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Perpetual Emigration Fund

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  • Sarah Jane Winn (1852 - 1917)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847 -1868 Company Unknown (1866) Age at Departure: 13 Evidence from emigration, church (Perpetual Emigrating Fund), and genealogical records proves the Evan Jones fami...
  • William Unsworth (1816 - 1888)
    The Unsworth family came to Utah between 1863 and 1868. They likely came in 1863, the year they took a PEF loan for their emigration and sailed to America. But the first documentation to place them in ...
  • Daniel Ranson Fillmore (1846 - 1922)
    Find a Grave Birth: Oct. 24, 1846 Death: Oct. 6, 1922 Family links: Parents: Daniel Babcock Fillmore (1819 - 1894) Thankful Ann Grant Fillmore (1814 - 1899) Spouse: Levinia Sof...
  • Zilpha Raymond (1846 - 1923)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Henry W. Miller Company (1862) Age at departure: 18 Perpetual Emigrating Fund Find a Grave Birth: Apr. 6, 1846, England Death: Jan. 5, 1923 Smith...
  • Frederick Matthew Van Leuven, Sr (1808 - 1876)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Robert Wimmer Company (1852) Approximate age at departure: 44 Perpetual Emigrating Fund Son of John and Maryann"Mary""Annie Mary"(Pulver)VanLeuven. H...

The Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company was organized in October 1849. The "donations to the fund" helped outfit members "for the trek west" from 1850 to 1887. It also funded voyages to America starting in 1856. The fund was dis-incorporated in 1887 under the provisions of the Edmunds-Tucker Act. Approximately 30,000 people were assisted with all or part of their transportation expenses during the thirty-seven years of the Fund's operation.

There is no complete list of members who used PEF. Many members used the fund, and paid their debt; enabling other members to emigrate. However, in 1877 a list called Names of Persons and Sureties Indebted to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company from 1850 to 1877 was created. This was a list of everyone who used PEF but had not paid their debt. Then as part of the Jubilee year of the Church, the "Worthy Poor" were forgiven their debt.

You can find this list in the document area "Names of Persons and Sureties Indebted to the Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company"