Benjamin L. Clapp Company (1856)
- Independent Train
- Departed From
- Iowa City, Iowa
- about 18 September 1856
- Benjamin Lynn Clapp
- Number In Company
Benjamin L. Clapp, returning from a mission, led a party of about 40 Saints from Texas to Utah. The company had 14 wagons and left Ellis County, Texas, on March 11. They started about three weeks in advance of Preston Thomas's 1856 company. They followed the same route north through Texas and Indian territory as did Thomas's company. By June 2 only 40 miles separated the two companies. Preston Thomas went ahead and visited Clapp's company on that date and saw that there existed a spirit of disharmony among them. Clapp's company favored taking the Platte route whereas Thomas's company voted to take the Arkansas River route. Before reaching the Sweetwater, a number of families and individuals left Clapp's company and joined Godbe's freight train. On August 25 Preston Thomas's company met Godbe's train, and a few of those families and individuals who earlier had traveled in Clapp's company joined Thomas's group. One of them, Sister Coley, died at the foot of Big Mountain, only a day from Salt Lake. Her body was brought to Salt Lake for burial. Reaching Salt Lake a few days after Thomas's Texas company, the remainder of Clapp's company arrived on September 19.
- "Arrivals," Deseret News [Weekly], 17 Sept. 1856, 221.
- "Arrived," Deseret News [Weekly], 24 Sep. 1856, 229.
- Bullock, Thomas, "Interesting from our Missionaries on the Plains," The Mormon, 15 November 1856, 2.
- John Jaques, "Some Reminiscences," Salt Lake Herald-Republican, 29 December 1878, 1.
- "News from Elders," Deseret News [Weekly], 11 June 1856, 109.
- Woolsey, Elnora Jane Miles, Autobiographical sketch, in Stella H. Day, comp., Builders of Early Millard: Biographies of Pioneers of Millard County, 1850 to 1875 , 777-78.
|Allen, William M.||Unknown||Unknown||Unknown|
|Clapp, Benjamin Lynn||41||19 August 1814||31 October 1865|
|Coley, Demy James||41||ca. 1814||Unknown|
|Coley, Elizabeth||35||12 May 1820||15 September 1856|
|Hamson, Bodil Boletta||23||15 September 1832||29 August 1909|
|Hickerson, George Washington||42||13 December 1813||17 August 1884|
|Miles, Catherine||39||2 February 1816||2 April 1897|
|Miles, Elnora Jane||13||5 August 1842||12 September 1911|
|Miles, Granderson Lee||17||4 October 1838||17 September 1917|
|Miles, Maria Catherine||4||28 October 1851||5 October 1916|
|Miles, Melinda Ann||11||18 January 1844||23 July 1923|
|Miles, William Morgan||15||11 September 1840||1856|
|Mortensen, Christine||18||14 September 1837||12 April 1898|
|Mortensen, Emma Inger||13||7 March 1842||9 March 1886|
|Mortensen, Morten||16||24 October 1839||Unknown|
|Nielson, Dorothea Maria||20||3 February 1835||3 May 1864|
|Nielson, Lars Bertelsen||22||15 September 1833||25 May 1916|