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Nancy Laura Aldrich

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Death: January 14, 1905 (76)
Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States
Place of Burial: Bountiful, Davis, UT, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Silas Aldrich and Prudence Aldrich
Wife of Alondus De Lafayette Buckland and James Daggett Buckland
Mother of Alondis Lafayette Buckland, Jr.; Nancy Laura Goldsberry; Silas Aldrich Buckland; Samantha Jane Buckland; Joseph Lamoni Buckland and 6 others
Sister of Jason Aldrich

Managed by: Randy Stebbing
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About Nancy Laura Aldrich


Nancy Laura Aldrich (1828-1905) was born in Gloucester, Rhode Island on the 8th of August, 1828, the daughter of Silas Aldrich, born July 10, 1802 at Douglas, Massachusetts and Prudence Clark, born December 17, 1802 in the same city. The family was converted to Mormonism through the teachings of traveling Elders, and booked passage on the ship Brooklyn en route to the west coast when it was thought wiser to evacuate the Saints from the eastern cities rather than have them remain and endure further persecutions

Nancy was one of the passengers on the ship Brooklyn. The voyage of the Brooklyn was, perhaps, the longest continuous sea journey of any religious organization in history. Most of its passengers were members of the Mormon Church who were traveling from New York to California by ship. It took six months and covered 24,000 miles. Of its 238 passengers, 6 were connected with our family.


  1. Aldrich, Silas (age 43, husband, died at sea)
  2. Aldrich, Prudence Clark (age 43, wife)
  3. Aldrich, Nancy Laura (age 17, daughter)
  4. Aldrich, Jason (age ?, son?)


  1. Buckland, Hannah Daggett (age 43, mother of Alondus)
  2. Buckland, Alondus de Lafayette (age 20)

Among the passengers was the Buckland family which consisted of the mother, Hannah Daggett Buckland, born October 29, 1802 in Tunbridge, Vermont, and her 20 year old son Alondus De Lafayette, born December 11, 1825 at Tunbridge. Three younger children Samantha, Mary and our ancestor James did not sail with their mother and older brother. It would not be until 1854 that Hanna was reunited with her second son James when he arrived in Utah.

The Buckland’s were originally from the Windsor County and Orange County, Vermont and the Aldrich’s were originally from Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts and Providence Rhode Island.

One history mentions that Hannah Buckland “wrote poetry & kept a journal”. Other histories indicate that the parents of Alondus de LaFayette were divorced when he was young and the family endured many hardships. Nancy was a school teacher so Alondus received a fair education. She was also a strong religious person, which she passed on to her children. It was in 1845, shortly after their baptism that Alondus and his mother sailed on the ship "Brooklyn" with Samuel Brannan.” After her arrival in California Hannah married her 2nd husband Nathan N. Collins in 1847. She and Nathan had one child that they would name Samuel Brannon in honor of the organizer of the Ship Brooklyn. She lived in California until about 1850 when she moved to Utah. Her third and final marriage was to Samuel Ruggles Aiken who she married on 13 September, 1851 while living in Salt Lake.

There is no record of my 3rd great Grandfather, James Daggett Buckland as being a passenger on the Brooklyn with his mother and brother Alondus. James did not come to Utah until about 1854. In 1854 his brother was returning from a mission to the eastern states and James traveled with him and arrived in Utah in about 1854.

The Buckland’s and Aldrich’s along with their fellow passengers sailed on February 4, 1846. Coincidently this is the same date that the Saints began leaving Nauvoo. On board the Brooklyn there were approximately 70 men, 68 women, and 100 children. During the voyage Nancy apparently fell in love with Alondus. The group lived in cramped quarters with low ceilings where only the children could stand upright. Most everyone suffered from seasickness.

The Brooklyn, a 445-ton ship, 125 feet long was one of the first passenger ships to make the New York to San Francisco journey, and was organized by the young Sam Brannan, an Elder in the Church of the Latter-day Saints.

Samuel Brannan, who was a printer from New York, was chosen as leader of the group, and he was authorized to charter the sailing vessel. At the request of church elders, he gathered 238 passengers for a journey to the West Coast of the Americas. This group of mostly Mormons (12 were non-members) consisted of 70 men, 68 women and 100 children.

The Saints combined resources and secured the 370-ton vessel Brooklyn under the command of Captain Richardson. The charge for the ship was $1,200 per month if they would furnish all their own provisions and if the men would handle the cargo. The captain of the ship ordered the space between decks converted into living quarters. A long table, backless benches, and sleeping cubicles with bunks were built, and all were securely bolted to the deck.

This company of saints were chiefly American farmers and mechanics from the eastern and middle states. They took with them agricultural and mechanical tools and equipment "for eight hundred men," consisting of plows, hoes, forks, shovels, spades, plow-irons, scythes, sickles, nails, glass, blacksmith, carpenter and mill-wright tools; materials for three grain mills, turning lathes, sawmill irons, one printing press--the one on which The Prophet had been printed through the years of its publication; also dry goods, twine, brass, copper, iron, tin and crockery ware; two new milk cows, about forty pigs and a number of fowls. They also took with them a large quantity of school books, among which are named spelling books, histories, books on arithmetic, astronomy, grammar, geography, Hebrew grammars, slates, etc.

The trip was not expected to take more than 5 months but ultimately lasted almost 6 months. Storms in the Atlantic blew them almost to the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa.

Nancy’s father, Silas Aldrich, was a popular song leader aboard the Ship Brooklyn. He died on 1 Apr 1846 of dropsy of the stomach. His age at his death was 43 years 8 months and 20 days. He was buried in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Argentina, latitude 43 South and longitude 47 West.

Storms battered them around the Horn. Scurvy was prevalent, and the water supply dwindled, as they made their way north toward Valparaiso, Chile gale winds actually blew them back into Antarctic waters and on May 4, into the Juan Fernández Islands, made famous by Defoe in Robinson Crusoe. They stopped for fresh water, and to bury a young mother of seven in what may have been the first Latter Day Saint service held in the Southern Hemisphere. She had been thrown down a hatchway in a storm and died of her injuries. Of the ten passengers who died during passage, nine were buried at sea and one on Juan Fernandez Island.

The Brooklyn was not a fast sailer, but thorough preparation had served to make passengers as comfortable as possible. Discipline was enforced on the company, resulting in the excommunication of four members for misconduct and spiritual backsliding. During one of the storms Captain Richardson told the passengers that the vessel was lost. However, the Mormons were convinced of the Lord's protection and refused to consider such a possibility.

Augusta Joyce Crocheron, a passenger, penned a clear description of shipboard conditions:

As for the pleasure of the trip, we met disappointment, for we once lay becalmed in the tropics, and at another time we were "hatched below" during a terrific storm. Women and children were at night lashed to their berths, for in no other way could they keep in. Furniture rolled back and forth endangering limb and life. The waves swept the deck and even reached the staterooms.... Children's voices were crying in the darkness, mother's voices soothing or scolding, men's voices rising above the others, all mingled with the distressing groans and cries of the sick for help, and, above all, the roaring of the wind and howling of the tempest made a scene and feeling indescribable.

During the passage two babies were born. One was named Atlantic and the other Pacific.

After five days' rest on the Juan Fernandez Islands, the group of pioneers sailed for Hawaii Islands to deliver 500 barrels of freight, the proceeds helping to defray part of their passage. There they saw warships; the United States was at war with Mexico, and the very place for which they were headed was subject to attack. Some of the passengers became panic-stricken. They feared they would be stranded on the Island of Oahu instead of going to California. Others favored going to Oregon or to Victoria Island but they continued on and sailed to Yerba Buena, San Francisco, California. After 177 days at sea and sailing some 24,000 miles, the Brooklyn and her weary passengers arrived at Yerba Buena on 31 July 1846. There the emigrants saw the American flag flying over the squalid village that would become San Francisco.

The Latter-day Saints were greeted by several American settlers and members of Spanish families and a group of Indians. Their number doubled the size of the town. They began their stay in tents pitched near what is now Washington and Montgomery Streets.

Sixteen families found shelter in a small adobe house on Dupont Street (now Grant Avenue in the heart of Chinatown) and others in Mission Dolores, which was deserted at that time.

When the ship docked in Yerba Buena Bay, Nancy and her mother were assigned to the Mission Dolores where they took in boarders and assisted with other necessary tasks around the mission. Nancy's courtship was resumed and she married Alondus Buckland on the 10th of October, 1846 which was 2 and one half months after arriving in California.

Later they settled in New Hope. New Hope was a short-lived agricultural community in the San Joaquin Valley. 20 Mormon pioneers from the ship Brooklyn founded the first known agricultural colony in San Joaquin Valley, planting the first wheat and crops that they irrigated by the pole and bucket method. They erected three log houses and operated a sawmill and a ferry across Stanislaus. Their settlement later became known as Stanislaus City.

"It is said that after planting and fencing was done Stout claimed the farm and advised the others to select farms for themselves. This made trouble, Brannan was summoned and it was decided that the house and farm must be reserved for the Twelve Apostles, whereupon Stout departed. A meager crop of potatoes and a flood are mentioned. Buckland, the last to quit the place, went to Stockton in November, the rest of the company having gone south." 

Alondus Buckland also lived in Stockton, California and is credited with building the Buckland House in San Francisco. While living in California they had their first child, a girl they named after her mother.

The families continued to settle in the area until Apostle Amasa Lyman came and asked them to move to the Valley, taking their money to help the saints.

After they had secured sufficient means to continue the journey to Utah where the Church was now established, they started out. They had one horse between them, so they took turns riding and walking with their two children, a son and a daughter. The heat of the desert made it imperative that they do much of the traveling at night.

Nancy’s husband, Alondus Buckland, had amassed a great deal of money between the gold discovery and a hotel he had built. He sold all he had and equipped a wagon to go to the valley. Nancy and her husband Alondus, along with 12 or 13 others left in the "gold train" on 14 July 1849, bound for Salt Lake. They traveled by night because of Indians and the heat. They brought about $40,000 which helped the Utah economy. Nancy and Alondus were among the first families to settle Bountiful, Utah.

Nancy’s mothers Prudence also came with them from San Francisco, California to Bountiful, Utah.

Alondus built a beautiful home and acquired a great deal of property and was a prominent member of the community. While living in Utah, Alondus and Nancy had 4 more children.

If records found at are correct then Alondus married plural wife named Martha Ellen Ashby. They were married on December 16, 1850. Alondus and Martha had one child a girl they named Ellen who was born in 1852.

In 1852 Alondus was called on a mission to Nova Scotia and the British Provinces of America. Upon his release, he organized a company of saints who wanted to come to Utah. There were approximately 200 people in the wagon train including his brother James and a sister. Just outside of Ft. Leavenworth, cholera invaded the Company and Alondus was one of those who died. His sister emptied a trunk, knocked out one end of it, wrapped his body in a sheet and placed it in the makeshift coffin. She buried him by the trail. During his short life of 36 years, he had acquired much wealth, helped many people, brought many more into the church, had two wives and five children. (note: I count 2 wives and 6 children) His main love was the gospel.

On the 9th of July, 1853, eleven months after the death of Alondus, his widow Nancy, married his younger brother, James Daggett Buckland. James and Nancy built a home in Bountiful and engaged in farming. Nancy Laura Aldrich Buckland taught one of the first schools in East Bountiful.

If records found at are correct then three years later James married a 2nd wife, Ann Thomas, in a polygamous marriage on April 6 1856. Additional family histories indicate that there may have been other marriages and/or LDS sealings to James Daggett Buckland. Fanny Daggett, Lydia Daggett and Susan Howland Clark are listed as wives to James.

Later James and Nancy erected a five-room adobe house where Nancy Laura gave birth to six children.

As the Buckland family grew the farm was hardly large enough to support it, so they moved to Kamas, Utah where James Daggett, Jr. was born in 1865. As shown in Utah censuses for the period they were in Bountiful in 1870 and 1890. While in Bountiful they engaged in truck gardening bringing vegetables, also fruit from their orchard to the market in Salt Lake City.

In 1880 they were in Stockton, Tooele, Utah where James’ occupation is listed as an unemployed miner.

Nancy and James had 3 children—Celestia, who was my 2nd great grandmother, was born in 1858. Orson, was born in 1861. Orson Buckland, is mentioned in both the 1870 and 1880 census. But searches of additional records have not been able to produce any additional information. Their last child, James Jr. was born in 1865.

James Daggett Buckland died on the 3rd of December, 1900, leaving Nancy a widow for the second time. Bountiful City Cemetery records list his cause of death as inflammation of the bladder. He is buried in the Bountiful City Cemetery (Plat A, Block 6, Lot 6). During her later years she lived for a time with James Daggett, Jr. and his family. She died of pneumonia on the 14th of January, 1905, at the age of seventy-three and is buried in the Bountiful City Cemetery.

Celestia Buckland, the daughter of James and Nancy Buckland later married Eli Balderston in 1876. Preliminary research indicates that Eli was a Union soldier that enlisted September 1861 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Eli was promoted to full Captain on 12 October 1864 and mustered out of Company S, 8th Infantry Regiment Kansas on 28 November 1865. It is believed that he came to Utah between 1870 and 1871.

Birth records indicate that Celestia and Eli lived in Tooele County, Utah for the births of their first 3 children and sometime before July of 1887 they relocated to Bountiful, Utah where seven more children were born giving them a total of ten children. Celestia and Eli are buried in the Bountiful City Cemetery beside James Daggett Buckland and Nancy Aldrich Buckland. Cemetery records list Celestia’s cause of death as Chronic Interstital Nephritis. This is a kidney disease. Eli’s cause of death is listed as Mitral Stenosis and Insufficiency. This is a heart related condition that can be brought on by rheumatic fever or rheumatoid arthritis, both conditions are present in other family members.

Their third child, Francis Marion Balderston, was born on 25 Aug 1882 in Stockton Utah. This was my great grandfather. “Frank” Balderston who married Mabel Grace Burrows on 6 September 1907. Their fourth child is my grandmother, Madeline “Mic” Balderston, who was born in Bountiful, Utah on 19 August 1916. The family home was in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah. I remember it being a large area with orchards.


Ship Brooklyn Passengers

Our Pioneer Heritage. Volume 3

The Ship Brooklyn Saints

Aldrich—Buckland Families

A Tribute

Heart Throbs of the West

Heart Throbs of the West: Volume 10

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers

Pioneers of 1849

Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2002. Original data: Conquerors of the West: Stalwart Mormon Pioneers, Vols. 1-4. Edited by Florence C. Youngberg, United States of America: Agreka Books, 1999

Sons of the Utah Pioneers-Utah, Pioneer Companies


page 29

B. H. Roberts, Comprehensive History of the Church, Vol.3, Ch.71, p.25

Chapter 71

There is a historical society devoted to the Brooklyn passenger’s history.

The Board of Trustees of the Ship Brooklyn Historical Association has announced the selection of the San Francisco Public Library as the official repository for historical materials related to the ship and its passengers. Located at the new main library in down-town San Francisco, the history room provides a beautiful and very secure place for historical documents, journals, stories, papers, and small memorabilia of Ship Brooklyn passengers


Here are some different ways that Alondus Buckland’s name was found in the records:

In Times and Seasons, Vol.6, p.1112-1113 Alondus Buckland’s name is misprinted as Alandus D. Ruckland and family.

Alondus de Lafayette Buckland.

Buckland, Alondus de Lafayette

Alandas Daniel Lafette Buckland

Alondus De LaFayette Buckland

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SOURCE--FHL film #935238

Census: 1870.

Age: 42


Keeping house

Birth Place: Rhode Island

CENSUS: 1880.


Our Pioneer Heritage

Volume 3

The Ship Brooklyn Saints

Aldrich-Buckland Families

A Tribute

Silas Aldrich died on the ship and was buried in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South America. His wife, Prudence Clark Aldrich, came to Utah with members of her family and settled in Bountiful where she passed away April 20, 1880. It is presumed the son, Jasper, came to Utah with the family.

Our Pioneer Heritage

Volume 3

The Ship Brooklyn Saints

Aldrich-Buckland Families

A Tribute

Reference is made of the Bucklands in the South San Joaquin Valley History concerning the little Mormon settlement of New Hope; "It is said that after planting and fencing was done Stout claimed the farm and advised the others to select farms for themselves. This made trouble, Brannan was summoned and it was decided that the house and farm must be reserved for the Twelve Apostles, whereupon Stout departed. A meager crop of potatoes and a flood are mentioned. Buckland, the last to quit the place, went to Stockton in November, the rest of the company having gone south." Our Pioneer Heritage

DEATH: Cause of Death: Nephritus

Utah Death Certificate

Death: 13 January, 1905

Birth: 8 Aug 1828

Age: 76 years, 5 months, 6 days


Birthplace: Rhode Island

Father: Silas Aldrich, of Massachusetts

Mother: Prudence Clark, of Rhode Island

Informant: A. L. Buckland, of Bountiful

Burial: Bountiful, Utah

Burial Date: 15 Jan 1905

MRS. J. D. Buckland Dead

As stated last week Mrs. Nancy Buckland died on the 13th of this moth at her home in Bountiful of nethritis.

The funeral services were held in the tabernacle in East Bountiful, Sunday at 2 p.m. The speakers were Israel Call, Israel Barlow, Jr., W. W. Willey and Benjamin Ashby. They all spoke very highly of the deceased. There was a large attendance.

Deceased was born in Gloucester, Providence County, Rhode Island and was over seventy-six years old.

She left the east about the time gold was discovered in California, sailing around the southern extremity of South America to where San Francisco now is. On the voyage she became acquainted with Alonzo Buckland to whom she is married.

They lived in California a few years, and made all the money, it has been stated, that their hearts desired. Some have estimated that they are worth $200,000. Her husband bought up several hundred head of horses, sheep and cattle and came to Utah, being also one of the early settlers here. He purchased a great deal of real estate in Bountiful.

Her husband later went east on a mission and died on his way back. His brother James D. was traveling out here with him and later married his widow. He too, has been dead several years.

She was the mother of ten children.

-Davis County Clipper, January 20, 1905, transcribed by Rhonda Holton

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Nancy Laura Aldrich's Timeline

August 8, 1828
Gloucester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States
September 17, 1847
Age 19
New Hope, Joaquin, California, USA
November 19, 1848
Age 20
San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
May 18, 1850
Age 21
Bountiful, Davis, UT, USA
November 1, 1851
Age 23
Bountiful, Davis, UT, USA
August 20, 1856
Age 28
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States
January 19, 1858
Age 29
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States
October 30, 1858
Age 30
Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, United States