february, 2021

02feb10:30 am12:30 pmProbus Club of Honley: TalkJohn Croft, Mormon Pioneer, by Gaynor Haliday10:30 am - 12:30 pm Online

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John Croft, Mormon Pioneer

Local historian, Gaynor Haliday will be presenting a talk on John Croft, the Mormon Pioneer, via Zoom on 2nd February 2021. Details regarding how to join the Zoom meeting will be available on The Probus Club of Honley Facebook page.


John Croft, Mormon Pioneer is the tale of a young Yorkshireman, born in Wilsden near Bradford in 1837. Left fatherless at 5 years old, orphaned at 11 years, John Croft came to live with his eldest sister & her husband in Huddersfield in 1848.

After a few years working at Beaumont’s tobacco factory, he took a three-year apprenticeship with a local builder and joiner. Once qualified, he left for Liverpool and it was in this great port city that his life was changed forever when he picked up an interesting leaflet.

Moving to Manchester after a fall out with his boss over his religious conversion, John joined that city’s very active Mormon conference, became its president, and in 1860, with the vision of a new life, emigrated to America.

The talk will expand on Gaynor Haliday’s research into the fascinating story of her 4 x great uncle’s life: what inspired his conversion; his life as a Mormon elder in grimy Victorian Manchester; his planned emigration and the arduous journey to Salt Lake City. And what became of him once he arrived? Did he thrive and prosper or wither and fail?


(Tuesday) 10:30 am - 12:30 pm




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