- Birth Date
- 15 December 1848
- Death Date
- 30 December 1931
Edward Moroni Thurman
His birth and death dates are confirmed by the inscription on his gravestone in Wyoming.
When he emigrated to the United States, he traveled under his mother's maiden name, "Gibson."
The Perpetual Emigrating Fund Ledger has him listed as "Edw'd Perkes."
In describing his pioneer experience, Edward explained, “Before the wagons started out each morning, the young people would all gather and sing Come Come Ye Saints, then ate solaretic bread and bacon, then lay down on our stomachs, and drank out of a clear stream. Then we would roll up our pants and wade. Then we would walk all day until we were all in.” (see: O. D. Perkes, For Heaven’s Sake: The James Perkes Family and Hyde Park Early Mormons)
- Age at Departure: 13