The Edwards family initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in the Robert Wimmer Company in 1852. The family consisted of Elisha and his current wife, Jane Gould, and Elisha's children, Edward Erwin, James Peas, and Harrison Martin. Jane Gould died en route.
Also traveling in the Robert Wimmer Company was Elisha’s brother, Caleb Gibbons, his wife, Cynthia Shepahrd, and their children, Jane Ellettice and Caleb Elisha.
Elisha's eldest son, Elisha Franklin, initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Heber C. Kimball Company in 1848.