The Tippets family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Heber C. Kimball Company in 1848. The family included John Harvey and his wife Caroline Fidelia Calkins and their son John Harvey, Jr., Caroline’s two children from a previous marriage, Hyrum William Pew and Sariah Fedelia, John’s son from a previous marriage, John Austin, Caroline’s sister, Nancy Calkins, and John’s uncle Alvah. Also traveling with the family was Sariah Lewis. Caroline Tippets was re-baptized on 26 October 1850 at Salt Lake City. In the 1850 federal census the Tippets surname is rendered "Tippils."