The Sessions family traveled as far as Fort Kearney with a small, independant company (5 families, 10 wagons). There, for greater security, they attached themselves to the William B. Preston Company. Although, Thomas was not listed in the company roster, information from the introductory paragraph in "Edgar Sessions Autobiographical Sketch," suggests he became a member of the company.
More research is needed to confirm Thomas's date of birth date listed reflects family tradition from Family Tree at FamilySearch,org. However, Thomas's headstone lists 4 June 1909 as his birth date.