Evidence from genealogical records proves that David traveled to Utah in 1851 or 1852. He does not appear in the 1850 Utah census, which was taken in the Spring of 1851. The first documentation to place him in Utah is his marriage 6 November 1852. Further research is needed to determine the year he came to Utah and the name of the company he traveled with.
FamilySearch shows his birth year as 1821, and the inscription on his gravestone shows it at 1820.
In 1858, he was returning from a mission in Virginia, and he returned to Utah with his son.