What was the cost of a funeral at the turn of the century?
(D) To keep him from emigrating to Utah
From the life of William John Smith: “My parents joined the Church on the 3rd of April, 1850, and I was baptized the following October, being then eight years of age. My father left the Church, but my mother kept all the children in the faith. She urged upon me the necessity of my talking father’s place, and emigrating her and the children. From that time I commenced to save my money for that purpose, and the Lord blessed me, so that I soon obtained money enough to pay for our emigration to the frontiers. May 1, 1866, we set sail on board the ship “John Bright.” We were five weeks and three days on the water. Before we sailed, however, my father, who was opposed to our leaving, discovered our hiding place, and had me arrested, place in jail and taken before the magistrate. But I was soon set free, and father repented of what he had done and promised to follow in the next ship. This, however, he never did. We crossed the plains in Thomas E. Ricks’ mule-train which arrived in Salt Lake City, Sept. 4, 1866.
Andrew Jenson, L.D.S Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) Vol. 1, 472.