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John E Forsgren Company (Forest Monarch) 1853

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The John E. Forsgren Company was the first large company of Saints who emigrated to Utah from Scandinavia.

Timeline of the Voyage and Overland Journey[edit | edit source]

  • December 20, 1852: Two hundred and ninety-three Saints sailed from Copenhagen, Denmark on the steamship Obotrit.
  • December 22, 1852: The steamship Obitrit arrived at Kiel, Holstein, Germany and traveled by rail the next day to Hamburg.
  • December 24, 1852: The saints boarded the steamship Lion and sailed down the Elbe River to Cuxhaven.
  • December 25, 1852: The Lion sailed to the mouth of the river and made the open sea by midnight.
  • December 28, 1852: The Lion entered the harbor at Hull, England.
  • December 29, 1852: The Saints arrived in Liverpool, England.
  • January 1, 1853: The Saints boarded the packet ship Forest Monarch which was anchored in the river Mersey.
  • January 16, 1853: The ship Forest Monarch sailed from Liverpool, England, with 297 Scandinavian Saints, under John E. Forsgren's direction.
  • March 8, 1853: The Forest Monarch arrived at the mouth of the Mississippi River and arrived on the sixteenth at New Orleans.
  • March 31, 1853: The Saints traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Louis.
  • April 1853: Arrive at Keokuk, Iowa where they prepared from the overland journey West.
  • May 21, 1853: With thirty-four wagons and about one hundred and thirty oxen the company departed Keokuk.
  • Sept. 30, 1853: The company reached Great Salt Lake City.

[Source: Millennial Star, Vol. XV, pp. 89,282, 368; Morgenstjernen, Vol. I, page 180. Andrew Jensen. " Church Emigration" the Contributor Vol. XIII, August 1892, pp. 458-460]


Church Emigration Agents

  • Willard Snow, Scandinavian Mission President
  • Samuel W. Richards, British Mission President
  • John Brown, Agent,New Orleans
  • Horace C. Eldridge, Agent,St. Louis
  • Isaac C. Haight, Agent, Keokuk

Forest Monarch[edit | edit source]

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  • Fred E. Woods and Nicholas J. Evans. "Latter-day Saint Scandinavian Migration through Hull, England, 1852-1894. BYU Studies 41 (2002):75-102
  • Fred E. Woods. " From Liverpool to Keokuk: The Mormon Maritime Migration Experience of 1853." Mormon Historical Studies 4 (Fall, 2003):3-24
  • David Buice. "When the Saints Came Marching In: the Mormon experience in Antebullum New Orleans, 1840-1855." Louisiana History 23 (Winter,1982):221-237
  • John E Forsgren Company partial roster Journal History dated Sept 30, 1853

Keokuk[edit | edit source]

  • Fred E. Woods and Douglas Atterberg. "The 1853 Mormon Migration through Keokuk." Annuals of Iowa 61(Winter 2002): 1-23
  • William G. Hartley. "Mormons and Early Iowa History (1838 to 1858): Eight Distant Connections" Annuals of Iowa 59 (Summer,2000):217-260
  • William G. Hartley. " LDS Emigration in 1853: The Keokuk Encampment and Outfitting Ten Wagon Trains for Utah." Mormon Historical Studies 4 (Fall,2003): 43-76
  • Alois J. Weber. History of Mormon Encampment in 1853. Lee County Historical Society Publications. No. 7 (Keokuk, 1963)
  • Alexander L. Baugh. "Remembering the Mormons in Lee County, Iowa: Marking the Past in Montrose and Keokuk." Mormon Historical Studies 4 (Fall, 2003): 175-184
  • Polly Aird. "Bound for Zion: the Ten and Thirteen Pound Emigrating Companies, 1853-1854." Utah Historical Quarterly 70 (Fall, 2002):300-325
  • Stanley B. Kimball. " The Saints and St. Louis, 1831-1857: An Oasis of Tolerance and Security." BYU Studies 13 (Summer,1973):
  • Historical Research Index. " 1853 Mormon Immigrants Who Camped in Keokuk." Mormon Historical Studies 4 (Fall, 2003): 123- 166
  • Mormon Trails Association, Iowa 1853 Emigration
  • John E Forsgren Company (1853) Sources Mormon Pioneers Overland Travel,1847-1868
  • John E Forsgren Company (1853) Roster Mormon Pioneers Overland Travel,1847-1868

Diaries, Journal Accounts[edit | edit source]

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