Shepherd first arrived in the Valley in 1849. He and his family began their journey with the Silas Richards family, but about mid-way, they left the company and went ahead on their own because of disagreements they had with others in the camp. The Hutchings name is not on the official company roster, but it appears in letters that were sent and journals kept referring to the group of people who left the camp.
At some point, he traveled to Carson Valley, Nevada with a small group, including Orson Hyde. He returned to Utah, arriving on 24 October 1855. His return travel included Seth Dustin, George Washington Hancock, and Chester Loveland. (See "Arrivals," Deseret News, 31 Oct. 1855.) Orson Hyde did not return with them.
References in journals spell his name "S. Hutchins"