Circumstantial evidence from census and genealogical records proves the Donelson family traveled to Utah in 1851. Charles is listed in the 1850 Iowa census and not in the 1850 Utah census (taken in spring 1851), so he did not arrive in Utah in 1850. Since the Donelson's had a child born in Utah in July 1852 (prior to the arrival of overland emigrant companies in 1852), they had to have traveled to Utah in 1851.
Company Unknown (1851)Age at departure: 18
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