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Perpetual Emigration Fund

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  • Mary Ellen White (1848 - 1892)
    Liverpool to New Orleans Ship: Ellen Departure: 8 Jan 1851 Arrival: 14 Mar 1851 Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 James Jepson Company (1852) Age 3 Departure: 29 May 1852 Arrival: 10 Sep...
  • Sarah Hardy (1814 - 1892)
    Residence : Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 1841* Residence : Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom - 1851* Residence : 9th Precinct 24rd Ward Philadelphia City, Philadel...
  • Thomas Tedder Hardy (1814 - 1885)
    John R. Murdock Company (1862) Age at Departure: 48* Residence : Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England - 1841* Immigration : 1860 - New York City, New York, United States* Immigration : Traveling w...
  • George Sellman Fox (1819 - 1904)
    Milo Andrus Company (1855) Age at Departure: 36 Head of Household Traveled with Desdemona Fox (Age: 8) Elizabeth Mary Fox (Age: 12) Mary Elizabeth Jones Fox (Age: 31) Thomas James Fox (Age: 1...
  • John Howarth (1829 - 1904)
    Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel 1847–1868 Daniel Thompson Company (1866) Age at Departure: 37 Head of Household Travelled With Elizabeth Kay Howarth Peter Howarth Ann Kay Perpetual Emigrat...

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"