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John G. Holman Company

1868

John G. Holman

About 650 individuals and 62 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Benton, Wyoming.

View a list of individuals known to have traveled in this company.

Sources

  • "Immigration of 1868," Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 28 Sep. 1868, 3.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "Immigration," Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 28 Sep. 1868, 2.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "Immigration," Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 28 Sept. 1868, 3.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "Last Train In," Deseret Evening News, 25 Sep. 1868, 3.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "List of Passengers' Names In Captain J. G. Holman's Ox-Train," Deseret Evening News, 22 Sep. 1868, 4.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "The Immigration, Etc," Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 6 Aug. 1868, 3.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "The Immigration," Deseret Evening News, 14 Sep. 1868, 3.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "The Immigration," Deseret Evening News, 23 Sep. 1868, 3.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • "The Immigration," Deseret Evening News, 5 Sep. 1868, 3.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Beard, George, [Reminiscences], in J. Kenneth Davies, George Beard: Mormon Pioneer Artist With a Camera [1980?], 15-20.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Bertelsen, Annie E., Diary, in "Utah Pioneer Biographies," 44 vols., 5:32.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Carroll, Willard, [Reminiscences], 2-3, in Daughters of Utah Pioneers Kane County Company, "Histories of Early Pioneers of Orderville and Kane County, Utah," comp. Hattie Esplin.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Christiansen, Ane (Annie) Kirstine, Reminiscences, in Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, 4 vols. ([Salt Lake City]: International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 1998), 1:578-79.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Hals, Hans Jensen, [Journal excerpt], Deseret Evening News, 26 Sept. 1908, 25.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Hals, Hans Jensen, [Journal], in "Church Emigration Book."
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Hals, Hans Jensen, Journal, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25 Sep. 1868, 18-21.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah State University, Merrill Library, Logan, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Hatman, C. P., Record book, [1868].
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Hilton, George, [Journal], in "Church Emigration Book."
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Johnson, John, Reminiscences, 1899-1935, 3 p.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Jorgenson, Hans, Journal, 82-84.
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  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jorgenson, Hans, Reminiscences and journal, [ca. 1881-1884], 82-85.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Lindsay, William, Reminiscences 1927-1930, [carbon copy of typescript:] 28-30.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Lindsay, William, Reminiscences, 1927-1930, 284-89.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Lund, Christian Nielsen, Autobiography and diary, 1896 May-1921 Apr., 12-13.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Nelson, Thora Emilie, Reminiscence, 2, in Breinholt family histories, 1844-1990.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake Daily Reporter, 25 Sep. 1868, 3.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Salt Lake Daily Reporter, 27 Sep. 1868, 3.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Semi-Weekly Telegraph, 9 July 1868, 2.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Tegan, James Herman, [Interview], in "Utah Pioneer Biographies," 44 vols., 28:108,111,113.
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  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Summary

Holman's ox train of 62 wagons left the rail terminus at Benton, Wyoming, on September 1 with 628 emigrants. Benton was located 11 miles east of present-day Rawlins, Wyoming. This end-of-track town was in existence for only three months, but during its brief history more than 100 people were reported to have died there in gunfights. The company was delayed in Benton when a woman in their company was arrested on a trumped-up charge and they had to wait for her trial. U.S. soldiers had to protect the company when an enraged mob from the railroad town marched on the wagon company. The mob had been angered by false rumors to the effect that the Mormons were intent on taking a woman to Utah against her will.

Most of those who traveled to Utah in Holman's company crossed the Atlantic aboard the ship Emerald Isle. Many in this company were Danes and Swedes who suffered much sickness while crossing the ocean and after landing in New York. Also traveling with the company were 8 independent wagons with about 40 passengers. After getting off the train and being loaded into the Church wagons, this company traveled in a northwesterly direction from Benton through Whiskey Gap and northward from there until they reached the Sweetwater River and the old emigrant road on September 8. As did many other companies in the 1860s, after coming through Echo Canyon they traveled to Silver Creek and then down Parley's Canyon into the valley. They arrived in Salt Lake on September 25. Twenty-two people died between Benton and Salt Lake.