“Ad Lucem” Henry Luce (c1640-1689), a Puritan, came from Wales to Massachusetts about 1666. Attempts to discover his ancestry have been unsuccessful, but I believe he might have belonged to the Lewes family at Chepstow in Monmouth. Henry Luce’s descendants in the male line have tested consistently as belonging to yDNA haplogroup I2b1a. (Luce Surname … Read more

Gov. John Dawson

Third Governor Was Run Out of Utah After 3 Weeks By Will Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune (Dec. 30, 2001) Nobody ever had a worse New Year’s Eve than the Utah Territory’s third governor, John W. Dawson. Dawson, an Indiana lawyer and newspaper editor, had a tough time during the three December weeks he spent in Utah in … Read more

Diary of Wilford Woodruff

Excerpts from the Diary of Wilford Woodruff, LDS Apostle and President of the Church. Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) was an early convert to the LDS church. He was responsible for converting the Luce family to Mormonism and led their party of 53 people in 10 wagons from Maine to Nauvoo in 1838. He became an Apostle … Read more

Daily Vedette

Excerpts from the The Daily Union Vedette (1863-1864), a Civil War newspaper published at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City.  These excerpts describe the murder of Samuel R. Bunting by Jason Luce, an associate of Bill Hickman, and Luce’s subsequent trial and execution. *** Murder.—On Monday morning last the prevalent quiet and monotony of city … Read more