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Perpetual Emigration Fund

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  • Ane Madsen (1809 - 1864)
  • John Bird (1806 - 1855)
    John Bird (1806 - 1855) , son of John Bird (1771 - 1833) and Elizabeth Pittaway (1780 - 1860), was born 12 January 1806 at Solihull, Warwickshire, England. He married Ann Russen (1808 - 1871) on 10 May...
  • Anne Bird (1808 - 1871)
    Sources "Ann Russon Bird, Widow." Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2013. . Ann Russon Bird is noted as heading a party of five consisti...
  • Christina Gustave Allred (1849 - 1907)
    Evidence from emigration, and church (Perpetual Emigrating Fund) records proves the Andersen family traveled to Utah in 1863.Her travel to Utah is mentioned in her mother's obituary. On her death certi...
  • Mary Ann Armatage (1854 - 1908)
    The family sailed to America in 1856 on the ship Enoch Train. Her travel to Utah is mentioned in her sister's obituary. Daniel D. McArthur Company (1856) Age at Departure: 2 Traveled with Richa...

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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