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William Adam Empey

Initially, William traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Brigham Young Pioneer Company in 1847.  While traveling with the company, William was in pursuit of a group of antelope, when he stumbled upon about 300 Indians.  He was able to warn the company.

On June 15, 1847, Brigham Young decided that a group of brethren should stay at the North Fork of the Platt River Upper Ferry, near Casper, Wyoming, where a commercial ferry could be established.  The hope was that they could assist all companies with ferrying across the river in order to collect provisions that could be used to sustain the next company of saints.  William, along with nine others, was chosen to stay and help operate the Platte River Ferry.  They were instructed to join the next company of Saints on into the Salt Lake Valley.  Thomas Grover was appointed as the captain of those staying behind. 

Many diaries of those in the company indicate the above findings.  His travel to Utah is also mentioned in his wife's obituary.

It appears that William remained at the Platte River Ferry until a group of pioneers from Utah returned, heading east to Winter Quarters.  He joined them. 

In 1848, he traveled with Brigham Young’s Company from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley, as indicated in Alexander Neibaur’s journal. 

In 1852, William left on a mission to England.  In 1854, he traveled back to the Salt Lake Valley as captain of the William Adam Empey Company as indicated in Peter Sinclair’s journal.   

 

Companies

Brigham Young Pioneer Company (1847)Approximate age at departure: 38
Brigham Young Company (1848)Approximate age at departure: 39
William Empey Company (1854)Approximate age at departure: 46

Sources

  • "Death of a Pioneer," Deseret Weekly, 30 Aug. 1890, 341.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Death of Mary Ann Empey," Deseret News [Weekly], 7 Mar. 1891, 826.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • "Immigration," St. Louis Luminary, 2 Dec. 1854, 6.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Robert Campbell company report, 1854 August 22." In Brigham Young office emigrating companies reports 1850-1862, Reports 1853-1855. (CR 1234 5, Box 1, Fd. 35)

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Atwood, Millen, Journal 1847 Apr.-July.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bullock, Thomas, Journals 1843-1849, vol. 4.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Clayton, William, Diary, 1847 Jan-Dec.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Egan, Howard, Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878, ed. and comp. William M. Egan [1917] 21-105.

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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Empey, William A., "The Mormon Ferry on the North Platte, The Journal of William A. Empey, May 7-August 4, 1847," ed. Dale L. Morgan, Annals of Wyoming, July-Oct. 1949, 124-33.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Empey, William, Autobiographical sketch, in St. George Stake, High Priest Quorum Genealogical Records, 1872-1906, reel 6039, 40, in Record of Members Collection 1836-1970.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Diary 1847 April-July.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harper, Charles Alfred, Diary, 1847 Apr.-Aug.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Higbee, John Somers, Reminiscences and diaries, 1845-1866, vol. 1 and vol. 2.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jacob, Norton, Reminiscence and journal 1844 May-1852 Jan., 47-85.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1854, p. 16

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kimball, Heber C., Journal, in Papers 1837-1866.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia [1971], 4:701.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lee, John D., A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee, 1848-1876, ed. Robert Glass Cleland and Juanita Brooks, 2 vols. [1955], 1:30-79.

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Lyman, Amasa Mason, Diary, reel 1, vol. 8, 1-26 and 1-10, written by Albert Carrington, in Amasa Mason Lyman, Collection 1832-1877.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Neibaur, Alexander, Journal, 1841 Feb.-1862 Apr., 26-38.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rockwood, Albert Perry, Diary, 1847 Apr.-July.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sinclair, Peter, Journal, 1853-1854, 167-270.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Woodruff, Wilford, Journal, 1847 Jan.-1853 Dec., box 2, fd. 3, in Journals and papers 1828-1898.
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah