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William Plummer Tippets

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States
Death: March 29, 1877 (64)
Perry, Box Elder County, Utah Territory, United States
Place of Burial: Brigham City, Box Elder County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Tippets; John Tippets, IV and Abigail Tippets
Husband of Sophia Burnham Mead; Caroline Tippets; Sophia Burnham Tippets and Jeanette Styles
Father of Abigail Eliza Tippets; Dr. Alice Jeanette Tippets; Emma Ann Tippets; Emma Ann Tippets; Mary Ellen Tippets and 5 others
Brother of Jerusha Tippets; John Harvey Tippets; Abigale Barney; Mariah (Mariah) Tippets; Harriet Rachel Tippets and 2 others

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About William Plummer Tippets

Tippets, William P. (son of John Tippets and Abagail Percy). Born June 26, 1812. Came to Utah 1850, Captain Hunt company.

  1. Married Sophia born Mead January 1, 1842 (daughter of Ezra. Mead and Elizabeth Wilcox, pioneers 1850, Captain Hunt company). She was born July 12, 1812.

Their children:

  • Alice Jeanette born March, 1844, married Joseph M. Tippets January 1, 1860;
  • Emma Ann born January 1846, married William Perry 1867;
  • Mary Ellen born December 1848, married Hyrum Tippets;
  • Eliza Abagail born January 1850, married Brigham Tippets;
  • Rebecca Moon born June 2, 1852;
  • Delia Sophia born March 28, 1854, married Hyrum S. Dudley March 30, 1874;
  • Caroline Matilda born December 1856;
  • William Plummer born 1858;
  • Walter Henry born March, 1860, married Maria Stokes 1878.

Family home Perry, Utah, of which town he was a pioneer.

SOURCE: Esshom, Frank; "Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah"; Salt Lake City, Utah; Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company; 1913.


William P. Tippets travel to Salt Lake Valley with the Edward Hunter Company (1850) of 261 individuals and 67 Wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfittin post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). This company was organized as 12-mile Creek near the Missouri River. It was the first Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company.

In early 1850, church leaders advised emigrants that pioneer companies would travel on a new route on the south side of the Platte River, By taking this new route they avoided some river crossings on the north side which had proved dangerous because of high water in the previous year. They also expected to receive addtional military protection on a new army supply road. This was a factor in their decision because they wanted to avoid conflict with the Plains Indians, who had been agitated during the 1849 California gold rush. The 200 mile long army road connected "Old Fort Kearny, " located 50 miles below Kanesville ont the Missouri River, to "New Fort Kearny," following the south side of the Platte River to the west.

The fifth company to depart from Kanesville was led by Edward Hunter. They were the first company to use donations gathered under the Perpetual Emigration Fund (PEF) to travel to Utah. Created in 1849, the PEF was a revolving loan fund established to help needy Saints emigrate. Bishop Hunter used $5,000 of the PEF donations received that winter to outfit the company.

Throughout the journey there were tow "divisions of Fifty" in the Hunter company, one headed by Lewis Wight and the other by Edwin D. Woolley. Often the two divisions were seperated by as much as South Pass, and the leading Fifty (Woolley's) overtook Wilford Woodruff's company two days later. Woolley's Fifty reached Fort Bridger on September 25 and arrived in Salt Lake on October 2.

Wight's Fifty with Captain Hunter were days behind them and didn't get to Salt Lake until October 13-24, having a difficult time traveling through snow that was hub deep. Four people died in Hunter's company, only one a victim of cholera, The company also transported almost 5,000 pounds of freight destined for Brighan Young and Newel K Whitney. In keeping with the PEF plan, the Hunter company sold its livestock upon reacing the valley and the money realized form the sale was put back in the fund to be used the following year.

Listed with the Edward Hunter Company 1850 Tippets, William Plummer (37) Tippets, Sophia (37) Tippets, Alice Jeanette (6) Tippets, Emma Ann (4) Tippets, Mary Ellen (1) Tippets, Abigail Eliza (Infant)

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William Plummer Tippets's Timeline

1812
June 26, 1812
Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States
1844
March 15, 1844
Age 31
Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, United States
1845
November 13, 1845
Age 33
Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, United States
November 13, 1845
Age 33
Liberty, Clay, Missouri, USA
1848
December 22, 1848
Age 36
Marshfield, Webster County, Missouri, United States
1850
January 18, 1850
Age 37
Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, United States
January 18, 1850
Age 37
Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, United States
1850
Age 37
Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory