Short History of Margaret Adeline Kewley Carlisle


Margaret Adeline Kewley Carlisle
Margaret Adeline Kewley Carlisle

From Arlene Eakle

Margaret Adelade [sic] Kewley, Born March 5, 1840.

Incidents she told of the ill-fated handcart company of which she was a member.

James Kewley and Ann Karren, her father and mother, brought 5 out of 8 children with them from the Isle of Man, England. The youngest, a girl, "Emily", died on the Plains before the snow storms began*. Also a little boy, Tommy, [died] from cholera.

James Kewley tried to help different members of the camp, carried many on his back over streams they had to ford and in many other ways assisted. The hardships depleted his strength so that when the snow came he was very ill. The night before the rescue party arrived he said, "I cannot go on any farther."

Some had perished in the snow.

Brigham Young sent a rescue party and dispatched a man in head to encourage the poor saints. "When we saw him coming", said Margaret, "He looked like an angel riding down to us upon a big white horse, and said 'Cheer up, provisions and help will soon arrive'."

"I took my father by the hand and tried to get him to arise but he was too weak and sick, but he smiled up at me for he knew his children would have care and food."

*Editor's Note: According to other records, Emily died in 1851, five years before the family left for America. Those children who did make the trip were Margaret, Robert and Thomas, who died in Ohio.

Miscellaneous Document that accompanied the above history

Joseph A. Young
Daniel W. Jones
Abel Garr at a point
16 miles above the Platte River
bridge, Sunday May 25. They sailed from Liverpool with 856 on the ship Horizon under the direction of Edwart Martin. When the company passed Florence Aug. 25th it consisted of 5?6 persons, 146 handcarts, 7 wagons & etc. They sailed from Liverpool, England May 26th, 1856. June 30th we landed at the dock in Boston. July we took the train from Boston arriving to Albany passing through Buffalo on the 4th of July. Reached Cleveland, Ohio on the 5th, passing Kirkland [sic] and with its Temple in the night.