The Hunt family traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with the Aaron Johnson Company in 1850. The Hunt family included Daniel Durham and his wife Susan Davis, and Daniel’s children from his first wife: John Alexander, James Wiseman, Levi Bunyan, Benoni Smith, Daniel Whitmore, and Nancy Johanna Penelope. Susan Davis Hunt died en route. Daniel was the chaplain of the company.
Her name is shown as "Nancy Joana Cooley" on her death certificate, and the inscription on her gravestone shows her as "Joan Cooley."