From JR Seventh Generation Horace Datus ENSIGN (1797-1846) and Mary BRONSON (1806-1888) m.1825. Traveling with their children including Martin Luther ENSIGN. Horace Datus died before the journeys end.
Mary BRONSON ENSIGN
wife of Horace Datis ENSIGN mother of Martin Luther ENSIGN
Horace Datus ENSIGN / b. 18 MA - m. 18 - MA. - d. 18 IOWA - buried (died at Winter Quarters 1846)
Places Lived: Massachusetts / Nauvoo (3 weeks) / Winter Quarters, Iowa
See: Martin Luther ENSIGN Autobiography for trip from Massachusetts to Winter Quarters.
Mary BRONSON ENSIGN age 41/ b. 18 MA - d. 18 UT - buried
Places Lived: MA / Nauvoo / Salt Lake City, UT
BAPTIZED: both Mary and Horace bap. in MA 1844.
BY LAND: 1847 Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company
With four children and brother in-law’s family. One son had gone earlier with the “PIONEERS” July 1847.
son Ensign, John Calvin (17) / niece Ensign, Julia Sirls (13) / son Ensign, Luman Ashley (19) / daughter Ensign, Lydia Esther (6) * Ensign, Martin Luther (16) / Ensign, Mary Bronson (41) / sister-in law Ensign, Mary Everett Gordon (36) / son Ensign, Rufus Bronson (12), Brother in-law Ensign, Samuel (42) Captain of ten / nephew Ensign, Samuel Lozene (11)
1847 Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company
Departure: 17 June 1847
Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 19-22 September 1847
Mary was the widow of Horace. She traveled with her children Luman, Joh, Rufus, Lydia and Martin.
[Martin Luther Ensign] drove three yoke of oxen for John Eldredge.
[John Calvin Ensign] claimed, "I drove the first ox team into the valley...."
[Samuel Ensign] Captain of Ten. He traveled with his wife Mary and children Julia and Samuel. [Included in the third ten led by Samuel Ensign were: John Calvin Ensign, Julia Searles Ensign, Lydia Esther Ensign, Lyman D. Ensign, Martin Luther Ensign, Mary Bronson Ensign, Mary Everett Gordon Ensign, Rufus Bronson Ensign, Samuel Ensign, Samuel Lozene Ensign,]
174 or 177 individuals and 76 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post on the Elkhorn River about 27 miles west of Winter Quarters, Nebraska.
Elkhorn River, Nebraska:
Charles C. Rich sent a note back to John Scott at Winter Quarters ordering him to send the cannon "as the whole camp is waiting." He also wrote to Alpheus Cutler, the presiding member of the High Council, requesting that he help Brother Scott in sending the cannon, boat, and Nauvoo temple bell.
Ira Eldredge's fifty, part of the Daniel Spencer Company officially started their pioneer trek, leaving the Elkhorn River. The Eldredge fifty consisted of 76 wagons and 177 people. The captains of tens were Isaac Haight, Hector Haight, Samuel Ensign, Erastus Bingham, and George Boyes.[Included in the third ten led by Samuel Ensign were: Anna Abbott, Rufus Abbott, Polly Woodsum Bond, Ann Brimhall, Adelia Ann Brown, Mary Jane Brown, Niamah Brown, Phebe Narcissia Brown, William Brown, Eliza Clement, Albert Crandall, Mary Crandall, Melissa Crandall, Alva Cummings, Benjamin Franklin Cummings, Mary Cummings, John Calvin Ensign, Julia Searles Ensign, Lydia Esther Ensign, Lyman D. Ensign, Martin Luther Ensign, Mary Bronson Ensign, Mary Everett Gordon Ensign, Rufus Bronson Ensign, Samuel Ensign, Samuel Lozene Ensign, Edwin Frost, Emeline Frost, Mary Elizabeth Frost, Belinda Hickenlooper, John Thomas Hickenlooper, Sarah Hawkins Hickenlooper, William Haney Hickenlooper, Eliza Holmes, Ellen Holmes, George Holmes, Hyrum Holmes, Oliver Holmes, Samuel O. Holmes, Rosetta King, Amanda Nowlin, Bryan Ward Nowlin, Edwin Randolf, Ann Snedaker, Marris J. Snedaker, Almira Sophia Taft, and Harriet Taft.] (see: Heritage Gateways http://heritage.uen.org/resources/Wc8a49e4f0b2c.htm)
See: Martin Luther 6th generation for Trail Excerpt:
Mary‘s son Ensign, Horace Datus (20)“PIONEER” Brigham Young Pioneer Company (1847) Departure: 14 April 1847 Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 21-24 July 1847
Uncle Samuel ENSIGN brother of Horace. After Horace's death at Winter Quarters Mary and some of her children traveled with Samuel and his family. Samuel and his family had lived in Nauvoo. Samuel was killed when he fell from the wall of the Salt Lake Temple under construction.
Camilla SMITH - George Ensign SMITH pedigree