175 years ago today - Aug 17, 1838

It is stated in the Canton, Ohio, Repository, that this people to the number of about 200, with 57 waggons filled with furniture, cattle, &c. have left Geauga [county, Ohio], on their way to the "promised land" in Missouri. They pitch their tent in the open field at night after the manner of the ancient Israelites.


[Source: Kenney, Scott, Saints Without Halos, "Mormon History 1830-1844," http://saintswithouthalos.com/dirs/d_c.phtml]


  1. Correction: the correct date for this entry is Jul.19 (not Aug.17) per the link shown below.


  2. The entry is actually from the Aug.18 Sangamo Journal (Springfield, Illinois) which reprinted (with very slight variation) the original entry of Jul.19 of the Canton, Ohio Repository. See link below.



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