Friday, July 3, 2015

Martin Handcart Pioneer: Josiah Rogerson, 15

Josiah Rogerson traveled with his mother and siblings.  His father did not accept the gospel and chose not to immigrate with the family.  His oldest brother was partially crippled, and hadn’t realized he would have to walk the entire journey.  When he realized this, he returned to England.  The rest of the children, and their mother, would all make it to Zion.  Josiah’s mother, Mary Ferron Rogerson,  was resourceful.  She had sewn many articles into her petticoat so it wouldn’t count against her 17 pound allotment, as had her daughter.  They were able to use some of these items to trade for food oater on the trail.  Among these was an assortment of peppers, which warmed the family members on the inside when cooked into a stew.  Isaacs young sister, Sarah Ann, awoke one morning not able to raise her head.  Her hair had become frozen to the ground.  Josiah and his brother had to extricate her with their knives, leaving her pony tails frozen to the ground.  Josiah had a good sense of history, and wrote considerably about the handcart trials.  He also collected stories from many handcart pioneers.  These stories were published in many different newspapers, and many of them are available on the LDS history website. 

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