Wednesday, January 16, 2013

David Candland 1819 - 1902

David Candland was born on October 15, 1819 in Highgate, Middlesex Co., England the third son of Samuel and Sarah Betts Candland. He was baptized in May of 1841 at the age of twenty-two and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by Lorenzo Snow. He spent his first year as a member preaching the restored gospel in England.

In 1842, young David sailed for the United States with the Orson Hyde Company, arriving in Nauvoo, Illinois in May. On November 16, 1842 he was ordained a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy. He married Mary Ann Barton on March 28, 1844. In Nauvoo he worked as a school teacher and store clerk and eventually became a secretary of President Brigham Young.

Candland was assigned to the British Mission on January 4, 1846. Ten days later he was sealed to his wife in the Nauvoo Temple and on January 30, 1846 left for England.
In August of 1847, David returned to Winter Quarters, Iowa and soon after moved to Kanesville, Iowa where he worked as a store clerk until 1851 when he was sent by President Orson Hyde to preach the gospel through the Eastern States and British Provinces. David returned to Kanesville in March of 1852 and soon after left for Utah with the Ezra T. Benson Company.

David Candland married Mary Jane Webb on October 29, 1852. She died three months later. He then married Lucy Jones on April 9, 1853 and Bertha Mary King on December 25, 1854. He divorced both women on April 9, 1855 stating that "my wives Lucy and Bertha became so possessed of evil as to demand a bill of divorcement." He married Anne Woodhouse on November 1, 1855.

In August of 1856, under the direction of Brigham Young, he opened the Globe Restaurant and Bakery. The Globe closed two years later much to David's dismay. He married Hannah Ann Wright on March 5, 1857 and Katherine Ann Jost on April 25, 1858. In Salt Lake City he taught school, clerked, and enjoyed very much his position as stage manager for the Deseret Dramatic Association and his calling as doorkeeper at the Salt Lake Tabernacle.

In 1859, Candland was appointed to represent Salt Lake County in the Utah Territorial Legislature. In 1861, he moved his family to Mount Pleasant, Utah where, among other things, he served as justice of the peace, assessor and collector, and prosecuting general attorney for San Pete County. Candland died on March 12, 1902 at the age of 82. He was the father of thirty-six children.

Candland is perhaps least known for his authorship of the first published series of Latter- Day Saint pamphlets. Written in 1846 and known collectively as The Fireside Visitor; or Plain Reasoner. These pamphlets were written and published in Liverpool while Candland was serving in the British Mission. These tracts were signed "David C. Kimball" because David Candland had been "adopted" into the family of Heber C. Kimball. For more information on this practice see Gordon Irving, "The Law of Adoption: One Phase of Development of the Mormon Concept of Salvation, 1830-1900," BYU Studies 14 (Spring 1974): 291-314.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains David Candland's personal diary, both the original and typewritten copy of the original. The typescript also includes an extensive page-by-page table of contents.

The journal itself contains Candland's life from his conversion in England in 1841 to five months before his death in 1902. It seems to have been written sequentially, but obviously skips large periods of his life. The journal includes mission and military experiences, family affairs, employment ventures and ecclesiastical offices.

The journal also includes extensive lists of family, wives, children, birth, marriage and death dates, church callings, civil, legislative and personal offices held, and even includes some memoranda of his brother's families.

The collection also includes photocopies of the three The Fireside Visitor pamphlets: (1) On the Necessity of Baptism as a Means of Salvation, (2) On the Departure from the True Order of the Kingdom Foretold, and (3) The Restoration of the Kingdom. Originals of the second and third pamphlets are available in Special Collections of the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

Access Terms

Personal Subject

Candland, David, 1819-1902

Corporate Subject

Mormon Church--Doctrines--History--Sources
Mormon Church--Missions--Eastern States--History--Sources

Subject Term

Mormons--Utah--Mount Pleasant--History--Sources

Local Subject

Mormons--Missionary experiences--England--History--Sources

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Chronology of the Life of David Candland

October 15, 1819Born in Highgate, Middlesex Co., England
May 1841Baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints.
May 1842Arrived in Nauvoo, Illinois.
November 16, 1842Ordained a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy.
March 28, 1844Married Mary Ann Barton.
January 4, 1846Assigned to British Mission.
January 14, 1846Sealed to wife Mary Ann Barton.
January 30, 1846Left for England.
1846Published The Fireside Visitor.
August 1847Returned to Winter Quarters, Iowa and soon after moved to Kanesville, Iowa.
1851Called on mission to Eastern States and British Provinces.
March 1852Returned to Kanesville, Iowa and soon after left for Utah.
October 29, 1852Married Mary Jane Webb.
April 9, 1853Married Lucy Jones.
December 25, 1854Married Bertha Mary King.
April 9, 1855Divorced Lucy Jones and Bertha King.
November 1, 1855Married Anne Woodhouse.
August 1856Opened Globe Restaurant and Bakery.
March 5, 1857Married Hannah Ann Wright.
April 25, 1858Married Katherine Ann Jost.
1859Appointed to Utah Legislature.
1861Moved to Mount Pleasant, Utah.
March 12, 1902Died in Mount Pleasant, Utah.

David Candland BYU special collections:

Birth: Oct. 15, 1819
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 4, 1902
Mount Pleasant
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Son of Samuel Candland and Sarah Betts

Married Mary Ann Barton, 28 Mar 1844, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois

Married Mary Jane Webb, 29 Oct 1852

Married Lucile Jones, 9 Apr 1853, later divorced

Married Bertha Mary King, 25 Dec 1854, later divorced

Married Ann Woodhouse, 1 Nov 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Hannah Ann Wright, 5 Mar 1857, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Catherine Ann Jost, 25 Apr 1858, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, later divorced

Family links:

  Luna Adele Candland Stone (1867 - 1920)*

*Calculated relationship
Mount Pleasant City Cemetery
Mount Pleasant
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Plot: A_ms_38_1

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