Ansil Perse Harmon diary
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Ansil Perse Harmon diary (MSS 971). This is a handwritten diary documenting Harmon’s daily activities as a farmer in Holden, Utah, from 1882-1885. Also includes his patriarchal blessing.
Ansil Perse Harmon was born 5 April 1832 in Conneaut, Pennsylvania, to Jesse Perse Harmon and Anna Barnes. He was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 7 April 1840. His family was part of the exodus from Nauvoo, Illinois, in the later 1840s, and eventually arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1848. He would later be named a captain to two companies in 1861 and 1862, and helped bring others to Utah. He married Rosalind Chandler on 29 November 1862, and they had nine children. Harmon would move his family from Salt Lake City to Deseret, Utah that same year. He would later take four additional wives: Matilda Barnes, Mary Marcy, Harriet Mead Cole, and Lucy Marcy.
After moving to Holden, Utah, Harmon served a mission for the Church in the United States from 1874 to 1875. He served in the local bishopric in Holden for several years, and worked as a farmer in the community. Ansil Perse Harmon died on 12 September 1908 in Vermillion, Utah, and was buried in Holden, Utah.