Nicholas Summers

Nicholas sailed to America in 1849 on the ship James Pennell together with his wife Ann Olpin Summers and his brother Henry.  On the ship manifest Nicholas is identified as a shoemaker.  He appears in the 1850 federal census of Potawattamie County, Iowa, again with his wife and brother.  At the time of the 1852 Iowa state census which was taken before July of that year the three of them seem to be together still.

Seven pioneer companies traveled to Salt Lake City in July or late 1852 but it is unknown which train included Nicholas.  Further research is needed to identify the name of the company with which he crossed the plains.  The Presiding Bishopric Immigrant Location Record of 1852 indicates that Nicholas Summers arrived in Utah on October 11.  He appears in the records of the Utah Territorial Militia on 7 May 1853. 

Nicholas was re-baptized at Salt Lake City on 27 November 1853 and he received a Patriarchal Blessing from John Smith on 11 December of the same year.  At the time of the 1856 Utah Territorial Census he was living at Sugar House and he was still there in 1859.  He and his brother Henry were living in the same household in 1860; Nicholas is listed as a farmer.  His death notice appeared in volume 14, page 312 of the Deseret News Weekly.

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