Charles and Julie Ann Shumway were early converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They followed the Prophet Joseph Smith to Nauvoo, Illinois to join the community of Saints, where their dream of peaceful life uniting family and Church was shattered by a mob of ruffians. The story of their flight from Nauvoo and journey to the Salt Lake basin with the first Mormon pioneers has been reconstructed by their great-granddaughter from journals, historic documents, and the personal reminiscences of her grandmother, Mary. It is a fascinating chronicle of tenacity, love and steadfast courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
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