. . . Like most of the new converts, William and Elizabeth [Cooper] had the desire to gather with the main body of the LDS Church, which was then in Nauvoo, Illinois on the bank of the Mississippi River. In spite of their prosperity and the pleadings of both of their families not to leave, they left England in the early autumn of 1844. They brought their two little girls, Mary three and Hannah almost two, leaving the grave of 17 month old Richard who died on the 26 day of January 1841, the day after Mary was born.
They were nine weeks on the ocean coming to America. A baby boy was born to William and Elizabeth on board the sailing vessel Norfolk. They named him Joseph Eliot Norfolk Turpin, Joseph for the LDS prophet, Eliot the captain of the ship and Norfolk the ship itself.
On landing in America at the mouth of the Mississippi River, they traveled by steamboat to Nauvoo, arriving late in the fall of 1844; a few months after the death of the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith. . . . [p.11]
BIB: Cooper, A. Edward, William and Mary Ann Cooper Family. p. 11. (FHL)