Tuesday, February 2, 2010

President John Hamilton Morgan and Elders, October 1887.

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John Hamilton Morgan (8), Mission President, and missionaries, Southern States Mission. (Picture presumably taken October 18, 1887, by Baptist Preacher Fitzgerald, at Brother Jno. Carrs, a nine mile walk across the Blue Ridge from Vesuvious [train station], Virginia.)

From John Hamilton Morgan Journal, Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah.

On October 13, 1887, from Mission Headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, John Morgan made preparations to go to Virginia and West Virginia on a two week trip to attend Conference …left on the East Tennessee 10 p.m. train. On the 14th … arrived at Vesuvius 4:30 p.m. where I met Elders Milo Hendricks and T. A. Williams. Accompanied them on a nine mile walk across the Blue Ridge, to brother Jno. Carrs where we met a number more Elders and spent an enjoyable evening.

On the 15th and 16th they held meetings at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. On the 17th Met the Elders in council and we decided to divide the Virginia Conference and appointed Elder Miller to preside. New arrangements were made for the Elders as to traveling companions. We spent the greater part of the entire day together.

October 18
Raining this a.m. Elder Hansen from Utah got in last night. We all met at about 9 a.m. and read the General Epistle of the Twelve signed by President Woodruff. After which we had our pictures taken by a Baptist preacher named Fitzgerald, a former mobocrat.

After dinner, I started and walked to Vesuvius station where I took train for the West Virginia Conference …

If only the numbered legend for this picture had survived with it! Is that Brother Jno. Carr’s home they are in front of? If so, there must be a Sister Carr. Note the curtains at the window. Presuming Elder Milo Hendricks, T. A. Williams, Elder Hansen, and Elder Miller, mentioned in these entries, are in this picture, who is who? And who are the other four Elders?


  1. This is John Henry Carr's house and his wife was Mary Paulina Layton. After the shooting on Irish Creek they moved to Manassa, Colorado.

  2. Thank you Diantha for the additional information. Are you descended from the Carrs?

    1. Uriah Jackson Carr, the father of John Henry Carr, Ulysses Samuel Carr and Charles Emmett Carr, was my great, great grandfather through his daughter Willanner Frances Carr who married Marshall Theodore Sprouse.

  3. Thanks for the information about the photo. My other great grandfather, John Tate, arrived November 5, 1887 and was the missionary shot along with Milo Hendricks, his companion. He stayed at the home of John Carr. So sorry I didn't see this sooner.