Categotry Archives: Historical Documents

Brief Biography of John Worthen who Arrived in Utah in 1852

by Zenna Worthen Buttle – Granddaughter John Worthen was born 22 July, 1817 at Northwich, Cheshire, England. He was the son of Richard Worthen and Mary Cowap. He had seven brothers and sisters. Their names are Samuel Richard, William, James, Robert, Richard 2nd, Joseph. ┬áThe sisters are Jane and Mary Worthen. Richard, the father of John, was a shoemaker by trade. Richard’s father was Richard Nicols, a soldier who died in Foriegn Wars while fighting under the British Flag. Richard’s […]

The Tennessee Massacre: Setting the Scene

One of the most courageous events in the life of Pres. B. H. Roberts, was his recovery of the bodies of two elders who had been slain by mobs while performing missionary work in the Southern States mission. The account of those events are given as follows in President Roberts’ own language: THE TENNESSEE MASSACRE “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel,” was a commission given to the Apostles by the Son of God when ministering in […]

Letter from Elmer C. Anderson seeking information about John Madison Chidester

Members of the Chidester and allied families. Dear folks: I think that you either know me personally or have heard of Thelma Chidester Anderson and myself and so we need very little introduction. However, if you haven’t heard of us, Thema’s father was John Nicoll Chidester and mother Mary Elizabeth Workman Chidester. As a hobby, I started writing a history of the Chidester Family in America about fifteen years ago. Today I have amassed a collection of over 14,000 Chidester, […]