BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

18 June 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
Legacies - South Yorkshire

BBC Homepage
 Legacies
 UK Index
 South Yorkshire
 Article
Listings
Your stories
 Archive
 Site Info
 BBC History
 Where I Live

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 
Immigration and Emigration
Mormon emigration from Sheffield

The sea
The voyage to America lasted 28 days
© Courtesy of Ian Britton, freefoto.com
In Sheffield one family attained their dream of emigration to this Mormon paradise, by saving every penny they could spare in a black box nailed to the floor. William Memmott, and his wife Ann, became members of the Mormon Church after attending one of the meetings convened by a visiting elder from America. The family soon rose to prominence within the church, with William eventually being appointed President of the Sheffield Conference whilst eldest son Thomas was ordained an Elder in 1859.

A fund to assist converts to emigrate was established by the Mormons. The Perpetual Emigration Fund paid for converts' passage, who then repaid them once they gained employment in Salt Lake City in the Mormon state of Utah.

Thomas Memmott
Thomas Memmott, son of William Memmott
© Courtesy of Hal Memmott
The Memmott family chose instead to save for 14 years to raise the money to fund their journey. However, when they did leave in 1861, the accumulated monies did not stretch far enough to cover the entire family. The eldest son, Thomas, stayed behind for a year to pay off the family debts and save for his own fare. Thomas's wife Emma, (nee Whitham) made the journey with her in-laws despite being pregnant and in charge of two children, one of whom she was still nursing.

Remie Bell, who has been collating evidence of the emigration from Sheffield, estimates that the Memmott family were among several hundred of the city's converts who made the journey to Salt Lake City in the 19th Century. By 1877, the number of Mormons in Utah had reached 140,000 Mormons and at one stage more than half of those originated from Britain.


Pages: Previous [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ] Next


Your comments




Print this page
Archive
Look back into the past using the Legacies' archives. Find nearly 200 tales from around the country in our collection.

Read more >
Internet Links
Mormonism
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Latter-day Saints UK
The British in America
Genuki: Sheffield
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Web sites.
Irish Stew
Related Stories
Sussex exports to Australia
The Scots march into Corby
Lasting links between Wales and Patagonia




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy