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John Needham

The Needham family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1851.  Further research is needed to determine which company they traveled with.  The Needham family included John and his wife Sarah Ann Booth, and their children John Joseph, Mary Ann, and Robert Platt, who was born and died en route.  John’s father, James, and his sister, Eliza, also traveled with John. 

Around 1842-1843 John traveled to Nauvoo sailing on the “Yorkshire.”  His parents and siblings followed in 1850 sailing on the Josiah Bradlee.  John’s writings state, “My dear mother died, in coming up the Mississippi river, bound for Nauvoo.”

At the end of a mission, John returned home with the Peter Nebeker Company in 1863.

Companies

Company Unknown (1851)Approximate age at departure: 31
Peter Nebeker Company (1863)Approximate age at departure: 44

Sources

  • "Life In Utah Fifty Years Ago," Deseret Evening News, 16 Jan. 1915, section 3, II.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dorius, C. C. N., Autobiography of Carl Christian Nicoli Dorius, 19-21. (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
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Nebeker, Peter, Letter, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25 Aug. 1863, 1.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • 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
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Needham, John [Autobiographical sketch], in Andrew Jenson, comp., Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia [1971], 1:414-415.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Needham, John, Letter: Salt Lake City, Utah, to extended family, Salt Lake City, Utah 1899 Apr. 1. (MS 17983)

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Peacock, George, Journal and reminiscences, 1851 Nov.-1861 Apr., vol. 3, 22-23.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Perpetual Emigrating Fund Ledger Index, [1992, 2013].

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Cemetery Inventory

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  • Ancestry.com
  • Utah State History Cemeteries and Burials Database

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Whitney, Orson F., History of Utah, [1904], vol. 4, p. 454.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah