Footsteps to Zion

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1997
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326649
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Title Footsteps to Zion
Description proud parents of five little children. [A sixth baby boy, Peter, was born to the Kirkmans on 9 July 1856 in Iowa City.} As was usual with Saints in foreign lands, they had a spirit of gathering to Zion. Many of the English Saints had heard that some of the pioneers had walked beside the oxen in the wagon trains across the plains, and when President Young suggested they form handcart companies, with a few wagons to carry supplies, hundreds of Saints were anxious to emigrate, expecially when it was stated that they could travel all the way from Great Britain to Salt Lake City for $45.00. President Young's advice was to start early and all would be well. My father and mother, with their five little children, Robert 10, John 8, Joseph 6, Hyrum 4 and James 2, left their native home in Lancashire on 26 May 1856 to start their eventful journey. After five long weeks aboard the sailing vessel, Horizon, we finally arrived in Boston, thence traveled, by rail, to Iowa City, arriving the last day of June On our arrival there, the Saints found a shortage of handcarts and tents, consequently, we were delayed until more could be provided. Five handcart companies left for Zion in 1856; the first three had encountered many hardships, but made the journey fairly well. The last two, the Willie, which left Iowa on August 19th, and the Martin which left September 3, suffered untold hardships, almost beyond human endurance. ft was this last company that my dear father, mother and family traveled in. Elder Levi Savage advised the Saints not to undertake the journey so late in the season, as he knew the dangers that would be met, but he was over-ruled. He said, "What I have told you is true, but I will go with you and help you all I can " 60
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326565
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