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John Monroe Moody

The Moody family joined the church in Texas and consisted of John Monroe, Margaret Anglin McIntyre, Mary Ann Opelia, and Margaret’s sons from a prior marriage, Robert, Samuel Houston, and William Howell.  John’s mother, Mary Baldwin, and brother William Cresfield, with his family, decided to gather with the Saints in 1853.  John and Margaret decided that she and the children should travel with the family while he stayed behind to take care of business affairs.  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. 

In March 1854, John made the journey to the Salt Lake Valley with the Washington L. Jolley Company as a counselor in the company and as a Captain of Ten.  When he arrived in the Valley he was reunited with his family. 

John and his brother William 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.

Companies

Washington L. Jolley Company (1854)Approximate age at departure: 32
Homer Duncan Company (1857)Approximate age at departure: 35

Sources

  • "Washington Lafayette Jolley," In Biographical Information Relating to Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel database. (CR 100 389) 

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1860 Utah Census
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Deseret News [Weekly], 19 Aug. 1857, 188.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Moody, John Monroe, Autobiographical sketch, in Biographical sketches, 1891- , box 59, fd. 13, item 10.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Welchman, Arthur P., Reminiscences and diary, [ca.1854-1917], fd. 1, 93-94.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Welchman, Arthur Pendry, Reminiscences and diary [ca.1854-1917], vol. 1, fd. 1, 14-25.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Welchman, Arthur Pendry, Reminiscences, 1903, 69-77.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah