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Rachel Burke Taaffe McDonald

In 1850, the McDonald family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Warren Foote Company.  The McDonald family included John Kilpatrick and his wife Rachel Burke Taaffe, and their children William Taaffe, John Taaffee, and James.  John was the Captain of the 5th Ten.

Initially, John traveled without his family to the Salt Lake Valley in the Ezra T. Benson Company in 1849.  He then returned east to his family, and traveled with them in 1850.

In some sources her maiden name is spelled "Tafft".


Warren Foote Company (1850)Approximate age at departure: 44


  • 1850 Utah Census

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

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • McDonald, John T., Autobiographical sketch, in Lawrence Wesley McDonald, Journal entries 1954-1960.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah