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Andrew Lafayette Siler

Evidence from census and church ordinance records proves that Andrew Siler likely traveled to Utah in 1849. Further research is needed to confirm the name of the company with which he traveled. In the 1850 federal census of Utah his surname is spelled "Syler."

At the end of a mission, Andrew served as captain of four independent wagons in the James G. Willie company. He left the company at Fort Laramie to join the Hodgetts company.

Companies

Company Unknown (1849)Approximate age at departure: 24
James G. Willie Company (1856)Approximate age at departure: 31

Sources

  • "Immigration to Utah," Deseret News [Weekly], 15 Oct. 1856, 254.

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  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • 1850 Utah Census

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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Internet Web Site
  • Cantwell, James to S. S. Jones, 28 Sep. 1906, in Handcart Veterans Association, Scrapbook, 1906-1914.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Cantwell, James, Autobiography, in Joel Edward Ricks, Cache Valley Historical Material [ca. 1955], reel 3, item 29.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Elder, Joseph Benson, Journal, 21-28.
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  • Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • James G. Willie Emigrating Company, Journal 1856 May-Nov., 16-53.

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rogerson, Josiah, "Captain J. G. Willie's Or, the Fourth Handcart Company of 1856 [No. 2]," Salt Lake Herald, 5 Jan. 1908.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Salt Lake Stake, Record of Members.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Savage, Levi, Journal, 1855 Mar.-1858 Oct.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Smith, Marilyn Austin, Faithful Stewards--the Life of James Gray Willie and Elizabeth Ann Pettit, 95-120.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Willie, James G., Synopsis of the Fourth Hand Cart Company's Trip from England to G.S.L. City in 1856, in "History of Brigham Young," 9 Nov. 1856, 966-83.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodward, William, Journal, in Utah State Historical Society Cache Valley Chapter, Historical resource materials for Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho, 1955-1956, reel 4, item 2e.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah