The Easton Kelsey Company of 1851 Crossed the Plains with the Bushman Family

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100 wagons were in the Easton Kelsey company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs). They originally departed about June 10, but turned back due to Indian trouble. They left again June 29. Luman A. Shurtliff was captain of the 1st Fifty and Isaac Allred was captain of the 2nd Fifty.

The company arrived in Salt Lake City between September 22 and October 7, 1851.

The Martin and Elizabeth Bushman Family was a part of this company.

Martin was 49 years old.
Elizabeth was 48 years old
Jacob was 20 years old
Sarah Ann was 18 years old
Martin Benjamin was 10 years old
John was 8 years old
Elias, the miracle baby, was 1 year old

Kelsey, Easton 1851 company

Easton Kelsey was only 38 at the time he led this company across the plains.

You can learn more about this company, who was in it, and who kept journals here:

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel


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