Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Willie Handcart Company: James Kirkwood, 11

James traveled with the Willie handcart Company with his mother, two older brothers and younger brother.  His father and two sister’s had passed away in 1851.  James brother Thomas, had been run over by a wagon when young and consequently had to be pulled across the plains.  This task fell to his mother and oldest brother Robert.  To James fell the task of watching for his brother, John, 5.  With this mode of travel things went well until they hit the snow.  John and James became separated from his mother.  His mother waited patiently for them to arrive.  They finally arrive, James carrying John on his back.  He set him down, and collapsed from exhaustion.  He was buried with twelve others.

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