A Sketch of The Life of Priscilla Pitt

Priscilla Pitt, daughter of John and Caroline Wright Pitt, was born 10 October 1846 at Willenhall, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom. She was the first after 7 years of wedlock.

As the Father had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on 19 October 1851, Priscilla was brought under the influence of The Gospel.

The spirit of gathering came upon the Pitt family, as all the faithful converts, and one thought was uppermost of their minds. They wanted to gather to “Zion”.

They worked, planned and saved to get sufficient money for their transportation to America. Not having the necessary means to bring all the family to Utah, it was decided that the eldest girl, Priscilla, should go first. 

Accordingly, on 21 May 1864, Priscilla Pitt, then only 17 years old, matured to judgement and with almost perfect faith in The Gospel of Jesus Christ, bade her parents, family and friends in England goodbye and set sail from Liverpool on the sailing vessel ‘General McClellan’ in company with 802 other saints who were starting on the same journey.

Priscilla was rather put in charge of a family from their neighborhood by the name of Chappell. A girl by the name of Sarah Jane Chappell, about the age of Priscilla, became her close friend and together they traveled all the way to Nephi.

Think of the courage and faith necessary for a young girl to leave her native land, her parents, family and friends to travel 6,000 miles into a rough wilderness, over the ocean, thence by train and then 1000 miles on foot. Surely it took a strong heart and a faithful soul to undertake such an arduous journey.

Mother has gone without leaving a written history of her life so we must rely on memory to record a few of the many interesting experiences of her life. 

The voyage across the ocean was a long, tedious journey. Rough seas tossed them about and for days the wind would take them off their course. Unlike ocean travel today, the passengers had to do their own cooking. This was very difficult when the sea was rough as no article that was not made fast would slide. Thus many times, just as a meal was prepared, it would be thrown to the floor by the toss of the boat.

Many died on the boat and were buried at sea. Finally on 25 June 1864, she landed at New York and from there, took a train for Wyoming, Nebraska.

At this time, the Civil War was on and many times the train was searched for spies. At one time, a bridge was burned just ahead of the train and it was necessary to wait until the bridge was rebuilt before they could go on.

Finally, Winter Quarters was reached and here the necessary preparations must be made for the long journey across the plains and over the mountains to Utah.

-The End-

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