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Preston Thomas

Preston initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley, as captain of a company of ten and company clerk, in the John Brown Company in 1851.  He traveled with his wife Sarah Ann Jane Morehead and their daughters Martha, Maria, and Jane Morehead.

At the end of a mission, he traveled home with the Preston Thomas Company in 1853 as indicated in Preston Thomas: His Life and Travels.

At the end of another mission, he traveled home with the Preston Thomas Company in 1856 as indicated in William Southwick’s Autobiographical sketch.

Companies

John Brown Company (1851)Approximate age at departure: 37
Preston Thomas Company (1853)Approximate age at departure: 39
Preston Thomas Company (1856)Approximate age at departure: 42

Sources

  • "Another Veteran Gone," Deseret News [Weekly], 14 July 1877, 893.
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baker, Jean Rio Griffiths, Diary, 1851 Jan.-1852 Mar. and 1869 Sept.-1880 May, 9-55.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Brown, John, and Preston Thomas, to Thomas Bullock, 19 Sep. 1851, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 31, box 22, fd. 5.

  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Derrick, Zachariah Wise, Journal 1851, 2-3.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Family Tree

  • Source Location
  • Internet Web Site
  • John Brown Emigrating Company, Journal, 1851 July-Sept.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Journal History, Supp. after 31 Dec. 1851, p. 6B

  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Smith, Elias, Journals, 1836-1888, vol. 7.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Southwick, William, Autobiographical sketch, in Lehi Centennial History, 1850-1950 (1913; reprint, Lehi, Utah: Free Press Publishing, 1950), 292-93.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thomas, Daniel Hadlon, Preston Thomas: His Life and Travels, 1942, fd. 2, 277-312.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thomas, Daniel Hadlond, Preston Thomas: His Life and Travels, 1942, 417-23.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Welchman, Arthur Pendry, Reminiscences and diary [ca.1854-1917], vol. 1, fd. 1, 14-25.
  • Trail Excerpt
  • Source Location
  • Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah