Maiden Voyage: Mother-daughter pioneers

Description

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.

Credits

Anita Wells

Sections

Introduction

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