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William Pitt

The Pitt family initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Edward Hunter Company in 1850.  The family included William and his son, Robert Calvin, of his first wife, his current wife Cornelia Melvina Devine, and their two sons William Heber and Robert Calvin. 

At the end of a mission, William returned home with the Richard Ballantyne Company in 1855.  William was the Captain of the 2nd Ten, and a musician. 

Apparently, the middle name of “Hill” was added by a descendant to distinguish him from other men by the name of William Pitt.  “Hill” does not appear on any contemporary document, including his personal Bible.

Companies

Edward Hunter Company (1850)Approximate age at departure: 36
Richard Ballantyne Company (1855)Approximate age at departure: 41

Sources

  • "Immigration List," Deseret News [Weekly], 12 Sep. 1855, 214-15.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1850 Utah Census

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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Internet Web Site
  • Bailey, Charles Ramsden, Autobiography, in Joel Edward Ricks, Cache Valley Historical Material [ca. 1955], reel 1, item 9, 10-12.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Ballantyne, Richard, Diaries and reminiscences, 1852-1896, box 1, fd. 3, vol. 6.

  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ballantyne, Richard, to Brigham Young, 22 July 1855, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 33, box 23, fd. 18.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Coombs, Isaiah Moses, Diary, in Collection 1835-1938, reel 1, box 1, fd. 1, vol. 1.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Find A Grave 

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Heywood, Martha Spence, Journals 1850-[1860], vol. 1, 3-14.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Hunter, Edward and Robert Campbell, to Brigham Young, 17 July 1850, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 31, box 22, fd. 1.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1850, p. 11

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Mayer, George, Reminiscences and diary, 1853 Jan.-1896 Apr., 239-49.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • 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
  • Pitt, Robert Calvin, [Interview], in "Utah Pioneer Biographies," 44 vols., 23:147-48.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

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