Ann Walmsley Greenhalgh Openshaw was born in Breightmet, Lancashire, England on May 9, 1806. She married William Openshaw, and together, they had seven children. In 1840, the family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. By 1854, they had saved enough money to send the two oldest boys to America, and in 1856, the family left Liverpool for Boston. They took the railroad to Camp Iowa, where they joined the Martin Handcart Company. They arrived in Nebraska on August 11, 1856, and the company reached the Salt Lake Valley on November 30, 1856. Ann died March 31, 1895 at the age of 89.
This biography is located in Cleo Grigg Johnson Gilchrist's first book of remembrance of the MSS 1799 collection. This two-page typescript biography is one of many in the book, and at its end, is revealed to be an account copied by Dora M. Curtis Taylor from the book, Handcarts to Zion. It provides a short description of the town Ann grew up in, describing it as mostly pasture, with red soil and coal mines. Ann worked with her husband in a factory, making cloth, as did many of her children. Every Christmas, the family would sing carols in people's homes, and at Easter, the children would sell hot cross buns. There is a brief description of the trip across the plains, with details of the hardships and frequent cold. They would travel from 10 to 20 miles per day with meager clothing and little food. At the end of the manuscript is a transcription of a speech given by Brigham Young.