My Dear Beloved Son and Daughter, William and Mary Coupe, I now sit down and take up my pen to write a few lines to you, hoping that when you may receive them they may find you and all your family in good health and all your dear brothers and sisters that may still be living these few lines come with my kind love to you all.Stephen Coupe, letter undated.
In 1859 my 4th great grandfather Stephen Coupe crossed the plains of America to Salt Lake City as one of the 353 individuals that made up the James S Brown company wagon train. His journey began in 1856 when he sailed on the ship Horizon from Liverpool.
On the twenty-fifth of May 1856, the ship Horizon, Captain Reed, sailed from Liverpool for Boston, with 856 Saints on board, under the presidency of Elders Edward Martin, Jesse Haven and George P. Waugh. The following elders, who had held responsible positions in the British Mission also sailed in this ship: Thomas B. Broderick and John Toone (both from Utah), John Jaques
, Robert Holt, Thomas Ord, James Stones, Henry Squires and Robert Evans. Of the emigrants six hundred and thirty-five were P. [Perpetual] E. [Emigration] Fund emigrants and two hundred and twenty-one ordinary, including seven cabin passengers. Among the number were Samuel Pucell and family who had given the first sixpence to the Mormon elders when they first went to England in 1837.
On the thirtieth of June the steamer Huron towed the Horizon to Constitution wharf, at Boston, where the emigrants debarked. They then took cars for Iowa City, crossing the Hudson at Albany and passing through Buffalo on the fourth of July. The company arrived in Iowa City on the eighth of July.”Millennial Star, Vol. XVIII, pages 377, 542, 536, 554
I was born in Bolsover, Derbyshire Co. England on September 14, 1853. My parents were Jeremiah Stokes and Fanny Walker. My Father was a mason and owned a boarding house at Bolsover. They accepted the gospel and came to America on May 1856. We were five weeks crossing the ocean on the ship Horizon. I was two years old… We lived in Boston for three years, my father and brothers did mason work. When I was five years old in 1859 we came to Utah with the James Brown Company we had one wagon and two oxen. Mr. Christ drove the team for father and Steve Coupe was with us an old man who came from England with us. My brother Robert and his wife Ann Wilson and son Franklin one month old, three was 13 of us. We walked a great deal of the way. We Arrived in Salt Lake City in September 1859. I am the last surviving child of Jeremiah and Fanny Walker Stokes. I am 85 years old and in good health and cheerful spirits. (Related to Nina Stoker Erickson great niece on December 26,1938)– From the life of Fanny Stokes, told by Fanny Stokes to Nina Stoker Erickson great niece on December 26,1938.