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Robert Francis Neslen

The Neslen family consisting of Samuel, his wife, Eunice Burgess Francis, and nine children, initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Claudius V. Spencer Company in 1853.  Samuel and Eurnice’s nine children are: Susannah, Samuel Francis, Robert Francis, Esther Francis, Elizabeth Burgess, Eunice, Phebe, William Francis, and Hannah.

Samuel and his family left England, and sailed on the “Golconda” and arrived in New Orleans on 1 April 1853.  Samuel and his family stayed in St. Louis while they prepared for their trip to the Salt Lake Valley.  They then moved to Keokuk, Iowa, then on to Omaha, Nebraska.  Eight months after the Neslen family left their home in England, all eleven of them arrived in the Salt Lake Valley.       

Robert Francis left the Salt Lake Valley to serve a mission to England.  At the end of that mission, on 11 April 1859, Robert Francis and his wife Eleanor Stevens, and her daughter Elizabeth Trewhela sailed from Liverpool to New York on the ship “William Tapscott.”  They arrived in New York on 13 May 1859.  Robert and his family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Robert F. Neslen Company, with Robert as Captain, in 1859.

Companies

Claudius V. Spencer Company (1853)Approximate age at departure: 20
Robert F. Neslen Company (1859)Approximate age at departure: 26

Sources

  • "Local Briefs.  Gather to Honor Veteran," Deseret News, 11 Dec. 1909, 16.

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  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • King, Hannah Tapfield, Autobiography [ca. 1864-1872], fd. 6.

  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kirkham, James, [Autobiography], in E. Kay Kirkham, George (Wm.) Kirkham: His Ancestors and Descendants to the Third Generation [1973], 66-67.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Miles, Johanne Kristine (Jane), [Reminiscences], in Carrie Mouritsen Jones and Jerald Olean Seelos, comp. and ed., The Mourits Mouritsen Family [1982], 432.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pedersen, Lars Christian, Autobiographical sketch [ca. 1919], 3-4.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Perpetual Emigrating Fund, General Files (CR 376 1) (except for 1847-49 which are in Camp of Israel schedules and reports, 1845-1849).

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Petersen, Johanne Mariah, [Reminiscences], in Carrie Mouritsen Jones and Jerald Olean Seelos, comp. and ed., The Mourits Mouritsen Family [1982], 426.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Death Certificate.

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  • Utah State Archives and Records Service