Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pioneer Elennor Creighton

I meant to get this post done Friday for Pioneer Day, but that didn't happen.

Ellenor Creighton is my 3rd great-grandmother and one of my mysterious brick wall ancestors.

For quite some time I thought that she was buried in Fish Haven, Idaho. Only because that's what the Eastern Idaho Death Records indicates. And, of course I made a memorial for her in the Fish Haven cemetery on Find A Grave. Boy did I feel silly when I discovered someone else made a profile for her years later in Laketown, Utah with a headstone photo and everything! The creator graciously transferred management over to me.

The last time I was in Idaho my aunt took me to the Laketown cemetery so I could see it for myself. It took us forever to find her. It wasn't until we both got frustrated and I said out loud, 'where are you grandma Ellenor?' that I found her. I'm serious. Finally I was able to take my own photo.

Let's back up just a bit. It was actually another record that lead me to the discovery of her correct burial place.

She was listed in the Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 1830-1848 database on Ancestry.com with her family which can also be found through FamilySearch. We have always spelled her name as Eleanor, but she was recorded here as Ellenor. That's when I started googling her in a different way.

I found her sailing aboard the Camillus listed as Ellen Creighton. That's when I discovered that she was traveling with a sister named Jane. The sisters were among 228 saints dubbed the "SIXTY-SEVENTH COMPANY" that set sail from Liverpool 6 April 1853 arriving in New Orleans 7 June 1853.

From New Orleans they took passage on a steamboat to St. Louis, MO and then on to Keokuk, Iowa where they camped before heading to Utah.

Unfortunately no journals or records have surfaced that tell of her journey to Salt Lake so we don't know for sure which Pioneer company she traveled with, but I believe she left there with the John Brown Company.

Her sister Jane married John Tempest Leffen while in Keokuk. Ellenor married my 3rd great-grandfather Joseph Hyrum Pugmire three years after arriving in Utah.

Still hoping to find more information on this mysterious Pioneer ancestor.

Leslie Ann

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