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Elijah Elmer

Elijah traveled to Utah as a returning Mormon Battalion veteran. He was the Captain of 3rd Ten in the Jonathan H. Holmes/Samuel Thompson Company of 1848.

It is likely he returned to Iowa to collect his family and then traveled in the Howard Egan Company (1849) with six people (likely his first 2 wives and 4 living children).

In the 1850 Utah census he appears in both Great Salt Lake County and Iron County.

He later participated as one of the rescuers that were sent out in the winter of 1856 to assist the members of the Church stranded in Wyoming.

Companies

Howard Egan Company (1849)Approximate age at departure: 39
Rescue Companies (1856)Approximate age at departure: 46

Sources

  • "Died," Deseret News [Weekly], 28 Apr. 1880, 205.

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

  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Internet Web Site
  • Elmer, Elijah, Diary, in Will Bagley, ed., "To the Tops of the California Mountains: The 1848 Carson Pass Diary of Elijah Elmer," Crossroads Newsletter 4, no. 3 (summer 1993): 5-7.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Find A Grave 

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Hansen, Peter Olsen, Diary, 1849 Apr.-Aug. (MS 1437/2)

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, 7 Aug. 1849, p. 3.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1849, p. 13.

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ricketts, Norma Baldwin, The Mormon Battalion: U.S. Army of the West, 1846-1848, [1996], 20-28, 238-40.

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ricketts, Norma Baldwin, The Mormon Battalion: U.S. Army of the West, 1846-1848, [1996], 222-23.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah