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Gilbert Henry Van Schoonhoven (Spencer)

Gilbert initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company in 1847.  His mother married Daniel Spencer.  As a result his name is often found as Gilbert H. Spencer in many of the records.  He was also often known as “Gib Spencer.”  According to the Ogden Standard Examiner of 15 June 1903 and the Salt Lake Herald of 15 June 1903, he made it to Green River with the company, but Brigham Young sent him back to Florence to collect money and purchase stock and supplies for the Saints.  From there, he went to Massachusetts to visit family, and remained there until 1856. 

In 1856, Gilbert traveled with the Dan Jones/John A. Hunt Company as a captain of ten with his step-father Daniel Spencer.  His death notification in the Ogden Standard Examiner stated that he made the trip across the plains thirteen times.   

In 1868, he traveled with the William S. Seeley Company, as indicated in the Deseret Evening News of 19 August 1868.

Companies

Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company (1847)Approximate age at departure: 18
John A. Hunt Company (1856)Approximate age at departure: 28
William S. Seeley Company (1868)Approximate age at departure: 40

Sources

  • "Death of a Pioneer. Gilbert Henry Van Schoonhoven Stage Driver of Early Days, Passes Away," Salt Lake Herald, 15 June 1903, 8.
  • Source Location
  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • "Died," Deseret Evening News, 19 Aug. 1868, 2.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Immigration to Utah," Deseret News [Weekly], 15 Oct. 1856, 254.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • Dan Jones Emigrating Company, Journal 1856 May-Dec.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Journal History, 15 Dec. 1856, p. 15

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, 21 June 1847, p. 12

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Pay, Mary G. to S. S. Jones, 18 Oct. 1908, in Handcart Veterans Association, Scrapbook, 1906-1914.
  • 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
  • Spencer, Hiram Theron, Reminiscences, 5. (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