Samuel Rose Parkinson's
Trip across the Plains

Note: Samuel Rose Parkinson joined the Church in St. Louis in 1850 and crossed the plains with his wife Arabella and their son Samuel Chandler in 1854. They also brought Arabella's younger brother Frederick Chandler and Samuel's younger sister Lucy Berry.The party traveled in the independent company of William Fields, leaving St. Louis on or around June 19, 1854, with 44 wagons, and arriving in Great Salt Lake City September 16. Samuel apparently had the only mule team in the company. He wrote briefly of the trip in his journal and told stories that came down through the family (see the other histories on this site). The second Alder article below may be the only extended account that Samuel left. If you know of others, please contact the webmaster.

Here are several first-hand accounts of the William Fields pioneer company, including Samuel's comments in the second Alder article. We hope to include transcripts of all of these in the coming months.