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Benjamin L. Clapp Company

1856

Benjamin L. Clapp

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Sources

  • "Arrivals," Deseret News [Weekly], 17 Sept. 1856, 221.
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  • Source Location
  • 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
  • "Arrived," Deseret News [Weekly], 24 Sep. 1856, 229.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • 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
  • "News from Elders," Deseret News [Weekly], 11 June 1856, 109.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • 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
  • Bullock, Thomas, "Interesting from our Missionaries on the Plains," The Mormon, 15 Nov. 1856, 2.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • J[aques], J[ohn], "Some Reminiscences," Salt Lake Daily Herald, 29 Dec. 1878, 1.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah State University, Merrill Library, Logan, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City
  • Woolsey, Elnora Jane Miles, Autobiographical sketch, in Stella H. Day, comp., Builders of Early Millard: Biographies of Pioneers of Millard County, 1850 to 1875 [1979], 777-78.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Summary

Benjamin L. Clapp, returning from a mission, led a party of about 40 Saints from Texas to Utah. The company had 14 wagons and left Ellis County, Texas, on March 11. They started about three weeks in advance of Preston Thomas's 1856 company. They followed the same route north through Texas and Indian territory as did Thomas's company. By June 2 only 40 miles separated the two companies. Preston Thomas went ahead and visited Clapp's company on that date and saw that there existed a spirit of disharmony among them. Clapp's company favored taking the Platte route whereas Thomas's company voted to take the Arkansas River route. Before reaching the Sweetwater, a number of families and individuals left Clapp's company and joined Godbe's freight train. On August 25 Preston Thomas's company met Godbe's train, and a few of those families and individuals who earlier had traveled in Clapp's company joined Thomas's group. One of them, Sister Coley, died at the foot of Big Mountain, only a day from Salt Lake. Her body was brought to Salt Lake for burial. Reaching Salt Lake a few days after Thomas's Texas company, the remainder of Clapp's company arrived on September 19.