.
8, Sunday. Held 2 meetings. Good times at Bro. M. Parry's;
the Saints from Newmarket
9, Monday. Traveled to Wm. Conway's, then to Denbigh to preach.
10, Tuesday. Went to Balabach. We both preached to a houseful, though on a
mountain top. Good rest and welcome by Brother and Sister Hughes.
October 11, Wednesday.
Traveled on a very wet day. We were too wet to preach at Brickill, and went to Newmarket to sleep.
12, Thursday. Went to Mold, 18 miles, and held Saints meeting.
13, Friday. Preached at Edwin Price's, 8 miles.
14, Saturday. Brother G. Roberts and I parted to act as teachers, one to the
Denbighshire Conference, and I to the Flintshire Conference. After traveling
for 16 days in visiting the Saints, I met G. Roberts and we went to Newmarket.
1, Wednesday. Went to visit Wm. Conway.
2, Thursday. Went to Balabach, but it was too stormy to preach.
3, Friday. Traveled to Mold and visited the Saints. (about 10 miles)
4, Saturday. Traveled 13 miles and took the train for 5 miles. G. Roberts
baptized a young girl.
5, Sunday. I went to Rhos Branch and G. Roberts went to Cefn Mawr.
November 6, Monday. G.
Roberts and I preached at Rhos, good times. November 7, Tuesday. We went to
CoedPoeth to preach, but B. Roberts refused the use of his house after he had
8, Wednesday. Went to Bwlch Gwyn. I baptized 5 of Br. Thomas Jones' family, and
confirmed them before we left.
9, Thursday. Went to Thos. Jones, Brymbo, and stayed overnight.
10, Friday. Went to Mold. We preached at William Jones' to a house full of
11, Saturday. Traveled to Holywell. Borrowed some money and bought an overcoat
for each of us. Slept at Bagillt.
12, Sunday. I attended Bagillt, and G. Roberts the Mold meetings. November 13,
Monday. G. Roberts and I preached at D.
14, Tuesday. Went to Holywell and bought a new hat, then went to Denbigh and
visited the few saints there.
15, Wednesday. Went to Gwaenysgor, 12 miles, and preached at John Parry's.
Slept at Newmarket.
16, Thursday. Went to Rhuddlan, and preached.
17, Friday. Went to Edward Parry, my cousin, and slept there. November 18,
Saturday. Went to Rhyl and back to St. George to E. Parry's.
19, Sunday. Stopped at E. Parry's.
20, Monday. Traveled to Trevor. G. Roberts met me as he had left me for 3 days
to visit his parents.
21, Tuesday. We went to Mold. Visited a baptized Deacon, and I testified and
him for 3 hours.
22, Wednesday. Traveled about 18 or 20 miles. Very wet and stormy. We slept at Rhosllanerchrugog.
23, Thursday. Went to Bwlch Gwyn and visited some who promised to be baptized.
However, an accident had happened and they did not come.
November 24, Friday.
Traveled to Mold and preached at Wm. Jones
25, Saturday. Visited some of my old acquaintances.
26, Sunday. Attended Council for Flintshire at Ffrwd.
27, Monday. Went to look for a place to hold our Conference, then went from
Mold to Bagillt
and preached at T. P. Green's; good hearing.
28, Tuesday. Today we took a room in Bagillt to hold our Conference. Went to Flint to settle a
10 year-old difficulty. One
of the parties had a night vision, and I said the very words that were told in
which settled the problem.
29, Wednesday. We went 15 miles and preached at Denbigh. November 30, Thursday.
1, Friday. We went to Gwaenysgor and preached.
2, Saturday. Went to Bagillt, met W. D. Williams, President of Wales
3, Sunday. We held our Conference. The Saints came together and had good
meetings. There were four Elders from the Valley: W. D. Williams, Abel Evans,
Griffith Roberts, and John Parry.
4, Monday. All who were from the Valley went to Newmarket and preached there.
5, Tuesday. We went together to Mold and preached.
6, Wednesday. W. D. Williams went to Liverpool
and home. The rest of us went to Rhos to preach.
7, Thursday. At Rhos Saints meeting.
8, Friday. Went to Mold with A. Evans; G. Roberts stayed at Rhos.
9, Saturday. I went to Bagillt and A. Evans to Mold.
December 10, Sunday. Attended meetings at Bagillt Branch. Elder Evans and I
went from place to place.
17, Sunday. At Rhuddlan Branch, Abel Evans and I. G. Roberts was in Rhos and
18, Monday. I was at Bagillt; Abel Evans at Flint.
19, Tuesday. A. Evans took the train for Merthyr, South
Wales. G. Roberts and I went to Trevor. I baptized Wm. Williams,
and G. Roberts confirmed him at his mothers house.
20, Wednesday. We went to St. Asaph, preached at Bro. Robert Roberts'.
21, Thursday. At Rhuddlan. Visited old acquaintances.
22, Friday. Traveled 20 miles and held a meeting at Wm. Rees', Mold.
23, Saturday. Traveled about 18 miles to Rhos Branch.
December 24, Sunday. Conference, Council. 3 good meetings.
25, Monday. Christmas Day at Rhos. Tea party and concert, good times.
26, Tuesday. At Cefn Mawr. Good meeting with the Saints.
27, Wednesday. At Rhos again to a Saints Meeting. A spirit of joy and laughing,
which shook off sectarianism from some of the Saints altogether.
28, Thursday. We went to Bwlch Gwyn to preach.
29, Friday. To Mold Saints meeting. Taught the necessity of being honest with
30, Saturday. Traveled to Trevor to visit Sister Dorothy Williams, a widow over
74 years of age, and poor in a manner. But we found it the best visiting place,
and most welcome of all our travels in North Wales.
We pronounced a blessing upon her, and the Lord opened the way for her
deliverance. We blessed her with good health, all the way from Wales to Salt
31, Sunday. Went to Newmarket
and held a council for Denbighshire Conference.
1, Monday. G. Roberts and I went from Newmarket
to Bagillt, 9 miles, and preached there.
2, Tuesday. Went from Bagillt to Edwin Price, Ffrwd, President of Flintshire
Conference, 16 miles. Had the heaviest rain and wind storm since we came over.
January 3, Wednesday.
Traveled to Rhos, preached at Toi Nant.
4, Thursday. Took the train from Ruabon to Birmingham for a General Council. Stayed
there until the 11th, when Abel Evans and I were called as counselors to W. D.
Williams over the Welsh District. The proceedings of the Council are printed in
the Millennial Star.
11, Thursday. Took the train to Oswestry, then walked to Cefn Mawr station.
Took the train to
Wrexham, and walked to Bwlch Gwyn to preach as
it had been previously announced.
12, Friday. We visited the Saints in this place, and slept at T. Jones'.
13, Saturday. We went to Wrexham. I stopped at a Temperance House.
14, Sunday. Went to Rhos to Branch
15, Monday. We went to Queensferry. Took the train to Flint, and preached at Bagillt at T. P.
16, Tuesday. Preached at Flint
at M. Conway's.
17, Wednesday. Traveled to St. Asaph, preached at Br. R. Roberts'
18, Thursday. We went Rhyl town, and to Glascoed.
19, Friday. Traveled to Gwaenysgor, preached at J. Parry's, slept at Bro.
Robert Parry's, Newmarket.
20, Saturday. Went 9 miles and stopped at St. George with Edward Parry. He was
very kind to us.
21, Sunday. Traveled 13 miles to Pensarn, held a meeting with a few saints, and
slept at Conway.
22, Monday. We went to Llandudno.
23, Tuesday. Stayed at Llandudno with my father's brother. He and his family
refused the gospel, but were very kind and hospitable.
January 24, Wednesday.
Went to Denbigh. G. Roberts and I preached here.
January 25, Thursday. Went
to Balabach to Thomas Hughes' and had a good rest. We were welcomed.
26, Friday. Traveled to Mold, held a meeting with the Saints.
27, Saturday. To Ffrwd, and slept at Bwlch Gwyn.
28, Sunday. Held a Council meeting for Flintshire. Three good meetings.
January 29, Monday.
Traveled to Bagillt, 17 miles. Preached at Thomas P. Green's
to a house full. His boy, 15 years old, made up his mind to join the church and
save the means to emigrate, but on the next day was killed in the mines.
30, Tuesday. Held a meeting with the Saints at Flint.
31, Wednesday. Went to St. Asaph to preach, but no one came to hear, so we went
to Rhuddlan, 3 miles, to sleep at M. Parry's.
1, Thursday. We went to Denbigh, 8 miles, and held a meeting with the few
saints that were there.
2, Friday. We went to Gwaenysgor, 12 miles, and preached.
3, Saturday. Went to the funeral of John Green, the boy who was killed.
4, Sunday. Council Meeting at Bagillt. Preached at Thos. P. Green's, good
hearing, house crowded.
5, Monday. Went to Mold and held a Saints meeting.
6, Tuesday. Traveled to Rhos, 15 miles, and held a meeting in Amos Clark's
7, Wednesday. We went to Cefn Mawr Branch, 4 miles.
MISSION - SOUTH WALES
(February - December 1866)
8, 1866. Took the train to Merthyr at the request of Abel Evans, as he was
appointed President of Wales, and I was a counselor to him. I arrived at
Merthyr at 6 o'clock in the evening, and Abel Evans met me at the Station. Went
to Brother Watkins to tea, or to get something to eat as I did not drink tea
nor strong drinks, but kept the Word of Wisdom, then went to the Saints
there we went to the Conference House, 45 Union Terrace, Thomas Town, Merthyr
Tydvil. At this time the Emigration Fund
for the Welsh District was committed to my charge. This business kept me at the
office most of my time. Over 300 Saints emigrated from Wales this season.
the District Conference I was appointed to preside over the Glamorganshire
Conference, which contained over 700 Saints. The District Conference was held
at the Temperance Hall, Merthyr, on the 25 of March 1866. The following Elders
from Zion were
present: President Brigham Young, Jr; Apostle O. Pratt; Abel Evans; William
Phillips; William D. Williams; William Jones;
Evan A. Richards;
Griffith Roberts; Richard J. Davies; Barry Wride; Elias Morris; Abraham Hatch;
and John Parry.
D. Williams, W. Phillips, W. Jones, and E. A. Richards were released and went
home. E. Morris was called to preside over Swansea Conference;
R. J. Davies over Carmarthen Conference;
B. Wride over Monmouthshire Conference; and G. Roberts to have oversight over
the North Conference.
(Ed. Note: Meanwhile, back in Utah, a fourth daughter,
Sarah Celestia Harriet, was born
27 February 1866, in Salt Lake City).
B. Young and O. Pratt returned home on the 26 of March to Liverpool.
1st of May the Welsh Saints sailed from Liverpool
on the Ship John Bright.
15. I attended Merthyr District council (as the Conference is divided into
three Districts). The following week I
attended meetings in the different branches of this district: Dowlais, Cefn,
Troedyrhiw, and Merthyr.
20. Attended Aberdare District Conference, held at Mountain Ash, and spent the
week in the vicinity.
27. At Cardiff District Council, held at Pontypridd, called William Morgan, Teacher,
and ordained him an Elder, and put him to preside over Llanafan Branch. We also
called Frederick Baker
to preside over the Treforest Branch. Taught upon the Word of Wisdom.
10. Attended Merthyr Council meeting, and spent the week in the vicinity
attending Branch Meetings.
17. at Cwmbach Council (for Aberdare). Spent the following week in the
24. At Cardiff Council for the first time. The Saints felt well, and were very
kind to me. Spent most of the week in the Branches of Cardiff, Cog, Whitchurch,
15. Attended Merthyr Council meetings. The week following in the surrounding
22. At Aberdare Council, and the following week in the neighboring branches.
29. At Cardiff Council and the week at the neighboring branches. About this
time, John D. Rees
came from the Valley of Salt Lake, and William Gwyn
and J. D. Rees were appointed traveling Elders in this Conference. W. Gwyn went
to get some property left to him in his father's will, about 1.5 pounds per
August 12. Attended
Merthyr Council meeting, and the Branches of the District in the following
19. At C(apel) Aberaman Council meeting, and at the adjacent branches the
26. Held our Conference at the Temperance Hall, Aberdare.
Apostle Orson Pratt, Elder John W. Young,
James Ure, Edwin
Evans, Barry Wride, R. J. Davies, John D. Rees, and John Parry from the Valley of Salt
Lake. At this Conference, all the Elders spoke
except the Clerk, Barry Wride. The minutes are printed in the Millennial Star.
the Monday following, after walking over the mountain the night of the
Conference, we had a concert at Merthyr White Lion Room,
in which O. Pratt occupied a little time in speaking. Ure recited a piece of
Eliza Snow's poems. Had a very agreeable time of it. Elders O. Pratt and J. W.
Young left on the morning train on the 28th for Liverpool.
2. At Cwm Sebra Branch. (I also attended there on other Sundays when I had no
councils to attend to).
9. At Cardiff Branch, and the vicinity. Cog and Whitchurch Branches.
September 16. At Merthyr
Council, held at Cefn Branch. Spent the week about Merthyr.
23. At Mountain Ash Council (for Aberdare). President Abel Evans was with us. Called
at Rice Williams, Esq. on coming to Merthyr. Spent the week in the vicinity.
30. At Cardiff
or at Treforest Council. Spent most of the week in this part.
14. Merthyr Council meeting, following week in the vicinity.
21. Attended Cwmbach Council (for Aberdare). Spent the week in the neighborhood.
28. Cardiff Council meeting.
30. Preaching at John Chugg, Canton. Here John W.
Young and Moses Thatcher
met me and we three preached to the Saints.
31. We remained at Cardiff
and had an excellent meeting in the Saints Meeting Room.
1. J. W. Young, M. Thatcher, and I took the train for Mountain Ash Branch. John
D. Rees joined us on the way. They held a meeting in the above place, and I
went on business to Aberaman Meeting.
2. All met at Conference house, Merthyr.
3. J. W. Young took the train to attend Conferences in the remotest part of England from here, and Moses Thatcher took the
train to Liverpool. We spent a very agreeable
time together. The spirit of the Lord was abundant in the meetings.
President Abel Evans was at this time in
Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Conferences, visiting the branches.
date of the visit of J. W. Young and M. Thatcher was mistaken. It should have
been the forepart of the month of October. JP)
the latter part of October, Abel Evans came home from the above places, sick
with a severe cold.
11. Held our Council meeting for Merthyr District. My time this week was mostly
spent with brother Abel Evans, though he did not desire it, as he did not want
us to think that he was as sick as he really was. 
18. Attended Aberdare Council meeting. John D. Rees was with me in almost all
the councils, as he was Traveling Elder in the Conference. Spent the week with
Abel Evans. He does not eat anything except some water gruel made with oatmeal.
Yet he gets up every day. He does not want to see anyone coming to see him, the
cough is getting worse all the time.
25. At Cardiff
Council. Came back immediately, as I was counseled by Apostle Orson Pratt to
communicate with the Liverpool Office every day or two. The Elders, O. Pratt,
F. D. Richards, and J. W. Young, by letter offered their services in any way or
shape, or money if needed, but Abel Evans did not feel that he wanted anything
as he expected to get better all the time, and would get angry if anyone would insinuate
any but that he would recover. Elias Morris was with J. D. Rees and I for a day
or two, nursing him.
30. Today Abel Evans asked me to write to his family in Lehi, Utah
Territory, to inform them that he was sick with a severe cold, but that he
would soon be able to write to them himself.
few days ago, Abel Evans had a vision that he was to die, but he said that he
did not believe that it was from the Lord, rather it was a lying spirit.
day I was much impressed to call for a Doctor, because the Law would bring trouble
upon us if he should happen to depart this life without a Doctor to examine
him. After the Doctor examined him, he told me that he, Abel, could not live
more than 24 hours. This was about 4 o'clock, and soon after 7 o'clock Abel
Evans departed in peace. He did not feel pain, and was very sensitive to the
last, and did not give any indication that he was going to die.
D. Rees, Joseph Lawson,
and I were present.
1. I telegraphed Orson Pratt at Liverpool, and
received an answer that I should arrange a respectable burial for him, which I
2, Monday. F. D. Richards of the Quorum of the Twelve and Elder J. W. Young
came from Liverpool, and brought a temple robe
4. We buried him in the new Cemetery at Cefn, belonging to Merthyr Tydvil.
5. This morning J. W. Young went home to the office in Liverpool,
and F. D. Richards proposed that I take charge of the District until someone
should be appointed. All the Elders from the Valley agreed to that. Joseph
Lawson was appointed to labor in Pembrokeshire, under the presidency of Wm.
December 6. An obituary for
Abel Evans was
prepared by President F. D. Richards, and he and I attended the Saints meeting
in Merthyr. I stayed at Merthyr with Pres. Richards for the remainder of the
9. Took the train to Cardiff
with Pres. F. D. Richards. Stayed here for 3 days of excellent meetings.
12. Took the train to Mountain Ash Branch and held a meeting in the Temperance
Hall. I preached in Welsh and Pres. Richards in English.
13. At Aberdare. Had a very encouraging discourse by Pres. F. D. Richards.
14. Came to Merthyr. Got letters and papery letter to Abel Evans' family.
15. At Merthyr, writing and reading.
16. Pres. F. D. Richards and I took the train to Swansea.
E. Morris and John D. Rees met us at the station. Weent to council. Went to council meeting,
and also afternoon and evening meetings. Had excellent meetings.
17. Pres. F. D. Richards left for Liverpool.
18. I stayed at Swansea
all day. In the evening Elias Morris and I the train for Merthyr.
19. At Merthyr, writing, etc.
20 - 23. At Merthyr and vicinity.
24. Elias Morris and I took the train to Cardiff
to spend Christmas.
25. Attended the concert at Cardiff.
26. Attended Saints meeting with E. Morris, B. Wride, and Edwin Frost, President of Hereford
27. Took the train to Merthyr, remained till Sunday. December 30. Attended
council at Treforest, for Cardiff.
31. At Merthyr, writing, etc.
7th of December, I received the following appointment:
Elder John Parry, Beloved Brother,
You are hereby appointed to take the general oversight
and charge of the District comprising the Glamorganshire, Monmouthshire, Swansea, Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire, and North Wales Conferences
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the British
It is your duty to watch over all the interests of the
District committed to your charge with paternal care, to see that the
instructions given from time to time in the Star are faithfully executed among
the Branches composing said Conferences; to set apart the most faithful and
proper persons to teach and instruct the saints; to call and ordain men to
preach the gospel in the old and new places; to see that no doctrines are
taught but such as are authorized by the First Presidency, by the revelations,
and by the Presidency of the Church in the British Isles; to see that no
immoral precepts are taught, or practices allowed among the saints, and that
those who will not walk worthily of their holy profession, after faithful
admonition and kind dealing with, are severed from the Church, that the Saints
may increase in purity, and abound in the knowledge of God, through the gift of
the Holy Spirit. You should make yourself familiar with the condition and
circumstances of the Saints in your District, and see that they are not
oppressed by the collection of tithing or donation. You will also counsel all
who have means to tithe, to pay tithing, and minister to the wants of the
Priesthood and Mission
in their midst, and as far as they can, deposit for their emigration. You
should instruct the Elders in your District to be careful to look to the poor
in their several fields of labor, and ever carry the blessings of their ministry
to their abodes, that they may be comforted thereby, and that the spirit may be
increased that will call out every effort to promote the interest of Zion in
the gathering of the poor and the redemption of the
We pray that the spirit and power of God may rest
mightily upon you, that you may be filled with the words of life, and that the
counsels of the Holy One may be continually with you, that you may ever be
prepared to administer salvation to the people.
Brigham Young Jr.
for Orson Pratt,
of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints in the British
Isles and Adjacent Countries.
42 Islington, Liverpool
December 7, 1866
WALES DISTRICT PRESIDENT PERIOD -1
(January - April 1867)
1, 1867, Tuesday. At Merthyr making accounts belonging to the Conference.
2. At Merthyr all day, not well in health.
3. At Cwmbach Branch saints meeting.
4. at Merthyr. Wrote a letter to my father in Utah, and one to Quorum of Seventies to
which I belong.
6. Preaching at Merthyr.
7. Visiting the saints, etc.
8. Preaching at Cefn Branch.
9. At Merthyr, very stormy all day.
10. At Merthyr saints meeting.
11. Visiting the Saints and writing to Barry Wride.
12. At Merthyr, very stormy with frost and snow.
13. Council for Merthyr District at Merthyr at 6 PM. Preaching at Dowlais
14. Sent 2 Stars (Millennial Stars) to my wife, and news for John Cottam.
15. At Troedyrhiw Branch, preaching.
16. At Gellideg, preaching.
17. Preaching at Merthyr.
18. At home in Merthyr. Very frosty and cold. And writing a letter to some
saints that went to the States of America, William Evans and others.
19. At Merthyr Branch Council, and writing a letter to Abel Evans' family.
20. At Mountain Ash council for that District.
21. Visiting a sick brother at Cap Coch and Aberdare saints.
22. Sent a letter to Apostle Orson Pratt, and included 2 sovereigns (or $10) to
help pay the North Conference Book Department, and wrote 3 letters to
23. Visited the Saints and some sick.
24. Attended Saints meeting at Merthyr.
25. Preaching at Sister Richards' at Gelli-deg, her husband being a corpse in
26. Wrote a letter to my brothers William and Caleb, and sent some newspapers
to Caleb, David S. Ross, and to John Ellis, Logan, Utah.
27, Sunday. Monmouthshire Conference, Tredegar Branch.
28. At Rhymney, preaching to the Saints.
29. Also at Rhymney, at cousin Edward Parry's with Barry Wride. Rain all day.
30. Preaching at Rhymney.
31. At Victoria Branch, preaching to the Saints.
1. At Tredegar, teaching at Saints meeting, with Barry Wride, president of the
2. Visiting the Saints at Rhymney, and at Tredegar, and wrote a letter to
Griffith Roberts and J. D. Rees, presidents of Conferences.
3. With B. Wride at Victoria Branch, preaching, etc.
4. Went with B. Wride to Nantyglo Branch. Slept at Brother Jones, iron monger.
5. Saints meeting at the above place. February 6. At Rhymney to the Saints,
7. At Merthyr. B. Wride came with me, and we attended Saints meeting.
8. Took train from Merthyr to North Wales, a
distance of 110 miles. Arrived at Bagillt at 6:30 PM to visit Griffith Roberts
as he was very sick. With the brethren, administered to him, and he was much better
February 9. Stayed with G.
Roberts all day.
10, Sunday. Saints Meeting at David Jones. Joseph Evans
from Newmarket and some saints from Mold were
there. At 6 PM, I preached at T. P. Green's.
11. At bagillt with G. Roberts. Administered to him and he was very much
better. Wrote letters to Apostle O. Pratt and Elias Morris.
February 12. With G.
Roberts all day.
13. Visiting Flint Saints, tea at Roger Conway's.
14. Wrote from Bagillt to Apostle 0. Pratt and to Barry Wride and E. Morris.
15. I visited Newmarket Saints. Slept at Robert Parry's.
16. Visited Gwaenysgor Saints, John Parry
and family. I opened my brother Bernard's grave or vault and found his coffin
rotten to some degree. Three other coffins on top of it were half rotten. I got
it closed up and left it until the resurrection day.
17, Sunday. At Newmarket Council for that district, and at Saints meeting in
18. Visiting old friends and relatives, as it was my birthplace. In the evening
I baptized Edward Parry, Gwaenysgor, and confirmed him. The evening before I
went to Llynhelyg with T. P. Green to baptize the above young man's mother and
sister. I confirmed both of them.
19. I went to Rhuddlan and from there to Denbigh.
20. Took the train to Ruthin to visit my wife's mother and sister; found them
all well. Came back to Denbigh, and walked to Bagillt, about 14 miles, and preached
at T. P. Green's to a houseful of good hearers. G. Roberts was recovering.
February 21. Received
letters from F. D. Richards, the apostle, from father in Utah, from E. Morris and R. J. Davies, and
from William White,
president of Pembroke Conference. I wrote a letter to Apostle F. D. R.
and one to E. Morris.
22. At Bagillt with G. Roberts.
23. Went to Chester
and bought a portmanteau for 24 shillings.
24, Sunday. At Bagillt council meeting and Saints meeting in the afternoon.
Saints from different parts were gathered there. Preached at T. P. Green's in
25. With G. Roberts, took the train to Chester,
and from there to Merthyr.
26. At Merthyr. Wrote letters to J. D. Rees, R. I Davies, and E. Morris.
27. At Merthyr all day. Began to write this journal.
28. Writing, and at Saints meeting. B. Wride visited us. G. Roberts is still
1. At Merthyr writing this journal.
3. At Swansea
council. G. Roberts, E. Morris, J. D. Rees, and I occupied most of the meeting.
4. At Swansea, witnessing the celebration of
laying the foundation of the New
Hospital. We preached in
the Hall in the evening.
5. Overhauling the Swansea Conference books, and packing Welsh Books of Mormon
and several others to send to the Conferences.
6. Packing books and Saints meeting.
7. With J. D. Rees at Morristown Branch, preaching.
8. At Swansea.
Brother Stone took my likeness.
9. Took train to Pyle Branch and held council to settle a difficulty between
10, Sunday. Went from the above Branch by train to Saint Bride for a district
11. Walked with J. D. Rees to Pyle to preach, about 8 miles.
12. Took train to Neath, 16 miles. Preached to the Saints, then took the train
to Swansea to
13. Took train to Allt-Wen Saints Meeting.
14. At Ystalafera Branch, preaching to the Saints.
15. Came to Swansea,
visited the saints.
16. At Swansea.
Wrote a letter to Orson Pratt, Liverpool.
17, Sunday. At Swansea Saints Meeting, and preaching.
19. Went with J. D. Rees to get another meeting room, which we did for nearly
one third of the rent of the old one. Took the train to Merthyr. Got new boots
for 16 shillings at Swansea.
20. At Merthyr. Wrote letters to 3 of the brethren.
21. At Merthyr. G. Roberts and E. Morris at the Saints Meeting.
22. Writing this journal.
23. Writing letters to four of the Conference Presidents. Received a letter from
the Liverpool office.
24, Sunday. Went to Aberdare Council for that district with E. Morris and G.
Roberts, good times.
25. Came to Merthyr. Wet and stormy.
26. At Merthyr, writing this book and letters.
27. Attended funeral of old Brother Hughes, Penderyn, and preached in the
cemetery chapel. The law of the land allowed me 60 cents for the service.
March 28. Writing, and
Saints meeting at Merthyr.
29. At Merthyr, writing, etc.
30. At Merthyr, writing this journal.
31. Took train 24 miles with Griffith Roberts and Elias Morris to Cardiff
1. Preaching at Cardiff with Griffith Roberts and Elias Morris. April 2.
Visiting the Saints.
3. Came to Merthyr, wrote two letters, and received one from Apostle F. D.
Richards inviting me
to the London
4. Visiting Brother Rees Williams, Esq., a very wealthy man. He gave me 10
shillings, and 10 for
Orson Pratt to assist him
5. Wrote to J. D. Rees, and prepared to go to London.
6. G. Roberts and I took the train to London,
200 miles. We arrived at 30
Florence Street, Islington, London at 7 PM, where we met President B.
Young, Jr., Oscar
Apostle Orson Pratt, Apostle F. D. Richards, Nathaniel Felt,
C. W Penrose, and
several other brethren from the valley. O. B. Young came to take us to a
brother named Debdnam, to sleep, at 14
Augustus Street, near the Hay Market.
7, Sunday. We went to Conference (all the above named brethren were there),
which was held at the Music Hall, Stone
Street, Tottenham Court Road.
different Conferences of the District were represented in the morning meeting.
At 2 o'clock Apostle O. Pratt, Elder McGaw,
and I were called by Pres. Brigham Young Jr. to preach,
and Griffith Roberts bore testimony. At 6 o'clock, President B. Young and F. D.
Richards occupied the meeting. They spoke upon the principle of plurality of
8. Went to the office, where I had an opportunity to conduct a little business
with the President, etc. Afterwards, we traveled about the town. We went to a
concert where a great many saints were present, among others.
9. Brother Debdnam showed us the most remarkable places of the town (London). We saw Buckingham Palace, or the Queen's residence. I
counted 100 windows on one front. Then to Westminster Abbey and saw the chair
where all the Kings and Queens of England have been crowned for many
centuries, and many monuments of distinguished persons. From here we went to
see the House of Parliament, which is the greatest building I have ever seen.
We got inside the House of Lords, where there were a few of them speaking on
the subject of Ritualism. In this Parliament there are offices belonging to all
the business of the Kingdom.
went over to the River Thames and had dinner, then came back over the same
bridge, and took a steam packet up to the London Bridge.
Paid one shilling to tour the Tower of
London, where the armor and the crowns
of the Kings and Queens of England
are kept. The crown for Queen Victoria
was made of silk velvet and ornamented with gold and diamonds. Saw one article
made of gold, weighing over nine pounds. Also saw the golden font where the
Prince of Wales was christened, or named, and the golden scepter, and the
golden plate of the State. Also, many models of men in their regimental uniforms,
and many on horses. We saw armors of all descriptions, taken while warring with
other nations. Also the axe with which the Heads of England were beheaded.
this great building is also the State Prison, where the judgement seat is
the above, and went over London
Bridge which was crowded
with people, carriages, and litters of all kinds. Took the train to the Crystal Palace, 10 miles. Saw the great glass
building, trees of different countries growing inside, and flowers, and models
of people from different nations. Also animals and birds, some alive. There is
almost anything one can imagine for sale here. We returned to our lodgings
about 10 o'clock at night.
11. Went to the Zoological Gardens, where we saw elephants, lions, rhinoceros,
and all kinds of wild beasts. The kangaroo was the strangest of all, her kid
could go and come to her belly, or a bag in her belly, whenever he had a mind
to, and the old one would carry him with her. Here there were all kinds of
birds, and a fish in a pond about the size of a man, who knew his keeper, and
would run through the water to any side of the pond after him. It jumped out of
the water on a platform in the middle of the pond to a bit of meat that was
thrown to him.
here we went to the other end of Regents
Park, where the pond is
where 40 to 50 people were drowned last year when the ice broke under them.
here we went to the British
Museum, saw all kinds of
animals and wild beasts, fish and birds, all stuffed. And mummies from all
parts of the world, and all kinds of metals and wood. One fish, about 20 feet
long, was petrified. Nearly everything that dwells on the earth was to be seen.
then went to visit Edward Jones, son of David Jones, shoemaker, from Newmarket (my old home),
and from here to the office. I received a letter from President B. Young (as he
was gone to Paris),
saying that he wanted Griffith Roberts to preside over the London Conference.
From here we went to our lodgings.
April 11. We went to see St. Paul's Cathedral. We went
up to the golden gallery, 432 steps. The building cost 1,500,000 pounds, or
sovereigns, and is over 400 feet high. We also visited the whispering gallery.
The big bell weighs over six tons. Inside of this building are a great many
here we went to the office, and met brothers N. H. Felt, C. W. Penrose, and
Grant V. Williams. We all went to the Adelphi Theater.
12. G. Roberts came to send me to the Paddington Station. Bid farewell to G.
R., and took the train at 10 AM. Arrived at Merthyr at 8 PM. Saw Windsor Castle as the
train passed it.
13. At home, writing to Presidents of Conferences. Received a letter from
Apostle F. D. Richards.
14, Sunday. Very stormy. I preached in the evening in the White Lion Room.
April 15. At home. Two presidents of conferences came to counsel with me.
16. At home, preparing for the tea party.
17. Writing this journal and writing a letter to my wife and family, and one to
Brother Thomas Davies in G. S. L. on business. I sent newspapers to my father's
wife, and to Hugh Evans.
18. At Merthyr. Wrote a letter to Apostle Orson Pratt in Liverpool,
with 7 pounds to help him go home. Also a letter to President B. Young. At
Merthyr Saints meeting in the evening.
19. Writing this journal.
20. Writing two business letters to Liverpool, to the President of the Mission.
21, Sunday. At Aberaman Council all day.
22. At Merthyr. Attended the funeral of Sister Frederick Thomas.
I preached in the Cemetery chapel. Afterwards, went to the tea party and
concert. All the Welsh brethren from the Valley were present.
23. At Mountain Ash concert. We got up the above meetings to defray some debt
on the District.
24. Called at Rees Williams, Esq., CefnPennar. Took dinner with him. April 25.
At home, writing to
the Millennial Star.
26. At home. Today Apostle Orson Pratt and Edward Parry, my distant cousin, and
from Liverpool for America.
27. Took train, 40 miles, to visit Carmarthenshire Conference.
28. At Llanelly Branch all day with Bro. Richard J. Davies.
29. At Llanelly, visiting the Saints and preaching in the evening in a sister's
30. At Llanelly, with R. J. Davies, visiting the Saints.
WALES AREA PRESIDENT - 2
(May 1867 - July 1868)
1. Davis and I and others went to the Waenfaglan Branch. I preached there to a
2. We went to Kidwelly and to Ferryside, then took the train to Carmarthen and preached at I. Jones'.
3. I took the train to New Milford to visit
the Pembrokeshire Conference. William White,
the president, welcomed me to his residence.
4. Went with him to Haverfordwest. We called at Freystrop for George F. Gibbs
to go with us. He had come from the Liverpool
office because of sickness. Both of us rode back with him.
5. W. White took his car (carriage) to take us to Freystrop Branch
Meetings. We came to New
Milford in the
evening to hold a meeting.
6. W. White and I preached at sister Davies'.
7. Took train to Llanelly, 60 miles. I preached at the Saints meeting room.
8. Took train to Swansea.
Held a meeting at the Saints meeting room. J. D. Rees was with me.
9. Took train to Merthyr, 30 miles. At the Saints meeting in the evening. May
10. At Merthyr and Aberdare preparing for the District Conference.
11. At Merthyr. J. D. Rees (president of Swansea Conference), R. J. Davies
(president of Carmarthenshire Conference), B. Wride (president of Monmouthshire
Conference), C. W. Penrose (former president of London Conference), and F. C.
Anderson (president of Bristol Conference), all from Utah came here to the
Conference. And Apostle F. D. Richards came from Liverpool
to Aberdare, and telegraphed me of it.
12, Sunday. E. Morris and I, with the above Elders, attended the District Conference
at Aberdare Temperance Hall. The District was represented in good condition,
with 1578 saints. There were 297 baptized from March 31, 1866 to March 31,
1867; 271 emigrated. Tithing paid in: 182 pounds, 11 1/2 pence. Mission fund: 374 pounds 15 shillings 5 pence. Paid for
books: 117 pounds 7 shillings 8 pence.
Richards spoke on celestial marriage. I spoke on the subject: "No man has
a right to teach except what was taught to him."
C. W. Penrose spoke upon the Latter
13. Came to Merthyr and regulated our business, and counseled with Apostle
14. At Merthyr. Apostle Richards and Elder Penrose took the train to Liverpool.
15. F. Anderson left for Bristol.
16. B. Wride and I were engaged in making up the report of the Conference. We
received a letter from
President Brigham Young, Jr,
and Apostle Richards. Today the rest of the Elders left for their fields of
labor. In the evening I attended meetings at Merthyr.
17. At Merthyr.
19. At Mountain Ash council all day. E. Morris and I preached in the open air to
many hundreds of attentive hearers.
20. Came to Merthyr.
21. I went to Monmouth Conference to visit the branches. At Tredegar Branch
with B. Wride.
22. At Victoria,
preaching with B. Wride.
23. At Blaena, preaching.
24. At Rhymney, preaching.
25. Came to Merthyr, 5 miles, and back to Rhymney. George F. Gibbs was here for
a few days on his way to Liverpool office.
26. Attended council at Victoria
with B. Wride.
27. At Tredegar, visiting the Saints. In the evening I attended a concert at Victoria.
28. Came home to Merthyr.
29. I received a letter from Abel Evans' family. Wrote a letter to Pres. B.
Young, Jr. and others.
30. At Merthyr. Sent news to James Moyle and Edward L. Parry in Utah, and went to Cwmbach
Saints meeting, and visited William Gibbs,
who had his jaw bone broken in the works.
31. Came to Merthyr with E. Morris and G. F. Gibbs.
1. At Merthyr. Gibbs left for Liverpool
2. I went with E. Morris to Cwm Rhondda District council. We preached out of
doors. Very good hearing. Better hearing by preaching out than I ever witnessed
before as a general thing all through the country.
3. Came over the mountains to home, 10 or 12 miles. Called at Mardir Farm. Some of the family are Saints and are going
to emigrate this season to the Valley.
4. I went to visit brother William Morgan
and family, Dowlais branch, before they left for the United
States, as they were starting from Liverpool
on the 7th of June.
Also I received the
I, Franklin Dewey Richards, carrying on the business
at Liverpool, do hereby nominate and appoint you, John Parry, 2 Brecon Road,
Merthyr Tydvil, in the County of Glamorgan, to act as my Agent and in my behalf
in the sale or letting of passages, and otherwise in the business of a Passage
Broker, according to the provisions of the
Passenger Act, 1855.
F. D. Richards
April 11, 1867
5. At my residence writing letters, and sending names to have passage to America
on the 21st of June.
6. Merthyr Saints meeting.
7. Writing, and packing up deceased Abel Evans' clothes to be sent to his family.
8. Visiting the Saints and others.
9. Took train to Swansea
conference. E. Morris was with me. Met John D. Rees and R. J. Davies. We had an
10. We went to Mumbles Head,
4 miles, for a pleasure trip. Preached at the Saints Hall in the evening at Swansea, good attention.
11. Took train with J. D. Rees to Neath Branch, both of us preached to the
12. We went to Alltwen Branch and to Swansea Saints meeting.
13. At Morristown
Branch. Held a Saints meeting.
June 14. Swansea Branch council meeting.
15. Took train to Carmarthen, 34 miles. Met R.
J. Davies, and visited brother Isaac Jones.
Took train in the evening to Pencadar Branch.
16, Sunday. Here we held a council and Saints meeting, and preached in the open
air to lot of the sectarians, who gave some account of our meetings in the
newspaper afterwards, but not favorable.
17, Monday. We came to Carmarthen, preached on
the street. Two of the Justices of the Peace were in the crowd.
18. Came to WaenGalch Branch. Preached in brother Owens' house.
19. Traveled to Kidwelly. Both of us preached on the street to very civil hearers.
Slept at Brother Evans', blacksmith.
20. Visited Mr. Fisher,
farmer. From there to Waen Faglan Branch. Preached in the open air, good hearing,
21. Traveled to Llanelly Branch, held a meeting in the evening.
22. Took train to New Milford. R. J. Davies
was with me. Stayed at W. White,
of Pembrokeshire Conference.
23, Sunday. Bro. White took us in his carriage to Suton, where we held the
conference. Had a
very good meeting, but not
any of the World came to meeting. Returned to White's.
24. We visited Pembroke Dock, where there are 1600 men working for the
Government, making vessels of war. The first iron clad that was ever made in Wales
was made here. We saw it, it was not quite finished. It was 325 feet long, the
cover on the skeleton frame of iron, was three quarters of an inch of iron
plate, then 7 inches of oak, afterwards six inches of Rod Iron plate. We
preached in the evening at Bro. Davies' house, New Milford.
25. We went to Freystrop Branch, and preached in the open air.
26. We went in Bro. Purser's
boat to his home, 4 miles, and preached in the open air, then he took us back.
27. Took train to Haverfordwest. After visiting the Saints, took train to
Whitland Station, and stayed with Br. and Sister Isaac.
28. Took train to Llanelly, stayed at John Thomas's.
29. At Llanelly visiting the saints.
30, Sunday. Conference at Llanelly, R. J. Davies, president. John D. Rees came
here. Good meetings, especially in the evening.
1. Took train with J. D. Rees to Swansea.
Held a meeting with the saints.
2. We went to Neath Branch to hold meeting.
3. We went to Alltwen Branch Saints meeting.
4. We went to Ystalafera Branch Saints meeting.
5. Swansea Council meeting. Called John Davies, tailor and draper, to preside
over the Branch.
6. At Swansea
visiting the Saints.
7, Sunday. To Neath council for that District, good times.
8. We went to Pyle Branch, held a meeting.
9. Took train to Cardiff.
J. D. Rees came with me.
10. At Cardiff
Saints meeting. I received a letter from Apostle F. D. Richards.
11. At Cardiff
visiting the saints and the sick.
13. J. D. Rees went back, and I went to Rhymney on the train. Stayed with Barry
14, Sunday. Monmouthshire Conference held in Tredegar. E. Morris met us here.
Good meetings, the saints attended well.
15. Went with B. Wride to Rhymney Branch meeting at James Edwards.
16. We went to Nantyglo and preached to the Saints.
17. We preached in the upper part of the Branch at Jones's. July 18. At
Victoria Branch, preaching to the Saints.
19. We came to Tredegar and preached to the Saints, which was the desire of
20. Came to my residence place, Merthyr.
21, Sunday. Went with E. Morris to Aberdare District Council. Cut out some
unworthy members, and had excellent meetings.
22. At Aberdare. Intended to preach in the open air, but the rain came in torrents
and stopped us.
23. We went to Llanfabon, preached in the open air.
24. At Mountain Ash, preached to the Saints.
25. At Cwmbach Branch meeting.
26. Came to Aberdare to visit the clerk of this Conference. Received a letter
from Apostle F. D. Richards.
to Merthyr. Received a letter from my stepmother from home stating that my
family were all well except my father who has been very sick, and as he thought
that he was going to depart this life, he called all his children and their
children and blessed them. He also pronounced a blessing on me, although far
from him. He later revived and became a little better, and was able to get out of
27. Writing and reading the news from Utah,
which was sent us from the Liverpool office.
28, Sunday. Attended meetings at Merthyr with E. Morris.
29. At Merthyr. Wrote a letter to my family with a ribbon inside of it.
30. At Merthyr. Nephi Pratt
and John S. Lewis
came from Zion.
They arrived here last night, and are to travel in the District. I went with
Br. Pratt to Swansea
to get him a suit of clothes.
31. We stopped at Swansea
to witness a sham fight where there were 3 or 4 thousand militiamen, and likely
30 thousand people in all. I came to Merthyr in the evening.
1. At Merthyr. Attended Saints meeting.
2. At Merthyr, writing and reading.
3. Took train to Cardiff.
Met Apostle F. D. Richards and W. B. Preston
from Liverpool, and several other Elders from
4, Sunday. Conference at Cardiff; the following
Elders were present: From the Valley, or Zion,
Apostle F. D. Richards, Elder W. B. Preston from Liverpool Office, John Parry,
president of District, Presidents of Conferences: Elias Morris, John D. Rees,
Richard J. Davies, Barry Wride, Joseph Lawson,
and Frederick Anderson. Traveling Elders: Nephi Pratt and John S. Lewis. Local Elders:
David Rees and
James Boden. Good times,
and good instructions by Apostle Richards and others. The minutes have been
sent to the Millennial Star.
5. Apostle F. D. Richards, W. B. Preston, and I came by train to Merthyr.
6. The above brethren took the train from here to Liverpool.
7. I went to Aberdare Saints meeting. Here R. J. Davies and J. D. Rees met me
on their way from Conference.
8. Came to Merthyr, accompanied by the above brethren. We preached in
9. The Brethren took the train to Swansea.
I wrote a letter to my stepmother, and sent a ribbon in it as a token of
respect for her careful conduct to my father while sick.
10. Writing the minutes of the Conference to the Star (Millennial Star).
11. Council for the District at Merthyr. I preached afternoon and night.
12. At Merthyr, writing a letter to the States. I sent newspapers and some
fringe to my wife, and news to my brother, William.
13. At Merthyr, reading and writing.
14. Writing my Journal (this book).
15. At Merthyr. Barry Wride visited me and we attended Saints meeting. This
week I wrote a letter to be published in the Star on the general condition of
16. At Merthyr. Elders B. Wride, Morris, Pratt, and Lewis were here.
17. At Merthyr. Received a letter from my father, stating that he was better
than he had been, but not able to get out of bed. He said my wife and children
were all well. Also he sent me the following song (dated July 15, 1867, Salt Lake City):
Zion the envy and dread of the world,
in thy glory with banners unfurled.
Brigham and Heber and Daniel preside,
break down the nations and humble their pride.
lion, the eagle, to thee they must bow,
thus thou shalt govern with smiles on thy brow.
law to all people on earth thou shalt send,
The tribes of all nations to that they must bend.
Zion, perfection of beauty thou art,
valiant and faithful and act well thy part.
hell should boil over, thou, Zion,
soon thou shalt flourish and reign with thy king. On tops
the mountains thine ensign I see,
Inviting all nations to come unto thee.
people that faileth of coming to thee
needs take up armor, for war they shall see.
splendid apparel fair Zion
gold and the treasures of Nations are thine,
greatness and splendor all people will see,
terror to Nations, I know thou shalt be.
courage take, Zion,
thou pure in heart.
will not forsake thee, nor from thee depart.
long thou shalt triumph and conquer the world,
kings from their thrones by the saints shall be hurled.
Zion, O Zion, how fair thou must be,
God should prepare a great feast unto thee,
Saints of all nations and ages will be
the great and grand jubilee.
stone from the mountain is coming to note,
that image that Daniel out sought,
toes of the image feel the weight of the stone,
crushing the sinews, the marrow and bone.
daughter of Babylon,
thou once was so great
woes and thy sorrows they will be complate,
Joseph the Prophet and Hyrum, thou'st slain,
this thou shalt suffer sore trouble and pain.
Though once thou wast lifted as unto the skies,
But now, thy proud eagle, he groans and he dies.
sun will soon set, to be risen no more,
And thou'll be left helpless to welter in gore.
Zion, O Zion, prepare for thy journey,
get thyself ready to go to Missouri.
Lord is preparing the way we all know
Saints, and not sinners, for they shall not go.
glorious the prospects the Saints have in view,
ten tribes of Israel
will soon visit you.
Your Lord is returning, your foes to subdue.
So, therefore take courage, I bid you adieu.
18. I went to Mountain Ash Branch to the council for that District, and had good
times. Much of the spirit of the Lord in the meetings.
19. Came to Merthyr, and called at Rees Williams, Esq., who is a saint in name.
20. At Merthyr transacting business with the Liverpool
office and preaching at Gellideg.
21. At Aberdare with E. Morris and N. Pratt, preaching at a meeting.
22. At Merthyr. This day I wrote the following letter to a brother who was very
wealthy, as he gave his daughter on her wedding day, 25,000 dollars:
2 Brecon Road, Merthyr, Wales
August 22, 1867
Rees Williams, Esq.
avail myself of this opportunity of writing a few lines on doctrine to you, as
I consider it my duty to do, especially as you are residing in this district,
in order to inform them what the Lord requires of their
hands. By so doing fulfill the counsel of the Savior to his servants, even to
feed his sheep with knowledge and understanding. Therefore by so doing we feel
free toward God and our Brethren. And inasmuch as you are one of the sheep of
the fold of Israel,
I shall make free with you to counsel and instruct you in the path of duty and
righteousness. As the Lord requires every branch which is grafted into him to
bear forth fruit, or in other words, he has called men to his vineyard to
labor, and that he will reward every man according to his work.
he that worketh shall eat of the hidden manna, or of the bread which cometh
forth from heaven. Consequently it is one of the greatest blessings that the
Lord could confer upon man, viz. to give him a privilege of helping to bring
about his purposes, even the salvation of the children of men, and by so doing
working out his own at the same time.
principle was the foundation of the exaltation of all the Prophets and even the
Son himself, as he valiantly accepted of it and said, "thy will be done
and not mine." Therefore he became the Captain of our salvation, whom we
are called to follow in his footsteps. For unto such are the promises to
inherit thrones, principalities, and eternal lives in the Kingdom of God.
as the time has come in very deed for the Lord to establish his Kingdom
literally upon the Earth, and never more to be thrown down. And the Savior said
that it would not come by waiting for it, but it will by building of it up.
Consequently, there are varieties of work to do, to accomplish such a great and
marvelous object. And indeed I would consider it a sin against your soul if we
would not arrange some work for you to do, being that you are a candidate for
to work out your salvation in the Kingdom of our God, as well as ourselves.
And as we are many members,
there are also several callings, some to preside and publish and others to
preach the Gospel, and others to stay at home to build Temples, and temporal duties. One is as essential
as another, and every one of us is expected to use the talents with which he
has been entrusted, to the advancement of the Kingdom of God, and the salvation
of His people Israel, especially their deliverance from Babylon, that they may
not partake of her sins nor receive of her plagues, for in one day her plagues
shall come, even death, mourning, and famine.
being that the Lord has entrusted you with great amounts of temporal talents,
it is necessary that we should counsel and instruct you to assist in the
temporal department of the great work.
That is to contribute a
couple of hundreds of pounds (viz. $1000) for the gathering of the Lord's poor,
and as much more as you have faith I to do, even to the emigration funds, as
you could not put them to a better use, which should be considered a great
privilege. And if you will not consider it so now, you will see in the time when
you will, and bless the Lord for this counsel even in eternity, if you will
comply therewith. For whatever will be done to the least of these my brethren,
says Jesus the great Judge, you have done it unto me. Therefore come ye blessed
of my Father, inherit the kingdom. And even if one should fail to attain to the
fullness of Salvation, such deed would be rewarded in the great day of
the Savior taught the principle to the Jews, by counseling them to make unto
themselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, so that when you fail,
that they, his disciples, may receive you into his eternal habitation.
also wish to bring to your memory that the Lord calls for tithes as well as
offerings from his people. Expecting that you would continue in well-doing as
you commenced last year, which was accepted and recorded to your credit. Hoping
that you will not forget this duty, either, as the promise is to those that
will do so, to be able to stand in the day of burning.
I do not know of any better way for a gentleman of your standing to do than to
comply with the above requirements so that the lamp of life may abide with you
and, I may add, that is the only way, in as much as you do not come forward to
face the battle. And if you would like to keep it secret, it can be done, only
to Apostle Richards and the Recorders.
will now conclude my remarks. Praying the Lord to save you in his Kingdom.
remain your brother in the Gospel of Peace.
(Apostle F. D. Richards
counseled me to write the above in my journal.)
23. At Merthyr, writing, reading and visiting the Saints.
August 24. At Merthyr.
25, Sunday. Took train 18 miles to Cwm Sebra, held meetings twice.
26. Cwm Sebra. Preaching in the open air to a large congregation.
27. Came to Merthyr. Wrote a letter to Apostle Richards and to others.
28. At Dowlais, preaching to the Saints.
29. At Merthyr Saints meeting.
30. At Merthyr. Received a letter from Apostle Richards stating that he could
not come to visit us at present.
31. At Merthyr, making accounts with E. Morris, President of this Conference.
1. Went to Aberdare and preached at the Hall.
2. At Merthyr. Wrote a letter to my father. B. Wride, and J. S. Lewis came to
3. At Merthyr preparing to go to North Wales.
4. Went with J. S. Lewis to Troedyrhew to visit the Saints.
5. At Merthyr, preaching in the Saints meeting.
6. Took train to Shrewsbury.
Stayed 3 hours to inquire about some relations, but could not find any. Some
were dead, and others went to London
From here, J. S. Lewis and
I went by train to Wrexham. Stopped at a Temperance Hotel. Called at my wife's
sister's, they are not Saints.
7. We went to Rhosllanerchrhugog to visit some Saints, then came back to
Wrexham and took the train to Chester,
and then to Bagillt. Met Brother Gibbs from Liverpool
office, and T. P. Green, the president of the Conference, and others. We have
traveled 180 miles from Merthyr.
8. Held a Conference for the North Wales at
the Kings Arms Club Room. Good times, Saints feeling first rate.
9. S. Gibbs, J. S. Lewis, and I preached at Flint to a crowded house.
10. We went to Mold, visited my relations on mother's side.
They gave us a very favorable welcome, though they are not in the Church. We
then visited some saints.
11. We went and called at my cousin, Thomas Parry,
who received us very kindly. From here we went a few miles, and called at my
cousin, John Roberts,
who also was very kind and believed our testimony. Then we went to Brother
Thomas Jones' and stayed all night. Held a meeting.
12. We went to Cefn Mawr, preached at John Roberts', and slept here.
September 13. We went to
Sister Griffiths and from here to my cousin Bernard Roberts,
and to Edwin Price, a Saint, to sleep, a distance of about 12 miles.
14. We went to Mold, called and got dinner with my cousin who keeps an Inn. Had a good welcome.
Slept at a Temperance, Mold.
15, Sunday. Went to Buckley to meetings. Had good times and came to Mold to sleep.
16. Went to Flint,
preached at Margaret Conway's.
17. At Bagillt preaching at T. P. Green's.
September 18. I went to Newmarket
and visited the Saints.
19. I went to Denbigh, met the brethren on the way. They were J. S. Lewis, and
A. W. Carlson, from the Liverpool Office, who came with us through North Wales
for the sake of his health, at the request of President F. D. Richards.
20. The above brethren and I went from Denbigh to St George to my cousin Edward
Parry, who gave us a great welcome. We stayed here all night.
21. We went to gee Rhyl and from here to Rhuddlan for Sunday meetings.
22. At Rhuddlan, good times. A few scattered Saints came together Michael
23. Took train, and went to Llandudno. Came to Pensarn to John Roberts,
president of the branch. After talking for a long time, went to Conway to sleep at a
24. We took the train to Bangor, and went to see
the Brittania Tubular
Bridge, and the Menai Suspension Bridge.
Then we walked 8 miles to the town of Caernarvon.
We could not find any Saints, they had apostatized. Took lodgings in a
Temperance Hotel after visiting the old Castle
which stands on several acres of ground.
(Ed. Note: John Parry's Journal ends with the
September 24, 1867 date. The events of the
remainder of his stay in Wales have been pieced together
from available documents).
Parry continued to tour the more northerly areas of the Mission District until
late November. He visited the Saints in Cardiff
on November 23, and continued to tour the South Wales
areas through December, much of the time accompanied by Elder Nephi Pratt.
He returned to Merthyr Tydfil on the 10th of
On December 18, 1867, he
wrote from Aberdare to Apostle Franklin D. Richards:
"Dear Brother: - Feeling it a privilege, as well
as duty, to write a few lines to you, hoping and trusting that you have fully
recovered your usual state of health, I am glad to say that of late I enjoy the
best of health.
Since I wrote to you from Cardiff, I have visited Elder B. Wride's
Conference; took Brother Pratt with me, that he might have more chance to
improve, and he does greatly. We had an excellent time in the above Conference;
the Lord blessed us abundantly with His Spirit.
One night, in a meeting, a Sister spoke by the spirit
of Prophecy (while the Spirit of the Lord was mightily in the meeting), which
contained a portion of your Editorial almost word for word, where it says that
the time would soon come when they would hunt for an Elder from shore to shore
to baptize them, etc. It was so pointed that some of the Saints, after the Star
came out, went to her and asked her if she had seen
the Star before it came out, etc. We left the Conference in an excellent feeling.
This week I am with Elder E. Morris, in this
neighborhood. We confirmed five persons on Sunday, and shall confirm one
tonight. Two or three are expecting to be baptized very soon at Mountain Ash
Branch. I flatter myself that the District is in an excellent condition - as good
as I could expect it to be. I have received a letter from Elders R. J. Davies
and W. White, stating that they have baptized several since I was with them
We intend to have all the Conferences on the Credit
List by the end of this quarter, and I do hope to be able to square off the
remainder of the other accounts the beginning of this coming year. I have written to Elder John S. Lewis to come
down here for a short time as soon as he can get the Conference business
settled up, which he will have accomplished by the end of next week, as he has
a great many relations in this part of Wales, whom he wishes to preach to.
I some time ago made a promise to all the boys that
they should have a concert on Christmas Day if they would get the book debt
cleared off by the end of this quarter, consequently during the holidays we
intend to have a concert in each Conference for the benefit of the Elders. If
we do not have entertainments among the Saints they will go elsewhere to spend
their time and means. We are to have one at Merthyr on New Year's Day, to raise
means for a gravestone to put on Brother Abel Evans' grave. And if you would be
pleased to suggest some inscription different to the usual form, we should be
In my travels I found many poor Saint's children
destitute of clothing and shoes. I am, therefore, going to take it in hand to
see what influence we can get with those that have more clothes than they know
what they can do with, also, to swell the poor funds, and get the Priesthood to
see that the poor are clad, etc.
If you observe anything disagreeable to your mind in
the above, in any way or shape, a correction will be thankfully received and
Elder E. Morris joins me in kind love and regard to
you, and all the brethren at the office."
John's father died in Salt Lake City on 13 January 1868. The
following obituary was placed in the Millennial Star by John Parry, Jr.:
"DIED: PARRY - at Salt Lake City, on 13th of January, Elder
John Parry, sen., in full faith of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was born at Newmarket, Flintshire, Wales, on 10 February 1789. He was
a Baptist preacher for upwards of 30 years, 10 of which he advocated the
doctrine of the Campbellites, being the first person in Wales who adopted their views. When
the fullness of the everlasting gospel was presented to him by the Latter-day
Saints, he received it with great joy, and was baptized in the River Mersey by
Elder Thomas Wilson on 12 September 1846. In the following month he was
ordained an Elder under the hands of Apostle John Taylor. In the following
spring he was sent to preach the Gospel in Wales, where he met with great
opposition; nevertheless, many of his relatives and former religious brethren
were led to embrace the Gospel. In February 1849 he, with his wife and son,
Caleb, emigrated to America.
He arrived safely in Salt Lake City in the fall
of the same year with his son Caleb, his wife having died at Council Bluffs. He was shortly afterwards
called to act as a member of the High Council; which position he filled, with
honor, until disqualified for the office by old age. In the meantime he had
married a wife and reared up a young family. He has left a wife, six sons and
two daughters, who are all residing in the Utah Territory,
and are members of the Church."
1868, John Parry wrote to the Millennial Star:
"We baptized four at the Swansea Conference, and
I do not have a meeting without confirming two or three more, which causes
great talk among the people, and many confess that they have, in their
ignorance, been opposing the Latter-day Saints, but that they now see that the
Saints are in possession of knowledge that no other people have. The President
of the Merthyr Branch tells me that he could baptize many hundreds if we could
promise to take them to Utah.
Indeed, the talk of the gathering is the most effectual sermon that has been
sounded in the ears of this generation. It causes our halls, as a general thing,
to be too small to hold the congregations. The Saints talk of emigrating en
masse, and many outsiders are inquiring whether they may go with us, some to
the States, and others to Utah."
Sunday, April 19, 1868, Elder Parry attended the Welsh District Conference at the Temperance Hall, Merthyr
Tydfil. Also in attendance were: President Franklin D. Richards,
President of the European Mission; Charles W. Penrose, from the Millennial Star
office; Elias Morris, J. D. Rees, R. J. Davies, Barry Wride, W. White, and J.
Lawson, Presidents of Conferences.
Saturday, June 20, 1868, he was released from his mission to return to Utah. He left Liverpool
on June 30, 1868 on the steamship Minnesota,
with a company of 534 Saints. He was appointed President of this Company, with
Elders Ezra J. Clarke
and Zebulon Jacobs
as counselors. On July 1, between Liverpool and Ireland, he wrote to President
Richards the following:
"Dear Brother, - I am glad to inform you that we
are all well, and
aged wish to inform their friends that they feel first rate, and thankful that
they are so far on their journey towards Zion.
Many inquire of me, "When are we going to be sick," etc. as we have
not the slightest sign of it yet.
We have divided the Saints into four general
departments, and have set the following Elders to preside over them: William
Grant, George Hunter, Almon Robinson,
and Joseph Granger, and subdivided them into 11 wards, with native Elders to
preside over them.
Elders Clark and Jacobs are helping me to make all
comfortable as far as we can, and everything is going on very satisfactory on
the ship. The captain and officers are very kind and agreeable. We shall see
for the few things that have gone down to the hold after we pass Queenstown,
which we expect to reach about 1 or 2 PM.
The doctor is a very agreeable gentleman, and seems to
take a great interest in our welfare. The Captain gave our families the liberty
to go on the upper middle deck, so that they
have all the fresh air they have a mind, which is very desirable. We expect
many passengers on board from Queenstown. The weather is very agreeable, and
all is as well as we can wish for, and a great deal better than any of the
I do not know of anything else that we want to
mention, but please accept of our best love and respects for your kind
attention and care to make us comfortable, and I can assure you the Saints feel
to say a hearty amen.
I remain, in connection with Elders Kimball, Clark,
Jacobs, and Robison, who have charge of the Saints, your faithful brother in
company arrived in New York City on July 12, and
went by train to Laramie,
Wyoming, where they arrived July 22, 1868.
They arrived in Salt
Lake in mid
August, probably in the John
R. Murdock Company, consisting of 600 people in 50 wagons.
Parry's activities after his return to Utah
have been pieced together from materials written by his family and others
familiar with his activities after 1867. Much of the following information has
been gleaned from a biography
of Harriet Julia Roberts, the wife of John Parry, Jr.
John Parry's return from his mission he obtained contracts with the railroad in
doing the masonry for some of the railroad bridges in northern Utah. When he would come
home he would get the money to pay off the men. One month he left nearly $1000
with his wife and returned to work. That night she heard someone trying to open
the side window. She arose, lit the lamp, but the noise did not cease, so she called,
"John, get up, someone is trying to get in." The ruse worked, for she
heard footsteps receding. The next night she asked two of the neighbors whose
husbands were also away to come and stay with her. They brought their little
children and, after putting all the children to bed, armed themselves with a
policeman's club, an old sword, and an axe, turned off the light and awaited
the return of the marauder. As midnight came, they heard the bars of the fence
near the side of the house go down and footsteps come toward the window. The
three women stood ready for him, but Sister Parry's eldest daughter had also
remained awake and listened to all that was going on. She was frightened and
she kicked the baby by whom she was laying, and the baby gave a terrible scream
that frightened the robber away. The next day John came home with the men to
draw their pay.
contracts for the railroad, he also continued to do masonry work for the LDS Church.
According to his daughter, Mary Aneron, Brigham Young would frequently drive up
to the gate of the family home in Salt
Lake City and ask for John by telling her to:
"Tell Dada John I need him."
second son, and last child, John Marari Parry, was born on 24 June 1869, in S.:
July 1870, John Parry and his family were living in the Salt Lake City 16th Ward, in a home next to
his stepmother, Harriet. According to the 1870 Census, his property was valued
at $2000, with personal property of $200. His wife, and five children age one
to 11, were living with him.
The 1874 Gazetteer for Salt Lake City shows John
Parry, stonemason, living on 5th West between South Temple and North Temple.
After the railroad work was
completed, John Parry obtained contracts to build homes in Sessions' settlement
in Davis County. Harriet was again left to manage
the home and care for the children. On May 21, 1877, John Parry was appointed by
President Young to be master Mason of the Logan Temple.
He gave up two years' contracts at Bountiful to
accept the call and immediately went to Logan.
When his daughter, Armenia,
asked him if he were going to Logan,
he answered, "Yes. More than one year ago as I stepped from the train and
was walking home, my father, who has been dead many years, walked by my side
and said, John, if you are called to work on the temple, you go, and so I am going.
According to Nolan P. Olsen,
John Parry left Salt Lake City on August 7,
1877, and assumed his duties in Logan
on August 13, 1877. Among those greeting the Parry family in Logan was a cousin, Mary Parry Rowland, who
had moved to the area earlier. She was the widow of Job Rowland, an early Welsh
emigrant. She and three of her children were still living in Logan in 1880. With his arrival at the temple, the masonry
work was pushed vigorously, with sometimes unsatisfactory results. On September
8, he went before the Cache Valley Stake monthly priesthood meeting and
explained the problem. A motion was passed to the effect that if competent
masons could not be found in the valley, "he be authorized to procure them
from other localities, and we sustain them by our faith and means."
Olsen describes John Parry's work on the temple in the following:
Parry knew he was building a house of the Lord, and insisted that the
workmanship be the best. He inspected each wall daily, and always carried a
three foot crowbar with him. This he inserted in any crack or hole to see if
the masonry was solid. One day he gave the bar a quick turn, and a small
section of the wall tumbled down. The men got after him for spoiling their good
work. Brother Parry just looked at them and smiled, and said: 'Let me tell you
something. In a hundred or two hundred years from now, people can look at this
building and tell how well we built it. But
in that length of time there won't be a living soul who can tell how long it
took us to build it. Let's build it so it will stay there; so we can be proud
of it, even if it does take a little more time'."
next Spring, Harriet packed the furniture for the family move to Logan, and on May 20 she took her five children, four
girls and one boy, and boarded the train for Logan. Her husband and Brother C. O. Card,
who had been at Collinston examining a rock quarry, boarded the same train.
When they learned the furniture was on the
same train, Harriet and her husband remained at the station to see that it was
cared for and sent to the house John had bought. It was an old adobe house on
the corner lot of Third North and Third East Streets.
Brother Card, whose spring wagon had been taken to the station for him and
Brother Parry, took the children to their new home.
events that exemplify John Parry's great faith in the power of Priesthood blessings
are described by Nolan P. Olsen.
In September 1879, Hugh McKay was working on the masonry at the top of the
southwest corner of the Temple
when he fell through the scaffolding. "Brothers John Parry and Lorenzo
administered to him before the Doctor arrived. In eleven days he returned to
his work at the temple, feeling almost completely recovered."
August 11, 1883, John Knowles
of Logan fell
more than 50 feet from scaffolding inside the northwest tower. In John Knowles words
some two years after the event: "I landed so hard that it bounced my
spirit right out of my body. I could see my dead body lying there on the steps.
I could hear every word that was said. When my dead body was carried into the
office and laid on the couch, Brother John Parry, who had charge of the
construction, asked one of the men to get Brother Joshua Salisbury, and 'we
will administer to him and send him home."
saw you, Brother Salisbury, fully half a block away, coming up the path from
the place where you had been cutting stone for the temple. You came into the
office, poured some water out of the pitcher into the basin, washed your face
and hands, then combed your hair and whiskers. Then Brother Parry said, 'We
will administer to him.' Brother Salisbury, when you said in your prayer, 'In
the name of Israel's
God, we command you to be made whole,' my spirit entered my body and I opened
my eyes. After it was all over, they put me in the buggy and took me
first schooling for the Parry children was done at home, with Harriet teaching
them to read and write. One of the practices in early Utah
times was for individual wards to provide for the elementary education of their
children, and one such school was in the Logan
5th Ward. It was commonly know as the "Parry School",
after John's wife, Harriet, and two of his daughters, Mary Aneron and Lavinia,
who were teachers.
1880 Census of Logan shows the Parry family living on Pine Street (Third East). At home in June
of that year were John, his wife Harriet, daughters Armenia and Sarah, and son John
Marari. Mary Aneron was away from home, teaching school in Lewiston.
August 1, 1880, he was appointed to preside over the High Priests Quorum of
this period, Mary Aneron and Lavinia opened a millinery shop in Logan, which they
maintained until after the death of their father. After Lavinia's marriage to
Willard Maughan in 1883, Mary continued to operate this shop for several years.
years later, at noon on May 16, 1882, John peacefully passed away, and Harriet
was left without her life's companion. According to his daughter, Armenia,
his family had never known their parents to quarrel, nor had his children ever
heard either of them swear.
funeral was held Friday, May 19, 1882 in the Logan Tabernacle, with all the
temple workers in attendance. Bishop William Hyde
conducted the services and Apostle Moses Thatcher
was the speaker. According to the Deseret Evening News obituary of May 23,
1882, other speakers were Cache Stake President William B. Preston, Elder Elias
Morris, his old mission companion and co- worker from Salt Lake City, and C. O. Card.
temple history records: "In the performance of his duties on the temple
Brother Parry was zealous and faithful and constant at his business. As a man
he was upright and honorable in his dealings; in his integrity he was
unswerving; and by his uniform consistency he won and retained the confidence
and esteem of all who knew him."
After his death, his
family continued to live in the Logan area,
where his daughters and son married people from the Logan area. Lavinia Charlotte married Willard
Weston Maughan, a descendant of one of the earliest Mormon families in Cache
valley, who, nevertheless, was called a "gentile" by the Parry family,
on October 18, 1883. Mary Aneron married Erastus R. Nielsen, who later was
Logan City Clerk, December 28, 1895. They subsequently moved to Preston, Idaho.
Armenia Julia married John Quincy Adams January 2, 1895, and remained in Logan, living just down the hill from the Logan Temple.
Sarah Celestia Harriet married Charles Gloyd Hyde
June 12, 1895, and moved to Hyde Park,
Utah. John Marari married Annie
Barbara Adams in April, 1891.
Julia, John's widow, continued to live in the family home in Logan,
where she augmented family income by "boarding" Logan Temple
workers. She also operated a millinery shop during this time, assisted by her daughters.
Shortly after the dedication of the Logan
Temple in 1884, she was
called as a temple worker, and continued to serve there until her death in
eldest daughter Lavinia C. P. Maughan died September 1902 and his son John M.
Parry died on February 2, 1929. Mary Aneron died October 29, 1938 in Preston, Idaho.
Armenia Julia died January 28, 1947 in Logan,
Utah. Sarah Celestia Harriet
(Hattie) died February 19, 1941 in Hyde
 As of
1994, all of the original buildings on Ochr y Gop farm have been razed, leaving
only buildings erected since the Parry family left Newmarket.
The photo shown in Figure 6 was taken before the last old building had
been destroyed. The name may mean 'side
of the hill.'
According to the Topographical Dictionary
of Wales, Newmarket,
in the hundred of Prestatyn, 6 miles from Holywell, had 631 inhabitants in
1830. Its ancient name was
Trelawnyd. The town name of Trelawnyd
had been restored in recent years.
Elizabeth Saunders was christened 1 Spril 1746 in Llanasa, Flintshire, the
daughter of Edward Saunders and Elizabeth Tucker (Source: Patron submitted IGI
Michaels Church, the parish church for Newmarket,
was built in the early 1700's; it was completed in 1724. Final work on this Church was done by Bernard
Parry and his sons Thomas and Edward.
Their names are engraved on a stone near the top of the east wall of the
Church. Bernard Parry was John Parry's
second great grandfather.
farm near Mold. Rather than identify
suburban and rural homes by number and the road or street on which they lie, as
in the United States today, it
is customary in Britain and Wales to give
individual estates, farms, or cottages identifying names. Belan may have been named after Belan Point
in Caernarvonshire, a headland on the Menai Strait.
 The LDS
Church Family History Department, International Genealogical Index (IGI), lists
their marriage date as 5 Mar 1803, in Newmarket. This is based on early LDS church Temple records submitted
by John Parry, and has not been verified from original parish records.
According to articles in Pioneers and Prominent
Men of Utah, and membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints from 1830-1848, Caleb Parry came to Utah 27 Oct 1849 in the George A. Smith
Company with his father, John Parry. He
was a master mason on the Salt
1853055. He contracted Smallpox and died
while on a mission to England,
and is buried in Birmingham
in a common grave with two other missionaries, William H. Butler, who died of
Typhoid Feber in February 1882, and James Flanigan, who died of Smallpox in
Catherine Vaughn Evans was born 14 Dec 1826 in Guildsfield, Flintshire, the
daughter of Edward Vaughn Evans and Margaret Williams.
Parry was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Parry of Newmarket.
was a first cousin of John Parry.
Parry was the wife of Elias Morris, one of the early Welsh converts baptized by
John Parry, Jr.
records indicate the following additional children:
(of Margaret), born 21 Jun 1767, Llanasa, died 14 Apr 1775.
born 16 Aug 1773, Llanasa, died 10 Apr 1775.
John Parry was born 11 Oct 1801, in Newmarket,
to Edward Parry and Winifred Barker. He
died 23 Oct 1881 in Cedar City,
Parry was born 4 Apr 1825, Newmarket,
to Edward Parry and Mary Foulkes, the youngest of 13 children. Hew was baptized (LDS) 31 Dec 1846, and
ordained a Priest in 1847 by Simeon Carter.
In 1855-57 he filled a colonization mission to Salmon River, Idaho. In 1870-71 he filled a mission to Great Britain, where he presided over the Swansea, Wales,
Conference. (Source: Jensen, Andrew, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, vol 2, p
Payne was born in 1821 in Newmarket, baptized 2
Jan 1841, and married Joseph Parry 29 Apr 1848 in Liverpool. She died 18 Apr 1849, before her family
reached St. Louis.
was buried 10 May 1847 in St. Michaels, Newmarket. A search of the churchyard in 1994 failed to
located his grave. He married Mary Jones
of Dyserth, North Wales, 6 Sep 1776 in Newmarket.
Extracted records in the International Genealogical Index (IGI) indicates that
John and Mary Owens had at least three children, Peter, Anne, and Joseph. It is not recorded whether they died as
 The IGI
indicates Daniel Griffiths was born in Llanasa, Flintshire, Wales, about 1776 (Manti Temple
record with Jos. Hyrum Parry, heir).
 The IGI
indicates Robert Davies was born in Llanasa about 1772 (IGI Patron submission,
 The IGI
(patron submission) indicates Jane Jones was born in Llanasa about 1788.
Parry married Edward Evans, 17 Jan 1807, at Newmarket.
A son, John, was still living in Newmarket
in 1881 at Red Leion, a saddler, according to the 1881 Census.
Evans married Jane Eleanor Roberts, a younger sister of Harriet Julia Roberts,
the wife of John Parry Jr., on 7 May 1860 in Liverpool. They arrived in Utah in 1862.
was the family of Hugh's first wife, Phoeby Jones.
Newmarket Parish records show Thomas' christening as 10 June 1808. The 1881 Census of Llandudno, Caernarvon,
lists Thomas, age 72, retired builder, living at Ty Gwyn, Llandudno, with his
wife, Ellen, son John, daughters Jane and Ann, and granddaughter, Annie. Another son, Llewellyn and wife Jane, were
living at Bryn Maenen, Llandudno at this time.
Mostyn family owned an estate at Talacre in the township of Gwespyr,
Newmarket Parish records show a christening for Ann parry, daughter of Bernard
and Dorothy Parry, as 11 July 1812.
Hyrum Parry, youngest son of John Parry, writes the following: "Mr. Parry was a
poet, singer, and musician of some note, playing the harp and flute. He came from a long line of church men and
singers. His father, Bernard Parry, was
a singing master. After his arrival in
the Salt Lake Valley,
Mr. Parry did his part in the early day social programs with music and
song. With a few compatriots he
organized and founded the first choir in the bowery (precursor to the
Tabernacle), and is recognized as the Tabernacle Choir's first conductor. (from The
Druid, Pittsburgh, PA, Jan 1 1938)
Campbellites were officially called Disciples of Christ, a congregational
Christian Church founded in 1809 in Pennsylvania
by Thomas and Alexander Campbell (1786-1866).
The Campbellites believed that laymen had the right and duty to preach. Other prominent Campbellite converts to the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include Sidney Rigdon, a counselor
to Joseph Smith.
 Dr. Ron
Dennis, in The Call of Zion, reports
that John Parry senior at one time during this period had his own Church, the
John Parry Association.
A Welsh Baptist periodical of the time, translated by
Dr. Dennis, says this of John Parry, Sr., apparently because of the effect John
Parry had on some of the Baptists in North Wales.
"John Parry was a stone mason by trade, a man
possessing a knowledge higher than the ordinary, but unstable in his religious
views. When Alexander Campbell's views,
together with his order of establishing churches under the name 'Disciples,'
abstaining from all forms of creed and discipline, and all council authority,
became known in this country, John Parry embraced them enthusiastically; and it
appears that he succeeded in getting some small churches, and amongst them
Moelunben church, to join him, and they, about 1842, were called 'John Parry's
Association.' He published a book to
explain his principles under the name 'Baptism for the forgiveness of
sins.' In the end he joined the Mormons,
and went to Salt Lake City."
nearly 1840 Birkenhead had been a small town across the Mersey
River from Liverpool. On completion of the first of several new
docks in 1847, it began to grow as a competitor to Liverpool. In 1858 both dock systems were amalgamated
under the Mersey Docks and Harbours board.
Today, Birkenhead is the largest and most important industrial town in Cheshire.
Asaph's Cathedral, in St. Asaph, Flintshire, Wales.
 As of
1994, this building, on Clwyd
Street, Ruthin, was still standing, and housed the
children are probably Mary Ann Williams, who died in 1847, and Edward Williams,
who died 21 Feb 1854.
tombstone, as are many others of the same time period in St. Michael's Church
yard, has since been removed, and lost.
Williams was born in Tremeirchion, Flintshire, 11 Jan 1816, the son of Thomas
Williams, of Cwm, Flintshire, and Ann Williams Williams, of Caerwys,
Flintshire. He was a coachmaker by
trade. He married Mary Parry 4 March
1836 in Newmarket. Although Mary joined the Church earlier, he
was not baptized until 1870 in Utah. He died 23 Jan 1891 in Mill Creek, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Parry was baptized in 1848, almost two years after her parents and her
brothers. She and her husband, John
Williams, emigrated at the same time as did John Parry, Jr.
Abel Evans, in a letter to Dan Jones in 1848, describes
an event occurring at the home of John and Mary Williams: "Mr. Davies, and
Independent minister there, tried to create a division in the family of John
Williams, coachmaker, by going there and saying that the saints had come there
to eat the food of his children; but he got a tidy rebuke for that from the man
and his wife." (Dennis, Ronald D., Indefatigable
Veteran, p 84.)
The 'old gentleman' described in John's Journal was
probably Thomas Williams, John Williams' father.
Goldengrove, the estate of Edward Morgan, was located at Llanasa, near the
Point of Air lighthouse.
Probably St. Mary's Church on Church St. There are several other Churches in Birkenhead, but all were completed too late for her
 About 5
miles northwest of Mold.
Extracted records from Mold Parish, Family History Library Library Film No.
104814, show a William Tattum family, including William, his wife, Mary Lloyd,
and children William, Ann, Thomas, Jane, and Elizabeth in Mold at the time
indicated by John Parry. His father,
Thomas, was married to Margaret Williams, a sister to William Williams.
business was still in existence in 1881, and being operated by a grandson,
Frederick Adams Walker.
records have been found showing a missionary named Kent in this part of the British
Mission. However Millennial Star records of that period show a William Kent
serving as an intermediary between the British Mission President and a local
minister in Birkenhead over a proposed debate. Milo Andrus, in his mission journal for
1845-6 in England also
reports a church member named Kent
in the Liverpool area.
Cain was born Nov 5, 1822, in Douglas, Isle
of Man, England,
and converted to the Church by John Taylor in 1840. He was called to the British Mission on March
1, 1846, in Nauvoo, and arrived in Liverpool
on June 9, 1846. He returned to America
19 Jan 1847 with elder Pratt and Taylor, and his bride, Elizabeth Whittaker
(they were actually married on board the ship, America, on Sunday, 24 Jan 1847, by Elder John Taylor). He was a brother-in-law of President John
Taylor, third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. He was on the staff of the Deseret News from 1850 until his death
Scovil, born 18 Mar 1806, in Middlebury,
Conn., was called to the British
Mission in 1846. His biography is in Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. According to the Millennial Star, in 1848 he was the emigration agent for the Church
in New Orleans.
Williams was born at Gwernaffield, Flintshire, Wales, 16 Sep 1747. His father was Thomas Williams; his mother
was Margaret. Gwernaffield is a village
about 2 miles north of Mold. At the time
the Williams family was there, it was a chapelry in the Mold parish, with many
of its inhabitants working in a local lead mine.
According to a 'patron' submission to the International Genealogical Index
(IGI), 1993 edition, Edward was christened 10 Feb 1776 in Mold.
Ibid. Elizabeth was christened 10 Aug 1776 in Mold.
 We have
no information on John, except that contained in John Parry's journal.
Endowment House records (Fam. Hist. Library film #1149518, ord. #258 indicate
Sarah was born in 1785 in Mold.
 Many of
the incidents reported in this portion of John Parry's Journal can also be
found in a publication that was used for the instruction of young Latter-day
Saints in 1882, Early Scenes in Church
History, Eighth Book in the Faith-Promoting Series, Juvenile Instructor
Office, Salt Lake City,
1882. This information was probably
excerpted from his Journal by either John Parry, himself, or by his wife,
Wilson was born 13 Mar 1794 in Skipton, Yorkshire,
England. He was baptized 8 Apr 1845 in Liverpool. In 1848
he was the Church's shipping agent in New
early convert to the LDS
Church from the
Campbellites, Robert Evans was a frequent companion to Abel Evans during the
early 1850's. He emigrated to Utah, and, apparently at his own request, was called back
as a missionary, where he apostatized and formed his own Church.
Crandall Dunn was born 11 Aug 1817, in Phelps, Wayne, New York. He was called to the British Mission in 1845,
and returned to America
within a year. He returned to the
British Mission in 1847 where, in 1848, he was President of Sheffield
Conference; in 1851 he was President of the Edinburgh Conference.
Parry was the son of Edward Parry and Mary Foulkes, born 4 April 1825 in Newmarket. He married Jane Payne on 1 September 1848 in
Liverpool (she died 19 April 1825 in New
Orleans, LA). He finally arrived in Utah 3 Oct 1852 in the Wm. Morgan
Company. In 1864, he was bishop of the Ogden 3rd
Ward. He was one of the original
settlers of the Salmon River Mission.
early journal describes his early activities in the Church:
"I stayed in Liverpool till I emigrated to America, with the exception of a short mission
that I made to Wales
to preach the gospel to my brothers and sisters and a large circle of relatives
and friends. I was not successful in
converting any of them. Buth they were
under the impression that I was deluded, and were sorry for me. And my sister, Elizabeth, told me she would
prefer following me to my grave, rather than I should connect myself with a
people who were in every way spoken against
I told her that she would change her view from that, and that she would
yet obey the Gospel and follow me to the home of the Saints. She informed me that that never would be the
case. I left my testimony with her, and
my blessing, and returned to Liverpool. In a few months after Elder Abel Evans and
John Parry and other Elders traveled through that part of the country and
converted her, her husband, and children, and baptized the whole family. And in a few years they emigrated to Utah in the handcart companies, and settled in Cedar City."
(A Genealogical and Historical Story of a
Sturdy Pioneer, Joseph Parry)
of the Liverpool Conference, 28 March 1847.
"The following brethren were nominated and voted to be ordained (to the office
of Elder), viz. Caleb Parry, William Parry, and George Chappel." (Millennial Star, April 1847).
Taylor, along with Parley P. Pratt, was sent by the Twelve from Council Bluffs, Iowa,
in the spring of 1846 to "set in order the affairs of the British
Mission." He returned in 1847, and
remained in Winter Quarters until 21 June 1847.
Liverpool Conference minutes for 28 March 1847 show, "It was moved and seconded
that the branches of Birkenhead and Tranmere
by organized into one, to be called the Birkenhead Branch, and that Elder John
Parry take charge of the same as president,"
(Millennial Star, October
1847). Liverpool Conference reports in
the Millennial Star, April 1 1848,
show that the Birkenhead Branch had a membership of 41 on December 26, 1847,
and 24 on March 26, 1848. John Parry was
ordained an elder on 28 Mar 1847, at Liverpool,
by Simeon Carter, L. D. Butler, and J. Marsden.
Carter, born 7 Jun 1794, Thillingwood, CT, came to Utah
15 Aug 1850 in Orson Hyde Company. Prior
to that he served as a missionary to England and the states. (Pioneers
and Prominent Men of Utah, p796).
According to the Millennial Star,
he came to England
from Nauvoo in 1846. He presided over a
Conference of Elders in Liverpool on Aug 22,
1846, and was appointed as a traveling High Priest in the Manchester
Conference. By 28 Mar 1847 he was the
President of the Liverpool Conference.
He returned to America,
September 7, 1848 with a company of 232 Saints on the ship Erins Queen, arriving at St.
Louis on Nov. 6.
Hyde was called, along with John Taylor and Parley P. Pratt, to the British
Mission 16 July 1846. Their assignment
was to "set in order the Churches there" as a result of some serious financial
problems created by local Church leaders.
In October 1846, he succeeded Reuben Hedlock as President of the
European Mission. Hew was succeeded by
Orson Spencer in January 1847, and returned to America, wehre he stayed in
Winter Quarters to oversee the emigration of the Saints until 1850.
Spencer, born 14 Mar 1802, West Stockbridge, MA, came to Utah in 1849, captain of his company. He was called as a missionary to Great
Britain in 1847, when he served as British Mission President until August
1848. He sailed from England with
358 saints on January 29, 1849. He was
late Chancellor of the University of Deseret in 1850 (Orson Spencer Hall at the University of Utah is named after him). He died in St. Louis, MO
According to the Millennial Star,
David Candland spent less than 1 year as a missionary in England at this
time. He was born 15 Octo 1819 at
Highgate, Middlesex, England, and baptized 16 Mar
1841. He married Mary Ann Barton in Nauvoo, IL,
on 28 Nov 1845. He crossed the plains to
Utah 1850 or 1851, and died in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete,
UT, 11 Mar 1902.
Jones, was born in Swansea, Wales, converted to the Church when a captain of
a Mississippi River boat, and was a confidant
of Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. He was a
missionary to Wales
at the time of meeting John Parry, and later, from 1852 to 1855, was President
of the Wales Mission. He is credited
with being a prime mover in the conversion of thousands of early Welsh
Evans was born 24 Jun 1813 in Carmarthenshire, and spent his early life in the coal
mines. He was baptized 10 Feb 1844 by
William Henshaw, and is believed to be the second person baptized by 'divine
authority' in Wales. Abel Evans was ordained a High Priest by
Orson Pratt on 7 Feb 1849 (Millennial
Star, vol XI No. 4). He immigrated
in 1850, after serving about six years as a missionary in his native land. He subsequently returned to Wales in 1865,
where he served as Welsh District President and as a mission companion to John
Parry. See Chapter 9 for additional
information. REF: Jensen, Andrew, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia,
vol. 3, p 625. See also Ronald D. Dennis
Indefatigable Veteran, Rhydybont
Press, Provo, Utah, 1995.
Edwards was, at that time, a "traveling Elder" in the Liverpool
area. He had joined the Church in 1843
in Merthyr Tydvil, South Wales. In July, 1852, he was again called as a
traveling Elder under the direction of the Presidency of the British Mission in
According to the Millennial Star, in
1847 Lorenzo Dow Butler was a counselor to Simeon Carter in the Liverpool
Conference Presidency. He returned to America from Liverpool
September 24, 1848, leading 311 Saints on the ship Sailor Prince. Hew was born
13 July 1826 in Sampson County,
KY. He married Anne Binnall, of Birmingham,
on 15 May 1848, and died 2 August 1884 in Woodbine, Harrison, IA. He apparently did not immigrate to Utah on his return from England,
since all his children were born in either Illinois
or Woodbine, Iowa.
is the ancient name for Shropshire.
Liverpool Conference Minutes of March 26, 1848 show that John Parry was
released as President of the Birkenhead Branch, and replaced by John Gibbons.
of Air is about 5 miles north of Newmarket,
on the Welsh north coast.
born in 1816, was baptized in 1844, and attended the Liverpool Branch. He was Secretary of the South Wales
Conference 1849-50, and a counselor in the South Wales Mission Presidency in
1851-52. He also translated the Book of
Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants into the Welsh language.
Roberts appears to be the wife of Robert Roberts, born in Llanwrst,
Denbighshire, 10 Jan 1776. She died 11
Nov 1848, shortly after her baptism. Her
son, Hugh, immigrated to America,
and died in 1892 in Liberty, Bear Lake, Idaho.
Parry, a daughter of John Parry and Elizabeth Roberts of Llandulas, was
baptized 10 March 1849 in Abergele. She
married Griffith Roberts in 1855, and emigrated to Utah in 1857.
Morris, b 30 June 1825, Llanfair Talhairn, Denbigh, Wales was baptized 17 Mar
1849. He was Secretary for the
Flintshire Conference in 1849-52. He
left Liverpool on March 6, 1852 on the ship Rockaway
with 30 saints and the machinery for sugar manufacture and came to Utah 1
Nov 1852, in the Philip de la Mare Company.
He married Mary Parry, daughter of John and Elizabeth Parry, of Newmarket, Flintshire, Wales
23 May 1852 in Council Bluffs,
Iowa. He was a missionary to Wales in
1865-69, serving with John Parry. He was
a builder and contractor who built an iron furnace in Iron
County in 1860 where he was President
of the Deseret Iron Company, and did contract building in the Salt Lake City area in 1864, some of which
was with John Parry. In 1889 he was
President of Utah Sugar Company. From
1890 to 1898 he was Bishop of the Salt
Lake City 15th Ward.
or Barbara, Morris was born 23 Sep 1793 in Llanfair Talhaiarn, Denbigh, Wales, to John
Thomas and Catherine Vaughn. She was
baptized 21 March 1849. She emigrated in
1852 with her husband, John, and eight children, including Elias.
Abergele Branch met in the Bull Inn in Abergele. This Inn
still stands (1994). In 1990, a plaque
was installed on the wall of one of the rooms of this Inn, with the following
inscription: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) was
begun in 1830 in the state of New York in the United States. In 1837 missionaries began to proselytize in Great Britain, and in 1840 the message of
Mormonism was first proclaimed in Wales. In the latter part of 1848, John Parry, Jr.,
a convert from Newmarket, began to preach at the
home of Jane Roberts, Crown Street,
in the town of Abergele. Jane Roberts, Jane Parry, Elias Morris, and
Barbara Morris were the first fruits of his labors, and over the years a number
of others in and around the area of Abergele converted to Mormonism and were
baptized. On April 30, 1849, this
appendage to the Bull Inn was registered by Elias Morris as a place of worship
for the Abergele Branch of the LDS church.
Its use by the Mormons discontinued in April 1856 after most of the
members of the Church in Abergele had immigrated to Salt
Lake City in the Rocky Mountains. In this sesquicentennial year of Mormonism in
the descendants of John Parry, Jr., and Elias Morris place this plaque in
memory of their ancestors and the other early converts in Abergele (July 13,
1990) COFFA DA AMDANYNT."
year later, Dec. 1, 1850, the Denbighshire Conference had 6 branches, 11
Elders, and 154 members, under John parry, President, with Hugh Morris,
Pratt, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, was called to succeed Orson
Spencer as President of the European Mission in August 1848. He was succeeded in January 1851 by Franklin
D. Richards, who had been ordained an Apostle on February 12, 1849. He was converted to the Church in 1830 by his
brother, Parley P., and ordained an Apostle 16 April 1835.
Parry, of Newmarket, died on the Missouri River in the summer of 1849 (Dennis, Ronald, The Call of Zion, Brigham Young
Parry (born 1818) was the son of Edward Parry and Mary Lloyd. His wife, Ann, (born 1835) was the daughter
of Thomas Parry and Ann Roberts.
According to The Call of Zion,
she had a child during the trek West, and 5 months after her husband died. She later married David Peters.
 Buena Vista,
547 tons; Master E. Linnell. 250 of
the passengers were LDS. Left Liverpool
26 Feb 1849, arrived New Orleans
8 Apr 1849. Company leader: R.
Martin. (Source: Saints on the Seas, A Maritime History of Mormon Migration,
1830-1870, University of Utah Press, 1983).
Dan Jones also returned to the Unites States on this ship.
An interesting Editorial appeared in the Millennial Star (Vol. 11, No. 4, page
57) in regard to this group of saints.
It is extracted below:
"On the 21st of this month I shall send out
two more vessels loaded with Saints, destined for the rich valleys of the
'Ancient Mountains' upon Joseph's land.
One of these ships, the Buena Vista, will carry near 300. The other, called the Hartley, will carry over 200.
These two ships are about full, the berths were nearly all taken several
O! what a wide difference there is between the
emigrating Saints and other emigrants!
With the one there is union, harmony, and order, with prayer and
thanksgiving, and songs of rejoicing; while with the other there is disorder
and confusion, with cursing and bitterness and every evil passion, that not
only renders themselves miserable, but every other well-disposed person that
perchance may be found among the wretched list.
For this reason many respectable emigrants who are not of our faith,
crave the privilege of crossing the ocean with our people."
Most of those emigrating on the Buena Vista with Dan Jones continued on their
emigration west in the George A. Smith Company.
They included Isaac B. Nash, Thomas Jeremy, David Peters, Caleb Parry
and wife Catherine Vaughn Evans Parry, John Parry, and Edward Parry and wife
Ann Jones Parry.
Parry's were members of the George A. Smith Company that arrived in Salt Lake City the fall
of 1849. Other Welsh members of that
company were: Dan Daniels, Dan Jones, Edward and Ann Jones Parry (Edward died
enroute) and an infant son born at Chimney Rock, Wyoming, Caleb and Catherine
Vaughn Evans Parry, William Parry, and John and Mary Parry.
Morris was the father of Elias Morris, baptized earlier, and the husband of
Barbara Morris. He immigrated to Utah with others of his
family in 1852.
Parry, son of Thomas Robert Parry and Ann Roberts, was born 5 Nov 1824 in St.
George, Denbigh, Wales. He married Anne Deborah Waylet in September
1852, and died 18 Sep 1854 at Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
Williams was a brother-in-law to William Howells, and early missionary
companion of John Parry. Most records of
the early Church in Wales
list his name as Rice. He immigrated to Zion in 1849 with his
Williams immigrated to Utah in 1852, and was
later called back to Wales
as a missionary. He returned to Utah in May 1860 on the William Tapscott.
C. Morris, born 26 April 1828, in Llanfair, to William and Sarah Morris,
immigrated to Utah
in 1852. He married Elizabeth Williams,
daughter of Thomas L. and Carolyn W. Williams.
Barbara, or Barbara Ann Morris, was a daughter of John and Barbara Morris of
Abergele, and a sister to Elias Morris.
Robert Roberts was still living in the Abergele area in 1881. At that time, he was 62 years old and a farm
bailiff living at Siamber Wen farm.
may be H. W. Wynne, Esq. of Garthewin, a hamlet in Llanfair Talhairan
parish. Although John Parry records him
as Squire Wynne Garthewin, no records of any families with the name of
Garthewin have been found.
According to records of Dan Jones, she died while on the riverboat, Highland Mary, near Council Bluffs.
Williams was born 16 Dec 1827 in Blaenavon, Wales. He converted to the LDS
Church in 1847, and in 1849, was
called to be a traveling Elder (local missionary) in North
Wales, where he served as a Counselor to John Parry in the North
Wales District Presidency. He immigrated
to America in 1855, but for
financial reasons, he stopped in Canton,
Illinois, where he operated a
coal mine for the next 20 years. He
rejoined the LDS Church
in 1875, and immigrated to Utah
in 1877, where he settled in Pleasant valley and Price, and resumed coal mining
operations. In December 1885, he was
called again to serve as a missionary in Wales, where he became President of
the Wales Conference. (SOURCE: Jensen,
Andrew, Latter-day Saint Biographical
Encyclopedia, vol.2, p 532).
statistical report for the Flintshire conference, Dec. 1, 1850, showed 8
branches, 16 Elders, and 121 Members, under William Parry, President, and Elias
Dyffryn Conway Conference was organized 15 July 1852, with John Davies,
President (Millennial Star, vol.
version of this, very similar in detail, appeared in Early Scenes in Church History, and has been copied in Indefatigable Veteran, by Ronald D.
Dennis. In this version, sister
Tomkinson is reported to have subsequently apostatized.
Parry was a second cousin to John Parry.
Their common ancestors were Edward Parry and Sydney Roberts. Ann Parry was Ann Roberts.
Mary Parry, daughter of John Parry and Elizabeth Parry, emigrated in 1852 and
married Elias Morris in Council Bluffs,
Jones was born 12 Oct 1834, at Llysfaen, Caernarvon, Wales to Robert and Susan
Jones. I can find no records of him
after he immigrated to America.
office of Pastor seems to be peculiar to the European Mission at this
time. According to Church Chronology,
(1887), this calling originated about 1852, with the pastorates (groups of
conferences) presided over primarily by American Elders, while the Conferences
were presided over by local Elders. The Millennial Star, in a statistical report
on the Church in the British Isles, lists him
as Pastor as late as June 30, 1853.
minutes of General Conference in Salt
Lake City, reports his call as member of the High
Council at the Conference of September 7, 1851.
He remained on the High Council of the Salt Lake Stake until the 1860s
when he was released due to old age.
 This is
Patty Sessions, who, though not truly a sister of President Brigham Young, was
a member of the Young household. She was
a well-known midwife in the Salt
Patty Barlett Sessions was born in Bethel, Maine,
4 February 1795. She married David
Sessions at age seventeen, and joined the Church in 1834. Her first husband passed away 11 Aug 1850, in
Salt Lake City, and she married John Parry 14
Dec 1851, in Salt Lake City.
After John Parry's death, she moved to Bountiful,
Utah, where she died 14 Dec 1893.
Halliday was born 17 Apr 1823, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England. He was baptized 10 Nov 1844 by his brother,
John. (LDS Biographical Encyclopedia).
Griffith Roberts was also serving as Conference Secretary of the Denbighshire
Conference at this time (called some time before 30 Jun 1853). He was the husband of Jane Parry Roberts,
daughter of John Parry and Elizabeth Roberts.
He immigrated to the States in 1857, settling in Springville, Utah
and then Ogden. He was later call3ed to
serve another mission in Wales
in 1866-68, where he was Conference President of North Wales Conference and
later of the London Conference. He was
released from his mission on June 20, 1868, along with John Parry, Barry Wride,
and John D. Rees.
Jones had apparently died between 1856 and 1881. His widow, Ann, was listed as a housekeeper
for the Black Lion Inn in 1881.
Elizabeth Jones. According to the 1881
Census, she was born in Llanrhaide, Denbighshire, about 1803. In 1881 she was listed as an Innkeeper, head
of household, at 1 Cross Foxes. She had
tow sons and a granddaughter living with her.
Daniels was born 9 Aug 1807 in Llein, Llanpumsaint, Carmarthen, Wales. He was baptized 7 Oct 1849 and immigrated to Utah in 1849 in the
George A. Smith Company. He returned to Wales as a
missionary with Dan Jones and Thomas Jeremy in 1852. He succeeded Dan Jones as Wales Mission
President in 1856. He died in 1879 in Malad, Idaho.
Lloyd Parry was a stonemason, who joined the Church in 1848, and emigrated in
1853. After arriving in Salt
Lake City, he was employed in the building of the foundation of the
Salt Lake Temple. Later he moved to St. George to work on the
St. George Temple and the 'new' Tabernacle.
In 1877 he was sent to Manti to build the Manti Temple. (SOURCE: Our
Pioneer Heritage, Kate B. Carter, vol 20, Daughters of the Utah
His autobiography, found in the Parrygram, No. 4, spring 1966, shows that he was the son of Edward
Parry and Mary Lloyd. He married
Elizabeth Evans in Wales in
1848, and Ann Parry, a distant relative, in Salt Lake City in 1857. He died in Manti, Sanpete County, Utah
26 Aug 1906.
Prior to his emigration, he was called as President of
the Abergele Branch in 1850, and as a councelor to the President of the Denbighshire
Conference in 1851.
In his autobiography, he reports of his conversion:
"Being naturally inclined to be religious, I frequently
attended the Church of England and went to hear ministers of other
denominations preach. But I could not be
converted to join any of them, as their teachings did not appear to be
consistent or in harmony with the gospel as taught by the Savior and his
apostles. On hearing an elder of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preach, I was converted to the
truth, and wondered why I had not understood the gospel in that light
before. I was baptized March 9, 1848, by
Elder Abel Evans and confirmed at the riverside. About five weeks later I was
ordained a priest. During the summer of
1848 my wife Elizabeth and my father and a number of my relatives joined the
Church." - from Dennis, Ronald D., Indefatigable Veteran
John Parry, a second cousin of John Parry, Jr., was born 22 Oct 1801, in Newmarket, the son of
Edward Parry and Winifred Barker. He
died in Cedar City, Utah 23 Oct 1881. One daughter Mary, married Elias Morris in
1852 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and a second daughter, Winifred became the wife
of John Parry's brother, Caleb, in 1857.
Hugh Evans is probably the one who, as a Campbellite minister (preacher),
joined the Mormon Church, converted many Welsh saints, and immigrated to Utah in 1852.
Roberts, of Ffestiniog, was baptized in 1847 or 1848, and emigrated in
1852. He, and a brother, Daniel, died on
the way to Utah. His brother, David Roberts, served as
president of the Ffestiniog branch until he emigrated in 1856.
Parry was briefly President of the Newmarket Branch in 1849. He is probably the son of Edward Parry and
 As of
the 1881 Census, Joseph Evans was still living in Dyserth, at Ochor Foel, with
his wife Ann and six children. He was
born at Ysceifog, Flintshire, Wales
on 2 July 1818, and died in September 1904 at Dyserth. He married Ann William of Whitfield,
Flintshire, 24 June 1854. He had joined
the LDS Church in the early 1850's, and had
served as President of the Eglwysbach Branch, and as a counselor to John Parry
in the North Wales District.
Harriet Julia Roberts was born 2 Jan 1829, in Llanynys, Denbigh, Wales, the
sixth child of Robert Roberts and Margaret Owens. She joined the Church in 1851 in Ruthin,
Denbigh, and subsequently met John Parry when he was serving as a missionary in
Roberts was an itinerant mason, moving around the area of Denbighshire as his
family was born and raised. His children
were born in Llanfair-Duffryn, Llanynys, Llanelidan, and Llanfrwog (a suburb of
Ruthin). According to his granddaughter,
he had little interest in the Mormons.
He is buried in Llanfrwog
Margaret Owens Roberts was born in 1795 in Wrexham, Denbigh, Wales. According to her granddaughter, she too, had
little interest in the LDS
Church, but still
supported her daughter, Harriet, in affiliating with the Mormons.
nothing is known about Richard Roberts.
There is a record of a Richard Roberts, christened 17 Feb 1822 in
Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales,
son of Robert and Elizabeth Roberts.
This may be the Richard Roberts known by John Parry, but we have not yet
been able to prove this.
is known about Elizabeth Francis (Frances), except that she was a
long-time friend of Harriet Julia Roberts.
One IGI records shows an Elizabeth Francis, daughter of Thomas and
Catherine Francis, christened 6 December 1829, in the Mill Chapel, Wesleyan
Methodist, Ruthin, Denbighshire. This
may be the one.
hamlet three miles southeast of Abergele, Kinmel Park
no longer exists. There is now a Kinmel Beach
about 3 miles northeast of Abergele.
is not the W. R. Davies of South Wales, who
was a constant problem for the Church, until his death in 1849.
Taylor was at this time serving in the European Mission, and as a member of the
Quorum of the Twelve, to which he had been ordained 19 Dec 1828. On 10 October 1880, he was sustained as
President of the Church.
Dewey Richards, born 2 April 1821 in Richmond, MA, was ordained an Apostle 12 Feb 1849 by Heber C.
Kimball in Salt Lake City. He succeeded Orson Pratt as president of the
European Mission 1 January 1851.
James Ferguson returned from his mission to England in 1856 on the ship Enoch Train, as the leader of a group of
immigrating Saints. He was living in Lehi, Utah
in late 1856.
Scott, born in 1811 in Armagh, Ireland, joined the LDS
Church in 1836 in Canada. He was called as a missionary to Ireland in 1854
and served until 1857.
Griffith Roberts was the son of John Roberts and Margaret Jones, born in Capel
Garmon, Denbighshire. He was baptized 29
Dec 1849. He and his family emigrated in
1857 to Utah, settling in Salt Lake City.
Parry was the daughter of John Parry and Elizabeth Roberts. She married Griffith Roberts on 14 Mar
1855. The immigrated to Utah in 1857.
William Phillips, a mining superintendent, was born in Monmouth, Wales, in
1809. He converted to Mormonism on December
17, 1843, in Merthyr Tydfil. He succeeded Dan Jones as President of the Wales area in January 1849, when Jones brought
the first Welsh emigrants to Utah. He emigrated to the United States in the spring of 1854 on the Golconda,
arriving in New Orleans
in March of that year. He later returned
as a missionary in the 1860s.
 Sanders Curling (or S. Curling), U S
Registry , 1469 tons, Master: S. Curling.
707 LDS passengers, Liverpool to Boston,
April 19, 1856 to May 23, 1856; company leader; Dan Jones. (Saints
on the Seas, A Maritime History of Mormon Migration, 1830-1870, University
of Utah Press, 1983).
During the voyage a schedule of activity was
prescribed. Work details washed and
cleaned around the berths each morning.
By 6:00 AM the cleaning and prayers were completed. Meals were served on a staggered basis for
the various wards. Frequent meetings
were held, and evening prayers were over by 8:00 PM. The Saints for health reasons were urged to
spend as much time as possible on deck.
Despite all precautions there was some sickness, including chick pox,
and six children died. Captain Curling
and the ship's doctor, "distinguished themselves" in caring for the
afflicted. Two babies were born and
appropriated named for the master: Dan Curling Dee and Claudia Curling
Reynolds. (Sonne, Conway B., Ships, Saints, and Mariners, University
of Utah Press, 1987).
Parry's original journal entry lists this name as John Oakland. No records have been found for this
person. However, there was a John Oakley
who returned from England
at this time. This was John DeGroot
Oakley, born 12 Nov 1819 in King
County, New York, who
joined the Church in Nauvoo in 1840. He
and his family were in Winter Quarter in 1847, after which we find no record of
his first wife and two eldest children.
He later married, in 1957 in Salt Lake City,
Louisa Jones from Devonshire, England, and settled in southern Utah, then northern Arizona.
Ward leaders on this Ship were: Thomas Thomas, John Edwards, Job Welling,
John Walters, John McDonald, James Thomas, Evan Evans, Richard Williams,
William Butler, and John Lewis.
Official records show there were 707 Saints on the S. Curling.
 One of
these daughters, Elizabeth, married David Grant as his fourth wife on 21
December 1856 in Salt Lake City (David was 40
years old, Elizabeth,
18). They had eight children. Following the death of David Grant, Elizabeth married
Alexander McFarlane, and had seven children.
A second daughter, Sarah Ann, married John Fitzgerald in Salt Lake City in
1857. Both the third and fourth
daughters, Ann and Jane, were married the same day to the same man, William
and Elizabeth Parry and their four children, Winifred, John, Edward, and
Elizabeth, continued on to Utah
in the Edward Bunker handcart company with John Parry. An older daughter, Mary, had emigrated in
1852, and had married Elias Morris in Council
Bluffs in May of that year. Winifred subsequently married Caleb Parry,
John's brother, in February 1857.
Parry and his wife Eleanor were also in the Edward Bunker Handcart
Company. He is the Edward Parry noted
earlier in this chapter as being a missionary companion of John Parry in
1854-55, and was a second cousin to John.
in this company, apparently traveling alone, was Ann Parry, 21 and single, a
daughter of Thomas Robert parry and Ann Roberts. She married Edward Lloyd Parry, a son of
Edward Parry and Mary Lloyd, in Salt
Lake City on 19 February 1857.
Jones, in a letter to President Richards, reported the following:
"The health of the passengers, although good in the
main, considering the weather, has not been without grievous exceptions. I regret to say that, notwithstanding myself,
counselors, and others devoted all our time to nourish the sick, especially the
old, and the mothers of infants, by preserves, soups, sago, arrowroot, and all
the well assorted stock you furnished, owning to a lack of energy in some to
contend with and overcome seasickness, by coming to the air, themselves and
babes suffered much, six of the latter have died, names Joseph J. Davies, son
of George W. Davies, of Cardiff, age one year and five months, of inflammation
of the lungs, on the 28th of April; Hyrum Bassett, son of John
Bassett, of Wales, 29th of April, age ten months, of inflammation of
the lungs; Joseph Thomas, son of William Thomas, of Milfordhaven, on the 8th
of May, aged nine months, on the 9th of May; John Davies, son of
Evan D. Davies, of Glamorganshire, of consumption, on the 17th of
May, and Joseph Price, son of Joseph Price, of Pembrokeshire, May 21st,
of consumption, aged twelve months." from "Sailing Vessels and Steamboats" Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol 12, DUP
Davis Giles, popularly knows as "Utah's blind
harpist," was born 28 Nov 1820 at Blaenavon, South Wales. He was one of the early converts to the LDS Church
in Wales. He was baptized by Abel Evans 1 November
1844. A short time after his baptism, he
was blinded in a mine accident in Nantiglo, Monmouthshire. He and his family emigrated with Jon Parry in
1856. His wife, Fort Bridger,
Thomas Giles became seriously ill and was expected to die. However, Parley P. Pratt, who had known Elder
Giles in Wales, gave him a
remarkable blessing, and he was able to continue his journey to Utah. In Utah
he remarried and had one more child, and lived to bless and name seven of his
grandchildren. He played the harp given
him by Brigham Young in concerts throughout the Utah territory. He died 2 November 1895.
 In a
general letter to the Saints in Europe in 1855, the Presidency of the Church
stated: "In regard to the foreign emigration another year let the Saints pursue
the northern route from Boston, New York or Philadelphia
and land at Iowa City
or the then terminus of the railroad.
There let them be provided with handcarts on which to draw their
provisions and clothing, then walk and draw them thereby saving the immense
expense every year for teams and outfits for crossing the plains. We are sanguine that such a train will
out-travel any oxteam train that can be started? Let the Saints who thereby immigrate the
ensuing year understand that they are expected to walk and draw their luggage
across the plains, and that they will be assisted by the Fund (Emigration Fund)
in no other way." Our Pioneer Heritage, vol 6, p 69.
Duncan McArthur, born 8 April 1820 in Holland, Erie, NY,
was baptized into the LDS Church 22 May 1835.
He first crossed the plains to Utah
in 1848 (a child, Daniel, was born 18 August 1848 on the plains). He served a mission to England from 1852 to 1856, and was 2nd
counselor to Elder James Ferguson in bringing Saints from Europe to America on the
ship, Enoch Train.
Bunker was converted to the Gospel in Kirtland,
Ohio, by Martin Harris. He served in the Mormon Battalion in 1846,
and later returned to Winter Quarters for his family. He immigrated to Utah
in 1850 and later served a mission to England
(1852-56) where he presided over the Scotland area.
Of his experience with the handcarts, Captain Bunker wrote
in his autobiography: "We landed in New York
at Castle Garden,
thence by rain to St. Louis, then by steamboat
up the Mississippi River to Iowa City,
which place we reached in the month of June 1856. Here the company was fitted out with
handcarts. I was given charge of a Welsh
company and left Iowa City
June 28, 1856. We procured provisions
and teams to haul our supplies at Council
leaving Iowa City,
we encountered some heavy rain and wind storms which blew down out tents and
washed away our handcarts. I got a heavy
drenching which brought ona spell of
rheumatism that confined me to my bed a portion of the journey. I had my councilors, Bros. Grant, a Scotchman
and tailor by trade, and MacDonald, a cabinetmaker, neither of whom had much
experience in handling teams. Both were
returned missionaries. The Welsh had no
experience at all, and very few of them could speak English. This made my burden very heavy. I had the mule team to drive and had to
instruct the teamsters about yoking the oxen.
The journey from the Missouri River to Salt Lake City was accomplished in 65
days. We were short of provisions all
the way and would have suffered for food had not supplies reached us from the
valley. However, we arrived safely in Salt Lake City, October
2, 1856." (Source: Daughters of Utah
Pioneers, "Welsh Emigrants," lesson for April 1995, p 357).
Grant, born 21 Jul 1816, in Arbroath, Scotland, served a mission to England from 1852-1856, and returned to America
on the Sander Curling. He later married Elizabeth Williams, daughter
of John Parry's sister, Mary Williams.
He joined the Church in Illinois
in 1840, and remained in Nauvoo for the next several years, working as a
tailor. He was among the original
Company of Saints to travel to Utah
in 1857. He died in 1868 in Mill Creek, Utah.
W. Davies, 32, wife Hannah, 23, and son Joseph, 1, are listed as members of the
Edward Bunker Company.
entire company consisted of 320 persons, and 64 handcarts. They also had one mule team and several ox
teams to haul necessary added materials.
One handcart was assigned to each family, consisting of from two to
several members. Each handcart had one
hundred pounds of flour. According to
David Grant, there were twenty persons and four handcarts to each tent, and
each adult was allowed seventeen pounds of luggage (children were allowed ten
pounds). In addition they brought beef
cattle for food, and eighteen milk cows.
McDonald, 58, was a member of the Bunker Handcart Company. He was a cabinet maker and a missionary
returning from England.
Brooks, born Emma Blinstone in Henllan, Denbigh, Wales,
was the wife of Samuel Brooks of Llanasa, Flintshire, Wales. They lived at Point of Air lighthouse, and
were baptized in 1848 by Abel Evans.
Samuel died 5 October 1856, shortly after arriving in Salt Lake City. They left the three children, two boys and a
girl, who had accompanied them from Wales. One son, George, was raised by Edward Lloyd
Parry, in St. George, Utah.
Parker Pratt, born 12 Apr 1807 in Burlington,
NY, was ordained an Apostle 21
Feb 1835. He was killed by a mob 13 May
1857 at Van Buren, Arkansas.
At the time Elder Pratt met the Bunker handcart
company, Thomas Giles had been seriously ill, and was to have been left behind
to die. Elder Pratt gave Brother Giles a
marvelous blessing in which he promised that Brother Giles would be healed,
would rejoin the Company, would arrive in Salt Lake City safely, and would there
rear a family. All of that came to pass.
Patriarch John Smith, son of Asahel Smith and Mary Duty, came to Utah in 1847 with
Brigham Young. He had been, until the
death of the prophet, a counselor to Joseph Smith. He was ordained Church Patriarch 1 Jan 1849.
Edward Bunker Company, with 300 saints, arrived in Salt Lake City on 2 October 1856. They were the last Company to leave Iowa City before the
ill-fated Willie and Martin Companies.
home of John Parry, Sr. was an adobe house located on the corner of South
Temple and 5th West, in the 16th Ward (an area bounded by
South Temple, 7th West, 2nd North, and 4th
West Streets in Salt Lake City). Many of the Welsh Saints settled in either
the 15th or 16th Wards.
Chase Kimball was ordained an Apostle 14 Feb 1835. He was sustained as First Counselor to
President Brigham Young 27 Dec 1847.
there are many Edward Parrys in John Parry's Journal, this one is believed to
be a cousin of John Parry, who, in 1872, was the chief mason for the St. George
Moss and two children were in the First Company to migrate west in 1851 under James W.
Williams Fox, born 31 March 1819 in Adams Corner, Jefferson, NY,
was baptized 10 July 1840. He married
Eliza Jerusha Gibbs on 2 June 1849 in Council
Bluffs, Iowa. With William B. Preston, he later surveyed
and laid out the City of Logan.
William Francis Moss was born 15 Nov 1825 in Nottingham, England. He emigrated to Utah some time before 1857.
area known as Sessions' Settlement (for Perregrine Sessions), is now Bountiful, Utah.
endowments were given in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City.
Frederick Kesler was born 20 Jan 1816 in Meadville,
PA. He joined the LDS
Church in 1840, and migrated to Utah 1 October 1851 in
the Orson Pratt company. He was bishop
of the Salt Lake 16th Ward for 43
years. He built the first flour mills in
Iowa and Utah.
He died in Salt Lake City
in 1899. His daughter, Parthenia,
married Joseph Hyrum Parry, a son of John Parry Sr.
Brigham Tripp was a substantial landholder in the west Murray, Utah
Wickiups were shelters built from brushwood and covered with mats.
Governor Alfred Cummings, appointed as Governor of the Utah
Territory in 1857, accompanied the
Army as far west as Wyoming,
where they wintered. He arrived in Salt Lake City in March
1858 in the company of Col. Thomas Kane, a friend of the Mormons. He left Utah in May 1861, and was known as friendly
to the Saints.
daughter, Lavinia Charlotte (Vinny) Parry, was born 24 Nov 1857, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She later married Willard Weston Maughan on
18 Oct 1883, and died 17 Sep 1902 in Logan,
Pondtown is now Salem, Utah
 Camp Floyd,
in Cedar Valley, was named after the then
Secretary of War. General Johnston's
troops remained in Camp
Floyd until after the
outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.
diary of Patty Sessions (Parry), wife of John Parry Sr., records the following:
April 21, 1858: John Parry (Jr.) came from Echo Canyon.
April 22, 1858: I have finished planting my
garden. John Parry helped me.
May 12, 1858: John Parry came back from Summit where his wife
is. He takes care of my garden. He is one of the guards that stays here.
May 21, 1858: John Parry released from guard to go to Summit with a young man
that started to go to the States. John
told him he was here and he better stay here.
He concluded to stay and has gone South with John. I have boarded John since he came back and
fitted him and the boys with provisions to go three days. (Source: Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 2, page
Creek is now Santaquin, Utah.
Livingstone was a non-Mormon merchant in Salt
Lake City in the 1850's. He was a partner in the firm of Livingstone
E. B. Alexander commanded the 10th Infantry from Fort Leavenworth. This until arrived at Ham's Fork on September
William X. Jones, born 1833 in Wales,
married Sarah Parry, daughter of Thomas Robert parry, in Wales, and immigrated to Utah in 1856.
Parry's daughter, Armenia,
describes this incident in a biography of her mother, Harriet Julia Roberts
Parry, written in 1938.
"The room in which she lived had no floor, and one day
as she lifted her cream jar, she discovered a rattlesnake curled up where the
cream jar had stood. She quickly
snatched her baby from the cradle and ran to the neighbor for help to kill the
Benjamin Franklin Johnson (called Johnston by
John Parry) was born 28 Jul 1818 in Palmyra,
New York, and was closely
associated with Joseph Smith, serving for a time as his secretary. He came to Utah in 1847 with Brigham Young. He settled Summit Creek in 1851, and remained
there for several years.
Washington Johnson (Journal calls him Johnston) was born 19 Feb 1823 in New York. He came to Utah 21 Sep 1851 in the Alfred Cardon
Company, and resided in Santaquin (Summit Creek) in 1858. He was later bishop of the Fountain Green
Husband of Mary Parry Williams, John Parry's sister.
Parry's daughter, Mary Aneron, in her life sketch, describes this as an adobe
building. Later, he built an addition to
this adobe house, and then a rock house on the same land. The adobe house was then rented as three
Jeremy, along with Thomas Jeremy and Sarah Jeremy Williams, wife of Evan
Williams, had joined the Church in 1848 in Brechfa, Wales. His brothers and their families emigrated to Utah in 1849, but
apparently David remained for some time.
In 1849, while serving as a missionary in Carmarthenshire, he was
severely beaten by a mob to the point that he was never able to have
Call came to Utah
in 1848 with Brigham Young. He built a
home in Bountiful, Utah, where he served as bishop in 1849-50
 Mary Aneron
Parry was born 24 October 1859, in Salt
lake City. She
moved to Logan
with her parents, where she met and married Erastus R. Nielsen 28 Dec
1887. He later died 29 October 1938 in Preston, Idaho.
Eccles was born 19 Sep 1824, in Over Darwin, Lancastershire, England. He joined the Church in February 1842, and
was in Salt Lake City
from 1856 until after 1865.
Jackson Snedaker was born in Lansing, NY in 1818, and came to Utah 21 Sep 1847. He was a merchant and mining man and built
the first salt manufacturing plant in Salt
Vasco Call was born in 1834. He served
in the Echo Canyon
campaign (Utah War) with his father, and later served a mission to England in
1864-67. He died Aug 4, 1867.
Pierce Hoyte, born in November 1807 in New Hampshire,
joined the church in New York, and moved to
Nauvoo, where he owned the land on which the Nauvoo Temple
was built. He came to Utah in 1850 in the Elias Smith Company, and
settled in Fillmore, where he was in charge of building the State Capitol
building. He moved to Weber Valley
in 1860. The mill referred to by John
Parry was a grist mill, built on the Hoyte property.
B. Kent was born in 1828 in Portage
County, Ohio. He came to Utah in September 1848 in the Daniel A.
Miller Company. At one time he was a
Captain of the Militia in Davis
Salt Lake Theater was completed in 1862.
It was the social center for Salt
Lake City for many years, and remained in service
until 1929, when it was torn down. Since
money was scarce during those pioneer days, articles of merchandise were often
accepted at the ticket window. One
pioneer reported that he paid a turkey for his ticket and received a chicken in
exchange (Ref: Hunter, Milton R., Utah:
The Story of Her People, Deseret News Press, 1946).
Nauvoo Legion was the local militia organization, begun while the Saints were
in Nauvoo. It was finally disbanded
under Federal government orders in 1887.
Hammer Wells, born in 1814 in Trenton, NY, came to Utah
in September 1848. He was set apart as
Second Counselor to Brigham Young 4 Jan 1857.
He subsequently was sent to England with Brigham Young, Jr.
where he served as President of the European Mission in 1864-65.
 Armenia married John Quincy Adams in Logan, Utah,
2 Jan 1895. He was subsequently
(1907-1930) Bishop of the Logan 5th
Ward, located just west of the Logan
Temple block. She died 28 Jan 1947 in Logan.
Morris joined the Church in 1849 in Wales. Before arriving in Utah
in 1853, he had a severe accident in the coal mines in Wales, and a severe illness in St. Louis.
These may have affected his mind, because after his arrival in Utah, he was married and
divorced from three different wives, and twice excommunicated from the
Church. He professed to be a prophet of
God, sometimes claiming to be the 'seventh angel' spoken of in Revelation.
 Fort Douglas.
Brothers owned a store located on Main
Street, south of ZCMI. They also owned a hotel in Salt Lake City, the Walker House Hotel.
Moyle was born in Lucillion, Conwall,
1835. He was baptized 28 Dec 1852 and
immigrated to Utah
before 1855. He is the grandfather of
Henry Dinwoody Moyle, a counselor in the First Presidency to President David O.
Gillespie was born in 1822 in Denny, Scotland, and emigrated from there to Illinois in
1849-50. He was in Utah by 1853.
Morris Farmer was born in 1816 in Ledbury, Herford, England. He immigrated to America in 1856 on the ship Horizon.
He was a stone mason, and had worked on the Salt Lake Temple, rebuilding the stone
Woodmansee, a son of James Woodmansee and Sarah Terrill, was born in Fairfield, Ohio, and
joined the LDS Church in January 1845. With his brother, Charles, he engaged in a
mercantile business in Salt Lake City
in the 1850s. His brother, Charles,
moved, in 1854, to Ogden,
where he continued in this same business.
Staples (or Stapleton) was born in Bath, Somerset, England
in 1810. He was among the early English
converts to the Church, being baptized 18 Dec 1841. He immigrated to Utah before 1853.
Richard Jenkins Davies was born in 1826 in Glamorganshire, Wales. He was baptized in 1851, and in the United States
Wride was born 4 August 1833 in Llantressant, Glamorganshire, Wales. He was baptized 27 Mar 1857, and immigrated
to Utah about
1861, where he married Hannah Selman. He
returned to Wales
with John Parry as a missionary in 1865.
According to his daughter, Mary Aneron, when John Parry left on his mission, he
left his wife and daughters with 20 sheep, a cow, chickens, and the adobe
apartment as rental income.
Sharp was born in Clackmannan, Scotland in 1820, and came to Utah in 1850. during the building of the Salt Lake Temple, he was the manager of the Temple stone quarries. He was bishop of the 20th Ward in Salt Lake City for 30
William Henry Folsom was born 25 Mar 1815 in Portsmouth, NH,
to William Folsom and Hannah Skinner. He
came to Utah
in October 1860 in the Joseph W. Young Company.
His family home was in Salt
Cumberland was born 22 Aug 1820 in Loughborough, Leicester, England. He immigrated to Utah before 1852.
route followed by these missionaries from Salt Lake City
to Omaha was generally
the Mormon Trail.
William Bowker Preston, born in 1830 in Staunton,
VA, came to Utah
in January 1858 from California. He was the first Bishop of Logan, Utah, and
later served as Presiding Bishop for the Cache Valley
area. He was called as a missionary to England from 1865 to 1868, where he served as
President of the Newcastle and Durham Conferences. After his return, in 1877, he was called as a
counselor to Moses Thatcher in the Cache Stake, and in 1884 as Presiding Bishop
for the Church.
King Thurber was born 7 Apr 1826 in Foster, Providence, Rhode Island. He was baptized 1 Sep 1849, while on his way
to the gold fields in California. He was living in Spanish Fork, Utah, when called as a
missionary in 1865. He served in the
British Mission in 1865 and 1866. His
assignment as Guard Captain for the group of missionaries traveling from Utah to the East was
apt, since he had been in command of local militia in the Spanish Fork area
(See Jensen, Andrew, Latter Day Saint
Biographical Encyclopedia, Volume 1, page 520).
Robinson was born in 1816 in Cincinnati,
Ohio. He was baptized in 1846, and shortly
immigrated to Utah. He appears to have been called on a
short-term 'work' mission to care for one or more ferry crossings near present-day
Colonel Patrick Connor had been stationed at Ford Douglas and was earlier
commanding officer of the US Army forces at the Bear River Massacre in
1863. During his service at Fort Douglas,
he became well-known for his anti-Mormon attitude.
William Athol McMaster was born in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland
in 1816. He came to Utah in 1854 in the Daniel Garn
Company. He was called to a mission to England from
1865 to 1869. He is reported to have
been the first rope maker in Utah.
William D. Williams was President of the South Wales District. Abel Evans and John Parry were named as his
counselors in the District presidency on January 5, 1866. He was released within a month and returned
on the ship John Bright, 30 April
Parry was the daughter of John Parry and Winifred Barker, and the widow of
Thomas Parry, who had died in 1863. She
died in Liverpool, shortly after John Parry Jr. returned from his mission to Wales. Apparently, only one of her children, Jane
Harriet, joined the Church and immigrated to Utah.
Jane Harriet married August Sorenson Mackelprang in St.
George, Utah and died 17 Jun 1920
in Cedar City, Utah.
Davies (Davis) was the son of Winifred Parry and
Thomas Davies, born in 1842 in Newmarket,
Flintshire. Winifred was a sister to
is an Edwin Price, born 9 Jun 1826 in Ruabon, Flintshire, baptized in September
1849 in Wales, and
immigrated to America
some time after 1870. He married Frances
Williams, of Newmarket
and was living in Trevor and Ruabon until 1866.
He died in 1902 in Sevier
William Jones, a farmer, born in 1815, was still in Hawarden in 1881 (1881
P. Green, and his wife, Martha Owens Green, were living in Bagillt from at
least 1864 through 1866. He had two
children born there: Thomas Parry Green,
born 20 Dec 1864, and Ella Green, born 31 Oct 1866. In a letter to President D. H. Wells dated
August 1, 1865, he gave a rather discouraging report on the state of the Church
in North Wales:
"There has been a deal of preaching in North Wales, and many tracts have been distributed in the
houses in Bagillt and other villages. We
believe, however, that before much good can be done in this part of the
country, the Lord will have to preach to the people by other means, because of
the deep sleep that has fallen upon them.
They are full of tradition and superstition, and it will require more
than the simple testimony of the word to awaken them."
Indefatigable Veteran, p 224.
Parry Williams' father in law, Thomas Williams was born in 1791 in Cwm,
Flintshire. His wife, Anne, had died
much earlier (1837). Two sons, Roger and
Reuben, were still in the area with their families in 1881.
J. Strang, a convert living at Voree, Walworth
became dissatisfied with the leadership of the Church under Brigham Young. He claimed a letter from Joseph Smith dated
18 June 1844 appointed him his successor.
He established his followers in Beaver
Island in northern Lake
Michigan, and finally had himself crowned King of Beaver
Island. He was killed in 1856 during an
uprising on Manitou
Island. Among those who followed him for a time were
William Smith, the only surviving brother of Joseph Smith, John C. Bennett, and
John E. Page, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve (SOURCE: William E. Barrett,
The Restored Church). On the death of James Strang, all of the
members of his Church on Beaver
Island were forced to
leave the area, and the Church effectively died. Since this event occurred ten years after
Strang's death, it is possible that John Parry's reference to Strangites may
cover a broad category of general apostate Mormon groups.
Bernard Roberts was a son of Edward Roberts and Ann Parry, a daughter of Bernard
Parry and Dorothy Jones. He was
christened at Chester
Church in Holywell on 16
 Tan y
Graig is the name of an estate or farm near Conway.
Edwards and his family remained in Wales
and England until after
1890, when they immigrated to Blackfoot, Idaho. He was born 1 Mar 1849 in Bethesda,
Caernarvon, Wales, and
married Mary Roberts of Cefn Mawr, Denbigh, Wales on 15 Jun 1868. He died in Blackfoot, Idaho in 1904.
workhouse, or poorhouse, run by a 'Union' of
Parishes. Holywell Union, in Holywell,
Flintshire, was one of the larger ones, with over 100 residents in 1881. John Parry's aunt, a sister to Harriet Parry,
was not still there in 1881.
Michael Parry was born 24 Nov 1834 in Kemmerton, Flintshire, Wales, the son
of John Parry of Kemmerton. He was
baptized in 1848, probably in Birkenhead or Liverpool. He died in Springville, Utah
"Perpetual Emigrating Fund" was initially established to help the destitute
Saints in their trek westward from Nauvoo. It was later expanded to assist European
Saints in emigrating. In principle,
local Saints were to contribute to the Fund as they could and those receiving
help were to reimburse the Fund as soon as they could after reaching the Salt Lake
Valley. It reached its peak use during the period
from 1852 to 1855, but continued to be used on a less extensive scale. The Fund was confiscated by the Federal
Government in 1877 as part of the action allowed by the Edmunds Tucker Act.
William Jones served as a missionary in Merionethshire in 1846. He immigrated to America
on the Golconda in 1854, and returned to Wales as a
missionary in the 1860s.
Evan A. Richards, from Utah,
had been presiding over the Swansea Conference until this conference. He had been serving as a missionary in South Wales sine 28 June 1865. He had joined the Church in 1849, immigrated
to Utah, and was called back to England as a
missionary in the 1860s.
Abram Hatch, who joined the Church in 1840, and served as a member of the
Nauvoo Legion as early as 1845. He
settled in Lehi in 1851, where he engaged in farming. He was called to serve as a missionary in England from 1864-67, where he labored as a
traveling Elder in the Birmingham Conference, and later as President of both
the Manchester and Birmingham areas.
Morris, in a letter dated Dec 20, 1866, and printed in the Millennial Star (vol 29, no.2, January 12, 1867, page 28), reported
that he had been appointed to preside over the Swansea Conference on 25 Mar
1866. He had previously served as a
Counselor to Elder Phillip Dell, who was released at that time to return to Utah.
Richard J. Davis was appointed President of the Carmarthen Conference on 25
Celestia Harriet (Hattie) Parry later married Charles Gloyd Hyde in Logan, Utah
12 January 1895. She died in Hyde Park, Cache County,
19 February 1941.
actual sailing date was April 30, 1866.
Of the 747 British Saints on board, 250 were from Wales. Six of the adults were missionaries returning
from their labors in Wales.
Frederick Baker, born in 1829 in Somersetshire,
married Diana Davis of Glamorganshire, and had been living in the Treforest
area since 1857. He had a son, Frederick
George born 25 June 1867 in Treforest.
Davis Rees was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales in 1815. He immigrated to America
in 1849, stopping in St. Louis, and then went on
to Utah in
1852. After settling in Brigham
City in 1854, he was called to serve a mission in Wales in 1866.
 No record
has been found of a William Gwyn.
However, there was a William Gwynn living in Merthyr Tydvil in 1865 who
was a member of the Church.
Following his return from his mission, John W. Young was elected
Superintende3nt of the Salt Lake City Railroad in 1872, and in 1874 held the
contract to build the Utah Northern Railroad.
Ure is mentioned in Truman Angell's missionary journal as being in the same
missionary company leaving Salt Lake
City in April 1856.
He was born in 1817 in Scotland,
and immigrated to Utah
before 1850. He returned to Utah in 1858, and was
apparently called again to the British Mission in 1865 or 1866.
Frost, born 28 Feb 1841 in Westville, CT, immigrated to Utah
with his father, Burr Frost. He married
Eliza Evans Palmer in Nov 1867, after his return from this mission.
White Lion Inn made a large meeting room available for the Saints in Merthyr
during the period between 1846 and 1868.
It was at this location that Dan Jones reported a very large gathering
of the Saints in 1846 (over 1000 members).
This Inn still stands in downtown
Chugg was born in Devonshire in 1819, and
joined the Church in 1848. He and his
family had been living in Canton
since the late 1850s. He died in Weber County
Thatcher was born in 1842 in Sangamon
County, Illinois. After his return from his mission to England, he was in Salt Lake
City at the time of the organization of the Salt Lake City RR in
1872, and moved to Logan
shortly thereafter. He was superintendent
of the Sunday Schools in Cache
Valley in 1873, and was
called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1879.
He was dropped from the Quorum of the Twelve in April 1896.
According to Andrew Jensen, in Latter-day
Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol III, p 626, Abel Evans became ill with
a cough while assisting the Welsh Saints to embark on the ship John Bright at Liverpool
on April 30, 1866. While attending a
conference in Birmingham
the following September, he slept in a damp bed, which renewed the cold and
coughing. Although his condition was
serious, he continued his preaching, both indoors and out, being exposed from
time to time, until he became so weak that he could not stand, and until the
day of his death at Merthyr Tydfil on Nov. 30,
1866, he did not seem to realize his condition.
Morris' journal for that same time reads: "Received a letter from Brother
Parry stating that Prest. A. Evans was very sick, and desirous for me to go
and visit him. Took the train in the
evening, found Bro. Evans very sick and not likely to get through it."
Lawson born in 1824 on the Isle of Man, immigrated to Utah in 1854. He later returned to England as a missionary, and assisted in
bringing immigrants from Liverpool to Utah
 Cefncoedcymer Cemetery,
located on the south side of Merthyr Tydfil. Abel Evans' grave is marked by a stone
inscribed: "Sacred to the memory of Elder Abel Evans. Born June 24, 1813. Died November 30, 1866. Whoso loseth his life for my sake and the
gospel shall find it again." The grave
is still cared for by local Saints.
William White was born 21 Sep 1826 in Fishguard, Pembroke, Wales. He was baptized in 1852 in Wales. He remained in Wales
until about 1875, when he immigrated to Salt
Lake City. He
died in Salt Lake City
11 December 1905.
obituary was printed in the Millennial
Star, Vol 28, pp 793-4.
letter has not been found. However one
written by John Parry to "Sister Evans" about a month later (20 January 1867)
exists. A copy of this letter can be
found in Ronald D. Dennis' book, Indefatigable
Veteran, page 243.
following letter, written by John Parry, Jr. appeared in the Millennial Star, Vol 29, No. 1, January
5, 1867, page 14.
Dec. 20, 1866
appointed to succeed our beloved brother Abel Evans, to the Presidency of the
Welsh District, I consider it my duty to give you a brief account of the
condition of things, as we found them in those parts where changed have taken
place in the ministry, in order to regulate the same, according to the
appointment made by the Presidency in Liverpool.
had the privilege of accompanying Elder F. D. Richards to several Branches of
the Conference, and spent Sunday, the 9th instant, at Cardiff, where
he spoke three times that day, with much freedom and great power of the Holy
Ghost, to the full satisfaction and edification of all the Saints, and caused
us all to rejoice in the good things of the kingdom.
Monday morning we had a meeting in the same place.
at Mountain Ash; Wednesday, at Aberdar; Thursday, at Merthyr. At all these places we had excellent
meetings, and a great outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord.
Saints in all the above places feel grateful and highly favored, for the
privilege of having one of the Twelve to visit them.
Sunday, the 16th, we visited Swansea,
and met Brothers Elias Morris, and J. D. Rees, at which place also elder
Richards spoke three times. In the
morning, at a Priesthood meeting, we had much good instructions concerning our
duty, and the responsibility that rests upon us, to make known the gospel to
our fellow-man; even to warn the noble and rich, if not verbally, by all lawful
means, such as books, pamphlets, etc. As
the Gospel must be preached as a witness, for, or against all people.
the afternoon and evening we had good instructions, and a strong testimony of
his experience and knowledge of the great work of God in these last days. Elders John Parry and Elias Morris testified
of their experiences, for upwards of twenty years, in the Church, and of the
knowledge and much assurance that they had of the truth of the work of the
Lord, and of the undeniable fact that Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are Prophets
of the Most High God, etc. The Saints in
all the above placed approved of the changes and appointments in the ministry,
without a dissenting voice. "
Monday, the 17th, Elder Richards took his departure with the train
for Liverpool, and had our warmest affection to go with him; for truly he had
cheered us up, and left a good influence with us, and our prayer is, that the
Lord may bless and prosper him in all his ministry, as he did while here with
found all things in good condition where we visited; and the testimony of the
Saints, as a general thing, is that they feel better than ever before.
power of God is made manifest among the Saints to a great extent; several of
them have been attacked by cholera; but not one died that trusted in the Lord,
and the ordinance of his house, namely anointing with oil, and the laying on of
hands by the Elders, with prayer of faith, while some few died that did apply
other means to their cases.
Brother in the Gospel,
 John Cottam, born in Yorkshire, had immigrated to Utah in 1856. A son,
John, had immigrated three years earlier of Conferences.
 Joseph Evans had been a counselor to John Parry in
the North Wales District in 1849. He had also been,
at the same time, President
of the Eglwysbach Branch.
 T. P.
Green (Thomas P. Green) was at that time a counselor in the Presidency of the
Conference, comprising the former Caernarvonshire, Flintshire, and Denbighshire
 Not a close relative to John Parry, Jr. His wife,
Elizabeth Roberts Parry, was baptized 17 Feb 1867, and a son, Edward Roberts
Parry, was baptized 18 Feb 1867 in Wales. It appears that at least
Edward immigrated to Utah
William White, born 21 Sep 1826 in Wales,
immigrated to Utah
 In this letter, addressed to President Franklin D.
Richards, John Parry writes:
"I counselled the
brethren to visit their neighbors; one old brother by so doing, told a lady
belonged to some of the
sects, that if she would ask the Lord for wisdom and knowledge, that he would
reveal unto her whether we were the right Church or not. She did so; and in a
night vision an angel of the Lord appeared to her, dressed in white robes, and
told her that this was the Church of Jesus Christ, and
commanded her and her family
to be baptized for the remission of their sins. She asked him were any of the
other sects right? No, not
one of them, said he, and the vision was closed. She came four miles to
meeting, when I was there at Christmas, and her husband with her. She told some
of the Saints that she and her family would come into the Church."
Source: Millennial Star, Vol 29, No 11, p 174
 Thomas P. Green, in a letter to the Millennial Star,
reports of this meeting:
"Last Sunday we had our
Council Meeting at this place, (Bagillt), and had the pleasure of having the
presence of our worthy brethren from the Valley with us, namely John Parry and
Griffith Roberts. Many good and interesting instructions were given by them, to
the full satisfaction of all the Saints. These men of God have done much good
in Wales, since they came
from Zion, in
preaching, visiting, and awakening the Saints and Priesthood to their duties,
and have brought many into the Church who had gone astray. We feel thankful to
the Lord and his servants, for sending such good men to teach us the way of
salvation. All the Saints are highly gratified with these men, and often say
that God has placed the right men in the right places."
vol 29, No. 11, p 174
 Brigham Young, Jr., a son of Brigham Young and Mary
Ann Angell, was born 18 Dec 1836 at Kirtland,
Ohio. He was called as an Apostle
in 1864, and was named President of the European Mission in August 1865.
 Oscar Brigham Young was born 10 Feb 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinois,
a son of Brigham Young and Harriet Elizabeth Cook Young.
Nathaniel Henry Felt was born in Salem,
Mass. 6 Feb 1816. He joined the
Church prior to 1843, and was called to be Branch President of the Salem
Branch. He moved to Nauvoo in 1844, and to St. Louis in 1847, where he was President of
the St. Louis Conference. He immigrated to Utah in 1850, and was subsequently called as
a "Travelling Bishop", with the responsibility of training other
From 1865 to 1867 he served a mission to England, where he worked in the
office of the Millennial Star, and later as "Pastor" of the London
 Charles William Penrose was born in 1832 in
Camberwell, Surrey, England. He joined the Church in
May 1850 in England, and
immigrated to Utah
in September, 1861. He was later called to serve a mission in England in
1865-68. In 1880, he was Editor in Chief of the Deseret Nezus. He was ordained
an Apostle in 1904, and sustained as Second Counselor to President Joseph F.
Smith in 1911.
James McGaw was President of one of the Districts attending the Conference.
 Conference Minutes, printed in the Millennial Star,
vol 13, No. 22, June 1, 1867, page 342, reports on John Parry's sermon as
"Elder John Parry said
he had been twenty years in the Church, nine of which he had passed in Utah. He was a witness
that this Gospel came in power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost. We could
see around us men depending on their fellow men for salvation, but they who did
this were cursed before God. Brother Parry then related several remarkable
instances of healing by the power of God that he had witnessed, and exhorted
the Saints to live up to the law of tithing."
 An announcement in the April 20, 1867 edition of the
Millennial Star reports that "Elder Griffith Roberts is released from the
presidency of the North Wales Conference, and is appointed to preside over the
 Susannah Saunders Thomas was born in Merthyr Tydvil,
married Frederick Thomas in 1847, and joined the church in 1848. She died 19
April 1867 in Merthyr. A year after her death, Frederick
married Margaret Reece, and by 1875 had immigrated to Utah with most of his family.
 William White was born in Fishguard, Wales, in 1826.
His wife was Anne Thomas of Haverfordwest.
They came to Utah in 1876.
 George Francis Gibbs was born 23 Nov 1846 in
Haverfordwest, Pembroke, Wales.
He was assigned to the Liverpool office of the
British Mission at this time. He emigrated to America
some time between 1868 and 1876, when he was married in Salt Lake City to Ida Snow, daughter of
Lorenzo Snow. He was in Logan, Utah
on August 22, 1884 to speak at the funeral of his brother, John Henry Gibbs,
who had been killed while serving as a missionary in Tennessee earlier that month.
 Minutes of the Welsh District Conference, held in the
Temperance Hall, Aberdare, South Wales, Sunday
May 12, 1867, show the
"Present on the Stand -
Elders F. D. Richards of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; John Parry,
of the Welsh District; Charles
W. Penrose, late President of the London Conference; F. C. Anderson, President
of the Bristol Conference; Elias Morris, John D. Rees, Richard J. Davies, Barry
Wride, and William White, Conference Presidents, and James Boden, Travelling
At the 11 AM meeting:
"Elder J. Parry read the
reports of the North Wales Conference, on behalf of Elder T. P. Green, who was
not present, and reported the Conference in good condition. The people in that
region were very much prejudiced against the Gospel. Elder Parry said he had
travelled through all the Conferences in the District, and the brethren had
given a correct statement of their respective fields of labor. They were united
with him in carrying out instructions and the local Priesthood were also, as a
general thing, doing the best they could. He wished to carry into effect the
counsels of those placed over him and desired all to remember that "He
that waiteth to be commanded in all things, is a slothful and unprofitable
servant", and that if he receiveth a commandment with a doubtful heart, he
At the 6 PM meeting:
"Elder John Parry
addressed the congregation in the Welsh language. Said the principles of the
Gospel preached in this Church appeared new to the world, but they were really
very ancient, as any
student of the Bible might
discover. The Gospel contained things pertaining to this life as well as the
life to come; it would teach men how to live, what to eat and drink, and all things
necessary for their guidance. Men had no right to question the Lord in these
things, and He was not going to consult them; but they ought to submit
themselves with all their powers to the law of the Lord...."
Source: Millennial Star, Vol 29, No. 31
William Gibbs was a brother to George F. Gibbs, a son of George D. Gibbs, and
Ellen Phillips of Haverfordwest.
 William Morgan was born in Brecon in 1797, and
baptized in 1857. He died in 1878 in Spanish Fork, Utah. In 1867, one of his daughters, Mary
Morgan, was living in Scranton,
 Mumbles Head is a lighthouse point about 5 miles
southwest of Swansea on Swansea Bay.
 Isaac Jones was born 18 Aug 1838 in Llanpumpsaint,
Carmarthenshire, to Benjamin Jones and Margaret Hughes. His brother, William,
was baptized in 1847, and lived in Merthyr Tydfil.
William was in Carmarthen in 1848 and 1849,
serving as a missionary.
 James Evans, a blacksmith, was born in Kidwelly about
1838. He was still living in Kidwelly, at
Monk's Ford, at the time of
the 1881 Census.
 This is probably John Fisher, farmer, born about 1817
in Kidwelly. He was still in Kidwelly in 1881, living on Causeway St., according to the 1881
 Francis Purser was born 3 Nov 1816 in Cosheston,
He was baptized in 1849, and immigrated to Utah about 1868. Cosheston, or as indicated
on some early maps, Bosheston, is about four miles from Frystrop on an inlet
from the Bristol Channel.
 Rees Isaac, born in 1796 in Llangain,
Carmarthenshire, was baptized in 1853. Two of his sons, Benjamin and John
Phillip, had emigrated to Utah
by 1860. He died 22 May 1868 in Wales.
 John Thomas, christened 23 Aug 1831 in Llanelly, was
the son of Rowland Thomas and
Elizabeth Griffin. His
sister, Sarah, married John Williams in 1853 in Llanelly, and emigrated to
Spanish Fork, Utah.
As late as 1881 (Census) he was still living in Llanelly.
 Nephi Pratt, a son of Parley P. Pratt and Belinda
Marden, was born 1 Jan 1846 in Nauvoo,
Illinois. He married Hannah Phillips of Dowlais, Glamorgan, Wales in 1871 after his return from his mission,
and settled in Fillmore, Millard, Utah, later moving to Salt Lake City.
 John Saunders Lewis was born 14 Nov 1835 in Bedwelty,
He joined the Church in Wales,
and emigrated to Utah
before 1860. After his mission to Wales,
he returned to Salt Lake City,
where he married Emma Agnes Price on 9 Sep 1872. He died in Salt Lake City on 17 May 1893.
 William Bowker Preston was born 24 Nov 1830 in Bedford County, Virginia,
and joined the Church in 1857. He was living in Logan, Utah
at the time of his call to serve in the European Mission. He was
later sustained as Presiding Bishop of the
Church in April 1884 and released due to ill health in December 1907.
 Joseph Lawson was born 9 Dec 1824, Isle of Man, England.
He first came to Utah
in 1854 in the Bishop
Hogland company. He later
returned to England as a
missionary from 1866 to 1869, where he assisted in bringing immigrants to Utah from Liverpool.
 David Rees was born in Nantiglo, Monmouthshire, in
1819, and remained in the Glamorganshire area until some time after 1868. He
was called to represent the Aberdare Conference at the Glamorganshire
conference held in Cardiff,
August 4, 1867 (Millennial Star, Vol.
29, No. 45, Nov. 9, 1867, p. 716)
He then emigrated and died in
 James Boden was born in Glamorganshire, and baptized
in 1848. He and his family emigrated
Wales in 1868. James contracted mountain fever and died just as
they entered the Valley.
His wife, Annorah, settled in
Box Elder County, where she made and sold candy. (Source: Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Our
Pioneer Heritage, vol. 16)
 Those minutes reported the following:
"Elder John Parry said
he was glad to meet in Conference with the Saints, and was satisfied with the
reports given by the brethren; that he had travelled through the Conferences in
South Wales, and that they were in a similarly good condition as this was
stated to be, was satisfied that most of the Saints in Wales were doing about
as well as they knew how, testified that those who paid their Tithing were
better off generally, both in temporal and spiritual things, than those who
excused themselves from this duty, and hoped the Welsh Saints would continue to
improve, as there was plenty of room for improvement."
vol 29, No. 45, November 7, 1867, p. 716.
 A portion of that letter, written August 13, 1867, is
"The Saints in this
district are mostly of the working class, and poor, consequently not able to
comply with the call of the Lord to come out of Babylon; but the Lord does not
tempt man by requiring him to do that which he is not able, but always provides
a way by which man may fulfill his requirements; giving us counsel,
instruction, and wisdom, by complying with which the Saints will be able to
emancipate themselves from the bondage and oppression of Babylon; even by abstaining
from forbidden drinks and other Gentile habits, which shorten man's precious
days upon the earth. By so doing, the Saints, on an average at least, could
save sixpence per week; this, in eight years, would amount to near ten guineas,
which, according to the present costs of going to meet the assistance which
comes from the Valleys, would be enough to emigrate every soul that practiced
it. Yet we have good and faithful Elders that have been in the Church since the
work began in Wales,
but I am glad to say that they do not now neglect the Individual
Emigration Fund; it increases
more than I ever saw it before; some put in 20 pounds, 30 pounds, and 40 pounds
at a time; neither do they neglect other funds, such as Poor and Mission Funds
and Tithing. The people are very good, yet there is room to improve, which I
hope, they will do, as they have come, most of them, to the knowledge that
whatever a man will sow, whether temporal or spiritual things, that he will
I am glad to say that all the
missionaries observe the Word of Wisdom to a great degree. Tobacco and strong
drinks are not known among us; some abstain from tea and coffee also, and many
of the Saints follow in the same path.
We are diligent in preaching
out of doors throughout the district, and all those that are engaged in it feel
first-rate. The Lord blesses them abundantly with the spirit of their office,
and the people pay better attention than they have done for many years. When I
was here before, previous to my emigrating, we used to be stoned and mobbed
from one town to another, but a great many confess now that if there is a true
religion the Saints have it, if the Scriptures are true."
vol. 29, No. 38, September 7, 1867, p 574.
 As of the 1881 Census, there were two Williams
families living in Mold with ages that might fit this family: Edward Williams,
57, lead miner, born Gwernaffield, and his wife Anne, 61, born Gwernaffield;
and Thomas Williams, 57, lime burner, born Gwernaffield, and his wife
Elizabeth, 56, born Gwernaffield. We do not know that these are the relatives
reported by John Parry.
 1881 Welsh Census records show a Thomas Parry, age
50, born in Mold, living at 90 High St., Mold, with his wife Elizabeth, age 54.
There is also a Thomas Parry, age 75, born in Newmarket, living at Cross Row,
Leeswood, Mold, with his wife, Sarah, age 74, born in Nerquis.
 John Roberts was the son of Edward Roberts and Ann
Parry, a daughter of Bernard Parry and his second wife, Dorothy Jones. He was
christened 5 November 1831 in Mold. He was still living in Mold in 1881, at Cae
Ucha farm with his wife and nine children, and working in the lead mines.
 Bernard Roberts was a son of Edward Roberts and Ann
Parry, a daughter of Bernard Parry and
 There was a Margaret Conway still living in Flint in 1881, with her
husband, Henry, and son David. Whether this is the right Margaret Conway is
uncertain, since she was listed as age 37 in 1881, which means she would have
been 23 at the time of John Parry's mission.
Castle, still standing,
is the site of the investitures of several of the Princes of Wales, including
Prince Charles. It was built in the 12th century by King Edward II as one of a
string of castles
along the Welsh north and
 Nephi Pratt describes this tour in a letter printed
in the Millennial Star, Vol 30, No.
1, January 4,
"... On the 23d of
November, President John Parry paid us a visit in Cardiff for the first time since
our Conference, being busy in
other parts of the District; his presence among us caused great rejoicing
and his teachings the
following Sunday were of the most excellent kind, awakening the Saints into a
realizing sense of their
duties, and also causing new life to spring up from the half-smothere<',
embers of the spirit of truth; which, like the fire upon the hearth, if not
stirred up and fed with new
fuel, will in time, go out. After a few days stay with us there, he bid them
farewell for a short .,. ,son, also
Brother E. Morris and myself,
Bro. Morris going into another portion of the Conference, aiLd
Brother Parry and myself making our way towards Brother Barry Wride's
Conference. This was a privi-
lege that I little expected, to travel in company with our beloved President
Parry, to hear his s, 'lendid instructions, and bask in the sunshine of
inspiration which flowed from his lips like rivers of I Sling
waters, causing every one under the sound of his voice to rejoice. Such has
been my privileg- late,
for which I thank my Heavenly
Father. We found Brother Barry Wride in the enjoyment of good health and
spirits, and the next day (Sunday Dec. 1) the Saints met in Tredegar, and 1 was
called to address
them, which I did very briefly, after which Brother Parry spoke, with all the
power of his high and holy calling resting upon him, that day passing with joy
to the Saints. During the week we held meetings
every night but Saturday at the following places: Rhyinney, Tredegar,
Victoria, and Blaina, having
splendid times, the Saints feeling very lively, and making new determinations
to help build up the
Kingdom of God with more vigor."
Source: Millennial Star, vol 30, No.
1, Jan 4, 1868.
 ibid., vol 30, No. 13, p 208.
 The Minnesota was a single-screw steamship, built in 1866
by Palmer's Shipbuilding and Iron Co., at Newcastle,
was commanded by Captain James Price on this, her first voyage to carry Saints
England to New York City. Source: Sonne, Conway B., Ships, Saints, and Mariners, University of Utah Press, 1987.
 Ezra James Clark, son of Ezra T. and Mary Stevenson
Clark, was born in March 1846 in Montrose,
Iowa. He was called to serve a
mission to England from 1865
to 1868, and died in Fonda, NY
on 14 July 1868, on the return trip from England.
Zebulon William Jacobs was born 2 Jan 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois
to Henry Bailey Jacobs and Zina Huntington Jacobs. He married Frances Woods
Carrington 17 March 1866, just prior to being called to serve in the British
Mission. Following his mission, he returned to Salt Lake City, where he died in 1914.
 Almon Robinson (or Robison) was born in Crete, Illinois,
15 May 1845. Following his return from his mission in 1868, he married and
settled in Fillmore, Utah, where he died in 1919.
 Millennial Star, Saturday, July 11, 1868, p 442.
Jensen, Andrew, LDS
Church Chronology, 1887.
 In March of 1868, Bishop Edward Hunter, presiding
Bishop of the Church and president of the
Perpetual Emigrating Fund,
received a letter from President Brigham Young, who asked that additional care be
taken of the pioneers arriving in 1868. Basically, that letter proposed that
500 teams be sent to the western terminus of the Union Pacific Railroad that
summer to transport arriving Saints. These teams were to be equipped with
sufficient food (flour, beef, dried fruit, bacon, cheese, etc.) to provide for
the emigrants. The terminuses for these trains were Laramie,
Wyoming in July and Benton, Wyoming
Two other wagon trains left Laramie at about the same
time as the Murdock Company, the Joseph Rawlins
Company and the Horace D.
Haight Company. However, the size and timing of these Companies probably
precludes John Parry being in
 Adams, Armenia J. P., "Harriet Julia Roberts
Parry," The Daughters of Utah's
A History published by the
Logan Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1938.
 This same story, as told by another daughter, Mary
Aneron, varies mainly in the time and locality.
According to Mary Aneron, the
events occurred during the building of the Salt Lake Temple, and the money was delivered to
the Parry home by Brigham Young.
 John Marari Parry married Annie Barbara Adams in April
1891. He later married Emma Perry. He died 2 February 1929. He was a music
teacher in the Logan
 US Census, Utah, Salt Lake
County. The children were
listed as: Lovena (Lavinia), age 11; Marion (Mary Aneron), age 10; Amelia (Armenia), age
7; Sarah (Sarah Celestia), age 4; and John (John Marari), age 1.
 At this time, Truman O. Angell was appointed
Architect of the Logan
Temple; Charles O. Card,
superintendent of construction; John Parry, master mason; James Quayle, master
mechanic; James A. Leishman, chief clerk of construction; Ralph P. Smith, chief
quarryman; Alexander Izatt, superintendent of white rock quarry; and David
Lamoreaux, superintendent of the saw mill (Source: Olsen, Nolan P., Logan Temple, the First 100 Years).
 Olsen, Nolan P., Logan Temple,
The First 100 Years, Keith W. Watkins & Sons, Inc, Logan, Utah, 1978.
Nolan Olsen was Recorder of the Logan
Temple for 43 years.
Charles Ora Card, born in 1839 in New York
State, was the Superintendent of
Construction for the Logan
Temple. Following its
completion, he and his family moved to Alberta,
and was instrumental in the founding of Cardston. He later became President of
the Alberta Stake (now Cardston,
Alberta Stake), and is the
father-in-law of President Hugh B. Brown.
 This home was located in the Logan
5th Ward, an area encompassed by 6th North, the mountains east of the College,
the crest of the bluffs overlooking the Logan River,
and 3rd East. The Ward Meeting House was located on the northeast corner of 5th
East and 5th North. The original home was long ago demolished.
Op.cit., pp 74, 75.
 Lorenzo Hansen, a stone mason, was living on Third Street in Logan at the time with
his wife Ann. He was about 18 years old when this incident occurred.
William Knowles, born 4 Nov 1852 in Preston, Lancs,
England, was living in Logan by 1880. He was a plasterer when working on the Logan Temple.
Obituary Notice in Deseret Evening News, May
 William Hyde was born in 1847 in Council Bluffs, Iowa,
to William and Elizabeth Bullard Hyde. He spent much of his adult life in the Logan and Hyde Park area.
He was called from Hyde Park to preside over the Logan 5th Ward on Dec. 6, 1874, and held that
position until 1907.
 Moses Thatcher was born in 1842 in Illinois. He was ordained an Apostle 9 April
1879. He was dropped
from the Quorum of the Twelve 6 April 1896, and died 21
Aug 1909 at Logan, Utah.
Nolan P., The Logan
Temple, p. 46
Charles Gloyd Hyde became bishop of the Hyde Park Ward in 1893 and served until