About John Sutherland Eldredge
"...Eldredge, John Sutherland – (8th Ten) Born April 30, 1831, in Canaan, Columbia Co., N.Y., to Alanson and Esther Sutherland Eldredge. He served as a teamster on the original company, crossing the plains at age 16. He is said to have been one of the first men to plow in the valley after the arrival of the pioneers. He also promoted pioneer industries. Eldredge was called on a mission to Australia in 1852, and returned on the ill-fated ship Julia Ann. On board were 26 LDS immigrants and two missionaries. On Oct. 4, 1855, the ship wrecked on a coral reef ad two women and three children drowned. The others made their way on a hastily constructed raft to the Scilly Isles, 12 miles distant. They lived there nearly two months, subsisting on small shellfish and sea turtles. The group was rescued when the ship's captain traveled more than 200 miles in on open boat and returned for them in a vessel. Eldredge returned to the Salt Lake Valley in 1856. He took up farming and moved to Charleston, Wasatch Co., Utah. He died while plowing on May 7, 1873, at age 42..."