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Samuel 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, as indicated in company records.  Samuel and Eurnice’s nine children are: Susannah, Samuel Francis, Robert Francis, Esther Francis, Elizabeth Burgess, Eunice, Phebe, William Francis, and Hannah.

The Neslens 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.  

In 1862, Samuel was called on a mission to Great Britain.  At the end of that mission, he traveled home with the William Hyde Company in 1864, and acted as assistant Chaplain. 

Samuel's surname is listed as "Eslen" in the Deseret News.

Companies

Claudius V. Spencer Company (1853)Approximate age at departure: 45
William Hyde Company (1864)Approximate age at departure: 56

Sources

  • "List of Immigrants," Deseret News [Weekly], 19 Oct. 1864, 18.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Holt, Emma Billings, History of Emma Billings Holt.
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  • Internet Web Site
  • King, Hannah Tapfield, Autobiography [ca. 1864-1872], fd. 6.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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).

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Smith, John Lyman, Autobiography and journals, 1846-1864; 1894-1897, vol. 3, 188-91.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Smith, John Lyman, Diary in John Lyman Smith, Papers, 1845-1875, vol. 2, 102-117.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah