Life and Death on the Trek--The Mormon pioneer trek was no walk in the park, but BYU research shows that more survived the hardship than you might think. Historian Melvin L. Bashore (MLS ’75) and statistics professor H. Dennis Tolley (BS ’70) teamed with eight students to crunch data on 56,000 pioneer records from 1847–1868. Numbers from their study paint the story of life and death on the trek:
Mormon Pioneers ~ This in-depth biography covers Elizabeth's life from her childhood to her first marriage to William Milam in Indiana, their removal to Nauvoo and Salt Lake City as Mormons, and her second marriage to William Wheeler.
The LDS Church had great missionary success in Wales during the 1840's and 50's, and many thousands of Welsh converts immigrated to America, heading West with Brigham Young as a part of the great Mormon Migration, which began in 1847. Today it is estimated that approximately twenty percent of the population of Utah is of Welsh descent.