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John Parkinson
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Birth: Jan. 11, 1818
Lancashire, England
Death: 1856
Wyoming, USA

Son of Joseph Parkinson and Margaret

Married Ellen Smalley, 18 Jun 1837, Leyland, Lancashire, England

Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol. 5, p. 268

The fate of the John Parkinson family, who had joined the Martin handcart company, was very sad. The parents and nine children left England in good health; but, the youngest, William, being six weeks old, soon passed away. One night when they pulled into camp another son, Joseph, dropped dead in the harness. The father died one night; they then put his coat on the mother. She died the following night. Her five-year-old daughter, Ellen, remembered trying to awaken her mother in the night, but could not, so she cuddled down by the cold body.

After seeing five members in his family die, the eldest son, Samuel, turned back, with others, saying that the rest would surely die before they reached the Valley. When the orphaned children reached Salt Lake they were taken in by other families. Jane and Elizabeth were taken into the home of Bishop Leonard Hardy, and a family by the name of Atwood reared Margaret and John.

Samuel was not heard from for many years until he came through Salt Lake City accompanied by his wife and children. He was much surprised to learn that any of the family had survived. After the death of the parents the family records were lost. Ellen never had the pleasure of celebrating her birthday, not being certain when she was born. She was five or six years of age when she crossed the plains. Jane and Ellen married the Covey brothers, sons of Bishop Covey of the 11th Ward. Jane died July 9, 1889 at the age of forty-eight years. Mira C. Crabtree

Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, Edward Martin Company (1856) 
Family links: 
  Ellen Smalley Parkinson (1818 - 1856)
  Samuel Parkinson (1838 - 1879)*
  Joseph Parkinson (1840 - 1856)*
  Elizabeth Jane Parkinson Covey (1845 - 1889)*
  Margaret Parkinson Deppe (1847 - 1889)*
  John Parkinson (1849 - 1864)*
  Ellen Parkinson Covey (1851 - 1915)*
  Mary Parkinson (1853 - 1856)*
  Esther Parkinson (1854 - 1856)*
  William Parkinson (1856 - 1856)*
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Created by: SMSmith
Record added: Aug 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74355609

- Connie Matteson
 Added: Nov. 14, 2012

- SMSmith
 Added: Aug. 4, 2011

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