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A Compilation of Biographical Sketches of Prominent

Men and Women in the Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints









Copyrighted 1914 by Andrew Jenson.


After years of patient labor and after traveling thou-
sands of miles in many lands and climes for the pur-
pose of obtaining necessary data and general infor-
mation, the undersingned now takes pleasure in
presenting to the public the second volume of the Latter-
day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, which contains
one thousand one hundred and eighty two biographical
sketches of prominent men and women in the Church.
These added to the six hundred and ninety sketches of
a similar nature contained in Volume I makes one
thousand eight hundred and seventy two sketches com-
piled, edited and published in the two volumes. The
filling of a three and a half years' mission by the
author to Scandinavia in 1909-1912 has somewhat de-
layed the publication of Volume II, but otherwise the
origipal plan in regard to the work has been carried
out conscientiously in all its details.

Active work on Volume III is now going on, and,
according to present plans and calculations that volume
will complete the first series of Latter-day Saint Bio-
graphical Encyclopedia the first work of its kind ever
published in the Church.

Trusting that Volume II of the Encyclopedia will
meet with the same favor as its predecessor, Volume I,
the author now submits the volume to the friendly
criticism of the people at large as a work of reference
on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints.


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AINSWORTH, Joseph, a counselor
in the Basin Ward Bishopric for nine
years, is the son of Joseph Ainsworth
and Mary Huff, and was born Jan. 22,
1848, at Woodgreen, Staffordshire,
England. He was baptized into the
Church Oct. 26, .1862, by James L.
Hamilton, his parents being members
of the Church when he was born. His
ordinations to the Priesthood took
place in the following order: Ordain-
ed a Teacher in 1877, by Lorenzo
Snow; an Elder July 4, 1897, by Thos.
C. Stanford, and a High Priest May
8, 1898, by Moroni Pickett. Besides
having labored nine years (up to the
spring of 1897) in the Bishopric, he
has been an active worker and officer
in the Sunday school and mutual
improvement associations. He mar-
ried Hannah Maria Hanson, May 15,
1877, and is the father of eleven
children, five boys and six girls, nine
of whom are living. Elder Ainsworth
served as justice of the peace for
fifteen years and as a school trustee
for about twelve years at Little Wood
River, Blaine county, Idaho. By trade
he is a carpenter, but has also engaged
in farming and other employments.
Together with his mother and her
family of two sons and one daughter,
he emigrated to Utah in 1862, crossing
the plains with ox-teams, under many
difficulties, owing to the sickness of
his mother. He not only walked
nearly the entire distance across the
plains and mountains, but, being the
oldest and therefore the head of the
family, had to do the cooking and

most of the rough work. Brother Ains-
worth took an active part in military
affairs in early days, having been a
member of the militia in Salt Lake
county. In 1866 he did service in
Sanpete county during the Indian
troubles, and during the Black Hawk
war he did a considerable amount of
scouting. In 1883, he moved to Little
Wood River, Idaho, where he was one
of the pioneers, and he has done his
lull share of work to develop that
country into its present splendid con-

HAMMOND, Francis Pee ry, Bishop of
1'n'on Ward, Union Stake, Oregon, was
born March 3, 1879, at Huntsville,
Weber county, Utah, the son of
Fletcher B. Hammond and Oliva
Chlista Bronson. When about six years
old he accompanied his parents to
the San Juan county, and spent his
boyhood days at Bluff. When seven-
teen years old he moved with his
father's family to Moab, Grand coun-
ty, rtah, where he engaged in the
mercantile bus'ness. In 1898 he took
a commercial course in the B. Y.
Academy at Provo; in 1899-1901, he
filled a mission to the Southern
States, laboring in the East Tennes-
see conference, and afterwards in
Ohio. After his return home he re-
sumed his labors in the store and*
presided over the Y. M. M. I. A. In
1901 (Deo. llth) he married Lena D.
Decker of Bluff, with whom he has
had three children, and in 1903 he
removed to LaGrande, Oregon, where

Vol. II, No. 1.

January, 1908.


a position awaited him in a general
mercantile establishment. At La-
Grande he has presided over the Y.
M. M. I. A., acted as a member of the
Stake Sunday school board, and in
1905 (July 23rd) be was called by
the Stake presidency to move to
Union, Oregon, to preside over that
Ward. This position he still occupies;
there also he is the proprietor of his
own mercantile establishment.

HARRIS, John Riley, second counse-
lor to Bishop David Nelson, of the
Emmett Ward, Union Stake, Oregon,

was born Oct. 11, 1866, at Harrisburg,
Washington county, Utah, the son of
Silas Harris (a member -of the Mor-
mon Battalion) and Sariah Aldridge.
When five years old he moved with
his parents to Glendale, Utah, where
he lived for thirty years. At the age
of nine he was baptized and confirmed
a member of the Church, and when
fourteen years old he was ordained a
I&acon by Bishop Royal James Cutler.
Early in life he became interested in
.-Sunday school work, first as a pupil
;and later as a teacher, which interest
)Jp$ jn&reased with age and experience.
In 18&6 (Sept. 25th) he was ordained
an Elder by Bishop Royal J. Cutler
and received bis endowments lit the

St. George Temple the same month.
In 1886-1887 he was a student of the
B. Y. Academy at Provo, Utah, and in
1890-1891 he studied at the L. D. S.
College at Salt Lake City. In 1891
(Dec. 4th) he married Laura E'. Webb,
daughter of Willis Webb and Beulah
A. Allen, in the Manti Temple. Nov.
6, 1898, be was sustained as secretary
of the Glendale Sunday school, which
position he held until Dec. 30, 1899,
when he was honorably released to
respond to a call from the Kanab
Stake presidency, to labor in connec-
tion with his wife as ordinance work-
er in the St. George Temple. Owing
to ill health they were honorably re-
leased, after laboring in that capacity
about one year, and in the spring of
1901 they removed to Preston, Idaho,
where Elder Harris was chosen as
clerk of the Second Ward of Preston,
and assistant superintendent of Sab-
bath schools. In the summer of 1904
he removed to Emmett, Canyon
county, Idaho, and the following year
(March 26th, 1905) he was ordained
a High Priest and set apart as second
counselor to Bishop David Nelson.
His wife died childless at the L. D.
S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Nov. 16,
1905, from the effects of an operation.

SALISBURY, Joseph Hoskin, Bishop
of Imbler Ward, Union Stake, Oregon,
was born Aug. 3, 1863, at Wellsville,
Cache county, Utah, the son of Joshua
Salisbury and Elizabeth Hosk'n. He
was baptised in August, 1870, in Wells-
ville; ordained a Priest when four-
teen years old; ordained an Elder
Dec. 28, 1884; ordained a Seventy
Feb. 15, 1886; and ordained a High
Priest and Bishop and set apart to
preside over the Imbler Ward June
10, 1901. In 1891-1893 he filled a mis-
sion to Great Britain, laboring prin-
cipally in the Leeds and the Chelten-
ham conferences. In the Harrow-gate
district, where he labored about ten
months, he met with great opposition,
but his labors were crowned with'


success, as seven persons were bap-
tised and a branch of the Church organ-
ized. At home Bishop Salisbury has act-
ed as secretary and president of Y. M.
M. I. A., Sunday school teacher, Ward
teacher, etc. In 1900 he moved from
Wellsville, Utah, to Baker City, Ore-
gon, and later settled in Imbler. At

cupation of the people was hand-
loom linen weaving. There he at-
tended the common school, where
the Bible was used as a text book
and impressed upon his young and
tender mind the beautiful lessons of
the gospel. He served a two years'
apprenticeship at linen weaving, but

Wellsville he served as a councilman
in the city government and has al-
ways been active in public affairs.
Farming has been his main occupa-
tion. In 1885 (Jan. 1st) he married
Matilda Jan e Gibbs, with whom he has
had five children, four sons and one

WATSON, Andrew A., survivor of
the hand-cart immigration of 1856, a
Patriarch in the Utah Stake of Zion,
and a resident of Provo, was born
at Kettlebridge, Fifeshire, Scotland,
Oct. 13, 1832, the son of Jas. Watson
and Janet Rumgay. The family were
in humble c'rcumstences, the father
working for weekly wages as enginer-
tender at the Burnturk Collieries. The
position was one of care and responsi-
bility for the safety of his fellow
workmen. At eight years of age
Andrew moved with his parents to
Balmalcoln, another village, where,
as at his birthplace, the principal oc-

had a natural liking for mechanism
and the supervision of machinery.
At his fathers death, in 1850, he
took his place. Two years later he
moved to Lumphinan's Coal and Iron
Works, wbere he continued to labor
as engine-tender. He was religiously
trained, led a Godly life, and was
acquainted with the Scriptures and
the doctrines of different churches,
though he joined none until he be-
came a member of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This was when he was about twenty-
one. He was ordained a Priest Dec.
18, 1853, and an Elder June 25, 1855.
During the latter year he was called
into the ministry, and labored for
nearly twelve months among saints
and strangers prior to coming to
Utah. Upon leaving his mother's
home at Lumphinan April 28, 1856,
he received from her the sum of ten
pounds, also a suit of clothes from


the saints with whom he had labored
as a missionary. By way of Edin-
burgh and Glasgow he reached Liver-
pool, sailed thence to New York, pro-
ceeded to Chicago, and left that city
on the 23rd of June for the outfitting
camps on the frontier. It was the
great hand-cart emigration. Young
Watson was enrolled in Captain
James G. Willie's company, one of
those that suffered most severely
while dragging their hand-carts
through the piercing winds and heavy
snow of the succeeding autumn. He
records that on the 19th of October
the last morsel of food was served,
and that the relief wagons arrived
on the 21st, just in time to resuce the
starving companies. At Rocky Ridge
and South Pass a fierce storm was
encountered, and again the heroic
little band were thrown into terrible
danger. Fifteen died from fatigue
and exposure. Bro. Watson himself
was thoroughly exhausted, and would
have perished but for the kind ef-
forts of some of his companions who
encouraged and urged him on. He
makes special mention of a Sister To-
field, a Sister Evans, and of William
Leadingham, captain of the guard,
who proved themselves in that awful
extremity devoted and self-sacrificing
friends. The date of his arrival at
Salt Lake City was the 9th of Novem-
ber. Patriarch Watson settled per-
manently at Provo, to which place he
was sent by Bishop Edward Hunter.
He did much pioneer work in that
part, and helped to build the Woollen
Mills, in which he is still a stock-
holder. In 1860 (Oct. 16th) he mar-
ried Jane Allen, by whom he was the
father of five children; he has two
others by adoption. He married his
second wife, Margaret Purvis, in
January, 1881, and his first wife died
March 21, 1882. From May 17, 1857,
to June 20, 1877, he held the office
of a Seventy, and was connected with
the forty-fifth quorum. He was then
ordained a High Priest and set apart

as first counselor to Bishop John E.
Booth, of the Provo Fourth Ward,
serving also as first counselor to his
successor, Bishop Joseph B. Keeler,
until December 9, 1900, when he was
released, owing to age and declining
health. Meantime, from 1877 to 1879,
he had visited his native Scotland as
a missionary. He was ordained a
Patriarch under the hands of Apostle
Reed Smoot, June 24, 1902. A friend
of the subject has said of this good
and worthy man: "Andrew Watson's
life has been so close an exemplifica-
tion of the divine injunction, 'Let not
thy right hand know what thy left
hand doeth' that it would be almost
impossible to get from him a, resume
of his life further than matters of
name and date." The writer has
seen Mm in. conversation with friends,
when his face has: became animated
and tears streamed down his aged
cheeks, as he bore testimony to the
goodness of God and the divine mis-
sion of Joseph Smith. H's boyhood
days were spent in an almost constant
struggle for the support of himself
and his father's family. His greatest
joy was that brought by the gospel.
His hardships in crossing the plains
with, a hand-cart company came very
near costing him his life. One of his
greatest desire now, as he nears the
close of life, is to thank those good
sisters, his traveling companions, for
the sacrifices they made for him
when strength failed and he became
stiffened with cold and fatigue. To
the:r kindness and God's mercy he
owes his life, that beautiful life
which has been an example of true
Christian piety to all who know him.
The pioneer residents of Provo re-
member him as a young man of
twenty-five, toiling in a blacksmith
shop, where plow-shares were made
from wagon tires; again making
ditches, grading canyon roads and
carding wool at Holdaway's carding
machines and the new Woollen Mills,
thus helping to make and increase


the industries of the growing town.
In the "move" from Salt Lake City
in 1858 he was a prominent worker,
and through many nights of that
perilous time he stood guard. Through
his liberal contributions the emigra-
tion funds were often swelled, though
his mother, the dearest emigrant to
him, did not live to use the means
he provided for her journey to Zion.
Through the long years that have
followed those pioneer days, whether
years of adversity or of prosperity.
Brother Watson and his devoted help-
mates, Sisters Jane and Maggie, with
one accord have held open their
hearts and their home for the poor
that need aid and the distressed that
need comfort. Their home has al-
ways been a home for the widow and
the orphan and many such have found
shelter therein. When the books are
opened before the Eternal Judge,
Andrew Watson shall not lack for
the good testimony of men and of
angels. The Father will surely say,
"Good and faithful servant, enter
thou into my rest."

GILL ISP IE. Alexander, Bishop and
Patriarch in the Utah Stake of Zion,
was born March 12, 1830, at Redding,
Stirlingshire, Scotland, the son of
George and Agnes Gillispie. He re-
moved with his parents to Fifeshire,
where his father died, and the boy
went to work in coal mines at eight
years of age. Becoming a convert
to "Mormonism" he was baptized
April 4, 1847, by Priest Andrew Young
and confirmed April 7, 1847, by Elder
Wm. A. McMaster, in the Dunfermline
brancht. In the summer of 1848 he
was ordained a Priest and in Novem-
ber, 1849, he was ardained an Elder
and presided over the Lochgallie
branch in 1860 and 1861. In the lat-
ter year, 1861, he emigrated to Utah,
with his family (having married Ma.ry
MicKinley, Feb. 11, 1849). While
crossing the Atlantic in the ship
"Underwriter" their little twenty-one

months old daughter died. They
crossed the plains in Captain Homer
Duncan's company, which arrived in
Salt Lake City Sept. 13, 186J, and
located at once in Provo, where Elder
Giilispie resided most of the time
until his death. He labored a3 a
Ward teacher, was ordained a Sev-
enty Feb. 19, 1862 (becoming a mem-
ber of the 45th quorum of Seventy),
and served as a member of the city
council of Provo. He worked in the
Temple quarry, Little Cottonwood
canyon, Salt Lake county, fourteen

years, getting out rock for the Salt
Lake Temple. After his return to
Provo in 1887, he labored as a Ward
teacher, and was chosen one of the
presidents of the 45th quorum of
Seventy, and when the Pleasant View
Ward was organized Jan. 18, 1891, he
was chosen as Bishop of the new
Ward, in which capacity he labored
fourteen years. Under his Bishopric
a meeting house was built and the
grounds surrounding it planted with
trees. Failing health caused him to
sell his farm and house and remove
to Provo in March, 1905. There, on
April 16, 1905, he was ordained a Pa-
triarch by Pres. Joseph F. Smith, and
he died at Provo of general debility
Aug. 14, 1908.


BEAN, James William, Stake ec-
clesiastical clerk of Utah Stake, Utah,
and a High Councilor, was born Nov.
19, 1853, at Provo, Utah county, Utah,
the son of James A. Bean and Harriet
C. Fawsett. He was baptised in
Provo about 1862; ordained an Elder
in 1874; ordained a Seventy March
12 ,1875, by John E. Booth, and or-

da:ned a High Priest Dec. 28, 1888,
by David John. The following is
from Brother Bean's own pen:
'I was raised as a farmer's boy
under the conditions and circum-
stances peculiar to the early settle-
ment of Provo, participating with my
parents in the labors and hardships
incident to those times, in procuring
our living from the soil."

JOHNSON, Bengt, junior, a High
Councilor in the Utah Stake of Zion,
was born June 13, 1850, in Sodervid-
inge, Sweden, the son of Bengt John-
son and Gunili Benson. He was bap-
tised Nov. 27, 1861, by Nils Elison;
ordained a Priest soon afterwards;
ordained an Elder June 13, 1868, by
Alonzo H. Raleigh; ordained a Sev-
enty by Edward Peay in 1875, and
ordained a High Priest Jan.. 16, 1898,
by Apostle John Henry Smith. His

parents became converts to "Mormon-
ism' in 1854 and emigrated to Utah 1 in
1862i, crossing the Atlantic in the
ship "Antonio," and the plains in
Captain Joseph Home's Church train.
Bengt went with the family to Provo,
where they bought a home in the
First Ward and located on Fifth
South and Third West streets, where

the father still lives. As a boy Bengt
worked on the farm with his father,
and received but a meager education,
but a naturally bright and enquiring
mind enabled him to educate himself
and to acquire a good business educa-
tion. In 1867 he hauled rock for the
Temple in Salt Lake City, hauling one
of the largest rocks used in that
structure by ox-teams. In 1868 he
went to Laramiei Wyoming^ las a
Church teamster, to meet the incom-
ing emigrants. In 1875 he bought a
farm of his own west of Provo and
has ever since been a successful
farmer, though for fourteen years he
was employed as section foreman on
different railroads. He has taken a
lively interest in all irrigation mat-
ters, and been foremost in the work
of assisting to develop his section
of the country. In Church matters he
has displayed remarkable zeal and


energy. In 1888-1900 he filled a mis-
sion to Scandinavia, laboring in the
Skane conference. In 1898, he was
chosen as an alternate member of
the High Council of the Utah Stake
of Zion and In 1903 (July 31st) he
was set apart as a regular member
of that body. He has also been active
in home missionary, Ward and Sun-
day school work, ever ready to re-
spond to any call from the heads of
the Church. Elder Johnson married
Betsy Christofferson in 1871. The
issue of this marriage has been eight
children, namely four boys and four

SCOTT. Andrew Hunter, second
Bishop of the Provo Second Ward,
Utah Stake, was born Aug. 21, 1815,
in Middleton, Bucks county, Pennsyl-
vania, the son of Joshua Scott and
Ann Keen. His parents were well-to-
do farmers, who occupied their own
homestead in Middleton. At the age
of eighteen Andrew learned the trade
of a tailor, which he followed suc-
cessfully for many years. In 1838
(Feb. 18th) he married Sara;h L.
Sleepe, of Vincent town, New Jersey
(She was born July 21, 1816, and died
Sept. 7, 1900). Becoming a convert
to "Mtormonism" he was baptized
Sept. 17, 1843, by William I. Appleby,
and on Oct. 22, 1843, he was ordained
an Elder by Joseph Newton, and
called by Jedediah M. Grant to travel
and preach the Gospel in Philadelphia
and surrounding country. Later, he
filled another mission to the south-
western part of New Jersey. In 1845,
together with Jedediah M. Grant, he
re-organized the Woodstown branch,
New Jersey, which had been visited
by Sidney Rigdon, who persuaded all
the members to follow him as leader
and guardian of the Church. After
continuing his labors until the fall
of 1845, Elder Scott gathered with a
company of Saints to Nauvoo, 111.,
where he subsequently passed through
the mobbings and tribulations that

were heaped upon the Saints there.
He returned to the East after his
family, and remained with them until
the spring of 1850, when he started
west once more with a part of his
family, his wife refusing to come. He
located temporarily in Pottawattamie
county, Iowa, where he (Jan. 12, 1851)
married Sarah Ann Roe, who was
born Sept. 24, 1832, and died June 7,
1904. She proved a true and faithful
companion to him and was the mother
of s'x sons and five daughters. Elder

Scott came to the Valley with his
family in 1852 and located at Provo,
where he resided continuously till his
death. There he became known as
a successful farmer and as an im-
porter of sheep. He also commenced
the manufacture of woollen cloth to
supply his family with clothing, manu-
factured brooms and engaged in bee
raising and silk culture. He is also
credited with having planted the
first fruit trees in Utah county. In
1859, when the Deseret Agriculture
and Manufacturing Society of Utah
county was organized In Provo, Broth-
er Scott became a director and one
of the most active members of that
society. In 1854 (Jan. 5th) he was
ordaine! a Seventy by David W.



Rogers and acted as clerk and teach-
er in the 34th quorum of Seventy
until May 10, 1857, when h e was set
apart as a president of said quorum.
In April, 1856, he married Martha
Ann North, who bore him seven
children. As a military man and a
member of the Nauvoo Legion he took
part in .the Echo Canyon campaign
and in military affairs in the territory
generally. In 1861 he was ordained
a Bishop and placed in charge of the
Provo Second Ward, which position
he filled with honor and ability about
twelve years, or until his death. In
1864 he married Hannah Miller Clark,
and in 1866 he went to the Missouri
river as captain of an ox-train to
bring emigrants to Utah. Bishop
Scott was throughout a self-made
man and a natural leader in public
affairs. He served Provo City with-
out compensation as recorder, asses-
sor, collector and water master for
several years; he also superintended
the erection of the first County court
house in Utah county in 1860-61;
he was very active in collecting
means and superintending the build-
ing of the Provo meeting house. In
1870-73 he gave all of his time to
superintending the building of the
Provo Woollen Mills. He was ever in-
dustrious, liberal and kind to the poor,
and always paid a full tithing. He
was an early riser, temperate in all
his habits and scrupulously honest in
all his dealings. During his life he
married six wives, by whom he be-
came the father of twenty-three chil-
dren; h e was an indulgent husband
and a kind father. Bishop Scott died
suddenly at his home in Provo Oct. 11,

SCOTT, Walter, first counselor in
the Bishopric of the Second Ward of
Provo, Utah county, Utah, was born
March 17, 1853, at Provo, Utah coun-
ty, Utah, the son of Andrew Hunter
Scott and Sarah Ann Roe. During his
early childhood he suffered the pangs

of hunger at the time that the crops
in Utah were destroyed by grasshop-
pers and floods. He was baptized
May 21, 1860, by Edson Whipple, was
of a studious nature as he grew up
and was ordained a Deacon when fif-

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