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Exodus to Utah

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  •  Hannah and George Migrate . . .
      In August of 1843  James’ daughter Hannah Maria Newberry married Mormon
      convert George Morris, who was barely off the boat from Hanley, Cheshire, England
      before he started looking for a wife. In his journal he tells about meeting a young woman
      on the boat going up the Mississippi from New Orleans.  Just a few days into the
      journey he asked her to marry him.  She agreed, but before the trip is over, she
      changed her mind and declined. He writes that about a year later she was back in
      Nauvoo to ask him if the offer was still open.  He declined. Weather this was because
      he already married to Hannah we don't know. George was not good at keeping to
      a dated chronology in his journal.

    George and Hannah were married on George's birthday August 23, 1843.  What a special gift he received that day.

    George Morris was assigned at some point to preach to the Indians, but we have not as yet been able to determine
    where he went, and if he met Hannah while preaching. She was already a Mormon at the time they met. There is
    one reference in his journal to a dream that he had which might indicate that he had contact with Indians.
    He talks about how they attacked him in the dream. But he never mentions where he was assigned, and the LDS
    Church has no record in  their Historical Department. There is one book that was seen by a family member in 1970 in
    Nauvoo that tells that he served a mission with the Indians. We have been unable to find this particular volume in recent
    years.  Joseph Smith asked that this information note be recorded in the 1830's as a precaution.

    In his diary George does not tell where or how he met Hannah Maria. There is nothing about their courtship or meeting.
    He just says that she is an American girl and then goes on and tells about her parents and their names. Early on he does
    not even mention her name - he just refers to her as "my wife".
     They were married when she was 20 years old and he was
    26. Later in his journal he mentions her as Hannah.

    The Mormons were driven out of Nauvoo by the mobs and all their land was sold for what they could get.
     In 1847
    George Morris and Hannah Maria were heading across Iowa to Council Bluffs to ready themselves to go west to
    Salt Lake City.  In George’s diary he tells of all the sickness and troubles they had on their way across Iowa. He does
    however make a point of telling about how someone was trying to harm Hannah.

             “There is a foul plot brewing aginst [sic] Hannah, and I must yet again move
               her for fear of her safety.”

    At the time Hannah was a young mother with two little babies and a third on the way. George is not forthcoming about
    who would be so crass as to make evil attempts on Hannah. It is suspected that her ethnicity was part of the reason,
    but this is not ever confirmed.

    When they left Nauvoo, they crossed the Mississippi River with the rest of the contingent. Historian and amateur
    archaeologist Mike Foley has done work in the past several years mapping the route of the Mormons crossing the
    Mississippi River and found that the trail leads to Newberry land.  Keokuk   Mike has doused these areas and found
    remnants of old buildings and structures used to house the fleeing Mormons.  Also in a letter to the family in Utah, an
    Iowa family member wrote that Brigham Young camped on a corner of the Newberry property.

    The Mormons headed west to Grand Encampment on their way out of mid-America. George and Hannah stayed with
    her brothers in Argyle for a short time and then they moved onto the prairie where they would remain ill for many months.
    When they finally reached Council Bluffs they  stayed a while with Hannah's father James.  George was anxious
    to get going, and set out on the journey with insufficient provisions.  When it was found that he had done this he was
    re-assigned to the Pisgah Company. This group shared the supplies communally.

    On to Utah

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