- Birth Date
- 22 June 1794
- Death Date
- 29 May 1876
In 1846 Robert and Elizabeth Brown Crow and their family were living in Perry County, Illinois, and they had been there for a long time. In the 1830s and in 1840 Robert had purchased three separate tracts of land totaling just over two hundred acres, all in Perry County. Here it was that all of the Crow children were born.
On 26 January 1846, Robert and Elizabeth received a visit from some men from Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. Among them was John Brown, one of Elizabeth’s relatives. In his journal, Brown says that Brigham Young had instructed him and his companions to "go west ... through Missouri and fall in with the companies from Nauvoo, in Indian country." The Robert Crow family would soon follow Brown westward.
On 26 May, Brown and this group reached Independence, Missouri and were there joined by the Robert Crow family “from Perry county, Illinois." Here also, the travelers organized into a company for crossing the plains selecting William Crosby as their captain with John D. Holladay and Robert Crow as his counselors. From Independence this company "traveled the Oregon Road" to the Platte River where they expected to join "the company from Nauvoo or find their trail, but ... [they] found neither.” Nevertheless, they continued along the south bank of the Platte, crossed the South Platte, and nearly reached Fort Laramie before meeting a plainsman who told them he “had heard the Mormons were going up the South Fork of the Platte.” In council, Robert Crow and other members of the wagon train decided to winter east of the Rocky Mountains and, at the suggestion of the plainsman, headed for the village of Pueblo on the Arkansas River in what is today southeastern Colorado. Here they learned of the Mormon Battalion and that the main body of Latter-day Saints had established Winter Quarters at the Missouri River, and that Brigham Young’s Pioneer Company would not cross the plains until the next year.
Robert, his family, and others of their party, wintered at Pueblo while some of the men returned to their families in Mississippi to help them prepare for the trek west as the Mississippi Company. On 1 June 1847, the Mississippi Company reached Fort Laramie where they found Robert Crow and his family with six wagons, eleven men and six women (Robert’s wife and daughters). These joined the Mississippi Company and completed their journey to the Salt Lake Valley.
At some point Robert Crow continued on to California because he is seen on the trail again in 1857 traveling eastward, back to Utah. He captained his own company for that trip.Robert was rebaptized in Salt Lake City on 8 August 1847.
- Age at Departure: 51
- Head of Household
- Age at Departure: 63
- Company Captain
- Brown, John, Journal in Our Pioneer Heritage, vol. 2, p. 425-428.
- Crow, Robert, Land Patents, General Land Office Records, U.S. Department of the Interior.
- Howard Egan, Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878, edited and compiled by William M. Egan (1917), 21-105.
- Hurst, Frederick William, Autobiography and diaries, vol. 3, 13 Nov. 1857-30 Jan. 1858.
- Salt Lake Stake Record of Members, 1848-1917.
- Wilford Woodruff journal, 1847 January-1853 December, 25-77.