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Perpetual Emigration Fund

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  • Ebenezer Hunter (1831 - 1908)
    Evidence from emigration, church (Perpetual Emigrating Fund) records proves that the Hunter family traveled to Utah in 1863. Ebenezer's birth and death dates are confirmed by his death certificate.Note...
  • James Glade (1831 - 1882)
    Company Unknown (1861) Age at Departure: 29 Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company Unknown (1863 Age at Departure: 32 Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via daughter Margaret Elizabeth Glade by Sm...
  • James Gough (1840 - 1922)
    Ansil P. Harmon Company (1862) Age at Departure: 22 Perpetual Emigrating Fund, Financial Accounts 1849-1886, Ledger C, p. 434. Immigration : 1860 Immigration : 1862 Immigration : Ansil P. Har...
  • Charlotte Gough (1843 - 1923)
    Evidence from emigration and church (Perpetual Emigrating Fund) records proves she traveled to Utah in 1863. Thomas E. Ricks Company (1863) Age at Departure: 20 Immigration : 1863 Immigration :...
  • Catherine Ettleman (1796 - 1888)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Joel Edmunds Company (1852) Age at Departure: 56 Perpetual Emigrating Fund Find a Grave Birth: May 25, 1796 Washington County Maryland, USA Deat...

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"