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Lora Isabella Preator
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Birth: Jan. 12, 1854
Worcestershire, England
Death: Jun. 15, 1856
Clay County
Iowa, USA

Lora was the infant daughter of Mary Harper and her husband, Richard Preator of England.

She died of whooping cough at Little Bear Creek. They had traveled about 30 miles west of the Iowa City Mormon encampment, outside the location now known as Coralville.

Four months prior, they had emigrated with members of the LDS faith aboard the sailing vessel "Echo" and were among the first company of Saints to start out on a handcart journey to the Great Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory.

Lora was with her father, mother and 4 year old sister, Mary Salome. Their infant brother, Fred Thomas, had died in England on the 15th of February, just prior to their departure in March.

Tiny Lora Isabella's death was recorded in the Official Journal of the First Handcart Company:
"June 15th. Today is Sunday. The Saints remained in camp and held two meetings .......... At nine o'clock this morning Lora Pratter [Preator]. daughter of Richard Pratter, died of whooping cough, age 3 years........[at] About 9 p.m. the above two children were interred at Little Bear Creek."

The second child mentioned in this journal entry was William Lee, son of John Lee. He was 12 years old and had died the evening prior, as they made camp. His findagrave memorial is # 71541256.


A blanket wraps your tiny form,
As if it's presence can make you warm.
We cannot stop our freezing tears,
Nor think of future, empty years.

Nor even take the time to grieve,
For we must surely take our leave.
The handcarts slowly move along;
We, among the tattered throng.

We trudge along, behind the carts;
Choking sobs, with broken hearts.
Blinding sleet now numbs our pain;
Our only hope, "We'll meet again".
...............~Shirleen C. Farley 2011

Family links: 
  Richard Preator (1826 - 1911)
  Mary Harper Preator (1824 - 1878)
  Lora Isabella Preator (1854 - 1856)
  Richard Lorenzo Preator (1857 - 1940)*
  Joseph William Harper Preator (1862 - 1918)*
  Abijah Edgar Preator (1883 - 1962)**
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Died on the Mormon Trail from Iowa City, Iowa to Salt Lake Valley, Utah Territory.
Created by: history4sure
Record added: Oct 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77809377


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