I just watched the movie 17 Miracles. It is about the struggles of the ill-fated Willie Handcart Company, a group of poor Mormon converts who came to America in 1856 and made their way to Utah pushing and pulling handcarts across the plains and mountains of the untamed American wilderness. I encourage all to see it if they get the chance.
Knowing that I had ancestors in that group I am inspired to learn more about them. I hope to use this forum to publish my findings and hopefully others will join in and share what information they have. Civil comments are always welcome and encouraged. I hope I find others who share a curiosity in this family and we can correspond.