Pioneer 14th Ward Chapel

[su_divider top=”no”] February 22, 1849 was a memorable day in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake for it marked the beginning of 19 pioneer wards, among which was the historic Fourteenth Ward bounded by North Temple, Main Street, Third South and Fourth West. There is a fascinating story about this area, now fast developing […]

Herefordshire Beacon

This article originally appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.3 A range of hills aligned north-south runs for about eight miles near the area where the English county of Worcestershire meets that of herefordshire. Known as the malvern hills, this range and surrounding areas constitute a region of stunning natural beauty. Toward the southern end […]


by Orson F. Whitney, in History of Utah, Vol. 4 Upon the roll of honored names whose records as Pioneers and State-builders make up the early history of our commonwealth, few shine as luminously as that of Willard Richards, physician, theologian, historian, journalist and statesman. A member of the historic band led by brigham young […]

ADAMS, Arza Madsen

A muggy evening added to Arza’s discomfort with the chills and fever. Malaria had driven him to bed for several days, even though he had much work to do on his farm located just north of the village of Carthage, Illinois. It was dusk when William and John Barnes, two non-Mormon acquaintances, knocked on the cabin door with devastating news: Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum had just been murdered in Carthage. One of two survivors, Willard Richards, wrote a short letter describing the disaster and asked the Barnes brothers to deliver the letter to Arza Adams, one of the few Mormons living near Carthage. Although seriously ill, a surge of adrenaline permitted Arza to drag himself out of bed, saddle his horse, ride to Benjamin Leyland’s cabin and ask him to join in a dash to Nauvoo.

PARKER, John Jr.

John Parker Jr., was born February 14, 1812 in Chaigley, Lancashire, England, the sixth of ten children.  As members of the Anglican Church, the Parker family attended regularly; John Parker, Sr. led the choir and several of the children sang in it. In his early years John, Jr. herded cattle and sheep and rented a […]

RICHARDS, Jennetta

This biography originally appeared in Pioneer Magazine, 2010 Vol.57 No.3 by S. Faux Jennetta was born on August 21, 1817, in Lancashire, England, to Reverend John and Ellen Richards. In 1837 Jennetta’s family was living in Walkerfold, England, where her father was a Protestant minister. On Wednesday, August 2nd of that year, she was paying […]