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  • Bendt Nielsen (1796 - 1862)
    Bendt Nielsen was born in Flakkevaduhus, Rungsted, Frederiksborg, Denmark. He and his family traveled across the United States by wagon company in 1854 to settle in Utah. During the nine-month trip, hi...
  • Elizabeth Quayle (1830 - 1863)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 William Empey Company (1854) Age 24 Departure: 15 July 1854 Arrival: 24 October 1854 Company Information: About 43 wagons were in the company when it beg...
  • Johannes Gerber (1769 - 1854)
    In the 1850 U. S. census the Gerber family was in Knoxville, Tennessee. They traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1854. The pioneer company with which they traveled is named in the Perpetual Emigrating ...
  • Anna Marie Gerber (1824 - 1912)
    Wife of John Gerber. In the 1850 U. S. census the John Gerber family was in Knoxville, Tennessee. They traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1854. The pioneer company with which they crossed the plains i...
  • William Gimbert Saunders (1819 - 1888)
    billiongraves - William G. Saunders ... ; William Gilbert Saunders, son of Charles Saunders and Mary Ann Leavitt of Soham, Cambridgeshire, England, was born January 10, 1819, at Soham. Came to Utah...


This project is a sub project of the Mormon Pioneers (1847-1868) Master Project

This page covers the Mormon Pioneers of 1854 only.

Finding Aids

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah

Chronological Company List

Pioneer Index Search

How to Participate

Please collaborate on a specific year's (1847-1868) project page. If you have an ancestor who was a Mormon pioneer consult the link listed under finding aids to verify the year of your ancestor's migration. Then after getting yourself added as a collaborator for that year navigate to your ancestor's profile and under the "More Actions" link choose "Add to Project" and select the Mormon Pioneer project to which your ancestor should be included on.

  • Include in the "About Me" section of each person a brief biographical sketch of their lives. See any of the pioneers on the 1847 Brigham Young project as an example.
  • Include a photograph of your ancestor if one exists.
  • Your pioneer's profiles should be marked as "public" and not "private".
  • All included profiles should include full identifying information including birth and death dates as well as birth and death locations. It would also be very helpful if the immediate family of your pioneer ancestor, (their parents, siblings and children) profiles were public profiles also.

1854 Notes:

"...On the 1854 passage of the Clara Wheeler, twenty-one children and two adults died of measles..."

"...In 1854, a group of 220 Mormons traveled from Liverpool to New Orleans on board the Germanicus. The ocean leg of the voyage was protracted into a lengthy, sixty-nine-day passage after the ship spent several days becalmed in the Carribean. While their ship lay nearly motionless, the passengers suffered from excessive heat, with the temperature in the shade on the upper deck reaching 110 degrees Fahrenheit and with temperatures in the enclosed space between decks peaking at 120 degrees. Despite these hardships and a water shortage, the company arrived in New Orleans in relatively good health, having suffered only four deaths en route. However, while the ship lay docked at the quarantine island off of New Orleans, a major outbreak of cholera occurred among the group and during the subsequent journey up the Mississippi River, and 24 of the 220 Mormon passengers (11 percent) died from the disease..."

SOURCE: Mormon Historical Studies; page 82. Retrieved from: