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Appleton Milo Harmon

Initially, Appleton traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Brigham Young Pioneer Company in 1847.  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 in order to collect provisions that could be used to sustain the next company of saints.  Appleton, 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.

According to his journal, he remained at the Platte River Ferry until the pioneers from Utah returned, heading east to Winter Quarters.  On his way to Winter Quarters, he stopped at Fort Laramie for a few months where he worked as a blacksmith before continuing on to Winter Quarters in March 1848. 

In June 1848, he prepared for a trip from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley, with his wife, Elmeda Stringham, father, Jesse Pierce Harmon, father in law, and two brothers, Amos Washington and Ansel Perce.  They joined the Heber C. Kimball Company, and set off for the Salt Lake Valley in June 1848.  Appleton was in charge of the hunting department of the company.    

At the end of a mission, Appleton traveled home as captain of the Appleton M. Harmon Company in 1853.  At some point, Appleton’s company and John Brown’s company traveled together as indicated in correspondences between them and Brigham Young.  The two companies contained individuals traveling by way of the Perpetual Emigrating Funds.

Companies

Brigham Young Pioneer Company (1847)Approximate age at departure: 26
Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)Approximate age at departure: 28
Appleton M. Harmon Company (1853)Approximate age at departure: 33

Sources

  • Brown, John, and A. M. Harmon to Brigham Young, 12 Oct. 1853, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 32, box 22, fd. 21.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Brown, John, and A. M. Harmon to Brigham Young, 17 Sept. 1853, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 32, box 22, fd. 21.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Bullock, Thomas, Journals 1843-1849, vol. 4.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Chamberlain, John Marvin, Reminiscences [c. 1925], [2-5].
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Clayton, William, Diary, 1847 Jan-Dec.
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  • 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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  • 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
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Diary 1847 April-July.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Journal, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 4, item 1, vol. 2, part 1, 11-15.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Journal, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 4, item 1, vol. 2, part 1, 17-24.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harmon, Appleton Milo, Journal, p. 47

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harmon, Elmeda S., [Reminiscences], in Appleton Milo Harmon Goes West, ed. Maybelle Harmon Anderson [1946], 173-74.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 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
  • Harmon, Elmeda Stringham, [Autobiography], in Nathaniel George Stringham, ed., Briant Stringham and His People [1949], 90-91.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harper, Charles Alfred, Diary, 1847 Apr.-Aug.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Higbee, John Somers, Reminiscences and diaries, 1845-1866, vol. 1 and vol. 2.
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  • 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
  • Kimball, Heber C., Journal, in Papers 1837-1866.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Livingston, James Campbell, Autobiographical sketch, 1.
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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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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • McNaughton, James, Journal, 1851-1858.
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  • 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).

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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rockwood, Albert Perry, Diary, 1847 Apr.-July.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Roskelley, Samuel, "Grandpa Roskelley Looks at Life," Roskelley Organ 1, no. 1 (1 June 1951): 10-13.
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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Snow, Erastus, Journal 1835-1851; 1856-1857, vol. 4, 3-91.
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  • 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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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah