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SS Wyoming carrying Mormon immigrants from Liverpool to New York Aug. 31, 1886On Aug. 31, 1886 the S.S. Wyoming of the Guion Line, arrived in New York from Liverpool. It carried a large group of Mormons bound for Utah. The New York Times announced the arrival in its Sept. 1, 1886 edition. "The Steamship Wyoming arrived yesterday from Liverpool with 301 Mormomns and 17 Elders aboard who spent 2 years abroad as Missionaries" 93 were noted to be English, the rest Scandinavian
The plight of the Mormons had just begun. There are several articles and editorials in the New York Times between Sept. 1, 1886 and Oct. 28, 1886, and I have provided brief excerpts from some of these below. Those descended from any of these immigrant Mormons will want to read the entire NY Times clippings for details.
Aug. 31, 1886. The SS Wyoming arrives from Liverpool
Sept. 1, 1886. Crossing the Atlantic. "Among those who arrived on the Guion Steamship Wyoming from Liverpoll were Dr. John H. Parsons, Rev. Edmund Coffey, Rev. James T. Currar, Rev. R.R. Williams"
Sept. 1, 1886. Weeding Out the Paupers. The NY Times reports that the SS Wyoming reached Castle Garden "yesterday" and was inspected by the Emigration Commissioners. 50 Mormons were detained as paupers - mainly wives without husbands, husbands without wives, or children without parents. They are ordered back to Europe.
Sept. 7, 1886. The Mormons Can Stay Commissioner Stephenson of the Emigration Commissioners continues to insist that all the Mormons are paupers and must be sent back to Europe. Other Commissioners disagree. The Board votes all but 5 may pass and continue on to Utah
Sept. 7, 1886. Pauper Immigrants. The NY Times reports that several of the detained Mormons were released by the majority vote of the Emigration Borad. But 5 are stilled detained as paupers and are to be sent back to Europe. James E. Hart, lawyer for the Mormons argues the case in court to no avail
Sept. 9, 1886. Mormon Immigrants. James E. Hart, Mormon Emigration Agent appears in court on behalf of the 5 Mormons who are being detained and sent back to Europe. He claims that if the Commissioners intended to retun them, they had to go on the Wyoming but it sailed on Tuesday. Therefore the immigrants have a legal right to stay. His argument is not accepted.
Oct. 2, 1886. Elder Hart states that Mormon converts will no longer "come to inhospitable doors of Castle Garden". Instead they will sail to Philadelphia from now on. The Guion line states it will no longer carry Mormon passengers since they may have to return them at no charge!
Oct. 28, 1886. They Got There All the Same. 5 Mormons who were sent back to England from New York arrived in Salt Lake City on Oct. 27th. They were taken to Liverpool from New York, then sent back to New York on another ship.
To see the full passenger list for the SS Wyoming, you may need to order it on microfilm for 28 Aug 1886-23 Sep 1886 - FHL US/CAN Film [ 1027366 ]
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