[First DUP Application 7 Oct 1907 to be added on another post.]
Hand written history of Martin Luther ENSIGN by daughter Harriet Camilla ENSIGN SMITH.
This includes Martin's handcart mission call to England.
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
Date of Application June 11, 1916To the Society of the Daughters of Utah Hand Cart Veterans:
I Harriet Camilla Ensign Smith wife of Isaac Smith hereby apply for Membership in the Society by right of descent from Martin Luther Ensign who was born in Westfield, Massachusetts on 31 Mar 1831 was a citizen of Brigham and died in Brigham City on 18 May 1711.
The service of my ancestors in assisting in pioneering Utah were as follows:
My Father Martin Luther Ensign came to Utah in the 2nd Co., Ira Eldredge captain. He was then a boy of 16. In 1853 he married Mary Dunn, and moved to Centerville where they remained a short time building a small log house, which they later took with them to Ogden then after a short time to Brigham City where they remained until Father's death in 1911.
They were one of 8 families who were Pioneers of B.C. [Brigham City]
Where he assisted in building the "Old Fort" also Nail Factory where nails were made for number of years. Also first "Grist Mill". Many saw mills. Bridges also many Public Building.
In 1856 father received a call to go on a Mission to England by Hand-cart. He left Brigham City the 16 of April 1856 at the Eli Pierce Co. He was almost penniless having only a change of shirts and a pair of boots that the shoe maker "trusted" him with until Mother could pay him in butter, which was $16.00.
On the 23rd of April they left Salt Lake City in company of 70 elders, 2 or 3 to a cart.
He agreed to do the cooking, while the others furnished provisions. It took 42 days to reach the Missouri River where they sold their outfits all but a blanket each to get money to get to St Louis, where means was raised to take them to Cincinnati then more means were raised to take them on to New York. The Mission Pres there asked father if he would go as freight if so his fare would be $15.00 to which he agreed. They gave him food but nothing to eat it on, and no bed to sleep in. It took [not legible] weeks to make the trip to England where he filled his mission without purse or script, fulfilling the scriptures to the letter. He returned home at the time Johnston's army was in Utah.
Martin Luther Ensign returning from Mission
Martin Luther Ensign age 27 was returning from a mission to England and served as the chief cook.