The Berry family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Samuel Gully/Orson Spencer Company in 1849. The family included widowed Armelia Shanks Berry and John's siblings: Cynthia Lovinia Berry, Thirza Melvina Berry, William Shanks Berry, Robert Madison Berry, and Joseph Smith Berry. Her daughter Louisa Jane Berry Allen came in the same company with her husband Daniel Allen.
On her death certificate Cynthia she is Cynthia Lovina Gardner. Her birth date was confirmed at the time of her rebaptism in the Millcreek Ward on 9 November 1856.