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Charles Alfred Harper

Charles first traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with Brigham Young's 1847 company, but as explained in his 1848 letter to William Wollerton, he shortly after returned to Winter Quarters to retrieve his wife, Lavina, and son, Harvey John. They traveled together in Heber C. Kimball's 1848 company. Lavina gave birth to another son, Charles Alfred Jr., en route. Several years later, Charles Sr. captained his own company, bringing back a group of pioneers in 1855.

In the 1850 Utah census of Great Salt Lake County he is shown as "Andrew" Harper but in Iron County he appears as Charles A. Harper.  His family is the same in both instances.

Companies

Brigham Young Pioneer Company (1847)Approximate age at departure: 30
Heber C. Kimball Company (1848)Approximate age at departure: 31
Charles A. Harper Company (1855)Approximate age at departure: 38

Sources

  • "Immigration List," Deseret News [Weekly], 12 Sep. 1855, 214-15.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • "Pioneer of 1847 Dead. Charles A. Harper of Big Cottonwood Passes Suddenly Away," Deseret Evening News, 25 Apr. 1900, 2.
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  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • 1850 Utah Census

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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Internet Web Site
  • Bertrand, Louis Alphonse, Memoirs of a Mormon, trans. Gaston Chappuis [196-?], 146-55.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Book of the Pioneers

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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.

  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Farley, Madeline Malan, "Autobiographical Sketch of Madeline Malan Farley," Pioneer, May-June 1993, 25.
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  • Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harper, C. A., to Brigham Young, 14 Sept. 1855, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 33, box 24, fd. 4.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Harper, Charles Alfred to William Wollerton,  1 March 1848.

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  • 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
  • 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. 1848, p. 14

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  • Church Archives, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kimball, Heber C., Journal, in Papers 1837-1866.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Kimball, Heber C., Journal, June-Sep. 1848, in Heber C. Kimball, Papers, 1847-1866, reel 2, box 4, fd. 2 and fd. 3. [written by William Thompson]
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  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Matthew Rowan Autobiography and Journals, circa 1848-1863, folder 2. (MS 24224)

  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Perkins, Joseph Thomas, Autobiography [ca.1878], 102-4.
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  • 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