Histories and Writings
I have transcribed many of these documents. I have corrected spelling and grammar where appropriate, and tried to standardize the names of people and places. My main goal is to improve readability. I have changed some verb tenses, broken very long sentences into shorter ones, and added and removed words as needed for intelligibility. I have left the original words as much as possible.
Some transcriptions are rougher than others. I have copies of originals where noted, and am happy to email them to you.
David Udall Journal - written between 1851 and 1910. Transcribed from the original.
David Udall Family Reminiscence - mostly written in 1851, with parentheticals added later by David or his granddaughter Pearl Udall Nelson.
Arizona Pioneer Mormon - Biography of David King Udall. Taken from a longer autobiography co-written with his daughter Pearl Udall Nelson. Has excerpts from his missionary journal, prison journal, and other materials about the extended family. You can read it online, thanks to the University of Arizona.
David King Udall Missionary Journal - Vol. 2, 18 Apr 1876 - 2 Sep 1876. Transcribed from a handwritten version (probably not the original) found at the LDS Church History Library. Handwritten version available to email, but as I said it is probably not the original.
David King Udall Prison Journal, Prescott, Arizona 3-27 Aug 1885 - Describes right after his conviction on a charge of perjury until just before leaving to the House of Corrections in Detroit. Transcribed from original handwritten journal. Images of original available through the University of Arizona.
David King Udall Prison Journal, Detroit, Michigan 29 Aug - 18 Dec 1885 - Describes his travel to the House of Corrections in Detroit, then his travel home after being pardoned. As prison policy forbid journal keeping, David wrote his journal clandestinely on the insides of envelopes. Transcribed from original handwritten journal. Images of original available through the University of Arizona.
1932 Reconstruction of David King Udall Prison Journal - Link goes to images of typewritten original, available through the University of Arizona. This typewritten document is daughter Pearl Udall Nelson's transcript of David's prison journal. It is not a verbatim copy - spelling and grammar have been changed, more complete names of individuals have been included, and some parentheticals and qualifications added (it appears that these further descriptions were provided by David). Also, some entries and sections were removed. It appears that this document was generated as part of their work on compiling David King Udall's life story. I think David read from the journal, dicatating to Pearl, who typed out what he said. It has a transcript of one page that is now missing from the original record.
Gordon Stevens Geertsen Aviator's Flight Log Book - During World War II Gordon was a machinist's mate on a PBY Catalina out in the South Pacific. He kept an official log book with short descriptions of each mission he was part of. Some entries have some color added. I have included in-line a short diary of his experience at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, along with additional details from a list of "Places I've Been Since Enlisting".
Letter from David Udall to William Doust, 26 Jul 1847 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from David Udall to William Doust, 27 Apr 1848 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from David Udall to William Doust, 12 May 1848 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from David Udall to William Doust, 6 Jul 1848 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from David Udall to William Doust, 12 Aug 1848 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from David Udall to William Doust, 30 Nov 1848 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from Jesse Udall to David Udall, 12 Mar 1859 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from Jesse Udall and Keturah Stanley to David Udall, 20 Aug 1860 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from Eliza King Udall to Mary King, 1862 or 1863 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Letter from David Udall to William King, 20 Mar 1863 – I have a scanned copy of the original.
Description of Hammond's Farm, Goudhurst, Kent, 26 May 1936 – John Udall (1727 - 1801) rented this farm in 1782. John and his children and even grandchildren lived there.
The Quest for John Udall – By professional genealogist Geoffrey Copus. It describes the work he undertook for Elma Udall to find the ancestry of David Udall's grandfather John Udall. This is a condensed version of materials provided to Elma. Written in 1974.
The Quest for John Udall - Full Version – By professional genealogist Geoffrey Copus. Written in 1974. Has both original and revised ending. My version is from a copy of the original which was typewritten by, I believe, Elma Udall.
David King Udall's Missionary Miscellany - By professional genealogist Geoffrey Copus, with a preface by Elma Udall. Written in 1977. Geoffrey reviewed David King Udall's missionary journal, providing insight and commentary about David's experience with his relatives in England, the family before David King's father David Udall emigrated, and how the family fared after his departure. Elma's preface described other contact between the two branches of the family.
Udall Alias Woodman References - Compiled by professional genealogist Geoffrey Copus. Shows records from Netherbury and Stoke Abbas, Dorset, where family members were known by the name Udall, Woodman, and sometimes both.
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