William Carson and Corillia Egbert
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William’s education was limited, but was sufficient to enable him to transact business intelligently, and that was quite an acquisition in those days for a framer’s boy on the frontier. In religion his father was a Presbyterian and his mother was a Quaker.
The family was converted to Mormonism through the preaching of Elder David Whitehead. He was baptized and confirmed by Elder Wheeler of Missouri in 1833. That same year they were expelled with their co-religionist by mob violence from Jackson County, and for the next five years lived in Clay County prior to making their home in Caldwell County, when they were again driven with their people into Illinois. In Adams County of the State, where they remained for about twelve years.
About the time of the removal to Illinois, William H. Carson then twenty-one years of age, married Corilla Egbert, who made him a faithful and devoted wife. She was the mother of seven children, six of whom were born before they moved to Utah where they moved to join the main body of the church.
Early in the spring of 1851, they set out for the Salt Lake Valley, with a comfortable ox team outfit and the usual stock of supplies for a journey across the plains. The Mormon emigrant train in which they traveled from the frontier was under the direction of Captain Harry Walton. There were sixty wagons, divided into sections of ten and one of the ten Mr. Carson was the captain.
William and Corilla were sealed for time and all eternity in the president’s wagon on the way to Salt Lake. William was also sealed to his second wife, Triphne Ursula Goddard, he also married Emily McMind for time that same day Sept 16, 1858 (Also that day, Emily was sealed to her first husband who recently died). William eventually took a fourth wife, Julia Ann Cook on the 4 April 1882.
Along the way to Utah the wagon train was over run by a stampede of buffalo, killing two women. Captain Carson’s team of oxen was the only one that did not run away at that time. He controlled his oxen by means of rope lines, which he had taken the precaution to arrange.
The Carson’s arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September, and settled in South Cottonwood, ten miles south of Salt Lake City.