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Nephi Robert Fawcett

The Fawcett family initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the David Evans Company in 1850, as indicated in Nephi Robert Fawcett’s autobiographical sketch.  According to Company records, their family was: William and Jane Corner Smith, and their children, Nephi Robert, Hanna Isabel, and George William. 

William and Jane left England in 1848 on the ship “Swanton” with two children.  They were a part of a group of 200 Saints being led by Lorenzo Snow.  They arrived in New Orleans, and made their way to Nauvoo, arriving on 12 April 1848.  One of their children died in Nauvoo.  They stayed in Missouri for two years preparing to travel across the plains. 

At the end of a mission to Britain, Nephi traveled home with the John Gillespie Company in 1868, as indicated in John Gillespie’s account books.  According to his obituary, he was released from his mission after two years because of ill health.

In the 1850 Utah census Nephi's surname is spelled "Faucett."

Companies

David Evans Company (1850)Approximate age at departure: 9
John Gillespie Company (1868)Approximate age at departure: 27

Sources

  • "Nephi R. Fawcett Dixie Pioneer Passes," Washington County News, 31 Mar. 1921, 1.
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  • Utah Digital Newspapers
  • 1850 Utah Census

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  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Internet Web Site
  • Family Tree

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  • Internet Web Site
  • Fawcett, Nephi, Autobiographical sketch, in Biographical sketches 1891- , reel 36, box 37, fd. 1 item 7.
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Fawcett, William, Autobiographical sketch, in Biographical sketches, 1891- , reel 36, box 37, fd. 1, item 8.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Gillespie, John, Account book 1868.
  • Trail Excerpt
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  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Nixon, Hannah Isabell Fawcett, [Auto]biography, in Library of Congress, Collection of Mormon diaries [1935-1938], reel 9, item 1, 1.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • Ship Passenger and Manifest Lists/Mormon Migration

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Utah Death Certificate.

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  • Utah State Archives and Records Service