My Utah Pioneers


Last update: 15 February 2012

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Covered wagon, Cove Fort, Utah

I am a direct descendant of Utah Pioneers on all of my ancestral lines. They left their homelands between 1840 and 1890, eventually settling in Utah. The families below are listed in order of their emigration. Each linked name will take you to a page of more information, either a personal history or a family genealogy card.

For reasons of privacy, the descendants (the second section) end with my parents' generation, in other words people born before 1910, for the most part. Please contact me if we might be related, or just to say hi!

Please read the stories (third section). I think you'll enjoy them, and they're all true! As I study my family's history and find more such stories, I'll add them here.



  • Patience VAY LAMBERT, widow, sent her four children, Elizabeth, John, Richard, and Joseph, to America with the second group of "Mormon" emigrants to leave England. They left Liverpool on a sailing ship in September 1840 and arrived in New York in October. They travelled from there to Nauvoo, Illinois, by steamship up the Hudson River, by boat through the Erie Canal, by steamship on Lakes Erie and Michigan, by wagon overland, then by raft on the Rock River and the Mississippi. Patience left Liverpool in April 1841, travelling with many of the Apostles who had been preaching in England, and following the same route as her children. The family lived in Nauvoo till 1846, then in Jackson County, Missouri, till 1850. That spring, John and his family (wife, Adelia, and children, Martha Adelaide and John Carlos) his mother, Patience, and brother, Joseph, travelled by covered wagon to Salt Lake City, arriving in September of that year. Elizabeth and Richard and their families stayed in Illinois, making their homes in Hancock County.

  • Hans LARSEN, his wife, Eline Dorothea Strømbør BENTZDATTER, and their children, Eline Hansine, Petrine Christine, Marie Magdalene, Margarette Kirstine, and John George Erastus, left Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 1852 with the "first large emigrating company" of Scadinavian "Saints," the Forsgren Company. They went by steamship to Kiel, Germany; by train from Kiel to Hamburg; by steamship from Hamburg to Hull, England through a very violent storm; from Hull to Liverpool by train, then by sailing ship which left Liverpool in January of 1853 and arrived in New Orleans on March 16. There they buried three-year-old Margarette Kirstine who had died the day before. They travelled by steamship up the Mississippi River to Keokuk, Iowa, then by covered wagon to Salt Lake City, arriving in September of that year.

  • Robert MICHIE, his wife, Frances POTTS, her sister, Alice, and Alice's husband, Thomas WHITE, two newlywed couples, left Faversham, Kent, England in 1857. (Scottish Robert MICHIE had left Rubislaw, Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1848 on his way to South Africa where he lived in Cape Colony till 1856 when he returned to England.) The Michies and the Whites left England 28 March 1857 and arrived at Boston April 20. There they lived for the next few years and worked to earn money for the rest of the journey. The Whites left Boston (with the two children who had been born there, Thomas Adolphus and Anna Marie Jane) in 1860 and arrived in Salt Lake City that fall. In 1861 the Michies began their journey with their two children (Agnes Catherine Harriet and Eliza Ann Helena). They traveled from Boston to Illinois where they bought needed supplies, and then to Salt Lake City by covered wagon. They buried little Eliza Ann near the Sweetwater River in Wyoming in August, then continued on, arriving in Utah before their third child, Robert Moroni, was born that October.

  • Ann THOMAS, widow, and her children, Edward, John and Elizabeth, left Cefn Coed y Cymer, Breconshire, Wales, in 1888, leaving her married daughters, Mary and Margaret, (see next entry) behind. They traveled by steamship to New York City and by train across the country, arriving in Salt Lake City that same year.

  • William LEWIS, his wife, Margaret THOMAS (daughter of Ann, above), and their young daughter, Gwenllian LEWIS, (later Gwenllian L. PARRY) left Cefn Coed y Cymer, Breconshire, Wales, in 1889 traveling by steamship and train, and arriving in Utah that same year. On September 15th, during a severe rainstorm, there was a train accident on a bridge crossing a river near Lynchburg, Virginia. Several passengers were hurt, including Margaret whose leg was badly bruised, but there were no deaths. Among the luggage that fell out of the train into the river and was washed away, there was a trunk belonging to William and Margaret. It is said to have contained several legal papers among other belongings. After arriving in America, William appended his father's surname to his own, becoming William Lewis PARRY. He is recorded as William LEWIS in all Welsh records, and William Lewis PARRY (or William L. PARRY) in all American records.



The Book Cliff Trip - Bill Gibson, John Lambert and others track renegade Indians who have stolen horses in Kamas. Why was Bill then called "Blood Drinker" by the Utes?

Christmas at Woodland - Memories of Christmas in the late 1800s at a Utah homestead.

Do What is Right - Rob Michie, deathly ill, hears mysterious violin music.

Fire at the Cookhouse - When the girls return from picking wild strawberries they are met with an unwelcome suprise.

Horse Eggs? - How did horsehair get inside an egg?

Valentine's Day Dance - A joyful celebration becomes a fight for life.

Two Drowned Rats - Lena and Alice nearly drown crossing Provo River.

DISCLAIMER: None of the data on these pages has been sourced here, but I have sourced the same data in my Ancestral Family Files. You can access individual family information by clicking the icon by the father's name. Although I believe my research is accurate, you should confirm all information with your own research of primary sources. Please let me know if you find a documentable error or if you have additions to the descendants pages. Thanks!

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