Edward Martin

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Relationship: Fellow Mormon Battalion member
Association: Captain of the ill-fated handcart company

Captain Edward Martin



  • Born: (8 Nov 1818) (Preston, Lancashire, England)
  • Died: (8 Aug 1882) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)
  • Buried: (9 Aug 1882) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)


Eliza Salmon m. (3 Oct 1863) (Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA)


Edward Martin, Captain of Fifth Company

Family of Edward Martin
Not much is known of the history of Edward Martin, Captain of the ill-fated Martin handcart company, except that he was born in Preston, Lancashire, England, November 18, 1818.

He was a member of the Mormon Battalion.

While in Nauvoo, Illinois he worked as a painter on the temple. In his younger days he was an active member of the Latter-day Saint Church and his community.

He served on a mission to England for several years, and upon his return to America was put in charge of a handcart company at Iowa City, Iowa to cross the plains to Utah. He had under his supervision the largest company of emigrants to make the journey to Zion of any of the handcart companies.

Edward Martin died in Salt Lake City August 8, 1882. His funeral services were held in the Fourteenth Ward.

—Eva Olson

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  • Mormon Handcart Production - A theatrical re-enactment, dedicated to the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies of 1856 and their Rescuers, both past and present.
  • A PBS Documentary Chronicling the Westward Migration of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies of 1856. Sweetwater Rescue is perhaps the most untold hardship and human sacrifice story in all of American western history. In this epic documentary the lives and sacrifices of hundreds of men and women will be told for the first time to a national PBS audience - Norman Bosworth & Lee Groberg
  • Sweetwater Rescue - From 1856 to 1860, ten handcart companies traveled to what they considered Zion. Eight crossed the plains successfully. Two—the Willie and Martin Companies—met with a wintry disaster in 1856, as did the Hunt and Hodgett Wagon Trains trailing behind them. The rescuers from the Salt Lake Valley faced the same horrific snows.

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