Maiden Voyage: Mother-daughter pioneers


The colonization of the American West, particularly prior to the completion of the railroad in 1869, included thousands of Mormon immigrants settling in Utah. Within a fifteen year period in the mid-nineteenth century, ten women from one ancestral line traveled there in mother-daughter pairs.  United by religious faith, these women left comforts and family behind in England, Denmark, and Vermont to embark on brave transatlantic and transcontinental journeys.


Anita Wells



Mother-led voyages

Two of the five pairs consisted of mothers with young daughters: Bertha and Mary Jacobsen from Denmark, and Elizabeth and Annie Scarborough from England.

Daughter-led voyages

Three of the five pairs of women consisted of older mothers traveling in conjunction with their adult daughters: Clarissa and Sylvia Eastman from Vermont, and Rebecca and Emma Rogers and Jane and Annie Thorne, from England.  

Family history sources

A brief list of family records consulted