|Birth: ||Dec. 23, 1846|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1853|
Fanny was the only child of Mormon converts William and Ann Reader Bickington, who emigrated from England to the United States on the ship Ellen Maria in 1853 and departed for the valley of the Great Salt Lake from Winter Quarters (Omaha) Nebraska with the Cyrus Wheelock company on July 14. She died just three days later, early in the morning of July 17,1853, and was buried the same day. William Land Nuttle Allen, who was on watch duty when she died, and who made her coffin, gives an account of her death in his journal, which can be read at http://www.lds.org/churchhistory/library/source/0,18016,4976-39249,00.html.
Based on details in his account, and on the assumption that the company crossed the Elkhorn River at the current bridge crossing of Highway 36, 1.75 miles west of Elk City, I approximate her grave as near 41.462228°N, 96.406121°W. about 5 miles ENE of Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska and about ½ mile SW of the Elkhorn River. It may be near a grove of trees on the south side of a farm road, 0.23 miles east of County Road T and 0.76 miles north of Highway 30.
A decade later, William and Ann Reader Bickington took in my great-grandmother Emma Maria Burdett and her sister Jane and raised them after their mother Maria Herbert Burdett died in childbirth in Marriott, Weber, Utah on April 15, 1863.
Specifically: Grave was originally marked with four stakes; its approximation was recently reconstructed from a pioneer trail journal.
Created by: H. Tracy Hall, Jr.
Record added: Jun 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38536326