Emma Smith Ashby Stringham was born 10 March 1843 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States to Nathaniel Ashby (1805-1846) and Susan Hammond (1808-1851) and died 25 May 1877 St. George, Washington County, Utah, United States of unspecified causes. She married Benjamin Joseph Stringham (1839-1915) 26 October 1861 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
After leading his first historic 1847 Vanguard Company to blaze the trail to the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young (1801-1877) and many of the others returned back to Winter Quarters to collect their families and the rest of the church.
This family was numbered with the 1229 pioneers in 397 wagons make the 1,031 mile trek in 86 days (May 26 to Sept 24) and would be amongst the first of hundred plus wagon trains that would make the same journey over the next 24 years.
Many of the Ashby Family traveled westward to Utah in this company, Father Nathaniel Ashby (1805-1846) having died two years earlier.
This person is listed on the Encampment Mall Memorial - a list of over 300 LDS Pioneer Families that helped to settle St. George, Utah in 1861. They were part of the "Dixie Cotton Mission" called by President Brigham Young to raise cotton and other southern crops in the warmer climate of Washington County, Utah.
|Offspring of Benjamin Joseph Stringham and Emma Smith Ashby (1843-1877)|
|Benjamin Ashby Stringham (1863-1953)|
- Martha Ashby
- Ashby in Salt Lake County, Utah
- Ashby in Washington County, Utah
- Ashby in Essex County, Massachusetts