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William Cresfield Moody

William joined the Church in Texas.  Because of the large amount of land William acquired after his service in the Texas Army, church services were held on his property. 

In the spring of 1853, his family along with his brother, John Monroe’s, family, prepared to head to the Salt Lake Valley.  According to the Moses Daley Freight Company Journal, he at least traveled with his wife, Harriett Henson, children John Franklin, Henry Freeland, Nancy, Harriet Electra, and Margaret Josephine, and mother, Mary Baldwin Moody.  From Texas, they traveled across the Gulf of Mexico, up the Mississippi to Keokuk, Iowa, where they joined the Moses Daley Freight Train in 1853.

On 18 September, the Moody’s joined with John Tippitt and his family and broke off from the company because William’s wife, Harriett, was ill and provisions were scarce, as indicated in the Moses Daley Freight Company Journal.

William and his brother John returned to Texas as missionaries in 1855.  In 1857, at the end of their missions, they traveled home from Texas with the Homer Duncan Company as indicated in a Deseret News article on 19 August 1857.

In 1860, he was called on a mission to England.  In 1862, he traveled back to the Salt Lake Valley with a group of immigrants.  They boarded the “Antarctic” and arrived in New York, then boarded a train to Missouri, and a steamer to Omaha, Nebraska.  From there, he traveled with the James S. Brown Company home, as indicated in a Deseret News article of 8 October 1862.

Companies

Moses Daley Freight Train (1853)Approximate age at departure: 34
Homer Duncan Company (1857)Approximate age at departure: 38
James S. Brown Company (1862)Approximate age at departure: 43

Sources

  • "Arrival and Latest News," Deseret News [Weekly], 19 Aug. 1857, 188.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Third Independent Company," Deseret News [Weekly], 8 Oct. 1862, 113.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1850 Texas Census, Grimes County

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • 1860 Utah Census
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Moses Daley Freight Company, Journal, 1853 Sept.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Standifird, John Henry, Autobiographical sketch, fd. 2, p. 3-4, in John Henry Standifird, Correspondence [ca. 1857-1921].
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Standifird, John Henry, Diaries, 1862-1923, vol. 1, 2.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah