- Birth Date
- About 1824
- Death Date
Frances Mary Ann Batchelor Gilbert
Frances was a widow and a sister-in-law to John D. Lee. She and six children arrived in New York from England on 5 July 1866 via the ship American Congress. The overland company records indicate that she purchased 4 1/2 adult food rations, which would be consistent for a family of this size with some small children, so it is assumed they all made the overland trip together. In his diary John D. Lee mentions receiving a letter from Frances Gilbert sister of his wife Emma. When he replied on 29 August 1866 he assumed that she was somewhere on the plains. On 1 March 1867 he sent Frances another letter and enclosed "an order on Prest. B. Young to let widow Gilbert have what Provision she should need to make her comfortable &c." On 24 May, John and Emma visited Salt Lake City and found Frances "at the wash Tub trying to procure Bread for her children." He specifically mentions three of Frances' children: "Henry, Jos, & Eliizabeth." On 14 November Lee "Provided Sister France[s] Gilbert with 200 lbs. Flour meal 15$, Beans & cash 20$."
Frances' birth year is extrapolated from the age shown on ship records.
- Age at Departure: 42
- “Captain Daniel Thompson, memoranda book (2), 1866,” in Perpetual Emigrating Fund Company church trains accounts 1861-1868, Captains’ accounts 1862-1868.
- Lee, John D., A Mormon Chronicle: The Diaries of John D. Lee, 1848-1876 , ed. Robert Glass Cleland and Juanita Brooks, 2 vols. , 2:28, 55, 71, 73-74, 89.
- New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957.
- Perpetual Emigrating Fund, Financial Accounts 1849-1886, Ledger B, p. 352.
- Saints By Sea: Latter-Day Saint Immigration to America