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William Wheeler

William initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with his family in the James McGaw Company in 1852, as indicated in Perpetual Emigrating Fund General Files and Delna Swapp Powell’s book. 

William and his wife, Mary Coombs Bradley, and two daughters Mary and Elizabeth, left Liverpool, England, on the ship “Ellen Maria” with 378 Saints.  William’s wife and daughter Mary died on July 21/22 of cholera when the company was about 14 miles west of Spring Creek.  William and his surviving daughter, Elizabeth, reached the Salt Lake Valley.

In 1855, William married Elizabeth Case Milam, who also traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in his same company.

At the end of a mission to England, William traveled home with the Thomas E. Ricks Company in 1866, according to a Deseret News Article of 30 August 1866.  He left for his mission in 1864.   

Companies

James McGaw Company (1852)Approximate age at departure: 37
Thomas E. Ricks Company (1866)Approximate age at departure: 51

Sources

  • "List of Names in Incoming Passenger Trains," Deseret News [Weekly], 16 Aug. 1866, 289.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • 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
  • "Returned Missionaries," Deseret News [Weekly] 30 Aug. 1866, 317.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • 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
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Perpetual Emigrating Fund, General Files (CR 376 1) (except for 1847-49 which are in Camp of Israel schedules and reports, 1845-1849).

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Powell, Delna Swapp, Eleventh Pioneer Emigration Company 1852, [2002], p. 114, 126
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah