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Brigham Young Pioneer Company

1847

Brigham Young

Members of this company left Winter Quarters as early as April 5th to join with the larger group. Everyone gathered to a place about 20 miles from Winter Quarters on the banks of the Platte River. There they worked repairing wagons, organizing supplies, and chopping firewood. It wasn't until the 16th of April that the company was officially organized into the hundreds, fifties, and tens, with captains appointed and they started on their way. 

Once organized, this original pioneer company consisted of 142 men, 3 women, and 2 children, and 72 wagons it started it's journey. They covered the 1031 miles of the trail and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley 21-24 July 1847.

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

Sources

  • [Brigham Young Company, Remarks by Surviving Pioneers], in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • [Young, Brigham] to John Smith, 4 May 1847, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 24, box 16, fd. 12.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Atwood, Millen, Autobiographical sketch, in 14th Quorum, Biographies, Reel 40, 3, in Seventies Quorum, Records, 1844-1975.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Atwood, Millen, Journal 1847 Apr.-July.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • B. F. S., "A Prophecy," Juvenile Instructor, 15 Feb. 1882, 63.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Barney, Lewis, Autobiography and diary 1878-1883, reel 5, item 5, 32-38.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Blackburn, Abner, Reminiscences, 12-13. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
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  • Pioneer Memorial Museum (Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Brown, John, Autobiographical sketch, [14].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Brown, John, Reminiscences and journals, vol. 1, 56-70.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bullock, Thomas, "Travel Account of the Mormon Journey from Council Bluffs to California," in Prophet of the Jubilee, trans. and ed. Ronald D. Dennis [1997], 92-94.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bullock, Thomas, Correspondence, 1836-1857.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bullock, Thomas, Journals 1843-1849, vol. 4.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Chamberlin, Solomon, Autobiography [ca. 1858]. MS 5886

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Clayton, William, Diary, 1847 Jan-Dec.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Cloward, Thomas Poulson, [Autobiography], in "Utah Pioneer Biographies," 44 vols, 44:2.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Cloward, Thomas Poulson, Autobiographical sketch 1894.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Earl, Sylvester Henry, 1815-1873, Autobiographical Sketch.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Earl, Sylvester Henry, Autobiographical sketch [n.d.], 5-6.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Egan, Howard, Letters. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
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  • Pioneer Memorial Museum (Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Egan, Howard, Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878, ed. and comp. William M. Egan [1917], 21-106.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Egan, Howard, Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878, ed. and comp. William M. Egan [1917] 21-105.

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Egbert, Joseph, Reminiscences, in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ellsworth, Edmund, Autobiography, in Pearl Ione Crismon Forsberg's "Papers relating to the Edmund Ellsworth and Charles Crismon families," in Utah State Historical Society Cache Valley Chapter, Historical resource materials for Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho, 1955-1956, reel 5, item 5.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Empey, William A., "The Mormon Ferry on the North Platte, The Journal of William A. Empey, May 7-August 4, 1847," ed. Dale L. Morgan, Annals of Wyoming, July-Oct. 1949, 124-33.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Everett, Addison, Diary, 1847 Apr.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Farr, Aaron F., Reminiscences, in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Flake, Green, Reminiscences, in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Diary 1847 April-July.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Journal, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 4, item 1, vol. 2, part 1, 11-15.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harper, Charles A., [Recollections], in "Jubilee Matters," Deseret Weekly, 17 Apr. 1897, 563.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harper, Charles Alfred, Diary, 1847 Apr.-Aug.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Higbee, John Somers, Reminiscences and diaries, 1845-1866, vol. 1 and vol. 2.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jackman, Levi, Journal 1847 Mar.-1849 Apr., 35-59.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jackman, Levi, Letter, Salt Lake City [Utah] 1850.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jacob Weiler family, Record of temple work [ca. 1895-1900], 75-77.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jacob, Norton, Reminiscence and journal 1844 May-1852 Jan., 47-85.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Johnson, Philo, Reminiscences, 1894, 3-4.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kelsey, Stephen, [Letter], in "Fifty Years Ago Today," Salt Lake Tribune, 16 June 1897, 371, 407.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kimball, Heber C., Journal, in Papers 1837-1866.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kimball, Heber C., to James Smithies, 4 July 1847, in James Smithies, Diary 1846-1859.
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  • Lewis, Phillip Bessom, Autobiographical sketch, in 12th Quorum, Biographies, 1844-1894, vol. 1, 1, in Seventies Quorum, Records, 1844-1975.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lyman, Amasa Mason, Diary, reel 1, vol. 8, 1-26 and 1-10, written by Albert Carrington, in Amasa Mason Lyman, Collection 1832-1877.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Nibley, Charles Wilson, [Account concerning Erastus Snow and the Mormon Pioneers] 1920, 45-46.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pack, John, Letters, 1847, fd. 3.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pack, John, Papers, 1833-1882, item 15.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pratt, Orson, "Interesting Items Concerning the Journeying of the Latter-day Saints from the City of Nauvoo, Until Their Location in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake (Extracted from the Private Journal of Orson Pratt)," Latter-day Saints' Millennial Star, 15 Jan. 1850, 18-19; ibid., 1 Feb. 1850, 33-35; ibid., 15 Feb. 1850, 49-50; ibid., 1 Mar. 1850, 65-68; ibid., 15 Mar. 1850, 81-83; ibid., 1 Apr. 1850, 97-100; ibid., 15 Apr. 1850, 113-15; ibid., 1 May 1850, 129-31; ibid., 15 May 1850, 145-47; ibid., 1 June 1850, 161-66; and ibid., 15 June 1850, 177-78.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Pulsipher, John, "John Pulsipher’s History 1827-1891," 51-52.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rockwood, Albert Perry, Diary, 1847 Apr.-July.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Scofield, Joseph Smith, Diary, 2-9.
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  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Shumway, Andrew Purley, Reminiscences 1869.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Smith, George A., "History of George A. Smith," written by Albert Carrington, in George A. Smith, Papers, 1834-1875.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Smoot, W. A. C., [Reminiscence], in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 24 July 1907, 26.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Snow, Erastus, "Autobiography of Erastus Snow," Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, July 1923, 112.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Snow, Erastus, Journal 1835-1851; 1856-1857, vol. 4, 3-91.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thomas, Robert T., [Autobiographical sketch], in William Thomas, "Historical sketch and genealogy of the Thomas' families, 1888-1895," 45-46.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thomas, Robert T., Autobiographical sketch, in 45th Quorum, Biographies, vol. 1, 16, in Seventies quorum, records 1844-1975.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thornton, Horace, Reminiscences, in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thornton, Horace, to Brother G. Rognon, 29 Dec. 1896, 1-3. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
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  • Pioneer Memorial Museum (Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tippets, John Harvey, Autobiography [ca. 1882], 99-113.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tippets, John Harvey, Journal 1846 July-1847 June.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Tippetts, John Harvey, Biographical Sketches.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Weiler, Jacob, Autobiographical sketch 1892-1895, 3-4.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Whipple, Edson, [Reminiscence], in Andrew Jenson, comp., Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, [1971], 3:561.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • David O. McKay Library, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
  • Whitney, Helen Mar, "Scenes and Incidents at Winter Quarters," Woman's Exponent, 15 Sept. 1885, 57-58.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Whitney, Horace K., to My dear wife, 4 May 1847, in Richard E. Bennett, We'll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-1848, 134-35.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Witt, Michael, Copy and revision of [the] autobiography of Mr. Blackburn, 1966, 11-13.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodruff, Wilford, "Letter of W. Woodruff, One of the Apostles," in Prophet of the Jubilee, trans. and ed. Ronald D. Dennis [1997], 101.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodruff, Wilford, Journal, 1847 Jan.-1853 Dec., box 2, fd. 3, in Journals and papers 1828-1898.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodward, George, [Letter excerpt], in Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Apr. 1897, 1.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodward, George, Autobiography of George Woodward, Pioneer of 1847, 2-4. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
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  • Pioneer Memorial Museum (Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodward, George, Reminiscences, in Utah Semi-Centennial Commission, The book of the pioneers [ca. 1897].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Young, Brigham, Letter, 1847 May 28, Camp of Israel, Platte River.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Young, Brigham, Remarks, in “The Celebration of the Twenty-fourth,” Deseret News [Weekly], 27 July 1870, 295.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Young, Brigham, to Amasa Lyman, July 8, 1847, box 3, fd. 7, in Amasa Mason Lyman, Collection.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Young, Brigham. Letter, 1847 Apr. 20, Camp of Israel to Mary A. Young, Winter Quarters [Nebraska].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Young, Clara Decker, A woman's experience with the pioneer band, in University of California [Berkeley] Bancroft Library, Utah and the Mormons collection [n.d.], reel 2, item 45, 7-8.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Young, Lorenzo Dow, Diaries, 1846-1852 and 1888-1891, vol. 1.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah