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Emma Parker Cordon

BIRTHDATE: 24 May 1819

Burslem, Staffordshire, England

DEATH: 28 Apr 1898

Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah

PARENTS: George Parker

Ann Parker

PIONEER: 5 Oct 1851

James W. Cummings Wagon Co.

Levi Hammon Wagon Company

SPOUSE: Alfred Cordon

MARRIED: 19 Dec 1836

Old Church Burslem, Toxteth Park, England

DEATH SP: 17 Mar 1917

Willard, Box Elder Co., Utah


Elizabeth, Jun 1831 (died in infancy)

George, 1 Jan 1840 (stillborn)

Edwin, 7 Oct 1841

Rachel Ann, 24 Jan 1844

Emma, 17 Apr 1846

Alfred, 19 Dec 1847 (died in infancy)

Adelaide Amelia, 22 Feb 1849

Myra Green, 25 Sep 1851 (died in infancy

William Henry, 1852 (died in infancy)

Mary Frances, May 1854 (died at age 8)

Charles Edwin, 11 Feb 1856

Eliza Almira, 23 Feb 1858

Sarah Jane. 10 Aug 1860

Ida Victona, 2 Oct 1862


Emma was privileged to obtain a good education and she loved to read.

After her father died, Emma went to work at the pottery of Burslem where she printed the flowers and designs on fine china. Here she met Alfred Cordon whom she married.

Alfred kept seeking new information from the bible. When he heard the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints he was baptized and brought the good news home to his wife and she was also baptized.

They left England in 1842, and landed in New Orleans. In the following spring, they took the paddle wheel boat called "The Maid of Iowa" up the Mississippi River to Nauvoo, Illinois.

Soon after, her husband was called on a mission, leaving her with two children to care for. She became ill and was found unconscious with two ill children. The family was taken to the George A. Smith home to be cared for. When her husband returned from his mission, they received their endowments and were sealed in the Nauvoo Temple on January 10, 1846.

Emma's hopes of moving West in 1849 were dashed when her husband was called on a second mission. She acquired a small farm and was very industrious, raising pigs, chickens, and a cow.

When he returned, he was called to be the captain of five companies of ten wagons. They were part of the Levi Hammon Wagon Company. They arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September of 1851, secured a piece of land, and built a cabin.

Soon, they were called to go to Brigham City where it was a good location for the manufacture of gunpowder. She helped to build the home she had longed for.

She was a widow twenty-six years before her death. She always encouraged her husband and children to fulfill their duties in the Church regardless of her own needs. She had complete faith in the Lord and died true to the faith as a wonderful wife and mother.


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