Lydia was originally a member of the Mississippi Brethren group. After the Mississippi Brethren met with the Mormon Battalion, Lydia met and married Gilbert Hunt. Lydia's parents and siblings continued on to Utah with the Mississippi Brethren Company (1846). Lydia and her husband arrived in Utah with the Mormon Battalion Sick Detachment but was then sent to help settle San Bernardino, California. She was back in Salt Lake City before late 1858.