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John Bosco

  • Birth 25 Feb 1795 Longton, South Ribble Borough, Lancashire, England
  • Death 29 Aug 1846 Council Grove, Morris County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Buried along the Oregon Trail
  • Memorial ID 77092520

Mormon Battalion, but not a soldier.

John and Jane were part of the Mormon Battalion that passed through, though John was not a soldier. The couple were seeking safe passage to California. John and Jane died hours apart on the 29th and 28th of Aug 1846. A double grave was made for them on the west side of the creek with stone walls 7'x10' around them and then filled in with smaller stones.

New Orleans Passenger Lists 1820-1945 arrival 13 Mar 1841 on the ship Sheffield.
Robert Burscough 50 Place of Nativity Longton,England Allegience G.B Farmer Destination Illinois
John " 45 " " " " " " " Weaver " "
Mary " 41 " " " " " " " None " "
Jane " 50 " " " " " " "" " "

John and Jane Harrison were married in England before they left, can not locate their marriage record or offshpring. It could well be that they were Wesleyan Methodists from Longton as we do not have those records and according to a cousin in England, some were burned.

John and Jane Boscough can also be found living in Nauvoo as they appear in church membership records there. It records Jane born in town close to Longton as Pellington then Fellington.

Standage journal: Aug 28. Quartermaster Shelton was arrested to day for talkin disrespectfully to the officers and I was detailed as guard over him. An aged lady by the name of (Jane Bosco) Boscow died today and her husband is very sick. They were intending to settle with the saints in California, and travelled with the Battalion for protection from the Indians, etc. as were many others.

30. Sabbath. This morning Father Boscow died and was buried close by the camp, by the side of Sister Boscow, his wife. They lived together on earth and in death were not seperated. He was not a soldier. The brethern carried large stones and built a square and solid heap of stones over the grave, and a large one at their head and feet. This was all we could do to keep the wolves from digging them up. Orders came to march and to prepare for inspection and general muster but afterwards countermanded. At this Grove we found an abundance of grapes which were very good.-

Burial: 30 AUG 1846 Council Grove, Morris, Kansas

John and Jane BOSCO (Burscough) were traveling companions of Matilda Nease Hunt on the US Mormon Battalion march. They both died the same day and were buried together.

Reaching Council Grove we halted for several days and on the 29th we paid our respects due to Colonel Allen by falling into line and marching to a Shady Grove where a funeral sermon was delivered by Adjutant Dykes and followed by Captain Hunter. Here, a brother and a sister died by the name of Bosco; they were not of the battalion but were with them on their way westward and were buried in one grave. Sunday 30th, as orders were given to be on the march early the next morning, that night by the light of the moon, under the supervision of Brother Elisha Everett, a stone wall was built around and over the grave to shield them from the wolves and to mark their last resting place, etc


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  • Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 25 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 77092520
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Bosco (25 Feb 1795–29 Aug 1846), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77092520, ; Maintained by Ancestral Sleuth (contributor 48171177) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Buried along the Oregon Trail.