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James Van Nostrand Williams

James initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Judson L. Stoddard Company in 1855. However, 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.

In 1863, James worked as a teamster on an out-and-back company, assisting in bringing the emigrants back to the Valley from Florence.


Judson L. Stoddard Company (1855)Approximate age at departure: 24
Rescue Companies (1856)Approximate age at departure: 25
Company Unknown (1863)Approximate age at departure: 32


  • "Monroe," Richfield Reaper, 17 March 1911, 6.

  • Source Location
  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • "Names of Persons Who Volunteer to Go as Teamsters." Offerings for the assistance of the P. E. F. immigrants, 1856 October. Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company general files, 1850-1887. (CR 376 1, box 2, folder 1) 

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Find A Grave 

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • Handcart Veterans Association scrapbook, 1906-1914. MS 11378, Fd. 6.

  • Utah Death Certificate.

  • Source Location
  • Utah State Archives and Records Service
  • Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966.

  • Source Location
  • Williams, James Van Nostrand, Reminiscences and diary [ca. 1894]-1905 May, [64]. (MS 9106)

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah