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Arthur Ashton & children

Composite characters – meaning their names are fictitious but many of their lines and experiences are taken from various different diaries and experiences of real Latter-day Saints from the time period.



John Wycliffe

c. 1330-1384

John Wycliffe was an English theologian, philosopher and reformer who challenged the authority of the Catholic Church. He was educated at Oxford University and is best known for overseeing the translation of the Bible into common English, which he believed should be accessible to all people, not just the clergy. He was also a prominent academic and prolific writer, producing works on theology, philosophy, and politics. He is often referred to as the “Morning Star of the Reformation” because his teachings were taught over two hundred years later by Martin Luther as part of the Protestant Reformation.

Further Reading 

Full Britannica Biography
World History Encyclopaedia
Preparations for the Second Coming, Conference talk by Elder Rober D Hales (2005)



William Tyndale

c. 1494-1536

William Tyndale was an English scholar and theologian who is well known for his translation of the Bible into English. His translation, which was the first to be mass printed in English, was based on the original Hebrew and Greek texts, rather than the Latin Vulgate used at the time. Tyndale’s translation was widely distributed and helped to spread the ideas of the Protestant Reformation throughout England. Tyndale’s work was controversial, and he was eventually arrested, tried for heresy and executed. Despite this, his translation continued to be widely read and served as a major influence in subsequent English translations of the Bible.

Further Reading

William Tyndale’s Life and Work
The Blessing of Scripture, talk by Elder D. Todd Chritofferson (2010)
“William Tyndale and the Language of At-one-ment” by David Rolph Seely
Guided By The Holy Spirit, talk by President Boyd K. Packer (2011)
Britannica biography of William Tyndale



Hugh Latimer

c. 1487-1555

Hugh Latimer was an English bishop and preacher who played a significant role in the Protestant Reformation in England. He was a close associate of Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was known for his passionate and engaging preaching style. By 1531, Latimer was known as one of the most outspoken and articulate preachers in the Reformed party. He was eventually arrested, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake. Latimer’s death, along with the execution of his fellow reformer Nicholas Ridley, is commemorated annually by the Church of England at the Feast of Saints Ridley, Latimer, and Cranmer.

Further Reading

Hugh Latimer Wikipedia 
On Persecution, article celebrating Feast of Saints Ridley, Latimer and Cranmer
Discerning History Article



Ann Askew

c. 1521-1546

Ann Askew was an English Protestant martyr who was known for her outspoken beliefs and refusal to renounce her faith. She was born into a noble family and became a strong advocate for Protestantism, which put her at odds with the Catholic authorities of her time. She was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for her beliefs, but she refused to renounce her faith or reveal the names of other Protestants. She was eventually burned at the stake for heresy. Askew’s steadfast devotion to her faith and her courage in the face of persecution have made her a symbol of religious freedom and resistance to tyranny.

Further Reading

Biography of Ann Askew, Wikipedia
Spartacus Educational – Ann Askew
The Tapestry of God’s Hand, talk by Elder M Russell Ballard (2011)



John Lathrop

c. 1584-1653

Rev. John Lothropp (Lathrop or Lothrop) was born in Yorkshire, England and educated at Cambridge. He became an Anglican deacon who was later imprisoned for renouncing his orders and joining the First Independent Church, also known as the Congregational Church. He was released from prison after agreeing to immigrate to New England. Lathrop was a strong proponent of the idea of the separation of church and state, also known as the ‘Freedom of Religion’. This idea was considered heretical in England during his time but eventually became the mainstream view of people in the United States of America. His descendants include six American presidents.

Further Reading

John Lothropp Wikipedia
Lathrop Family History
Sturgis Library information
New England Ancestors



William Ashton

Composite characters – meaning their names are fictitious but many of their lines and experiences are taken from various different diaries and experiences of real Latter-day Saints from the time period.



George Q Cannon


George Q Cannon emigrated from Liverpool to America with his family at age 16. He became a renowned publisher, politician, and religious leader who played a significant role in the development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cannon was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a counsellor to four church presidents and was known for his efforts to promote economic self-sufficiency among the members of the church. He was also a prominent political figure in Utah Territory, serving as a delegate to the U.S. Congress and as the territorial delegate to the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893.

Further Reading

Life Story on
Journals of George Q Cannon
Journal of his father George Cannon whilst sailing Liverpool to New Orleans



Mary Alice Cannon


Mary Alice Cannon was born in Liverpool, England and is the eldest daughter of George and Ann Quayle Cannon. Mary Alice quickly gained a testimony of the restored gospel and “greatly desired baptism but was too timid to ask for it”. She was baptised in June 1840 in Liverpool by Parley P. Pratt, who had discerned her unspoken desire. She married Charles Lambert in 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois. They became the guardians of the three youngest Cannon children when their father passed away and had nine sons and five daughters of their own. Mary Alice passed away on 7 September 1920 at the age of 91.

Further Reading

Story of her life written by her children 
Picture of Mary Alice back on the Isle of Man visiting her grandfathers home in the early 1900’s 
Link from BYU migration site to her sailing over to America
Her fathers journal of their sailing to America
Info on her pioneer overland company



Alexander Baird


Alexander Baird was born in Paisley, Scotland. Just before his grandfather died, he said that his children’s children would see the true gospel of Jesus Christ established as it had been in the time of Jesus. As a young man Alexander was a weaver and sailor, he joined the Church in 1848 with his parents at the age of sixteen. A few months later he immigrated to St Louis, America. While there, he married Grace Barr and enlisted in the US Navy. Years later, he returned to his native Scotland where he was instrumental in helping family members who had fallen away to return to the gospel fold. Many of them then also immigrated to America, crossing the plains in 1863.

Further Reading

Life Biography of Alexander Baird 
On crossing the plains
His sailing over to America for emigration to Utah (he is not listed as he was a sailor but family members are listed) 
Site for further links to Baird and his family  
Account from Alexander Baird’s Journal



Ellen Benbow


Ellen Benbow Carter was born in Winslow, Herefordshire, England. She was the daughter of Mary Jones and Thomas Benbow and was living with her uncle, John Benbow, when Wilford Woodruff came to preach. She sailed from Liverpool to New York City on 8 September 1840 with her brother Thomas and John and Jane Benbow. Ellen married William Carter in 1843 in Nauvoo. She was a pioneer who drove an ox-team and wagon across the plains to Utah in 1852 with her husband and children. She was a hard-working woman who managed their farm while her husband served a mission, she also expertly set and helped to mend a son’s crushed leg bone.

Further Reading

Voyage from Liverpool to New York
Life sketch overview



Heber Chase Kimball


Heber C. Kimball was one of the original apostles of the Church from 1835 to 1847. Son of blacksmith Solomon Kimball, he also trained as a blacksmith and potter. He was called by Joseph Smith to serve the first mission to England and “to open the door of salvation to that nation” in 1837. He arrived in Liverpool in mid-July with fellow Apostle Orson Hyde and five other missionaries. On his second mission to England in 1840 and 1841, Kimball preached initially around the Preston area and later worked as a missionary in London. His descendants include Spencer W Kimball who was President of the church from 1973 to 1985 and Quentin L. Cook who has been an apostle since 2007.

Further Reading

Lesson 15: The First Mission to Great Britain
Heber C. Kimball – Wikipedia
Brigham Young University
The first missionaries in England arrived on this day in 1837 – Church News



Joseph Fielding


Joseph Fielding was born in Honeydon, Bedfordshire, England and immigrated to Canada in 1832 where he was baptised by Parley P. Pratt. He played a significant role in the first mission to the British Isles in 1837 where he was president of the British Mission, overseeing missionary work in England and Scotland. Fielding’s dedication, organisational skills, and powerful preaching helped to spread the message of the restored gospel throughout the British Isles. Under his leadership, numerous converts were baptised, and branches were established. Fielding’s mission laid a strong foundation for the growth and success of the LDS Church in the British Isles.

Further Reading

Joseph Fielding biograph at Joseph Smith papers
Joseph Fielding biography at mormonwiki
The Pick & Flower of England – Illustrated Book (search for Joseph Fielding)



Margaret and Twizzleton Turley

Composite characters – meaning their names are fictitious but many of their lines and experiences are taken from various different diaries and experiences of real Latter-day Saints from the time period.



George Watt


George D. Watt was so keen to be baptised on 30 July 1837 that he challenged and raced a friend to the river Ribble in Preston, England. He won the race and after his baptism became an active missionary. He learnt Pitman’s shorthand and used his skills to record many sermons given by early Church leaders accurately. More than 450 of these sermons were published in the Journal of Discourses, his records were also used to create and circulate full reports of General Conference. In 1842, he emigrated from Liverpool, England to New Orleans, Louisiana, this route was taken by many Church members emigrating to America.

Further Reading

Letter from George D. Watt to his brother 
George D. Watt’s Journal of Discourses
Times and Seasons



John Benbow


John Benbow was born in Grendon Warren, Herefordshire, England and married Jane Holmes in 1826. Wilford Woodruff baptised him in 1840 and he and his brother, William, helped Wilford Woodruff to find over 2,000 converts in less than eight months. His home and farm were used as a gathering place for those who wanted to learn about the Church and over 600 people were baptised in the Benbow Farm’s Pond. John helped to pay for the first European edition of the Book of Mormon and a hymnal. He emigrated from Liverpool to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1840 and helped to pay the passage for 40 other Church members

Further Reading

Harvest in Herefordshire – Ensign Article
This Must be a Famous Mormon – The John Benbow Story
A history written by a great-grandson (entire book)
Ensign peak – John Benbow Farm



Jane Benbow


Jane Benbow was born in Ashperton, Herefordshire, England. She was the youngest of five children born to Francis and Hannah Homes and married John Benbow in 1826. John and Jane were unable to have children but looked after their niece and nephew Ellen and Thomas who were living with them at Benbow’s Farm (Hill Farm) when Wilford Woodruff arrived as a missionary in 1840. Jane was baptised in the pond on their farm by Wilford Woodruff, her husband, and four United Brethren preachers. Six weeks after they were baptised, they sold their farm and emigrated from Liverpool to Nauvoo. She died in Winter Quarters, Nebraska.

Further Reading

Mentioned in Wilford Woodruff journals
Ldsbritain.blogspot – Herefordshire Hiil Farm (Benbow’s Farm)
Joseph Smith papers




March 1840

A police constable was sent by the local Anglican rector to Benbow’s Farm in Herefordshire, England to arrest Wilford Woodruff as he preached his last sermon of the day at the Benbow’s home. When the constable presented his warrant at the beginning of the meeting, Elder Woodruff explained that he had a licence to preach, just like the rector, but would be willing to speak to the constable after the meeting. Elder Woodruff recalled, “The power of God rested upon me, the spirit filled the house, and the people were convinced.” At the end of the meeting, seven people presented themselves for baptism, including the constable who had planned to arrest Elder Woodruff.

Further Reading

Wilford Woodruff’s Mission to the Three Counties
St Michaels and All Angels Church, Frome



Wilford Woodruff


Wilford Woodruff was a prominent leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and known for his significant mission to the British Isles. In 1839, he embarked on a mission to England, where he served as an apostle and mission president. Woodruff’s dedication and preaching led to a remarkable increase in converts and the establishment of branches throughout the British Isles. He emphasised the principles of faith, repentance, and baptism, and his mission greatly contributed to the growth and organisation of the LDS Church in England. Woodruff later became the fourth President of the Church, serving from 1889 until his death in 1898.

Further Reading

History of Wilford Woodruff, fourth president of the church
Missionary in Herefordshire
Biography, Joseph Smith Papers



Brigham Young


Brigham Young was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1847 until his death. He was a significant figure in the early history of the Church and played a crucial role in leading the church migration to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. He supervised the trek of approximately 70,000 pioneers and founded 400 settlements. Born in Vermont, Young joined the Church in 1832 and quickly rose to prominence within the Church’s leadership. After the assassination of Joseph Smith in 1844, Young emerged as the leader of the church and led the saints during a period of intense persecution and turmoil.

Further Reading

More about Brigham Young’s life
Testimony of Brigham Young
Britannica – Brigham Young



John Taylor

1808 – 1887

John Taylor was born in Milnthorpe, England and became a Methodist lay preacher. He immigrated to Canada with his family in 1830 and settled in Toronto where he continued preaching for the Methodist church. While there, he met and married Leonora Cannon who emigrated with her family from Liverpool, England. In 1836 he met Parley P. Pratt who baptised him and his wife. The Taylors moved to America in 1837 to be with the Saints during this period of religious growth. Taylor served a mission in the British Isles from 1839 to 1841. He became the third president of the Church and is remembered as a highly influential figure of the restoration.

Further Reading

The Family of John Taylor
John Taylor’s life
Presidents of the Church
John Taylor’s British Mission



George Cannon


George Cannon was born on December 3, 1794, on the Isle of Man, England. He married Ann Quayle and they had six children. John Taylor, George’s brother in law, served a mission in the British Isles and came to visit the family in 1840. He didn’t mention religion on his first visit but told them about the gospel when he returned; George and Ann were baptised into the Church exactly a month after John Taylor first visited. In 1842 they emigrated from Liverpool to America. Sadly, Ann Quayle Cannon died at sea, but the rest of the family arrived safely in Nauvoo where George married Mary Edwards in 1844.

Further Reading

George Cannon’s letters to Leonora Taylor
George’s journal from their sailing 
Link from BYU migration site to his sailing over to America
Overview of George Cannon embracing the gospel and leaving UK
Ann and George Cannon’s story



Ann Cannon (nee Quayle)


Born on the Isle of Man in England, Ann Quayle Cannon was an “indomitable mother”. She and her husband George were baptised in 1840 by apostle John Taylor (George’s brother-in-law). Although she and George both had strong premonitions that she would not survive the journey, Ann had a great desire to gather to Zion so that her children could grow up with other faithful youth. Her “zeal for economy” helped her family prepare financially to set sail from Liverpool on the ship Sidney in the autumn of 1842. Though her body was committed to the sea six weeks into the voyage, her family felt that her spirit was near as they joined the saints in Nauvoo.

Further Reading

Link from BYU migration site to her sailing over to America
Overview of Ann and George Cannon embracing the gospel and leaving UK
Her husband’s journal of their sailing to America



Angus Cannon


Born in Liverpool, England to Ann and George Cannon, Angus was 8 years old when his family set sail on the ship Sidney. His mother passed away six weeks into the journey and his father died the year after they arrived in Nauvoo, leaving Angus (now 10 years old) and his siblings orphans. That same summer of 1844, he requested baptism, having been too young to be baptised when his family first learned of the restored gospel. Angus travelled to the Salt Lake Valley at age 15 and continued to be a faithful member of the Church throughout his life. The faith that he developed in his youth was foundational to this continued discipleship.

Further Reading

Angus M. Cannon Story by Donald Q. Cannon
Boyhood (Family Search)
Link from BYU migration site to sailing over to America:



Annie Cannon


Ann Cannon (called Annie) was baptised by apostle (and uncle) John Taylor in 1840 along with her older siblings, George and Mary Alice. Annie had been quick to gain an interest in the restored gospel, even creeping down the stairs one night to listen to the missionaries after her bedtime. She was 10 years old when her family set sail from Liverpool. Upon arriving in Nauvoo, she met the prophet Joseph Smith whom she described as “a grand-looking man”. Annie remained a stalwart member of the Church and was always grateful for the testimony of the gospel that her Heavenly Father had given her.

Further Reading

Link from BYU migration site to her sailing over to America: 
Reminiscences of Ann Cannon Woodbury  arranged and edited by grandson Angus M Woodbury 1963 
Family Tree Record Ann Cannon KWJC-VGS. “Brief life history”



Ellen Maybin


Ellen Maybin was born in Antrim, Ireland. In 1884, she was an elderly woman and Elder Robert Marshall, one of the missionaries serving in Belfast at the time writes, “…Mrs. Ellen Maybin, the sick lady who had been nearly at the point of death a few days ago had walked the entire distance to White Well – nearly twenty miles, and landed there at 10 o’clock on Saturday night without a soul with her.” Ellen insisted she be baptised that same evening, in the dark, during the snowstorm. “Surely, the spirit of God was in the heart of this noble, ‘Mormon Lady.’” Ellen’s story has been included in the British Pageant even though it happened some years after most of the other stories.

Further Reading

History of the Saints in Ireland since 1840 (page 80)



Robert, Becky and Jamie Laird

Composite characters – meaning their names are fictitious but many of their lines and experiences are taken from various different diaries and experiences of real Latter-day Saints from the time period.



Dan Jones


Dan Jones was born in Halkyn, North Wales and was an influential figure in the early history of the Church. He married Jane Melling in 1837, they immigrated to America and by 1841 were living in Missouri. He was baptised in 1843 and became an ardent supporter of Joseph Smith. The day before his death, while in Carthage Jail, Joseph Smith promised Dan that he would go to Wales again. He played a significant role in the migration of members to Utah and was also one of the most successful missionaries to serve in the British Isles. By the end of his first mission in 1849 there were nearly 4,000 members in Wales.

Further Reading

Ensign article on Dan Jones
Important information about Dan Jones on the Welsh Saints Project website
Thesis on the contributions of Dan Jones
Joseph Smith’s Promise to Dan Jones in Carthage Jail (Saints: Volume 1)  




Composite characters – meaning their names are fictitious but many of their lines and experiences are taken from various different diaries and experiences of real Latter-day Saints from the time period.



George Wishart

c. 1513-1546

George Wishart was a Scottish Protestant reformer and preacher during the Scottish Reformation. He studied at the University of Cambridge where he became acquainted with Hugh Latimer who was influenced by the teachings of Martin Luther. Wishart travelled throughout Scotland, fearlessly preaching against the corruption and abuses of the current established church. His sermons attracted large crowds and he gained a reputation for his eloquence and commitment to reform. Wishart was eventually arrested, accused of heresy, and executed by burning at the stake. His martyrdom inspired many others to continue the cause of Protestant reform in Scotland.

Further Reading

Britannica for George Wishart
Wikipedia for George Wishart