Franklin Horsecroft Wyatt was born on December 18, 1862 in Wellsville, Utah. Growing up in the frontier setting of Wellsville, Wyatt obtained only an eight-grade education. As a youth Wyatt grew up working on the family farm, and as a teenager working for a freighting company hauling goods between Idaho and Montana. On April 29, 1885, Wyatt married Elisabeth (Lizzie) Watson Archibald in the Logan Temple. After building a house near the family farm, the couple had a 13 children, with only seven living to maturity; Frank, Robert (Bob), Ralph, Caroline, Elizabeth, Edna, and Elsie.
In 1902, Wyatt was called to serve a two-and-half-year mission on the British Isles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During this period Wyatt served as president of the Shefield Conference, working in collaboration with numerous apostles in the LDS church. Upon returning to Wellsville in 1904, Wyatt worked his farm until 1924, when he sold the farm and bought a house in downtown Wellsville. Thereafter he became active in civic affairs, serving on the School Board of the Rural School Distinct and the East Field Irrigation Company Board of Directors.
In 1927 Wyatt was again called by the LDS church to serve as the District President of the Fresno California Mission, and served in this capacity for a total of 16 months. Upon returning he continued his work until December 31, 1940, when his wife Elizabeth died. Thereafter Wyatt spent summers in Wellsville and his winters in southern California, staying with his daughters Carol and Elizabeth. Franklin H. Wyatt died a the age of 89 on August 30, 1952.
Sources and additional studies:
History of Franklin Horsecroft Wyatt by Elizabeth Wyatt Winn. 1969. (Collection Mss 113, Box 1, Fd 1)
This two-box collection chronicles the missionary labors of F. H. Wyatt and consists of diaries, correspondence, family histories, and notes collected on the Wyatt family for a masters thesis by Jeannie Banks Thomas.
Box 1 consists of Wyatt family histories and the F. H. Wyatt mission papers.
Box 2 consists of F. H. Wyatt mission diaries, mission correspondence albums, and the Archibald family temple records ledger.
To view the photos of F. H. Wyatt see "The Frank H. Wyatt Photograph Collection" (Collection PO 191).
For additional information on the Wyatt family see:
Thomas, Jeannie Banks, Honoring the Farm: Identity and Meaning in Personal Narratives, Utah State University Thesis, 1987. (Folk Collection 3, number 118)
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Franklin H. Wyatt papers, 1894-1974. (COLL MSS 113). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
|1||1||Wyatt family histories|
|1||2||Wyatt family histories|
|1||3||Wyatt family LDS genealogy group sheets|
|1||4||Wyatt family bulletins||1971-1974|
|1||5||Archibald family genealogical records|
|1||6||Notes from oral interviews with Elizabeth Wyatt Winn|
|1||7||Sketches and drawings of the Wyatt farm|
|1||8||Outgoing correspondence of F. H. Wyatt||1903|
|1||9||Incoming correspondence of F. H. Wyatt||1894-1928|
|1||10||Blessing and ordination of F. H. Wyatt as mission president||1902|
|1||11||"A brief history of my missionary labors," by F. H. Wyatt||1907|
|1||12||US government and LDS church certificates for F. H. Wyatt|
|1||13||Mission papers, miscellaneous|
|1||14||Incoming correspondence of Elizabeth Wyatt||1902-1912|
|2||Book 1: Postcard correspondence album|
|2||Book 2: Correspondence album, incoming and outgoing|
|2||Book 3: Diary of F. H. Wyatt||1902-1903|
|2||Book 4: Diary of F. H. Wyatt||1903-1923|
|2||Book 5: Diary of F. H. Wyatt||1927|
|2||Book 6: Archibald family temple records|