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Susannah 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.       

Her travel to Utah is mentioned in the obituary of her brother, William.


Claudius V. Spencer Company (1853)Approximate age at departure: 22


  • "William F. Neslen, Pioneer of 1853, Dies," Salt Lake Herald, 23 Jan. 1918, 12.

  • Source Location
  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • 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
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

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