John Wardle (1811-1875) &
Mary Kinston Morton (1806-1875)
Birth: 19 Aug 1811 Ravenstone, Leicestershire, England
LDS Member 1845
Death: 1875 West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah
Mary Kinston Morton
Birth: 01 Jun 1806 Shakerstone, Leicestershire, England
LDS Member 1841
Death: 2 JAN 1875 West Jordan, Salt Lake, Utah
5.5 Miles from Ravenstone to Shakerstone,
MARRIED 12 November 1832 Ravenstone, Leicestershire, England, United
William Wardle 1833-1898 Immigrated 1862 Ship “William Tapscott”
Isaac John Wardle 1835-1917 Immigrated 1856 Ship “Horizon “ AND 1856 Edward Martin Handcart Co
Joseph Wardle 1837-1861 Remain in England
Hannah Wardle 1838-1919 Immigrated with Husband Fredrick Udy remaining in eastern U.S.
James Wardle 1841-1917 Immigrated 1860 ship “Underwriter” with parents
Liverpool to New York on the Underwriter (30 Mar 1860 - 1 May 1860)
Ship Name Underwriter
Departure 30 Mar 1860 from Liverpool
Arrival 1 May 1860 at New York
Wardle, John Wardle, Mary Wardle, James
Last Name WARDLE First Name John
Age 48 (1812) Origin England Occupation Miner
Last Name WARDLE First Name Mary
Age 52 (1808) Origin England Occupation Wife
Last Name WARDLE First Name James
Age 19 (1841) Origin England Occupation Miner
"DEPARTURE OF THE SHIP UNDERWRITER. -- The ship Underwriter, Captain Roberts, cleared on
Wednesday the 28th of March, and sailed for New York on Friday the 30th. There were on board 594
souls of the Saints, under the presidency of Elder James D. Ross, assisted by his counsellors, James
Taylor and John Croft. This number included 70 souls from Switzerland, and the remainder from the
British Mission. Nearly the whole of this emigrating company of Saints are en route direct for Utah, the
home of the Saints. God speed and bless them abundantly on their journey!"
MS, 22:15 (April 14, 1860), p.234
"THE SHIP UNDERWRITER, after a prosperous voyage of thirty days, arrived at New York May 1st.
During the voyage there were four marriages and four deaths. The names of the deceased are --
Frederick, the son of John and Eliza Williams, aged one year and eight months; Joseph, son of Edward
and Mary Powers; Barbara Frei, aged 58 years, came form Switzerland. The health of the Saints was
generally good. Elders Ross, Taylor, and Croft speak in the highest praise of Captain J. W. Roberts, both
as a skillful navigator and a gentleman. The ship's company of Saints proceeded to Florence on the 3rd of
MS, 22:21 (May 26, 1860), p.331
"Fri. 30. [Mar. 1860] -- The ship Underwriter sailed from Liverpool, England, with 594 British and Swiss
Saints, under the presidency of James D. Ross. It arrived at New York May 1st, and the emigrants
continued to Florence [Nebraska], where George Q. Cannon was acting as church emigration agent this
year, to arrange for the journey across the plains."
Castle Garden Immigration Receiving Center
We stopped at Castle Garden a day or two, then took the Steamer boat up the Hudson River for Albany,
sailing all night. From Albany took the train for the West, to Chicago, Illinois, Quincy, Illinoi, and to St
Joseph, Missouri. At the last took the boat on the Missouri River for Florence, Nebraska,
Daniel Robison Company
9th handcart company. 233 individuals, 43 handcarts, and 6 wagons were in the company when it began
its journey from the outfitting post at Florence, Nebraska (now Omaha).
Departure Florence, Nebraska 6 June 1860
Arrival Salt Lake City, Utah 27 August 1860
Name Age Birth Date Death Date
Wardle, John 49 14 August 1811 October 1875
Wardle, Mary Kinston Morton 54 1 June 1806 2 January 1875
Wardle, James 18 16 October 1841 12 December 1917
Daniel Robison Company – 1860
Armstrong, Isabella Siddoway, [Autobiographical sketch]
"The journey being longer than we expected, our clothing, shoes and provisions grew very scanty long
before we reached our destination. Our shoes were so badly worn that at night, after a long day's walk
over the rough ground, I would have to pick the pebbles from my little brother's torn and bleeding feet,
as well as my own.
Other Trail Excerpt
When we were near Laramie, Wyoming, our provisions grew very short, so much so that each person was
rationed to one-half pound of flour a day. Sister Hannah Lapish, one of the members of our company,
had some jewelry she had brought from England with her. She took it to a trading post, and exchanged it
for seven hundred pounds of flour, which greatly relieved our want until we were met by a relief party at
Green River, sent out by President Brigham Young, with 2500 pounds of flour and 500 pounds of bacon
which lasted us until we reached the Valley. We were very fortunate in only having one death during our
journey, and that being a little child. After arriving in Salt Lake Lake City, we looked upon then almost
barren country and compared it to the green fields and comfortable homes we had left in old England.
"Arrival of the First Hand Cart Company," Deseret News [Weekly], 29 Aug. 1860
Arrival of the First Hand Cart Company.
Captain Daniel Robinson brought into this city on Monday afternoon, between four and five o'clock, the
first of the season's hand-cart companies, in good order and apparently in general good health.
The company was composed chiefly of British Saints with a few families from the Eastern States—in all
about two hundred and thirty souls. They had six wagons, thirty-nine hand-carts and ten tents for their
additional accommodation. They lost but one ox on the way. A child of two years of age, son of David C.
Robinson [Robison], of Franklin county Pennsylvania, died a week ago and was buried at Cache Cave.
There had been several cases of sickness on the way, but on arrival the entire company is reported in
good health. They had drenching showers during the first two weeks of their journey out from Florence
but throughout the remainder of the journey they had excellent weather and, as far as we learn, have
come along as well as any company that ever crossed the plains. Their appearance on entering the city
was indeed of anything more favorable than that of any previous hand-cart company.
As soon as they emerged from the kanyon [canyon] on to the bench and the citizens got a glimpse of
them, the streets leading eastward presented a very animating appearance. Everybody seemed cheery
and pleased to go out to meet the new arrivals. By the time the company reached the camping ground,
opposite the Eighth Ward school house, there were thousands of citizens round them whose language or
reception to the arrivals was evidently a hearty welcome.
The camp was soon formed by the wagons being placed in a line to the north, the tents to the west and the
hand-carts to the south and east.
We noticed early on the ground, Bishop Hunter, his counselors, and the Bishops generally. As soon as
possible, the Bishops had brought to the camp a general abundance of vegetables and other edibles to
refresh the emigrants.
Capt. Ballaw, with a portion of his land, was early among them and enlivened the scene with excellent
music, "Home, sweet home" must have caused a thrill of joy and gratitude in every bosom.
Altogether, the assemblage on the camp ground on Monday evening was decidedly cheering. The healthy
appearance of the immigrants, the kind greeting of relatives and friends and the good feeling everywhere
apparent was creditable to all.
From the captain we learned that, when the company camped about twenty-five miles east of Bridger,
three fellows from that neighborhood rode up to them at dusk, evidently wishing to display their
civilization. The first, who rode directly into the camp, was quickly marched out again, on which one of
the other confederates drew his revolver, but fortunately for him and the others possibly, being only a
braggart bully, he put it back again to the belt and, without much further ceremony, made tracks for
more acceptable quarters.
We give no names in this instance, as we believe one of them expressed his regret of their conduct and
requested that his name should not get into print. Let others take warning and behave themselves. It is
always uncomfortable and frequently unsafe to meddle with travelers.
Find A Grave
John William Wardle South Jordan Cemetery ,South Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah
Mary Wardle South Jordan Cemetery , South Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah
Prepared by J.E. Anderson for Aunt Polly Ruth Wardle 1904-1989
Great Grand Daughter of: John Wardle 1811-1875 & Mary Kinston 1806-1875
Grand Daughter of: William Wardle 1833-1898 & Catherine White 1838-1911