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About Robert Frederick Aldous

Robert Aldous This veteran, who in 1853 saw the end of his long and wearisome journey across the western plains, was born in Kelsale, Suffolk, England, July 17, 1812. His parents, James and Mary Page Aldous, were in good circumstances, the father, a carpenter by trade, occupying the position of chief steward to the Rev. L. R. Brown at Huntington. Robert received such an education as the common schools of his vicinity could afford, and at the age of seventeen made Fen Stanton, Huntingtonshire, his place of residence. There he learned carpentering, and assisted his father on the Brown estate. He first heard the Gospel preached by a Mormon Elder in front of his father's house. He was baptized a Latter-day Saint December 23, 1849. Six months later he was ordained an Elder, and soon after was appointed president of the Fen Stanton Branch. The duties of that office he faithfully discharged as long as he remained in his native land.

Orson F. Whitney, History of Utah, Vol. 4, p.433

He emigrated to America about 1851, and after tarrying two years in St. Louis started for Utah in a company led by Claudius V. Spencer. His outfit consisted of a wagon, a yoke of oxen and a cow. The only exciting incident of the journey was when the travelers met a band of five hundred Indians, whom they placated with gifts of sugar and tobacco, and were allowed to pass on unmolested. The date of arrival at Salt Lake City was September 14, 1853. After a month's stay in the city Mr. Aldous moved to Ogden, and thence went to Bingham's Fort, now Lynne. There he remained seven years. In 1862 he settled in his present home, Huntsville, of which place he has ever since been a prominent citizen. He has been a married man since 1835, the maiden name of his wife being Mary Ann Parkin. They are the parents of six children.

Since his arrival in Utah Mr. Aldous has labored at various employments-first upon the public works at Salt Lake City, then upon the Ogden Tabernacle, and in the opening of Ogden Canyon, where he superintended the building of three bridges. He helped to build the first log school house in Huntsville, and superintended the building of a rock school house at the same place; also assisting with his means in the erection of the present meeting house and other edifices. He was one of the first school teachers in the town, and for five years was water master, serving in both positions without compensation. In the Church he has held successively the offices of Elder, Seventy and High Priest.

Claudius V. Spencer Company (1853) The number shown in parentheses next to each name is the age of the pioneer at the time of the journey.

Aldous, Angelina (9) Aldous, Frederick (11) Aldous, Charles (13) Aldous, Georgiana (15) Aldous, George (16) Aldous, Robert (42) husband Aldous, Mary Ann (40) wife

Claudius V. Spencer Company (1853) Departure: 3 June 1853 Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 17-26 September 1853 Company Information: About 250 individuals and 40 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Keokuk, Iowa or Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). They crossed the Missouri River on June 3. Information located at internet site: http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/pioneercompanysearchresults/1,15792,4017-1,00.html

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Robert Frederick Aldous's Timeline

1812
July 17, 1812
Kelsale, Suffolk, England
1836
October 30, 1836
Age 24
Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
October 30, 1836
Age 24
Fen Stanton, Huntingdon, England
1838
August 5, 1838
Age 26
Fen Stanton, Huntingdonshire, England
August 5, 1838
Age 26
Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
1840
April 9, 1840
Age 27
Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
April 22, 1840
Age 27
Fen Stanton, Huntingdon, England
1842
February 18, 1842
Age 29
Fen Stanton, Huntingdon, England
February 18, 1842
Age 29
Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom