Im a distant cousin through Levi Cheney, Elam's first cousin. I wanted to let you know, Ive recently compiled a book which included many years of research regarding the Cheney and Burgess families. In fact Elam, and his sister Olive are mentioned as well. Also includes the story of the California gold rush and the first nugget being discovered by James Marshall and Margaret's uncle Peter . The book is called "Beyond the Land of Gold:The Life & Times of Perry A. Burgess". Perry is a somewhat well known writer in western history. Perry's mother Semantha Cheney Burgess was a first cousin of Elam, both raised together in Nauvoo. Many of Perry's Burgess uncles were early Church leaders and associated with Elam in early Utah.
If you are interested, the book can be purchased through Amazon and several online retailers, also through our website burgessdiary.com. You can search google for "Beyond the land of gold' and you will find numerous press articles regarding the book.
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