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Hyrum Dayton

A secondary source says Hyrum traveled to Utah in 1849 but in a handwritten statement dated May 26, 1879, he wrote that he "landed in Salt Lake City in the year 1848." (Historian's Office, History of persecutions, CR 100 96, box 1, fd. 1)

Hyrum apparently returned east for his family because he appears with them in the 1850 federal census of Pottawattamie County, Iowa. His name then appears in a Salt Lake City Public Works account book on 2 January 1852, which was prior to the arrival of that season's emigration, proving that the family came to Utah in 1851.  His name is also listed in a bishop's report of December of 1852. Additional research is needed to identify the names of the pioneer companies with which he first crossed the plains in 1848 and again in 1851 with his family.

One of his children, Moses Bundy Dayton, born 12 February 1831, died 21 March 1847, and did not come to Utah.

Companies

Company Unknown (1848)Approximate age at departure: 49
Company Unknown (1851)Approximate age at departure: 52

Sources

  • "Registry of Names of Persons Residing in the Various Wards as to Bishops' Reports, Great Salt Lake City, Dec. 28th, A.D. 1852." In Wright, Norman Edgar, ed., Key to Migration Sources Great Britain and North America.  

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1850 Iowa Census, Pottawattamie County

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • 1856 Utah Census
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Watt, Ronald G., Public Works Accounts Books Index, [1997].
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah