Letter written by Ann Hughlings Pitchforth; Papers
Ann Hughlings was christened on January 31, 1801 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England. She was the daughter of John and Ann (Williams) Hughlings. Ann married Solomon Pitchforth on October 3, 1825 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. She was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in about 1840. Following her conversion she moved to the United States and joined the LDS Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois. It is not known what happened to her first husband, Solomon Pitchforth. On January 7, 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinois Ann married John Taylor, who later became the third President of the Church. Ann was John Taylor's fourth of nine polygamous wives. Throughout her life Ann maintained a close correspondence with her sister, Sarah Hughlings Jackson, who had married Samuel Jackson on 24 March 1828 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Many of the items in this collection deal with the Jackson family and their ties to Ann. Ann died on October 26, 1846 in Winter Quarters, Nebraska, just nine months after her second marriage to John Taylor.
This is a typed copy of a letter written in 1845 by Ann Hughlings Pitchforth from Nauvoo, Illinois, to her family in England. In the letter she described her trip to Nauvoo and her plans for the future, such as buying a house and teaching music. She listed the prices of general food items and rent. Ann also briefly discussed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. MSS 1374: The papers found in this collection range from the years 1793-1930, although most of the material is from 1876-1901. Items include: correspondence to and from Richard Jackson (1810-1829), Samuel Jackson (1819, 1830, and 1854), Thomas Jackson (1861), and Mrs. M.K. Miller (1930); the missionary journal of John T. Miller (1897); and correspondence from Ann Pitchforth (1828, 1840, 1845, 1846). The items written by Ann Pitchforth are photocopies of the originals. They are letters written to family members, including her sister in York, England, and her brother on the Isle of Man. Another letter written to the Saints on the Isle of Man contains a description of Nauvoo, Illinois, and her testimony of the gospel. One of the letters written to her family is the same as that found in BX 8608 .A1a no. 1607. The final item found in this collection is a copy of an insert in a book by Lutuis Grationa written in 1739. It predicts the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ within the next one hundred years and gives a description of where the people of this faith would settle.