- Birth Date
- 1 March 1827
- Death Date
- 26 September 1907
John Crane Whitbeck
John Crane Whitbeck or Witbeck initially traveled to the Salt Lake Valley between 1847 and 1850. The first documentation to place him in the Valley is his baptism at Salt Lake City in January 1851 and he married here in February. He also appears in the Utah Territorial Militia records at Evensville (Lehi) in September 1851 and at Springville beginning in September 1852. Further research is needed to narrow the year of his travel and identify the name of the company with which he traveled.
He must have returned east at some point because he is seen again on the plains as Sergeant of the Guard in the Daniel A. Miller/John W. Cooley Company in 1853.
Some secondary sources (Finley's A History of Springville) also indicate that he was part of the 1856 rescue effort to assist those stranded on the plains of Wyoming, but additional documentation is needed to confirm this.
- Age at Departure: 19
- Age at Departure: 26
- 1850 Utah Census, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory.
- 1900 Utah Census.
- “Daniel A. Miller/John A. Cooley Company reports and record, 1853” In Brigham Young office emigrating companies reports 1850-1862, Reports 1853-1855.
- Finley, Mary Jane Chase, A History of Springville. (Springville, Utah : Art City Publishing, [1989?]), 24-25.
- Mayhew, Elijah, Diary, 1853 June-Sept.
- Salt Lake Stake Record of Members, 1848-1917.
- Utah, Death and Military Death Certificates, 1904-1961
- Utah Cemetery Inventory