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Franklin Benjamin Woolley

Franklin initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Brigham Young Company in 1848 with his parents, Edwin Dilworth and Mary Wickersham, and his sisters, Rachel Emma and Mary Louisa.  Mary Louisa was born on 5 July, while the company was camped at Goose Creek.  Also in the company was his aunt and uncle, Samuel Amos and Catherine Elizabeth Mehring.

When the family made it to the Salt Lake Valley, they ate with his father's brother, John Mills Woolley, who had traveled to the Salt Lake Valley the year before with the Abraham O. Smoot/George B. Wallace Company in 1847, according to Rachel Emma Woolley Simmons’ Biography.

At the end of a recruiting mission, he traveled home with the Abraham O. Smoot Company in 1856 as indicated in his autobiography.

He later participated as one of the rescuers that were sent out in the winter of 1856 to assist the members of the Church stranded in Wyoming.

Companies

Brigham Young Company (1848)Approximate age at departure: 13
Abraham O. Smoot Company (1856)Approximate age at departure: 22
Rescue Companies (1856)Approximate age at departure: 22

Sources

  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Find A Grave 

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Grant, Caleb, [Report], Dec. 12, 1856, in Journal History, 9 Nov. 1856, 31-35.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Nelson, Bengt, "An Autobiography of Bengt Nelson, Sr., Together with a sketch of his wife Ellen J. Nelson," 9-10, 15-16.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Cedar City Public Library, Cedar City, Utah
  • Simmons, Rachel Emma Woolley, Brief Biography of Rachel Emma Woolley Simmons, 11-14. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Pioneer Memorial Museum (Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woolley, Franklin Benjamin, Autobiography [ca. 1856], 13-15.

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