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Below is a chronological, color-coded index to the journeys taken by the Utah Pioneers who are the ancestors of my siblings and myself. Six of our eight biological great-grandparents have ancestors who traveled to and settled in Utah between the beginning of the Mormon Migration in 1847 to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869.
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Each box shows the family members who traveled in a particular pioneer company. I have included pictures only for immediate ancestors. Married women’s maiden names are in parenthesis.

This page can be used as a quick-reference to find histories to research for school and church projects. It can also be used as a gateway to learn more about the women and men who made the dangerous trip that cost two of them their lives. It should not be cited as a source. I have included links to each individual’s entries in my Ancestry.com tree, the FamilySearch.org Family Tree, the LDS.org Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database and BYU’s Mormon Migration database for reference. These links lead to amazing stories of adventure, faith, hardship and perseverance that shine a light on many different aspects of Utah Pioneer history.


1847 10 Mormon Battalion

Mormon Battalion monumentHenry Wilcox and Thomas James Dunn were both in Company B of the 1st Iowa Infantry, nicknamed the “Mormon Battalion,” during the Mexican War. There is a monument to the battalion at This is the Place Heritage Park in the mountains overlooking Salt Lake. Dunn was a corporal, Wilcox a private. They took part of the Capture of Tucson, and marched nearly 2,000 miles to southern California. They were mustered out on 16 July, 1847, and both traveled north to Sutter’s Mill, where gold was first discovered.

Wilcox left Sutter’s Fort on 25 or 26 Aug 1847, along with 116 other Battalion Members. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on either 11 or 16 Oct 1847, becoming the first of our ancestors to set foot in Utah territory. But, he continued east to rejoin his family and traveled west with them again in 1850.

Dunn did not leave until July 1848. He and 16 others made it to the Salt Lake Valley in September, and then continued west when he learned his family hadn’t left camp yet. He returned with his family two years later. I edited and published a transcription of Dunn’s journal in 2013.

Henry Wilcox
b. 13 Jan 1813 Gates, NY
d. 2 July 1850 Kearney, Neb.
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Thomas James Dunn
b. 2 Jan 1822 Phelps, NY
d. 1 Aug 1910 Salt Lake City, Utah
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1848 09 20 Brigham Young Company

Israel Barlow & Elizabeth Haven statue.

The Brigham Young Company was the first to leave in 1848. It was by far the largest, with 1,220 people, including 9 ancestors of Sylvia Frances Carr. 74-year-old John M. Haven was Young’s uncle. Haven traveled with members of his family, including daughter Elizabeth, her husband Israel Barlow, and their son Israel Barlow Jr. There is a statue of Israel and Elizabeth at This is the Place Heritage Park.

Anson Call bustA bust of Anson Call is at the same park, not far away from the Barlows statue. Anson Call reported hearing Joseph Smith prophesy that the Latter-day Saints would emigrate to the Rocky Mountains. He kept a journal detailing his life and journey to Utah. Call came to Utah with wife Mary and their children, including son Anson Vasco Call. Anson Call would later marry his brother’s window, Henrietta Caroline (Williams) Call as one of his plural wives.

Anson Vasco Call later married Charlotte Holbrook, daughter of Joseph Holbrook. (I’ve written more about Joseph Holbrook in a separate post.) They were both 14 when they made the trip across the plains, and married 5 years later.

John M. Haven
b. 9 Mar 1774 Granville, Mass.
d. 16 Dec. 1853 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Anson Call
b. 13 May 1810 Fletcher, Verm.
d. 31 Aug 1890 Bountiful, Utah
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Mary (Flint) Call
b. 27 May 1812 Braintree, Verm.
d. 8 Oct 1901 Bountiful, Utah
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Elizabeth (Haven) Barlow
b. 28 Dec 1811 Hollison, Mass.
d. 25 Dec 1892
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Israel Barlow
b. 13 Sep 1806 Granville, Mass.
d. 1 Nov 1883 Bountiful, Utah
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Joseph William Holbrook
b. 16 Jan 1806 Florence, NY
d. 14 Nov 1885 Bountiful, Utah
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Israel Barlow Jr.
b. 5 Sep 1842 Nauvoo, Ill.
d. 26 Nov. 1923 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Anson Vasco Call
b. 9 July 1834 Madison, Ohio
d. 4 Aug 1867 Rock Creek, Wyo.
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Charlotte Everett Holbrook
b. 26 Nov 1833 Wethersfield, NY
d. 9 July 1866 Bountiful, Utah
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1848 09 24 Heber C Kimball Company

The Heber C. Kimball Company left just after the Brigham Young Company, and arrived four days later. Orlando was a doctor, and was put in charge of a Company of 10. Abigail (Davis) Hovey became pregnant with her sixth child on the trail, who was born in Utah the following March. The younger Abigail made the trip at just 9 years old.

Orlando Dana Allen Hovey
b. 12 Sep 1807 Cambridgeport, Mass.
d. 29 Nov 1890 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Abigail (Davis) Hovey
b. 31 Aug 1817 Brighton, Mass.
d. 10 Nov 1887 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Abigail Adelaide Hovey
b. 16 Apr 1839 Quincy, Ill.
d. 9 Nov 1916 Brigham City, Utah
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1849 09 22 Samuel Gully CompanyThe McIntires were close neighbors and friends of Emma and Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. William, Anna and their six children traveled in three wagons. William survived an outbreak of cholera that killed 5 men in the company. Wallace was the oldest child at 14 years of age, and he spent most of the four months trying to drive loose cattle through plains, rivers and mountains.

William Patterson McIntire
b. 28 Mar 1813 Wheatfield, Penn.
d. 7 Jan 1882 St. George, Utah
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Anna (Patterson) McIntire
b. 19 Dec 1811 Wheatfield, Penn.
d. 28 June 1880 St. George, Utah
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Wallace Marshall McIntire
b. 10 Dec 1835 Strongstown, Penn.
d. 26 Mar 1874 Salt Lake City, Utah
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1849 10 10 Allen Taylor Company

Josiah Howe Call's socksAlzina was less than a year old when her family left on the trail. Josiah’s brother Anson was in the 1848 Brigham Young Company, and his parents were preparing to leave a year later. Josiah was killed by Native Americans in Utah in 1858; his socks were put on display at the Centerville Museum to show the bullet hole where he was shot.

Josiah Howe Call
b. 12 Aug 1822 Madison, Ohio
d. 7 Oct 1858 Juab Co., Utah
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Henrietta Caroline (Williams) Call
b. 26 Sep 1826 Holland, NY
d. 2 Dep 1900 Syracuse, Utah
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Alzina Henrietta Call
b. 12 Aug 1848 Pottawattamie Co., Iowa
d. 26 May 1927 Centerville, Utah
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1849 10 47 George A Smith Company

The Simmons were from Ontario, and joined the Mormon church in 1836. They moved through Mormon settlements in Kirtland, De Witt, Farr West and Nauvoo, where William was a bodyguard to Joseph Smith in the Nauvoo Legion and Amanda was a teacher, nurse mother and had 6 children of her own. Their home in Nauvoo was burned to the ground in 1848, and they left for Utah in 1849, along with 4 of their children. Daughter Martha (Simmons) Wilcox would wait to leave with her own family until a year later.

William Burt Simmons
b. 2 Apr 1799 Westmoreland, NH
d. 20 Aug 1866 Devil’s Gate, Utah
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Amanda (Chipman) Simmons
b. 30 Oct 1805 Bastard, Ontario, Canada
d. 17 Aug 1875 Woodruff, Utah
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1850 09 17 Warren Foote CompanyCyril Call was a veteran of the War of 1812. He and Sarah “Sally” (Tiffany) Call were the parents of 13 children, including our ancestors and pioneers Anson Call and Josiah Howe Call. They joined the Mormon Church in Ohio in 1831, and traveled to settlements in Missouri and Illinois. In 1845, a mob burned down their home in Hancock County when Cyril refused to renounce Mormonism. Cyril was 64 and Sally was 59 when they traveled to Utah.

Cyril Call
b. 29 June 1785 Woodstock, Vermont
d. 23 May 1873 Bountiful, Utah
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Sarah (Tiffany) Call
b. 17 Nov 1790 Fletcher, Vermont
d. 15 Mar 1856 Bountiful, Utah
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1850 09 20 James Pace Company

Henry Wilcox returned from the Mormon Battalion march to this family in 1847. Martha’s parents, William and Amanda Simmons, left in 1849. Henry, Martha and their children, 3-year-old Elmira Charlotte and 3-month-old Mary Amanda set off from Council Bluffs in June. Henry and Elmira Charlotte both died three weeks into the trip, possibly from cholera. Martha was also sick. She was rebaptized for her health on July 19th. She and infant Mary made it to Utah in September.

Henry Wilcox
b. 13 Jan 1813 Gates, NY
d. 2 July 1850 Kearney, Neb.
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Martha (Simmons) Wilcox)
b. 1 Jan 1828 Johnstown, Ontario, Canada
d. 25 Nov 1859
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Mary Amanda Wilcox
b. 10 Mar 1850 Council Bluffs, Iowa
d. 24 Dec 1921 Randolph, Utah
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1850 10 01 William Snow Company

23 members of the Woodland and Whitaker families came across the plains in the William Snow / Joseph Young Company. 5 of those were our ancestors: John and Celia (Steepleford) Woodland, their daughter Nancy (Woodland) Whitaker. Nancy’s husband James Whitaker, and their son, 9-year-old James Woodland Whitaker. The elder James was named Captain of a company of 10 wagons.

John Woodland
b. 22 Mar 1776 Lynnhaven, Virg.
d. 8 Nov 1869 Willard, Utah
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Celia (Steepleford) Woodland
b. 7 May 1801 Glasgow, Kent.
d. 7 Jan 1885 Willard, Utah
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James Whitaker
b. 14 May 1805 Fairview, NC
d. 23 May 1892 Willard, Utah
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Nancy (Woodland) Whitaker
b. 13 Dec 1820 Albion, Illinois
d. 11 Apr 1920 Willard, Utah
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James Woodland Whitaker
b. 7 May 1842 Nauvoo, Ill.
d. 9 Nov 1893 Willard, Utah
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1850 unknown

In 1850, Thomas James Dunn made his second trip to Utah with his family – Harriet Amelia (Carter) and their three children under the age of 5, including infant Harvey Alvero Dunn.

Thomas James Dunn
b. 2 Jan 1822 Phelps, NY
d. 1 Aug 1910 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Harriet Amelia (Carter) Dunn
b. 4 Feb 1819 Westport, Verm.
d. 11 May 1870 Park Valley, Utah
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Harvey Alvero Dunn
b. 2 July 1849 Council Bluffs, Iowa
d. 16 Mar 1925 Bear Lake, Idaho
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1852 08 28 Isaac M Stewart Company

Grandmothers Elizabeth (Stoker) Welker, 52, and Martha (Harris) Pugh, 65, were the matriarchs of families that included more than than 40 members of the Isaac M. Stewart Company. Their children, James Wilburn Welker and Annie (Pugh) Welker, brought 3 young children of their own across, including 3-year-old Hettie.

Elizabeth (Stoker) Welker
b. 28 Feb 1800 Ashe, NC
d. Jan 1868
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Martha (Harris) Pugh
b. 14 Mar 1787 North Carolina
d. 26 Nov 1863
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Hettie Emaline Welker
b. 1 Nov 1848 Council Bluffs, Iowa
d. 17 Nov 1900 Georgetown, Idaho
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James Wilburn Welker
b. 17 Jan 1825 Bloomfield, Ohio
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Annie (Pugh) Welker
b. 21 Jan 1821 Tennessee
d. 9 Aug 1893 Richmond, Utah
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1850 09 08 Crandell Dunn Company

James and Sally (Barker) Dunn traveled to Utah in the company named after their oldest son, Crandell. Their youngest children, John Barker and Sarah Elizabeth, also came with them. Their third child, Thomas James Dunn, was in the Mormon Battalion and brought his family to Utah in 1850.

James Dunn
b. 28 June 1793 New York
d. Aug 1872 Providence, Utah
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Sally (Barker) Dunn
b. 29 Jan 1798 Phelps, NY
d. 16 Nov 1889 Providence, Utah
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1853 09 10 William Atkinson Company

John Andrew and Elizabeth (Frederick) McMinn had only just arrived in the United States from their home in Nova Scotia when they brought their children across the plains. The youngest was 5-week-old Rebekah Ann, and the oldest was 11-year-old Mary Jane.

John Andrew McMinn
b. 1 June 1801 Halifax, Nova Scotia
d. 24 June 1869 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Elizabeth (Frederick) McMinn
b. 6 Feb 1824 Halifax, Nova Scotia
d. 19 Jan 1915 Randolph, Utah
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Mary Jane McMinn
b. 22 Aug 1842 Halifax, Nova Scotia
d. 24 Apr 1922
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1853 09 17 Moses Clawson Company via ZetlandThe Tingeys lived in the country in Bedfordshire, England, and joined the LDS Church in January, 1849. They wasted no time in preparing to join the Mormons in Utah. Henry, Ann, son Thomas, age 5, and daughter Sarah Ann, age 2, sailed on the Zetland from Liverpool to New Orleans. The ship was commissioned by Mormon missionaries and brought 250 members to the United States. They went up the Mississippi River and stayed in St. Louis for 3 1/2 years until they joined the Moses Clawson Company and crossed the plains to Utah.

Ann died in 1862, and Henry remarried three women, each between 22 and 34 years his junior. He was targeted during an anti-polygramy crackdown and in 1888-1889, he spent 4 months in prison.

Thomas married Alzina Henrietta Call, daughter of Josiah Howe Call and Henrietta Caroline Williams, who had come to Utah in 1849.

Henry Tingey
b. 18 Nov 1819 Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, England
d. 14 Feb 1896 Brigham City, Utah
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Ann (Young) Tingey
b. 17 Feb 1821 Northill, Bedfordshire, England
d. 14 Jan 1862 Bountiful, Utah
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Thomas Tingey
b. 3 Oct 1844 Upper Caldecote, Bedfordshire, England
d. 25 MAy 1912 Centerville, Utah
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1853 10 06 Cyrus H Wheelock Company via 2 ships
golcondaMary Ann Cox was a dressmaker from Northamptonshire. She was the only member of her family who joined the LDS Church in England and made the voyage on the Golconda alone. It wasn’t until joining her wagon company to Utah that she met James John Walker and Mary Ann (Mellows) Walker, who had arrived in the U.S. on the Ellen Maria just a few weeks before she had.

Mary Ann (Mellows) Walker died during the night of August 12, just 300 miles away from Salt Lake City. Mary Ann Cox woke up early that morning, hearing James John Walker ask for help burying her. The two continued their journey to Salt Lake, and were married by Brigham Young a month after arriving.

Mary Ann (Mellows) Walker
b. 14 July 1791 Sheerness, Kent, England
d. 12 Aug 1853
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James John Walker
b. 26 July 1830 Sheerness, Kent, England
d. 1 June 1896 Kaysville, Utah
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Mary Ann Cox
b. 17 Aug 1828 Wootton, Northamptonshire, England
d. 2 Oct 1916 Syracuse, Utah
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1854 unknown via WindermerewindermereMark and Hannah (Hodges) Beazer left their home in Birmingham, England and brought their 2-year-old daughter, on the Windermere. Powerful storms and an outbreak of cholera both attacked the ship, killing 10 people on board. Hannah was pregnant during the voyage. They traveled across the plains that summer, possibly with Porter Rockwell’s friend, Lot Smith. In August, Hannah gave birth to her second child at Chimney Rock in Nebraska. She spent the rest of the journey recovering in a wagon bed; the family didn’t make it to Salt Lake until that fall.

Mark Beazer
b 21 Mar 1825 Marshfield, Glouchestershire, England
d. 29 Nov 1894 Kaysville, Utah
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Hannah (Hodges) Beazer
b 6 July 1825 Worcestershire, England
d 23 Nov 1893 Kaysville, Utah
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1855 10 24 Milo Andrus CompanyS Curling ship paintingIn 1853, Israel Barlow was asked to serve an LDS mission in England. He left behind two wives and five children. Letters he wrote during his mission (as well as more information about his life) can be found in a biography made available free electronically by FamilySearch.

Barlow was put in charge of more than 580 Mormon emigrants from Britain aboard the S. Curling. The ship navigated through icy northern waters for a month before landing in New York

Israel then joined more than 300 Mormons for his second of four trips west to Utah. The Milo Andrus Company didn’t leave until August – very late in the year. Andrus pushed the company hard to make it to Utah before winter. During the trip, they passed by Sioux survivors of the Battle of Ash Hollow.

Israel Barlow
b. 13 Sep 1806 Granville, Mass.
d. 1 Nov 1883 Bountiful, Utah
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1856 12 15 Rescue CompanyMormon_Pioneer_handcart_statueMismanagement and miscommunication led to disaster, when handcart companies (including the infamous Martin and Willie Companies) became stuck on the Mormon Trail in the winter of 1856, without food or other provisions. About 250 people died from starvation and exposure.

Brigham Young sent rescue companies to Wyoming to bring as many surviving pioneers to Utah as possible. Three of our ancestors were part of these rescue companies, including Israel Barlow, who made two trips to Wyoming and back that winter.

William Burt Simmons rescued a 22-year-old immigrant from England named Mary (Taylor) Upton, whose infant child, husband and parents all died at Martin’s Cove. William’s wife Amanda (Chipman) Simmons nursed Mary to health, and cared for her frostbite. William took Mary as a second wife a few months later, at Brigham Young’s urging.

William Burt Simmons
b. 2 Apr 1799 Westmoreland, NH
d. 20 Aug 1866 Devil’s Gate, Utah
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Israel Barlow
b. 13 Sep 1806 Granville, Mass.
d. 1 Nov 1883 Bountiful, Utah
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Anson Call
b. 13 May 1810 Fletcher, Verm.
d. 31 Aug 1890 Bountiful, Utah
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1857 09 13 Christian Christiansen via WestmorelandWestmorelandIngebor Marie Olsdatt and her 11-year-old son Olavus Jacobson left their home near Norway’s capital to England, and then boarded the Westmoreland to Philadelphia. (I have written a separate blog post about their travel in more detail) They joined the Christian Christiansen Handcart Company. Dutch painter C.C.A. Christensen joined them on their journey.

The handcart companies were subject to strict rationing rules, and the pioneers often suffered from intense hunger on their journey. Olavus married Mary Amanda Wilcox, who had come to Utah as an infant in 1850. They were among the first settlers of the Bear Lake Valley.

Ingebor Marie Olsdatt
b. 25 Nov 1805 Christiania, Norway
d. 17 Mar 1892 Randolph, Utah
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Olavus Jacobson
b. 24 Nov 1845 Norway
d 5 July 1906 Randolph, Utah
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1858 01 unnamed via Jenny FordAnn Arnold was sick as a child, and so when she was 6 years old, the family moved from Cambridgeshire to the sunnier climate of New South Wales, Australia. The family converted to Mormonism a decade later, and in 1856 they took the Jenny Ford to California, intending to live at the Mormon settlement in San Bernardino. It was there that Ann met her first husband, James Sanderson

But in 1857, the Utah War prompted Brigham Young to recall the settlement to Utah. Ann was pregnant and sick, and her family had to travel more slowly than the rest of the pioneers. They spent part of the winter camped in Las Vegas, where Ann gave birth to her first child, Sarah Ann, on Christmas night. A story says members of a Native American tribe tried to purchase Sarah Ann for 100 horses.

The family arrived in Cedar City in January. James Sanderson died in 1860, after moving to the Bear Lake Valley. Ann married trapper William West in Idaho 7 years later, and their family moved to Canada shortly after.

Richard Arnold
b. 21 June 1810 Newton, Cambridgeshire, England
d. 23 Apr 1872 St. Charles, Idaho
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Elizabeth (Rule) Arnold
b 15 Jan 1813 Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire, England
d. 7 June 1875 St. Charles, Idaho
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Ann Arnold
b. 17 Dec 1837 Newton, Cambridgeshire, England
d. 22 Sep 1922 
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1860 09 03 James D Ross Company via UnderwriterJohn and Amelia (Mitchell) Croft were among the first converts to Mormonism in England. They married in January 1860, and set sail on the Underwriter two months later. One of their oxen died on the trail to Utah. Amelia gave birth to our ancestor William Howland Croft in Salt Lake just two months after arriving in Salt Lake,

John Croft
b 14 July 1836 Bingley, Yorkshire, England
d. 9 Oct 1909 Enterprise, Utah
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Amelia (Mitchell) Croft
b. 4 May 1840 Chorlton Upon Medlock, Lancashire, England
d 5 Oct 1926 Salt Lake City, Utah
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1862 10 109 Horton D Haight Company via William TapscottWilliamTapscottSSMAnnie Yeates was an orphan who worked for years to save up enough money to sail to the United States and to Utah. She left on the William Tapscott at the age of 18. Israel Barlow Jr. had first traveled to Utah as a young child in 1848, but in 1862 he was asked to help new pioneers on their journey. Annie Yeates was one of 18 immigrants assigned to his wagon. Annie was sick the entire trip, but Israel cared for her as they crossed the plains. They married the April after they arrived in Utah.

Israel Barlow Jr.
b. 5 Sep 1842 Nauvoo, Ill.
d. 26 Nov. 1923 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Annie Yeates
b. 8 Aug 1843 Hampton Lovett, Worchestershire, England
d. 26 Apr 1901 Bountiful, Utah
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1863 unknown company via AntarcticAntarctic SSMJane (Hornsby) Mitchell was the mother of Amelia (Mitchell) Croft, who went to Utah with her husband in 1860. Jane’s husband, William Mitchell, died in England in 1862 after an (unknown) accident. The following year, she took her 15-year-old son John Leslie Mitchell on board the Antarctic, and sailed to the United States. She crossed the plains that same year, and lived with her daughter Jesse in Coalville, Utah.

Jane (Hornsby) Mitchell
b. 17 Nov 1806
d. Oct 1882
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1866 09 15 William Henry Chipman Company via Belle WoodJabez and Sarah Ann (Cosgrove) Auger both moved from England to the United States in the 1850s, married in Philadelphia in 1856, and then moved back to England. Auger had been cut off from the Mormon church “for denying the faith,” but he was re-baptized in 1863. The couple decided to travel to America again, traveling on the Belle Wood in 1865 and leaving for Utah in the William Henry Chipman Company a year later.

Sarah was pregnant during the journey, and she had to stop near the very end of the journey, just before crossing in the mountains into Salt Lake. She and Jabez spent the night in an empty granary in Hoytsville, where Sarah gave birth to our ancestor Rosa Jabezina Auger.

Jabez Auger
b. 7 Aug 1835 Saffron Walden, Essex, England
d. 23 Nov 1868 Salt Lake City, Utah
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Sarah Ann (Cosgrove) Auger
b. 14 Dec 1831 Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
d. 25 July 1900 Centerville, Utah
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Rosa Jabezina Auger
b. 13 Sep 1866 Hoytsville, Utah
d. 16 Aug 1900 Centerville, Utah
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1866 unknown via American CongressAmerican CongressDavid and Christina (Campbell) Johnston left their home in West Lothian, Scotland, where David mined coal. They brought their five small children (ages 0 – 9) to the U.S. on the ship American Congress in 1866. Sharks nearly capsized the ship, and icebergs were a constant threat. The Johnstons survived the trip, and crossed the plains to Utah later that year.

David Johnston
b. 14 Mar 1836 Rondside, Fife, Scotland
d. 13 July 1897
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Christina (Campbell) Johnston
b. abt 1836 Shotts, Lankashire, Scotland
d. 1884 Paris, Idaho
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1866 unknown

Olavus Jacobson originally arrived in Utah in 1857. In 1866, he was living in Morgan City, Utah, but spent the summer retracing his steps to Council Bluffs to help a company of immigrants along the trail.

Olavus Jacobson
b. 24 Nov 1845 Norway
d 5 July 1906 Randolph, Utah
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1868 William WestIn 1853, William West left his family and home in the Missouri Ozarks to seek his fortune in the West. He followed the Oregon Trail to the Northwest, and spent a decade hunting gold, trapping and trading in Oregon, California and Idaho. He converted to Mormonism in 1865, and married widow Ann (Arnold) Sanderson two years later. They moved to Alberta, Canada in 1898, where they spent the rest of their lives.

William West
b 6 June 1828 Hopkins County, Kentucky
d. 16 June 1909 Mountain View, Alberta, Canada
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In all, 66 ancestors were Utah Pioneers between 1847 and 1869. They made a total of 75 journeys to Utah.

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