The Eskelson family sailed to America in 1857 on the ship Westmoreland. The ship manifest shows their surname as "Eskildsen."
Their travel on to Utah is confirmed by the obituary of Rosanna. However, secondary sources differ on the year of their arrival in Utah. Some say that they came to Utah in 1860, and others state that they came in 1859 with the Edward Stevenson pioneer company. Unfortunately, there is no roster for that company, so further research is needed to determine the year of the family's arrival and the name of the pioneer company with which they came to Utah.
Her name is shown as "Melvina E. Shaffer" on her death certificate.
Melvina Josephine Eskelsen (1854 - 1917) Profile