Ruel Barrus was a member of the Mormon Battalion. After arriving in California he stayed in California for a few years. According to his own recollection, he came to Utah twice. The first time he came to Utah was in the spring 1853, traveling from San Bernardino, California, to Beaver County, Utah. He accompanied Charles C. Rich's company of saints who had been called to settle in San Bernardino. After fulfilling a mission in California, he went to Utah in 1857. By the 1860 Census he had settled in Grantsville UT, where he lived the rest of his life.