- Birth Date
- 3 October 1844
- Death Date
- 8 November 1924
William Owen Orton
Son of William and Hannah Orton. The family crossed the Atlantic on the ship William Tapscott in 1859, then crossed the plains in 1861 with financial assistance from the Perpetual Emigrating Fund. There is a "Wm. Orton" on the roster of the Cannon company. This is puzzling because in an autobiographical sketch (see Lundgren source), William Orton said "we remained in New York until June of 1861 and then came to Utah in Captain Ira Eldridge's company." It's unlikely that there could be two people with that same name traveling to Utah that same year. He may have generalized how he and his family traveled to Utah in his autobiography. Possibly he began traveling with his family in the Eldredge company and became a teamster for Thomas J. Jones in the Cannon company en route.
In 1866, he crossed the plains again as an out-and-back teamster for the Thompson company.
- Age at Departure: 16
- Age at Departure: 21
- "Capt. D. H. Cannon's Train," The Mountaineer , 13 July 1861, 162.
- “Captain Daniel Thompson, memoranda book (2), 1866.” In Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company church trains accounts 1861-1868, Captains’ accounts 1862-1868.
- "Captain Daniel Thompson's (of Fillmore) Company." In Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company church trains accounts 1861-1868, Wards' accounts 1861-1868, Account book 1866 1868.
- Lundgren, Carolyn, e-mail communication, 22 Apr. 2005.
- Perpetual Emigrating Fund, Financial Accounts 1849-1886, Ledger C, p. 113.
- "Pioneer of 3 South Utah Sections Is Laid at Final Rest," Deseret News , 13 Nov. 1924, 5.
- Tripp, Bartlett, Journal, 1861 May-Aug., 1-25.