Pioneer: John Taylor (Cami - 4th Grade)
John Taylor is my fourth great-grandfather, and my pioneer hero. He was born in Great Britain in 1808, and emigrated to Canada in 1832. He came to the United States after joining the Mormon Church. Along with many others he suffered religious persecution. At the Carthage, Illinois, jail he was shot in the chest, but his pocket watch saved his life. In 1847 he helped lead the pioneers from Winter Quarters to the Salt Lake Valley so they could live their religion in peace. John Taylor was a very courageous man and had to sacrifice and persevere. He was the first generation of my family to live in Utah.