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and/or interesting anecdotes of our ancestors. 
All submitted stories should either be first hand experiences
or accompanied with the correct source. 
Histories are listed alphabetically by individual.
Women are listed by maiden name with married name(s) in parentheses. 

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Personal Histories and Records

Anderson , Ada Beulah (Madsen) - Personal Life History - History by her family

Ada Beulah Anderson Madsen Autobiography - Personal history written by herself.

Vital records, birth, baptism and death records. Scan of original documents. This page may take several minutes to load.

Anderson, James Peter - The Life History of James Peter Anderson - compiled from different accounts written by son, James Ira, in 1957 and 1976, and from daughter, Alta Lealette's in the 1950's, and from events remembered by daughter Luella, written in 1977.

James Peter Anderson, Historical Sketch by daughter, Lea Anderson Laub

James Peter Anderson, Patriarchal Blessing

Jackson, Bonnie (Petitti) (Neff) - Eulogy delivered at her Funeral by Lida Larkin

Jackson, Joseph Lee - Life History given at Memorial Services by James Lee Jackson, Grandson

Jackson, Samuel - Baptismal record from LDS Church, Provo 2nd Ward, Provo, Utah, in the 1850's

Will of Samuel Jackson - Transcribed from photocopy of original handwritten document.

A Brief History Of The Journey Of Samuel Jackson And The British Saints From England To Provo In 1851 - Compiled from the journals and records of the period by David L. Mefford

Jackson Family - How We Came To Be Americans - A brief historical sketch of the ancestors of the Jackons, how they came to America and on to Utah. Includes Sherrills, Gants, Perkins, Vances, Lollar, Jackson, Bohn, Madsen, Anderson, Richardson, Knudsen and Larsen. Written by James L. Jackson

Knudsen , Bertha (Madsen) - History of Bertha with a detailed introduction about her mother, Bergitta. - Written by grand-daughter, Clara Madsen Taylor

Larson , Bergitta (Johnson) (Knudsen) - History of Bertha with a detailed introduction about her mother, Bergitta. - Written by great-grand-daughter, Clara Madsen Taylor

Larsson, Pehr - Death record

Madsen, Peter Jr - History of Peter Madsen, Jr - Written by his daughter, Clara Madsen Taylor

Madsen, Peter, Sr - Life History Of Peter Madsen, Senior - Written and compiled by grand-daughter, Edith M. Powel

The Grasshopper Famine - Written by Peter Madsen, Sr

Conversion of Peter Madsen, Senior - By Spencer Duane Madsen, grand-son

Excerpts from Heart Throbs of the West - by Clara Madsen Taylor, grand-daughter. Recollections of fishing on Utah Lake and early life.

Military Record of Peter Madsen, Sr - from Herrens Archives --- Slottagard Kobenhaben Denmark

Obituary from Provo News, 1911

Peter Madsen's Home on the Provo River - Painting by Daniel Webbland

Peter Madsen's Patriarchal Blessing - Given by Patriarch Zebedee Coltrin, in Provo, June 25th, 1881

Excerps from the translation of Peter Madsen’s Danish Mission Diary - The translation of this diary was done by Mrs. T.A. Madsen and her daughter Ann Madsen Hanagen June 1956.

Peter Madsen Sr Reunion, 1910 - Photo with index

Madsen, Spencer - Birth certificate. Scan of original document. This page may take several minutes to load.

Mefford, Alva Oliver - Obituary, Born Dec 2, 1876 - Died April 13, 1938

Mefford, Andreas - First immigrant to America, his Last Will and Testament.

Mefford, Glen - Obituary, died 16 Dec 1971

Mefford, JacobHistory of Revolutionary War and his Last Will and Testament -  information gathered by Marguerite E. Robinson

Perkins, Robert - Descendents of Robert Perkins - Webpage by Jane A. Leavell, email - littlecalamity@hotmail.com

Pharsson, Ingeborg (Thomander)- Biography by Ada Beulah Anderson Madsen (Mother-Ada)

Patriarchal Blessing given to her by Patriarch John Smith, 1870

Pehrsson or Pharsson, Truls - Probate Records

Pehrsdoter, Kiersti - Birth Announcement

Thomander, Martha Caroline (Anderson) - Auto-biography of her life

Thomander, Peter - Personal History by Rich Ware, 2nd great-grandson

Peter Thomander - Progressive Men of Montana

Peter Thomander - Historical Sketch by Dale Laub

Vance, Agnes Minerva (Jackson) - Life History Given at her Memorial Services by James Lee Jackson (Grandson)

Vance, John - John Vance Journal, by LaDell Vance. This is the original as well as the transcription of the Journal kept by John Vance as he crossed the plains with the Mormon Pioneers in 1847. This was not the original company of Brigham Young, but the follow-on company that left in June. It is extremely detailed and well written with many historical anecdotes. LaDell has also printed this book which has the left page with the original and the right page is the transcription. You can email him to purchase one.

Headstone Photo - Salt Lake City Cemetary, Salt Lake City, Utah

John Vance History from minutes of High Priest Quorum Meeting in St. George, Utah - by John Vance

Sketch of his life and times, originally taken from Pioneers of "47

Writings of John Vance - Written by John Vance

Vance, William Perkins - Sketch of his life and times, excerpts from several books by Kate B. Carter

Utah Lake - In Hungry Times, Utah Lake was a Savior, History of Utah Lake during the cricket and grasshopper plagues of the mid-1850's

Whitaker, Leander Jefferson - Sketch of his life and times - by Lorah Jerusha Whitaker Newbold Beeks

Woodland, John - My Grandfather, John Woodland - by D.P. Woodland

Pioneer Life of John Woodland - by Lorah Jerusha Whitaker Newbold Beeks

 

Periodicals and Newsletters

Mefford Memories - A Mefford newsletter printed 6 times a year. A current source of Mefford descendants, most of them serious about their family history.  Filled with genealogical information. You can subscribe by contacting Pat. She also welcomes contributions to offset the printing and mailing costs. Pat has also begun emailing the newsletter to cut down on costs and be more effective.

Published by:

Pat Morrison
2736 255th Ave
Montrose, IA 52639
319 463-7208    mystique747@iowatelecom.net (new email address)
 

Articles and Books

The German Mefferts (Meffert, Mefferd and Mefford), Volume Number One

Compiled by Betty Lou Mefford - Personal histories, family group sheets, court and land records compiled that chronicle the journey of the Mefford Family from Friedrich Meffard, 1594, in Germany through his descendent, Andreas Meffert, 1707, immigrant to America, to various families up into the early 1900s. Contains many of the various spellings, including; Meffert, Mefford, Meffart, Mifford, Medford, Miffert, Moffard and Messert. Similar but different than The Mefferds and Their Kin.
Published, 1985

The Mefferds and Their Kin

By Marguerite E. Robinson - Personal histories, family group sheets, court and land records compiled that chronicle the journey of the Mefford Family from Hans Heinrich Meffert, 1634, in Germany through his descendent, Andreas Meffert, 1707, immigrant to America, to various families up into the early 1900s. Contains many of the various spellings, including; Meffert, Mefford, Meffart, Mifford, Medford, Miffert, Moffard and Messert. Similar but different than The German Mefferts.
Published, May 1977

Copy in the LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
HTML version viewable on the Internet
Download printable MSWord.doc version

(This version was edited by David L. Mefford with some format changes. The file is over 10 MB and may take some time to download)

Are We English, German or Just Stubborn?

By David L. Mefford - A short explanation of the ancestral roots of the Meffords

Palatine History

By Lorine McGinnis Schulse - A brief history of the Palatines

The State of the Poor Palatines As Humbly Represented By Themselves Upon Their First Arrival In This Kingdom, About June, 1709

Author unknown - A statement of gratitude for the kindness of England in accepting the Palatine people as refugees.

Palatine Emigrants

By Kraig Ruckel - A poignant look at the emigration of the German people from the Palatines to America.

Map of Palatine

Map of Palatine and its relationship to the other countries in Europe. Go to Map

George Mefford, Patriot (1764-1814) of Washington County, Pennsylvania and Mason County, Kentucky

By Mrs. Lula Reed Boss
Copy in Filson Club, Louisville, Kentucky

 

Other Items of Interest

Crests, Tartans and Other Family Insignia
 



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