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Perpetual Emigration Fund

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  • Jacob August Ahmanson (1855 - 1921)
    He traveled with his mother, Grethe. Jacob is listed on the 1856 Thornton ship register with Grethe and Johan. His name was included on the company roster found in Journal History. His birth and death ...
  • Greta Sophia Ahmanson (1831 - 1894)
    Emigrated from Norway. Her surname is written "Omesen" in the Deseret News roster. Grethe is listed on the 1856 Thornton ship register with Johan and Jacob. Her birth date and death date are confirmed ...
  • Dr. John August Ahmanson (1827 - 1891)
    His wife and son were in the Hodgetts's company. He served as the leader of the Scandinavian Saints in the Willie company. James G. Willie Company (1856) Age at Departure: 29 Perpetual Emigrating F...
  • William England (1838 - 1875)
  • John England (1840 - 1924)
    The Daniel England family traveled in the Martin handcart company from Iowa City to Florence, where they dropped out. They continued on to Utah with the Brigham H. Young Freight train in 1860. James ...

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"