"DEPARTURES. . . . The ship Enoch Train, Captain Henry P. Rich, cleared on Saturday the 22nd ultimo, hence for Boston, with 534 souls of the Saints on board, of whom 19 were from the Swiss, 4 from the Cape of Good Hope, and 2 from the East India Missions, all under the presidency of Elder James Ferguson, Edmund Ellsworth, and Daniel D. McArthur. Among the distinguished personages on board we may name Elder Truman Leonard, from Bombay -- East India mission, who arrived in Liverpool on the 9th of March. He has had a long and arduous mission in a country where the climate has much impaired his health, and where the benighted condition of the people have prevented him from reaping much fruit from his labors. Also Elder Nathan T. Porter, who was appointed with Elder Stevenson, on a mission to Gibraltar, but who, being prevented from remaining there, returned to England in 1853, since which he has labored with great faithfulness in the Reading and Worcestershire Conferences, and he has presided over the latter during the past year. The company also included the following elders from the British Mission, presidents of conferences, &c. -- Elders Spieer W. Crandall, John D. T. McAllister, John A. Hunt, Edward Frost, Robert Parker, Andrew Galloway, William Heaton, Walter Grainger, and Samuel Hargraves. This is the first shipload of emigrants for Utah by the P. [Perpetual] E. [Emigration] Fund this season. The day was delightfully pleasant, and all things connected with the clearing of this company seemed peculiarly auspicious. Her Majesty's officers had a word of admiration to express at the excellence of the arrangements which marked the embarkation of this first company who expect to cross the plains with handcarts. The elders on board seemed to feel the responsibility that rests upon them, and the whole was rendered particularly pleasing and cheerful by the performances of the band that goes out from Birmingham, which will be a means of much comfort to the journeying Saints. The Lord bless all who bless them, and set his hand against those who afflict or hinder them in their great work of gathering. . . ."
MS, 18:14 (April 15, 1856), pp. 217-18
"THE ENOCH TRAIN. -- This ship sailed from Liverpool on the 23rd of last March, and arrived at Boston on the 30th of April, after a voyage of 39 days. Although the passage was somewhat lengthy, it appears to have been pleasant and agreeable.
We have received an interesting report from Elder James Ferguson, president of the company of Saints who sailed in the Enoch Train, but it came to late for insertion in this Number of the Star. It will appear in the next."
MS, 18:22 (May 31, 1856), p. 347
"NINETY-THIRD COMPANY, -- Enoch Train, 534 souls. On Saturday, March 22, 1856, the ship Enoch Train, Captain Henry P. Rich, cleared from Liverpool, and sailed on the twenty-third, bound for Boston, with five hundred and thirty-four Saints on board, under the presidency of Elders James Ferguson, Edmund Ellsworth and Daniel D. McArthur. Of the emigrating Saints nineteen were from the Swiss Mission, four from the Cape of Good Hope, two from Denmark and two from the East India Mission. The company also included the first emigrants for Utah by the P. [Perpetual] E. [Emigration] Fund in 1856 -- who were to cross the plains with handcarts. There were four hundred and thirty-one of these emigrants, and one hundred and three called 'ordinary' passengers. The following named elders who had labored faithfully as missionaries in Great Britain, sailed with this company: Spicer W. Crandall, John D. T McAllister, John A. Hunt, J. Nathan, T. Porter (all Utah elders), Edward Frost, Robert Parker, Andrew Galloway, William Heaton, Walter Granger and Samuel Hargraves. Also Truman Leonard, who was returning home from the East India Mission.
The following incidents of the voyage are culled from a letter written by the presideny of the company and published in the Millennial Star, Vol. XVIII, p.353:
While the ship was lying at anchor at Liverpool, Friday night, March 21, Mary Ann, wife of Elder Thomas Lyon, was delivered of a daughter, who was named Christina Enoch
. On Saturday, the twenty-second, the presidency called together and organized the ship's company into five wards, with John A. Hunt, Nathan T. Porter, Andrew Galloway, Spicer W. Crandall and Truman Leonard as presidents; John D. T. McAllister was appointed captain of the guard and clerk of the company. On Monday, the twenty-fourth, Agnes, wife of Samuel Hargraves, was delivered of a son, named Enoch Train, and later in the day Elizabeth, wife of William Johnston, gave birth to a son named Hamilton.
On Monday, the thirty-first, Esther Devereaux died of consumption, aged sixty-nine years. On the seventeenth of April, Mary, wife of James Sheen, was delivered of a son. On the twenty-fourth, Jane Clotworthy, aged two years, died of consumption of the bowels. The voyage throughout was a very pleasant one, and the captain and other ship officers were very kind to the emigrants. On Thursday, May1st, at eight a.m., the ship arrived at Constitution wharf, Boston, and at four o'clock p.m., the following day, the passengers disembarked the went by nine omnibuses to the railway station. They started by train at five p.m., for New York, where they arrived on the third of May. After a short stay in New York, where a few of the passengers remained temporarily, the company continued the journey by rail to Iowa City, where they arrived on the tenth of June.
The emigration agents found it advantageous, in 1856, to send most of the P. E. Fund Passengers via Boston, as those who passed directly through, without settling in the State of Massachusetts, were not charged the usual amount of one dollar for head money, which was required to be paid for all persons who stopped to reside in that State.
The P. E. Fund emigrants who crossed the Atlantic in the Enoch Train, were forwarded from Boston to Iowa City, via New York, for eleven dollars and fifty cents per head for adults -- those over fourteen years old; and five dollars and seventy-five cents were paid for children between the ages of four and fourteen; those under four years went free. One hundred pounds of luggage was allowed for each adult, and fifty pounds for each child over three years old. Owing to competition between the railway companies, the price for adult passengers from Boston to Iowa City was subsequently reduced to ten dollars, and children in proportion.
(Millennial Star, Vol. XVIII, pp.217, 356, 378, 414, 542; Deseret News, Vol. VI, pp.160, 166)"
Cont., 14:1 (Nov. 1892), p.19-20
"Sun. 23. [Mar. 1855] -- The ship Enoch Train sailed from Liverpool, England, with 534 Saints, under the direction of James Ferguson. It arrived at Boston May 1st. From that city the emigrants traveled by rail via New York to Iowa City, Iowa, whence the journey across the plains this year was commenced by wagons and handcarts. Daniel Spencer acted as general superintendent of emigration on the borders, assisted by George D. Grant, William H. Kimball, James H. Hart and others."