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Re: Deaths along Mormon Trail
Posted by: David W. Reed (ID *****9361) Date: April 25, 2006 at 12:38:50
In Reply to: Re: Deaths along Mormon Trail by C. Lynne Johnston of 1871

Thanks Lynne,

Am am fairly familiar with the records of Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 and other resources from the Church. However they have more than a few holes in them and I haven't yet been able to find exatly what I need. I keep hoping that some scholarly person or persons with a LOT of time and dedication will extract all the vital info from early pioneer records, journals, letters, ect. and publish them all in one indexed source. Susan Easton Black started to do it, but has only scratched the surface.

Here's my problem--

My ancestors lived in Montrose, IA right across the river from Nauvoo. I have the family bible from the period that lists some birth, marriage and death info for the family but not much info on my GGGrandfather, Alonzo Reed. The Nauvoo Temple Index gives me some info...I can place him and his wife, Mary Tyler, as well as his brother Myrick W. Reed and his wife Phoebe, in the Temple on 2 Feb 1846. Through other records I know that Alonzo's son, Dewitt C. Reed, --my GGrandfather-- was b. in Montrose in Nov 1847. I know that Alonzo's wife married Orange Warner in Montrose abt. 1848/49 and that she was listed as "a widow" in his history. The source you suggest lists the following:

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868
Easton Kelsey Company (1851)
Departure: 29 June 1851 Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 22 September - 7 October 1851
Company Information: 100 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). They originally departed about June 10, but turned back due to Indian trouble. They left again June 29. Lyman A. Shurtleff was captain of the 1st Fifty and Isaac Allred was captain of the 2nd Fifty.
Included in company: Orange Warner, Mary Tyler Reed Warner, Dewitt Clinton Reed (age 3).

My perpetual question is this...what happend to Alonzo??? In 1856, the Deseret News published a report of the 19th Quorum of Seventy which lists Alonzo and his brother, Myrick, as "missing" members of the Quorum. I know that Myrick stayed in Montrose until his death in 1865, but what happened to Alonzo? Someone must have written down something somewhere about what happened and when! The rumor is that he died crossing the Platte River, but I have found no documentation to verify this story. I know that it was a chaotic time and that much was lost, but still...some record is out there that can give me a hint and some direction! I'll just keep looking...but any suggestions from anyone out there would be appreciated!!

Thanks again for your post.

Spanish Fork, UT

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