Hopkin Mathews Handcart to Zion

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					                               Excerpts from “Handcarts to Zion” p.88

                               Hopkin and Margaret Mathews & Family

                                    Third Handcart Company 1856

                                       Edward Bunker – Captain

        Hopkin (32) and Margaret (32) Mathews left Wales in April, 1856, with their children: Elizabeth
(10), Mary (9), Margaret (6), Joan (4), and Alma (3). They crossed the ocean in the “S. Curling”, and
upon arrival at the frontier outfitting point were assigned to Captain Bunker’s Company. A grand-
daughter of Mathews writes:

        “Grandfather was stricken with rheumatism in his feet and legs and often had to be put in the
cart. Mary walked all the way every day and cried at night with weariness and hunger. Her mother tried
to comfort the children by promising them a little piece of bread.”

        A young man with a team and wagon overtook a group of girls who were walking ahead and
persuaded a young woman to go with him. She took Mary with her. They rode for a long distance and
then Mary became frightened and started to cry. In the meantime the parents were frantic when they
found the girls had disappeared and declared they would not go on until the girls were found. The young
woman finally persuaded the man to take them back to camp where they arrived long after dark.

       After the company arrived in Salt Lake City the Mathews family moved to Ogden where they
remained until the spring of 1859 when they moved to Providence, Cache Valley.



Additional information:

(Annie Mathews, born to Hopkin and Margaret on May 8 1861, in Providence, would later marry Joseph
Alastor Smith, Sr. They were parents of eight children, one of whom was Annie Elaine Smith who would
later marry James Edwin Hansen. They were parents of five children, the oldest being James Elwood
Hansen who would wed Esther Thelma Lewis, parents of Gloria, Kathleen and Lance.)



        Like the captains of the other companies, Edward Bunker was a returning missionary, having
been laboring in Great Britain for nearly four years. As leader of a handcart trek he had one
distinguishing qualification. He had walked the long road from Fort Leavenworth to San Diego,
California, with the Mormon Battalion in 1846. A native of Maine, he had joined the Latter Day Saints
Church in 1845 and had married in 1846. After his march with the Battalion, he had returned to his wife
and new baby at Winter Quarters, Nebraska, and in 1850 emigrated to Utah…. He was put in charge of a
Welsh Company of 300 people; five mule teams to haul tents ( one for about twenty people) and flour.
Adults were allowed to take 17 pounds of personal clothing and bedding – children ten pounds…. They
had eighteen milk cows that supplied milk for the company and beef cattle (one per week) to feed the
company; they also killed a few buffalo along the way. Handcarts to Zion pp.81-86

				
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