- Birth Date
- 1 April 1819
- Death Date
- 18 June 1901
The Needham family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley in 1851. Further research is needed to determine which company they traveled with. The Needham family included John and his wife Sarah Ann Booth, and their children John Joseph, Mary Ann, and Robert Platt, who was born and died en route. John’s father, James, and his sister, Eliza, also traveled with John.
Around 1842-1843 John traveled to Nauvoo sailing on the “Yorkshire.” His parents and siblings followed in 1850 sailing on the Josiah Bradlee. John’s writings state, “My dear mother died, in coming up the Mississippi river, bound for Nauvoo.”
At the end of a mission to England, John returned home with the Peter Nebeker Company in 1863.
- Age at Departure: 31
- Age at Departure: 44
- Returning Missionary
- Dorius, C. C. N., Autobiography of Carl Christian Nicoli Dorius, 19-21. (Trail excerpt transcribed from "Pioneer History Collection" available at Pioneer Memorial Museum [Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum], Salt Lake City, Utah. Some restrictions apply.)
- "Life In Utah Fifty Years Ago," Deseret Evening News , 16 Jan. 1915, section 3, II.
- Missionary Department Missionary Registers, 1860-1959, Volume 1.
- Nebeker, Peter, Letter, in Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 25 Aug. 1863, 1.
- Needham, John [Autobiographical sketch], in Andrew Jenson, comp., Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia , 1:414-415.
- Needham, John, Letter: Salt Lake City, Utah, to extended family, Salt Lake City, Utah 1899 Apr. 1. (MS 17983)
- Orson F. Whitey, History of Utah: in Four Volumes, Volume 4 (Salt Lake City, Utah: George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., Publishers, 1904), 454.
- Peacock, George, Journal and reminiscences, 1851 Nov.-1861 Apr., vol. 3, 22-23.
- Perpetual Emigrating Fund Ledger Index, [1992, 2013].
- Utah Cemetery Inventory
- Utah State History Cemeteries and Burials Database.