Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Mormon Trail - Teenage Pioneers - Martin Luther ENSIGN - Massachusetts Saints

Mormon Pioneer ancestor of Camilla SMITH WOOD
From JR Sixth generation back to Martin Luther ENSIGN (1831-1911) after father Horace Datus ENSIGN died at Winter Quarters, Martin traveled with mother Mary BRONSON ENSIGN and siblings. Marin's brother Horace ENSIGN had gone ahead with Brigham Young and the original Pioneers. Another of our Grandfathers Shadrach ROUNDY an ancestor of Kirt DeMar WOOD was also with Brigham Young and the original Pioneers. Martin later m.1852 Mary DUNN.
[Martin Luther Ensign is linked to his Autobiography]

Sixth Generation Martin Luther Ensign and Mary Dunn.


Places Lived:
Massachusetts / Nauvoo / Winter Quarters / Salt Lake City, UT / Ogden, UT / Brigham City, UT.
Martin Luther ENSIGN age 16 / b. 1831 Westfield, MA - m. 1852 Salt Lake City, UT - d. 1911 Brigham City, UT - buried Brigham City, UT
BAPTIZED: 1852 parents bap. in MA 1844.
Family Information: Martin’s Father died at Winter Quarters 1846

BY LAND: 1847 Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company
Departure: 17 June 1847
Arrival in Salt Lake Valley: 19-22 September 1847
brother Ensign, John Calvin (17) / cousin Ensign, Julia Sirls (13) / brother Ensign, Luman Ashley (19) / sister Ensign, Lydia Esther (6) Ensign, Martin Luther (16) mother Ensign, Mary Bronson (41) / aunt Ensign, Mary Everett Gordon (36) / brother Ensign, Rufus Bronson (12), Uncle Ensign, Samuel (42) Captain of ten / cousin Ensign, Samuel Lozene (11)
Pioneer Information:
[Martin Luther Ensign (16) traveled with mother, siblings, Uncle, Aunt and cousins.]
He drove three yoke of oxen for John Eldredge.
Pioneer Information:
Mary [Ensign] was the widow of Horace. She traveled with her children Luman, Joh, Rufus, Lydia and Martin.
Pioneer Information:
[John Calvin Ensign] claimed, "I drove the first ox team into the valley...."
Pioneer Information:
[Uncle 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,]
Company Information:
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.
Source of Trail Excerpt: (Ensign, Martin Luther, Autobiography, in Utah State Historical Society Cache Valley Chapter, Historical resource materials for Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho, 1955-1956, reel 1, item 9, 1-2.)
Read Trail Excerpt: I went with Ira Eldridge and drove three yoke of oxen and wagon to the Valley for John Eldridge, brother of Ira, who came with the Pioneers. Datus came with the pioneers, he and Bro. Frost came together. They brought a plow ready stocked and were the first to plow a furrow, going a few rods and broke the beam, (The remains of this after being worn out were put in the museum as a relic.)

The Pioneers started from Winter Quarters sometime in April. We started about the 15 15th of May. Luman [Ashley Ensign] drove Bro. Frost's team; [John] Calvin [Ensign] and Rufus [Bronson Ensign] drove Mother's to the Valley. There were six companies of one un hundred wagons each, with six capt's of hundreds, 12 of fifties, 60 of tens, making one thousand wagons in all to the best of my judgment the way we were organized.

We drove close together for protection until near Fort Laramie not knowing our destination until we met some of the Pioneers that were sent back to meet us and let us know our destination. Were told it was Great Salt Lake Valley about 550 miles farther on. Were told to break un into fifties and go as fast as our teams could travel.
After leaving Fort Laramie, we left the Platt[e] and went over the Black Hills, a very hilly road but plenty of food and water and wood, coming out to the Platt[e] River again. Went up it a few days and then crossed it and went on to Independence Rock on the Sweetwater River, camped here and had a dance on the rock, it being flat on top and large enough for a cotillion. The Pioneers were here on the 4th of July and gave it the name.
We went up the Sweetwater to the dividing ridge of the Rocky Mountains. Now we came down the Western Slope. On big Sandy Creek we met the returning Pioneers, Pres. Brigham Young and Company. Datus was with them, he came back with us. Ira Eldridge's Fifty being in the lead of all the companies.

Arriving in the Valley on the 18th Sept. 5 or 6 days before any of the other companies, we drove to the Fort that the Pioneers had built around a term or block.

Just Added:
Source of Trail Excerpt:
Ensign, Martin Luther, Autobiography, in Utah State Historical Society Cache Valley Chapter, Historical resource materials for Cache Valley, Utah-Idaho, 1955-1956, reel 1, item 9, 1-2.
Read Trail Excerpt:
I went with Ira Eldridge and drove three yoke of oxen and wagon to the Valley for John Eldridge, brother of Ira, who came with the Pioneers. Daut Datus came with the pioneers, he and Bro. Frost came together. They brought a plow ready stocked and were the first to plow a furrow, going a few rods and broke the beam, (The remains of this after being worn out were put in the museum as a relic.)

the Pioneers started from Winter Quarters sometime in April. We started about the 15 15th of May. Luman [Ashley Ensign] drove Bro. Frost's team; [John] Calvin [Ensign] and Rufus [Bronson Ensign]drove Mother's to the Valley. There were six companies of one un hundred wagons each, with six capt's of hundreds, 12 of fifties, 60 of tens, making one thousand wagons in all to the best of my judgment the way we were organized.

We drove close together for protection until near Fort Laramie not knowing our destination until we met some of the Pioneers that were sent back to meet us and let us know our destination. Were told it was Great Salt Lake Valley about 550 miles farther on. Were told to break un into fifties and go as fast as our teams could travel.

After leaving Fort Laramie, we left the Platt[e] and went over the Black Hills, a very hilly road but plenty of food and water and wood, coming out to the Platt[e] River again. Went up it a few days and then crossed it and went on to Independence Rock on the Sweetwater River, camped here and had a dance on the rock, it being flat on top and large enough for a cotillion. The Pioneers were here on the 4th of July and gave it the name.

We went up the Sweetwater to the dividing ridge of the Rocky Mountains. Now we came down the Western Slope. On big Sandy Creek we met the returning Pioneers, Pres. Brigham Young and Company. Datus was with them, he came back with us. Ira Eldridge's Fifty being in the lead of all the companies.

Arriving in the Valley on the 18th Sept. 5 or 6 days before any of the other companies, we drove to the Fort that the Pioneers had built around a term or block.


Camilla SMTIH - George Ensign SMITH pedigree

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