Homer Duncan Company (1857)
- Independent Train
- May 1857
- Departed From
- Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
- 14, 20, 25 September 1857
- Homer Duncan
- Number In Company
This company began its journey from the outfitting post in Texas. Homer Duncan was returning from a mission.
- "Arrival and Latest News," Deseret News [Weekly], 19 Aug. 1857, 188.
- Duncan, Homer, [Autobiographical sketch], in Andrew Jenson, comp., Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, , 1:626.
- "Immigration," Deseret News [Weekly], 23 Sept. 1857, 229.
- "Immigration," Deseret News [Weekly], 16 September 1857, 224.
- "Immigration," Deseret News [Weekly], 2 September 1857, 208.
- Richards, S. W. and Briant Stringam, 18 Aug. 1857, in Brigham Young, Office Files 1832-1878, reel 35, box 25, fd. 23.
- Standifird, John Henry, Autobiographical sketch, fd. 2, p. 3-4, in John Henry Standifird, Correspondence [ca. 1857-1921].
- Standifird, John Henry, Diaries, 1862-1923, vol. 1, 2.
- Taylor, John, "Editorial Correspondence from the Plains," The Mormon , 8 Aug. 1857, 3.
- Taylor, John, to William I. Appleby, 9 July 1857, in The Mormon , 8 Aug. 1857.
|Allphin, Bernetta||38||27 November 1818||27 July 1871|
|Allphin, Emily Mary||8||6 May 1849||10 April 1861|
|Allphin, Israel Dodge||42||3 September 1814||25 April 1903|
|Allphin, Israel Dodge||Infant||20 August 1857||25 July 1925|
|Allphin, Joshua Horton||16||16 January 1841||20 November 1924|
|Allphin, Martha Jane||13||3 March 1844||30 December 1859|
|Allphin, Ransom William||9||12 July 1847||12 October 1876|
|Allphin, Sarah Ann Eliza||4||19 February 1853||20 March 1944|
|Butler, Annie||29||20 June 1827||7 November 1922|
|Butler, Caroline||Infant||10 September 1856||9 August 1928|
|Butler, Ellen||9||28 December 1847||22 August 1935|
|Butler, Elna Hansson||66||23 October 1790||13 November 1880|
|Butler, Elna Pehrsson||37||5 October 1819||12 March 1899|
|Butler, Peter||39||28 September 1817||2 August 1899|
|Coldiron, Mary Matilda||1||23 October 1855||16 July 1863|
|Coldiron, Sarah Ellen||3||4 October 1853||16 July 1863|
|Coldiron, Susan Emeline||23||26 August 1833||10 January 1879|
|Coldiron, William||26||About 1831||1857|
|Coldiron, William Henry Harrison||6||3 March 1851||1857|
|Damron, Joseph Warren||16||6 January 1841||12 August 1922|
|Damron, Sarah Elizabeth||58||18 April 1799||1861|
|Damron, Sarah Matilda||21||8 January 1836||16 August 1877|
|Damron, William Wallace||24||23 March 1833||2 October 1898|
|Duncan, Homer||42||19 January 1815||23 March 1906|
|Gemmell, James||42||26 October 1814||6 April 1881|
|Hundly, Elener||36||About 1821||April 1900|
|Hundly, Thomas||33||About 1824||Unknown|
|Monson, Anna Pehrson||41||16 December 1815||13 March 1899|
|Monson, Bengt Tueson||41||31 August 1815||9 May 1889|
|Monson, Mons Bengtson||7||18 March 1850||18 April 1910|
|Moody, Cynthia Elizabeth||19||9 August 1837||7 December 1872|
|Moody, John Monroe||35||16 February 1822||27 January 1884|
|Moody, William Cresfield||38||23 March 1819||26 September 1906|
|Standifird, John Henry||25||21 June 1831||24 November 1924|
|Whitmore, Elizabeth||30||11 February 1827||24 November 1892|
|Whitmore, Franklin Perry||22||15 November 1834||15 February 1902|
|Whitmore, George Carter||3||26 January 1854||8 November 1917|
|Whitmore, James Montgomery||30||28 December 1826||8 January 1866|
|Whitmore, James Montgomery, Jr.||1||5 June 1855||21 November 1920|
|Whitmore, Joseph||Infant||31 August 1856||11 January 1858|
|Whitmore, Mary Louisa||19||14 February 1838||20 July 1923|
Homer Duncan served as presiding elder of the Texas conference from April 1856 to May 1857. Few doors were opened to the missionaries; one missionary narrowly escaped being tarred and feathered. However, many of those who did join the Church wanted to move to Utah, so plans were made for an 1857 emigration. The Saints assembled in Ellis County, Texas (south of present-day Dallas). In addition to the emigrants, the company started out with over 1,300 head of cattle. They trailed their herd northward up the Old Shawnee Trail across the Red River past Preston. Reaching Fort Gibson in Indian territory in present-day Oklahoma, they trailed northeastward on the Old Military Road to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Upon arriving at this post, one of the women, who had by then sold all her cattle, wanted to leave the company and return to Texas to settle her affairs. Duncan persuaded her to stay with the company. They then headed northwest and arrived at Ash Hollow on July 29.
They were on the south side of the Platte River on the Oregon Trail. Their animals were still in good shape and the people were all well in spite of having to contend with myriads of grasshoppers that reportedly infested the trail all the way from the Missouri River to Fort Bridger. Before reaching the last crossing of the Platte River (at present-day Casper), the company divided. On August 17, one group, under the leadership of John and William Moody, was near Willow Springs and heading for the Sweetwater. Duncan, trailing behind with the rest of the company and the herd, was seen by an eastbound missionary several miles below the Upper Crossing of the Platte. The distance between the two divisions lengthened as they neared Utah. Moody's contingent reached Salt Lake City on September 14. Duncan arrived on September 20, together with a few wagons from a St. Louis train. There were no reported deaths.