She sailed to America in 1855 on the ship James Nesmith. Her step-father joined them in Nebraska a few months later. Her obituary indicates that the family lived in Omaha for "several years" before crossing the plains in 1857. However, it also indicates that they traveled in the John Brown Company. To the best of our knowledge, there was no John Brown Company that year, but there was one in 1859. It is uncertain whether the obituary has the name of the Company or the date of travel wrong.