Elder Perry's Lineage

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(This is an excerpt from the biography L. Tom Perry, An Uncommon Life by L. Tom Perry.)

Henry Morgan Perry was the third child and first son born to Henry Elisha and Elizabeth Zabriske Perry. Henry was named after his father but given Morgan as a middle name to honor Jedediah Morgan Grant, a counselor to President Brigham Young who recently had died. Born Decembr 3, 1856, only a little over a year after his family’s arrival in Three Mile Creek, Henry grew up under the harsh conditions of early pioneer life in the Great Basin. He was introduced to hard work at a very tender age.

Henry Elisha Perry died in 1875, when Henry Morgan was only eighteen years old. Suddenly, the responsibility to provide for the family fell to Henry Morgan. Over the next decade, he labored to sustain his mother and younger brothers and sisters in Three Mile Creek until they could sustain themselves. Henry married Fannie Young in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on February 24, 1881. She was the oldest daughter of Thomas and Martha Webb Campkin Young, two survivors of the Willie handcart company. Thomas and Martha were married approximately a year after their arrival in the Salt Lake Valley. Different accounts in the Perry family history suggest that Thomas was asked by President Brigham Young to marry Martha and take care of her five children. When they were married, Thomas was twenty-one and Martha was thirty-seven.

Martha was married to Isaac Campkin when they set sail with their five children from Liverpool, England, on the ship Caravan during the winter of 1856. Thomas Young also emigrated on the Caravan, and he and Isaac became close friends. Eventually they arrived in St. Louis, a gathering place for the Saints on their way to Utah. While in St. Louis, Isaac contracted a cold, which developed into pneumonia. Isaac died three days later, but before he died, Thomas Young promised to take care of Martha and the children on the trek west.

When Martha joined the Willie company, Captain James Willie tried to dissuade her. He said, “You can’t pull a handcart alone, and it will be useless for you to think of going.” Two sisters, Emily and Julia Hill, volunteered to help Martha pull the cart and tend her children. Thomas Young also helped once they reached the mountains. Remarkably, all of them arrived in Salt Lake City on November 9, 1856, after being rescued by the men sent by President Brigham Young.

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