Mormon Gold Review Addendum — Index to Nearly 2,000 Names

Just the other day I reviewed the book Mormon Gold. The book tells the story of Mormon and their involvement in the California Gold Rush. Nearly 2,000 individuals are mentioned in the book. This addendum is a complete surname index to those individuals. Click a letter below to more quickly browse is alphabetical list. Click here to read the full book review. [Note: the following quick links work once the entire blog entry has been opened.]

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Abbott, Joshua, 339, 349
Achilles, 121, 123, 130
Adair,  G.  Wesley,  41-42,  59
Adams,  Orson  B.  141
Albon (Albion), Moseland, 229, 335
Aldredge,  Prudence,  151
Alexander, 152,
Alexamder,  Ambrose  P.,  276,  278
Alexander, H. (Horace M.), 42, 186, 206, 239, 309, 341
Alger (Algar), John, 206, 208, 239
Allan, John, 338
Allen,  278
Allen,  Captain  James,  9-10,  353
Allen, Charles, 377
Allen,  David,  346,  348
Allen, Elijah, 42, 277
Allen,  Ezra,  41,  48-51,  60,  355
Allen, George, 333
Allen, James, 346, 349
Allen, John, 333, 338, 346, 348, 349
Allen, Rufus, 42
Allen, William, 265, 346, 349
Allred,  284,  301-302
Allred,  Elzada,  296,  320,  339
Allred, James R., 41, 59, 283
Allred, Jane, 296, 339
Allred,  P.  H.,  153
Allred,  Reddin  A.,  282-283
Allred,  Redick  N.  (P.),  42,  278,  282-283
Allred, Reuben, 199, 206, 296, 339, 283
Ambrosia, Nicholas, 265
Anderson, 239
Anderson,  Washington,  290,  292,  300,  306-307
Anderson,  W.  F.,  290,  292,  306-307
Andrews, William, 335
Angell, Truman, 91
Armstrong, John, 338
Arner, Richard, 346
Arnold, 283
Arnold,  Josiah,  208,  229-231,  291,  335,  348
Arnold,  Elizabeth,  229-230,  291,  335
Arnold, Joseph, 230, 291, 335
Arnold,  Orson,  230,  291,  335
Astray (Esrey), James, 332
Astray (Esrey), Jonathan, 332
Astray (Esrey), Justin, 332
Astray (Esrey), Thomas, 332
Atherton, Emily, 198, 206
Atherton,  William,  198-199,  206,
Atherton, Joseph, 337
Austin, Edward N., 61
Austin,  Julius,  41-42,  61
Austin, Louise Marie, 61
Austin, Newton Francis, 61
Austin,  Octavia  Lane,  61
Averett, See Everett
Ayer, Franklin H., 40

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Mormon Gold

Few people are aware it was the job foreman and half-a-dozen Mormons who first discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. Even fewer are aware of the overall presence and contribution Mormons made during the gold rush years. The Mormon people had been in Salt Lake for less than a year when Gold was discover. A year later the rush to riches was on. People flooded California from around the world in an effort to lay claim to part of California’s rich Gold deposits. Mormon Gold: Mormons in the California Gold Rush Contributing to the Development of California and the Monetary Solvency of Early Utah examines the Mormon people and their participation in the famous Gold Rush of 1849 and the subsequent mining years.

The early years for Mormons in Salt Lake and its surrounding settlements were economically difficult for many. Those who came with Brigham Young, and those who continued to arrive over the next few years, came across the plains with few possessions. Many were destitute and were doing their best just to survive those early years. The temptation to seek wealth and prosperity in the gold rich hills of California was strong. Sensing this pull, and knowing most would not find the wealth they dreamed of, along with understanding the need to keep the new communities in Utah as strong as possible if the Mormons were to survive, Brigham Young ordered the saints to stay, to work, and to follow God’s will. Meanwhile, he also knew that California Gold could be a boon to the struggling economy in Salt Lake. Thus, he selected men to go and seek prosperous enterprises in California, to build businesses and seek opportunities to gain advantage from the flood of gold seekers. Some were to also mine gold and gather tithes and return what they could to Utah. Mormon Gold provides the facts and details about these Mormon participants and their reasons for going to California.

Mormon Gold tries to “identify individuals involved in the gold rush and piece together their lives and interactions. It is extensively illustrated with portraits, landscapes, and maps.” The book is filled with background stories and details. Inset into the chapters are independent, brief, biographies of individuals found within the story. Likewise, added details, historical facts, and explanations are provided in similar manner for key locations, settlements, and interest items. One inset shows and describes the gold mining process using a sluice with a riddle plate. Brief bios are presented for more famous individuals, like John A. Sutter (not a mormon but obviously a major player in the Gold Rush thanks to the discovery of Gold at his mill), Brigham Young, and Orrin Porter Rockwell. Some of the less historically famous individuals, whose presence are noted within the Gold Rush story,  are given individual space with their own brief bios, such as Francis Martin Pomeroy (my own third-great grandfather).

Here are some of the other California Mormon highlights found in the book:

  • “They came, some just before and some just after California became a Territory (1846)
  • They doubled the population of Yerba Buena and helped turn that placid, ‘ends of the earth’ hamlet into a bustling San Francisco
  • They were involved in some of the first gold discoveries (Coloma and Mormon Island)
  • They opened important trails across the Sierra and the Southwest
  • Some brought their families, built homes, and pioneered commercial farming in California
  • Many sent their gold back to help establish a currency for the infant Mormon settlement in the Salt Lake Valley, which without that help might have floundered.”

The first edition of Mormon Gold was published in 1984. At the time, researchers praised the author for “having left no stone unturned in recounting all there is to know about Mormons and the gold rush.” That may have been true at the time. However, in the over twenty-five years since then, much research has been added to the collective knowledge on the subject. Thus, the authors felt the book needed a major update. This second edition make uses of dozens of resources not available at the printing of the first edition. Some of the additional materials include extensive biographies on major participants and leaders among the Mormons in California; plus, annotated diaries, including, the diary of George Q. Cannon, an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, during his California years.



Maps and Illustrations



1. The Stage is Set

2. Gold at Coloma

3. Mormon Island: The First California Gold Rush

4. The Mormon-Carson Pass Emigrant Trail

5. A Message of Gold to Brigham Young

6. The Mormon ’48ers

7. Mormon Valley Currency

8. Mormon Guides to the Gold Mines

9. Amasa M. Lyman and the Mormon Apostolic Gold Mission

10. The Pueblo Saints

11. The Rhoades Mormon gold TRain

12. Apostle Charles C. Rich and the Gold Missionaries

13. The Gentile Pomeroy Wagon Train

14. The Huffaker Company

15. The Salt Lake Trading Company

16. The Joint Apostolic Gold Mission

17. From God to the Word

18. The Last Trains West

19. Home to Zion

20. A Maverick Mormon Argonaut

21. Mormon Station and the Carson Valley Saints

22. The San Bernardino Saints and Gold

23. Proselyting the Gold Fields

24. Missionaries and the Final Exodus

25. Mormon Argonauts: Some Reflections

Appendix A: The Mormon Argonaut Communities

Appendix B: Mormon Argonauts in the Census Records

Appendix C: Mormon Gold Time Line

Appendix D: Historical Background for the Mormon Gold Story


Map and Illustration Credits

Subject Index

Personal Name Index

About the Authors


Avid historians, gold rush aficionados, and Mormons alike will all appreciate the detailed history this book provides. Rich in details, colorful characters, and a sense of truth helps bring light California’s gold rush and its Mormon participants.

Mormon Gold: Mormons in the California Gold Rush Contributing to the Development of California and the Monetary Solvency of Early Utah is available from Family Roots Publishing; Item #: GMP1, Price: $39.96.


Mormon Migration Index Website Has Been Revised

A FamilySearch blog provides the details. Here is an excerpt:

Mormon Migration Index Give you More Than Ever Before

If you have Mormon ancestors who crossed the ocean to join the Saints in America, you may have heard of the Mormon Migration website. In the past, folks have come to this website to find voyage information about people who made this life changing journey to the Land of Zion. Now this valuable website has been revised to include even more historical information than ever before.

This revised internet site is in the 2nd stage of a 3 stage development plan. This phase provides more images of ship manifests and more articles. This collection of articles will continue to grow with the addition of more than 100 articles in the near future.

Find a Voyage:
Using the Mormon Migration site, you can search through the many personal accounts to discover stories, letters, journal entries, and other accounts for each voyage. Links take you to passenger lists, person accounts written by people who were on board each ship, and scanned images of the ship’s passenger logs. This is a remarkable source for learning not only about your migrant ancestors but also about those who traveled with them and events that took place during each voyage.

Share What You Know:
The Mormon Migration database includes thousands of passenger records, stories, journal entries, scanned registry images, and other information, but it is far from complete. It is hoped that users will add information they have about their migrant ancestor. They are especially interested in first-hand accounts of voyages, photographs, and other information.

Click here to read the full blog.

A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources

A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources is, simply, a resource guide to “electronic databases, websites, microfilm collections, indexes, and more” pertaining directly to Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and their families. Like most genealogists, most members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are well-aware of, if not intimately familiar with, the Church’s Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. There are, however, other libraries and other resources beyond the FHL which hold many useful collections relevant to searching one’s Mormon ancestors.

Resources covered in the book include both online as well as more traditional sources of information. Chapter one provides an historical background and chronology to major events in the LDS Church’s history. Chapter two is to help get you started. Chapters three through seven effectively list resources with key information. Here is an example of one of the shorter entries in the book:

Nauvoo, Illinois, Tax Index, 1842

A list of taxpayers from Hancock County, Illinois, in 1842.

Format: Online database taken from FHL microfilm.

Location: Internet.

Description: Online database compiled by Lyman Platt, Nauvoo Tax Records, 1842 (Orem, UT: ancestry, 1999).

Contents: Identifies 1842 property owners in Hancock County, Illinois. Shows given name, surname, page number, and coordination (for example, 6N8W).

Internet: <>.

 Chapter eight is a list of useful websites and nine covers periodicals, newsletters, and newspapers. The author, Kip Sperry, is a professor of family history at Brigham Young University. He is also an accredited genealogist, certified genealogist, certified genealogical lecturer, fellow, American Society of Genealogists, and fellow, Utah Genealogical Association.


Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Historical Background

Chapter 2: Beginning Your Research

Chapter 3: Indexes, Finding Aids, and Guides

Chapter 4: Compiled and Printed Records

Chapter 5: Original Records

Chapter 6: Migration, Emigration, and Immigration Records

Chapter 7: Computer Resources and Databases

Chapter 8: Internet Sites

Chapter 9: Periodicals, Newsletters, and Newspapers

Appendix A: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Terms

Appendix B: Addresses




About the Author


Obtain a copy of A Guide to Mormon Family History Sources at Family Roots Publishing; Item #: TP012, Price: $16.61.

Jane Seymour & Nathan Gunn to Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the Annual Christmas Concert December 15-18, 2011

The annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert looks to be a winner again this year. Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn will be headlining the annual Salt Lake City event, taking place December 15 to 18, 2011. You may sign up for a chance at getting the FREE tickets online between the dates of October 8 and October 17. The concert is a week after the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour, but if you’re coming on the tour and staying an extra week, it’s a real treat. The following news release was received from

Two internationally renowned performers—Jane Seymour, beloved British actress, artist, and author, and Nathan Gunn, much sought-after American baritone—will take the stage with the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square December 15-18. No doubt they will bring down the house!

Seymour is a familiar face on the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. A recipient of the Officer of the British Empire, her long list of credits includes the James Bond film Live and Let Die, romantic classic Somewhere in Time and six-season television classic, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She holds an Emmy and two Golden Globes for her work. She has a thriving career as an artist and has written several books including a children’s series.

Gunn has appeared in opera houses around the world from the Met in New York to the San Francisco Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Paris, Bilboa and Brussels Operas and so many more. In addition he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Chicago, London, and Rotterdam Symphony Orchestras. He also got rave reviews for his role in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall.

Set your clock! Online registration for random ticket selection will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 12:01 a.m. at and continue through Monday, October 17, 11:59 p.m. Those without Internet access can register by phone at 801-570-0080 or 1-866-LDS-TIKS Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Click here for more details.

Joseph Smith Jr. Descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, an Irish Chieftain of the 5th Century

Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr.,was definitely descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages, an Joseph Smith Jr.Irish chieftain of the fifth century, Ugo Perego, a senior DNA researcher at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation has discovered.

Recent DNA tests show that the Irish connection is even more certain for the founder of Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

The Short Tandem Repeat (STR) profile is a key element in DNA matching a person’s Y chromosome. The closer two people’s STR values align the more likely they are connected.

“We know exactly what the Joseph Smith and Smith family Y chromosome STR profile looks like,” Perego said. “As accurate as if I had Joseph Smith next to me and I would get a swab from him. It’s not guesswork.”

The 24 values of the Smith family STR profile matched best with the STR profile of Niall of the Nine Hostages a major figure in Irish genealogy who had fourteen sons.

Read the full article in the August 9, 2010 edition of