Thursday, October 22, 2009

John Hamilton Morgan, Journal entries, 1885, 1 of 2 Parts.

[Editor’s note: After an April 13, 1885 departure from Salt Lake City for the East, Annie Mildred Smith Morgan and baby Annie Ray (1884) are with John Morgan as he leads the Southern States Mission and stays away from the Marshals in Salt Lake City, Utah. While I was looking for the material for “Something Further about C. F. Christensen” I realized Annie spent months of her first year as a mother with John Morgan in the Mission Field. It appears that Annie and baby stayed in the Wm. R. Manning home a great deal of the time, some miles outside of Rome, Georgia. Would that be in the Haywood Valley? They spent a great deal of time traveling on trains throughout the mission. He took her with him to visit some nice places.]

April 21
Up at 5 a.m. and made ready for the start which was made at 6:25. Had a pleasant days run by way of Cleveland, Rome, and Calera, Ala at which point our car was side tracked and waited two or three hours. Our party divided. Some taking a train waiting for N. O. [New Orleans] We laid over until 9 p.m. when the down train picked us up for N. O.

April 22
Got up early this a.m. and read paper and talked with the folks in the car for a while. Arrived at N. O. at 10 a.m. and put up at 310 Canal Street, (?) Slept a while and walked considerably trying to get a baby carriage. Succeeded at last, walked up Canal Street late in the evening.

April 23
Attended the Exposition and had a very pleasant day. Enjoyed ourselves in viewing the wonderful collection from all parts of the world. Returned to the city by boat and made preparations to leave for Chattanooga tomorrow morning. Cool during a great part of the day.

May 5 [in Chattanooga] At work mailing papers, writing letters, etc. In the evening we walked down to the river and saw the May Excursion come in. Received the news giving an account of the trial of A. [Angus] M. Cannon, including the ruling of Judge Zane, that the Edmunds Law was aimed exclusively at the saints.
May 27
Wrote some answers to questions to publish in the N. Y. Herald and other papers. At 10:35 took train for Rome, Ga, where I arrived at 1:30 p.m. Obtained a buggy and drove out to brother Wm. R. Mannings where I met Annie and the baby and the members of the family. Spent the evening pleasantly talking to the folks.

June 17
Attended to mailing some tracts, collars, cuffs, etc. to the Elders and took 10:25 a.m. train for Rome where I arrived at 1:30 p.m. going by carriage to brother Mannings where I arrived at 4 p.m. and found Annie and Ray well.

June 18
At brother Mannings all day. Did some considerable writing. Fixed a lot of reading for people in Carter County.

June 19
Wrote some this a.m. and at noon started for town. Made the 2:50 p.m. train and arrived in Chattanooga at 6 p.m.

June 20
Attended to some business at the street and at 10:25 a.m. took train and went to Rome and met Annie and Ray. Waited until the 5 p.m. train and came up to Cohuttah where we took a sleeper and slept comfortably and nicely until reaching Bristol. At 6 a.m. I left the train and Annie and Ray went on to New York and from there to England.

[Editor’s note:
I do not know if Annie’s trip to England was planned prior to when they left Salt Lake City, or came about for other reasons. Of which I can see many. I assume she went to England to visit her parents, who she lists as Joseph Smith and Sophia Perry, Penkridge, Staffordshire, Eng. in the Conejos Co. Church Records, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, members list 1909, Book I-M.]

June 21
Remained at Bristol during the forenoon and at 12:25 p.m. took train for Chattanooga where I arrived at 10 p.m.

(To be continued.)

Part 2

John Hamilton Morgan Journal at the Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah. 2009 summer picture from LDS Church Plaza gardens, Salt Lake City, Utah.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice. I'm fairly sure that I've seen Annie's parents listed in the burial records in Conejos Co.