- Birth Date
- 4 January 1834
- Death Date
- 11 November 1916
In 1850 he was in the Macedonia Branch of the Church, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Church financial records prove that he was in Utah before 1855. Additional research is needed to identify the name of the pioneer company with which he traveled.
Family tradition suggests that Edward traveled to Utah in the "12th company" and reached the Valley on 14 September 1852. This tradition seems to stem partly from information found in Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah. On page 341 of this book, Frank Esshom stated the Edward Rishton "Came to Utah Sept. 14, 1852, Capt. Cullio Company." Later, on page 1134, Esshom noted, "Came to Utah Sept. 14, 1852, 12th Company, Captain Cullio." Unfortunately, despite Esshom's efforts, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah is filled with errors. In this case, the majority of the "12th company" (Harmon Cutler Company) did not arrive to Utah until October. Additionally, there is not record of a "Captain Cullio" in any pioneer, early-Church, or Utah state records. A "Thomas Culleo" did appear in early Community of Christ church records, but there is no indication that Thomas Culleo ever came to Utah.
It has also been suggested that Edward may have traveled with Isaac Phippen and the group that broke off from the Harmon Curtler Company. This group reached the Salt Lake Valley on 27 September 1852. However, like many pioneer companies, a list of who joined Isaac Phippen's break off group has not been found. No primary source evidence has surfaced to confirm that Edward joined this party.
- Age at Departure: 18