West Virginia University - West Virginia and Regional History Center
The letter from James Tenney, Jr. to his uncle, John Tenney of Luzerne, NY describes James' journey from upstate New York to Nicholas County, Virginia via Richmond and comments on the attributes of western Virginia. It mentions Kanawha Valley salt production and the lumber industry on the Elk River which supplied materials for boats and barrels used in the salt industry. Tenney also alludes to the New England settlement in present-day Upshur County which his father joined earlier.
Correspondence and diaries; correspondence, written while Tenney was in a Michigan prison, is from his family, 1884-1885, describing activities at home, their concern for their father, and Church activities. Also present is the ongoing diary Tenney maintained from 1887 to 1890 and 1901 to 1911 on his missionary activities mostly in Mexico but also southern Arizona. From 1887 to 1890, he visits the Pima Agency and relates an encounter with Presbyterian missionary Charles H. Cook, and visits Vekol, Ariz. He describes conversions, baptisms, and fellow Mormons. From 1901 to 1911, he is in Mexico and describes his mission activities. A typescript transcription is also available. There are also brief biographies of Anne Sariah Eagar and Fred A. Whiting