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Perpetual Emigration Fund

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  • Ann Rawlings (1847 - 1927)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Company Unknown (1863) Perpetual Emigrating Fund Age at departure: 16 Find a Grave Birth: Mar. 25, 1847 Death: May 4, 1927 Family links: ...
  • George John Dent (1844 - 1913)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Company Unknown (1863) Perpetual Emigrating Fund Age at departure: 18 Find a Grave Birth: Aug. 25, 1844 Stowupland Suffolk, England Death: Ap...
  • Sarah Alice James (1805 - 1885)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Job Smith Company (1854) Age at departure: 48 Find a Grave Birth: Aug. 20, 1805 Pembrokeshire, Wales Death: Aug. 24, 1885 Salt Lake City Salt L...
  • Joseph James (1798 - 1877)
    Joseph James Birth: Jun. 21, 1798 Pembrokeshire, Wales Death: Dec. 19, 1877 Salt Lake City Salt Lake County Utah, USA PUBLISHED IN THE DESERET NEWS December 26, 1877 In the 10th Ward, this mo...
  • Helena Gustava Swaner (1835 - 1915)
    In the little town of Hofby in Lidkoping, [Hovby parish, Lidköping district Skaraborg county], Sweden, situated at the edge of a forest, was the quaint and picturesque home of Severn Hughberg [S...

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"

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