Sophia EDWARDS married a widower John ASH in Aston Juxta in 1853 and, in about 1856/7, after having two children (one who died young) they emigrated to America.
John & Sophia sailed to the US in 1856 on the sailing ship ENOCH TRAIN (so named after the owner Mr. Enoch Train). Many of the 534 passengers were members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints on their way to the promised Zion. It sailed from Liverpool for Boston on 23 Mar 1856 and arrived 39 days later. The leader of the LSD group was J Ferguson.
John & Sophia were participants in a 1856 handcart trek from Missouri to Utah (1,300 miles approx). Ten companies of handcart pioneers made the trek between 1856-1860. Of the 2,962 pioneers about 250 died (220 in the bad weather of 1856). The diary from this journey is shown below.
At the time, their daughter Ellen Matilda was perhaps 2 years old (and lived to age 99), but her younger sister Elizabeth (also on the trek - presumably the two infants rode in the
handcart) died Jan 5, 1857 probably as a result of the hardship on the trek.
Sophia died on 24 Nov 1863 in Richmond, Cache, Utah.